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The 6 Best Soundbars With Subwoofer - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Soundbars With Subwoofer

Whether you're a fan of watching action movies or listening to bass-heavy music genres, you may want a soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer. A subwoofer can generally deliver a deeper, more powerful bass than a standalone bar, which helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy content. Since subwoofers can be fairly large, you may want to confirm that you have enough space for the whole setup in your TV room. That said, if space isn't an issue and you want to feel a deep, extended bass in your audio content, consider a soundbar setup with a dedicated sub.

We've tested over 150 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for soundbars with a subwoofer. See our picks for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.


  1. Best Soundbar With Subwoofer

    The Samsung HW-Q990B is the best soundbar with a subwoofer we've tested. It's a premium 11.1.4 setup with a versatile performance overall, so it's a solid pick for listening to everything from music to movies to TV shows. It comes with a large, sleek-looking subwoofer that packs plenty of thump in the bass range. Whether you're listening to bass-heavy music like hip-hop or an action-heavy film, the sub rumbles through the floor around you, so you feel a little shake in your seat just like you would at a movie theater. It's one of the most customizable bars on the market, too, so you can pump up the bass for more boom in the mix if you wish. There's a 7-band graphic EQ on hand so you can switch up its sound across the range, and the standard bass and subwoofer level adjustments.

    This bar shines when it comes to movies, especially multi-channel content like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. You're likely to come across both formats on most streaming platforms, and the bar takes advantage of their immersive design. Its two rear satellites add a lot to the room as they accurately place sound effects in the space around you. Like most premium setups, there are room correction tools on hand to optimize its audio reproduction based on the unique acoustics of your room.

    No bar is perfect, and the HW-Q990B's stereo soundstage doesn't bring the same width as other premium models like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers. These are both great alternatives, especially if you've already invested in products in their ecosystems, but they aren't as customizable as the Samsung soundbar.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Soundbar With Subwoofer

    The Samsung HW-Q930B is a slightly more affordable alternative to the Samsung HW-Q990B, with a versatile performance that can please lots of different types of listeners. Of course, it isn't quite as premium as its competitor—bass lovers will notice the different design of the subwoofer, which is a bit smaller and doesn't bring as much rumble as the 990B. There's also one less customization tool available. While you can optimize the soundbar's output with its SpaceFit Sound feature, unfortunately, you don't get access to the Auto EQ tool that adjusts the subwoofer's output. That said, this is still a great bar—you can't go wrong with either one, so when it comes to picking the top choice, you're splitting hairs. Whether you enjoy music, movies, or TV shows, the 930B is an awesome pick.

    Out of the box, this soundbar has a fairly balanced sound, so voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced. It means that it's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and its sub still does a really good job replicating the thump and rumble that brings bass-heavy music genres to life. Since it's so customizable, you have a lot of ability to switch up its sound, with everything from a 7-band graphic EQ to bass and subwoofer level adjustments on hand to punch up the bass. Movie lovers won't be disappointed, either—its Atmos performance is similar to the 990B overall, so this bar may provide a better value to some users who don't need all of the most premium tools.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Soundbar With Subwoofer

    Wallet-conscious shoppers can also look at another more affordable option, the Vizio Elevate. It's the best mid-range bar we've tested, with versatile performance that makes it a good choice for listening to lots of different types of audio content. As with most Vizio soundbars, its dedicated subwoofer can reproduce a deep and thumpy low-bass, ensuring you feel all the rumble in action-heavy movies or bass-heavy music genres. There's already some extra emphasis in the bass right out of the box, and you can use its bass and treble adjustments to get a different sound if you like. However, unlike our top picks, you won't find a room correction feature, so it sounds a little different depending on the room you're in. You also have to wire the satellites to the sub to get them to work, which isn't ideal for every living area.

    That said, this soundbar stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique design, with sides that automatically rotate upwards when you watch Dolby Atmos or DTS:X height content. It's a tool that brings more width and dimension to its soundstage, so you get the sense that audio is coming from all around you. You can turn this feature on when you watch other kinds of content, like 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, which is found on many streaming platforms. Its rear satellites bring a more immersive feel, so sound effects seem clear and real in the space around you. If you don't have room for satellites, the Samsung HW-Q900A is a good alternative at a similar price, which comes with a graphic EQ for greater customization. However, the tradeoff is obvious with surround sound, as you don't get the same realistic feel as with the Vizio.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Soundbar With Subwoofer

    The Vizio M Series M512a-H6 is an alternative to the Vizio Elevate that's available at a more affordable price. It's a 5.1.2 setup that comes with two rear speakers in addition to a dedicated sub. Like the top-of-the-line models, it brings plenty of thump and rumble in the bass, so you feel the excitement in everything from bass-heavy music to more intense movie scenes. It has the same enhancement features as the Elevate, including bass and subwoofer level adjustment features, letting you control how much rumble you feel. Dialogue remains clear and present in the mix, and overall, it's a versatile choice suitable for all sorts of audio content.

    If you watch lots of movies, especially on different streaming platforms, this bar's a good choice for you, too. It supports surround sound formats like Dolby Digital in addition to Dolby Atmos. The resulting sound is fairly immersive, especially with its satellites on hand to bring sound effects to the space around you, as if you were dropped right in the middle of the action. It doesn't feel as clear or real as what you get with our top picks. You won't find rotating sides like the Vizio Elevate, and its satellites don't have up-firing drivers for Atmos content, either. As a result, you don't get as much height, which is especially noticeable in scenes where objects fly over your head. For the price, it's a good value, but it's not the best of the best.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Soundbar With Subwoofer

    If you're looking for a solid bar at a more affordable price, check out the Vizio V Series V51-H6, which is the best soundbar with a subwoofer in the budget category we've tested. Its dedicated subwoofer brings plenty of thump and rumble in the low-bass, so you feel the excitement in bass-heavy genres like EDM and intense scenes in your favorite movies. If you prefer a little more boom, you can use its bass and subwoofer level adjustments to customize its sound. Its mid-range remains quite balanced, too, so you don't have any trouble following the action on your screen, even with punchy bass.

    This soundbar stands out from other similarly-priced models thanks to its included rear satellites. These two speakers are a handy add-on, especially if you like to watch a lot of multi-channel content, including 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital that are found on a lot of different streaming platforms. Essentially, they bring greater clarity to your audio, so sound effects seem more real in the space around you as if your favorite movies were taking place in your living room. That said, like most bars in its price range, it doesn't enable you to take advantage of more immersive formats like Dolby Atmos, which is unfortunate. However, if you don't watch a lot of Atmos content, it's still a solid option for bass lovers at a wallet-friendly price.

    See our review

  6. Best Small Soundbar With Subwoofer

    Depending on your living room's setup, you might have trouble fitting our top picks into the room. Fortunately, there are some soundbars on the market with smaller and more compact footprints, which provide an immersive sound without taking up a lot of space. The TCL Alto 6+ is the best we've tested that comes with a subwoofer included. The bar itself is less than 32 inches in width, so it can easily fit beneath your TV or your computer monitor. Unlike small options that come as standalone bars, there's a subwoofer included to bring a little extra thump and rumble to the bass range. As a result, you can enjoy bass-heavy music and action-packed movies without cluttering your space too much.

    Overall, this simple 2.1 setup is best-suited for listening to stereo content, which includes most music and TV shows. It's designed to plug right into your TV for an easy upgrade over your TV speakers, and it's advertised as Roku TV Ready for simple setup with your Roku TV. Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly balanced sound, especially in the mids, ensuring that dialogue is clear and present in the mix. Compared to our top picks, it lacks a bit of low-bass, and there's a dip in the treble that dulls the overall sound.

    Sound enhancement features are limited, which is typical of budget-friendly setups. You won't find Dolby Atmos support, so you don't get the full immersive experience with certain titles on streaming platforms. If you're a big fan of Atmos, you might want to check out the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) instead. It's a pricier choice, but it's a small bar that supports Atmos—and it reproduces about as much low-bass as the TCL on its own. If you want to add on a subwoofer, Sonos sells compatible models separately, allowing you to add even more rumble in the bass.

    See our review

  7. Best Soundbar With Two Subwoofers

    The acoustic characteristics of your living space can impact how you perceive sound. If you have a larger, more open living space, it's a good idea to look at options designed specifically to meet the needs of your space, like the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. It's a unique 9.2.4 setup with two subwoofers and four rear speakers. Essentially, the extra subwoofer ensures a clear and even bass reproduction throughout your room—so you don't notice any "holes" or gaps in the sound. The additional satellites have a similar purpose, as they ensure that sound effects seem clear and real from all angles, even though they are farther away from the bar itself.

    Overall, this soundbar shines when it comes to movies, especially Dolby Atmos and surround sound content. It offers an immersive sound, and sound seems to stretch all around you. Sound effects are clear and real, too, so they seem like they come from accurate locations in the space around you, all matching the action on screen. Its sound is fairly balanced, especially in the mids, so dialogue in movies and TV shows is clear and accurate, and you don't have any issues hearing lead instruments in your favorite songs. That said, there's a slightly dark and boomy quality to the audio, as it lacks a touch of low-bass and some emphasis in the treble range, especially compared with our top picks. Unfortunately, there aren't a ton of tools to customize its sound. That said, if you have a larger living space, it's a great choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module: The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is a well-built 7.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a thumpy low-bass. It doesn't offer many sound customization features compared to other premium models like the Samsung HW-Q990B, though. See our review
  • Klipsch Cinema 1200: The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is a good alternative if you want a soundbar with a bass-heavy sound right out of the box. It's pricy, though, and not as well-built as our top picks, like the Samsung HW-Q990B. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 26, 2022: Replaced the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module with the more versatile Samsung HW-Q990B as 'Best Soundbar'. Added the Samsung HW-Q930B as 'Best Upper Mid-Range'.

  2. Jul 22, 2022: Updated the category names to reflect price-based categories. No changes in the picks.

  3. Jun 13, 2022: Added the Vizio Elevate as the 'Best Under $1,000' and the TCL Alto 6+ as the 'Best Small'. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.

  4. Apr 12, 2022: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950A with the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module as 'Best Soundbar'. The Bose reproduces more low-bass compared to the Samsung, which is especially noticeable with real-life content.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Added the Klipsch Cinema 1200 as 'Best For Bass'. Minor updates to the text.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best soundbars with a subwoofer for most people to buy. We factor in the price (a cheaper soundbar wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no soundbars that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for soundbars that come with a subwoofer. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. No soundbar is perfect. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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