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The 7 Best Soundbars With Subwoofer - Winter 2023 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 160 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best soundbars with subwoofers. 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 that we've tested. Whether you're listening to music, movies, or TV shows, it offers a versatile performance that can please many different listeners, with a solid thump and rumble in the bass to bring audio to life. Its subwoofer is included with purchase, and it has a really sleek and hefty design to ensure that you feel the floor shake just like you would at a movie theater. If you want even more boom in the bass, you're in luck— this bar is incredibly easy to customize, thanks to its graphic EQ, as well as its bass and treble 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 by stretching sound effects into the space around your couch, just like if you were at a movie theater. That said, 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 the Samsung HW-Q990B, 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 the shape and size of your living room, you may prefer a smaller and more compact soundbar like the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). At less than 26 inches in width, it keeps the same style as the original Sonos Beam, but the second generation adds support for Dolby Atmos content that you're likely to find on many different streaming platforms and Blu-rays. Despite its small size, the bar uses psychoacoustic principles to stretch sound well past the edges of the bar itself, so you feel as immersed in your audio as you would with some of the larger options on the market.

    While the bar is available on its own, the addition of the Sub Mini dramatically improves its bass reproduction. The small subwoofer really packs a punch in the bass range, so you feel the thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes and bass-heavy music genres. Plus, the subwoofer levels are adjustable, so you can add even more punch to the bass if you like. As with the larger Sonos Arc, you get access to a room correction feature called Trueplay, too, which optimizes the bar's output based on your room's unique acoustics. That said, this setup doesn't get quite as loud as the larger models, and more astute audiophiles will recognize that it doesn't reproduce quite as much height with Atmos content. Still, if you're low on space, it's a really solid pick.

    See our review

  7. Best Soundbar With Two Subwoofers

    If you're looking for a bar that can fill a larger, more open living area with sound, you're in luck. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC is a unique 9.2.4 setup designed for bigger spaces. It comes with two subwoofers, which is unique compared to other offerings on the market. Essentially, the extra sub balances the bass reproduction throughout your room, so you don't notice any "holes" or gaps in the soundstage. That way, whether you're sitting on a couch or enjoying your audio from the other side of the room, you notice plenty of thump and rumble in the mix. Also, there are four satellites included, which you can place horizontally or vertically and move throughout your room to ensure sound effects in your favorite movies spread evenly throughout the space.

    This bar is the upgraded version of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch with some additional features, including eARC support, meaning you can enjoy DTS:X content on your favorite Blu-rays. It supports Dolby Atmos content, too. Sound enhancement features are pretty limited, especially compared to top picks like the Samsung HW-Q990B. Still, its unique Spatial Surround Elevation technology is ideal for bigger spaces since it lets you choose between three different sound presets based on the size of your room. Without a microphone to analyze your living space, it's not quite a room correction feature like Bose's ADAPTiQ or Samsung's Auto EQ, but it's still a nice touch. Its hefty design isn't ideal for all living spaces, and you may not have room for the extra sub and satellites. Still, if you have a unique shape to your listening area, it's a solid 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. 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. Dec 23, 2022: Replaced the TCL Alto 6+ with the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with Sub Mini + One SL Speakers as Best Small Soundbar With Subwoofer.

  2. Oct 25, 2022: Replaced the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch with the next generation Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC.

  3. 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'.

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

  5. 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.

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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