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Soundbar Buying Guide

Here are the top 5 things you need to know when it comes to choosing your brand new soundbar.

Sound Quality

Soundbars are made up of a number of speakers, all housed in one unit. The more speakers they contain, the better the sound will be.

Connection

For a fuss-free set-up, be sure to check whether your new soundbar requires a HDMI or optical connection to your TV.

Separate Subwoofer

A separate subwoofer gives you a deeper sound. Whereas a soundbar with a built-in subwoofer is more compact.

Smart Control

For instant and effortless control, look out for a soundbar that lets you enjoy music from your phone via bluetooth or NFC.

Multiroom

If you enjoy listening to music throughout the house, opt for a soundbar that is compatible with a multiroom set-up. 

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Sound Quality

Sound Quality

A soundbar is a discrete and simple way to add a huge amount of sound to your TV. You can enjoy anywhere between 4 and 10 times the sound levels you’d get from your TV. It’s not just about volume, soundbar speakers are made from better materials so you’ll enjoy a richer and cleaner sound.

Connection

Soundbars tend to be fairly straightforward to set- up. They’ll either require one HDMI cable or optical cable to connect to your TV. It’s worth double-checking what connections your TV has, before buying a new bit of kit. 

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Separate Subwoofer or Integrated Subwoofer?

Separate Subwoofer or Integrated Subwoofer?

For rich, room filling bass a separate subwoofer offers more boom. And, as bass isn’t directional, you can place the unit anywhere you like. This is perfect if you want to hide it behind your TV. A soundbar which houses both a subwoofer and speakers in one slim bar, is more practical and compact but it will give you a slightly less impressive sound. 

Smart Control

Most soundbars offer Bluetooth and NFC. These clever bits of tech let you stream music straight from your smartphone or tablet onto your soundbar. This puts you in control, as you can access all your favourite music and even music streaming services like Spotify. 

Multiroom Soundbars Buying Guide

Multiroom

If you’ve got a multiroom set-up, with speakers throughout your home, a matching soundbar can be integrated into it. This lets you combine two multiroom speakers with the soundbar to create an incredibly powerful wireless surround sound system. Plus, once the film is over, you can move the multiroom speakers back to another part of the house.

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