Best Soundbars 2021 | Sonos, Bose, Vizio, Polk, Sennheiser

Best Soundbars 2021 | Sonos, Bose, Vizio, Polk, Sennheiser

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Whether you just want better dialog clarity or the excitement of Dolby Atmos surround sound, we’ve got a soundbar that should fit your needs. The Best soundbars in 2021 come from familiar brands, but the model numbers and the price might surprise you.

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Vizio Elevate:
Vizio M512a-H6:
Sonos Beam (Gen 2):
Bose Soundbar 900:
Polk Audio Magnifi Mini:
Sennheiser AMBEO:
Sony HT-A7000:
Sony HT-A9:

0:00 – Intro
1:07 – Vizio Elevate
1:45 – Vizio M512a-H6
2:13 – Sonos Beam
2:57 – Ledger Nano X
4:10 – Bose Soundbar 900
4:58 – Polk Audio Magnifi Mini
5:27 – Sennheiser AMBEO
6:01 – Sony HT-A7000
6:40 – Sony HT-A9



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  1. Laurie Carrigan on April 30, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Which soundbar has the best security? We have a problem with neighbors connecting to it.

  2. Anthony Williams on April 30, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I got the TCL Alto 9+ which y’all were all excited about this time last year. I’m happy with it, but must say y’all not reviewing it has made me anxious, haha.

  3. Chris Greene on April 30, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I’m interested the Bose 900. Bose and Atmos technology together has to sound amazing!

  4. Jim Morrison’s Lizard on April 30, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I bought a Bose soundbar to go with my new Vizio tv, and loved it, but my Spectrum remote was controlling the volume of the soundbar when I would simply scroll thru the channels. So I returned the Bose, and bought a Vizio soundbar. And guess what, it’s happening again! The volume of the soundbar gets muted, or gets increased or decreased, by the Spectrum remote! I cannot figure out how to fix this!

  5. Nitesh Jambhulkar on April 30, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Surprise to see Samsung Q950A not in this list. It is a top soundbar in most of the reviewers list. I got one and immensely happy with it.

  6. simbayukiwolf on April 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Only one soundbar in this video, the others all come with or need additional speakers.

  7. Vinny Sivaraman on April 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks. BTW Sweet reference to Mighty Mouse. I love all your recommendations including the Vizio sound bar that you opened with. Do you have any recommendations for soundbars that may also work with receivers?

  8. jucluva on April 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra is amazing! Truly immersive 9.2.4 system (2 subs!). That should of been on this list.

  9. Steve Hall on April 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Not enough information on WHY a soundbar made your list or what makes one better than the other. Maybe not the point of your video but that’s the information I am looking for. Thanks.

  10. sakthi vel on April 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Samsung sound bar….

  11. uowebfoot on April 30, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I purchased a JBL 9.1. I like the sound however I’m not happy about not being able to control center speaker for voice. I watch movies and find it difficult to hear dialogue.

  12. SAINT BOSS on April 30, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I have the Vizio M series 5.1.2 snagged it off of best buy for $350 when it was on sale and the last one. The surround sound, clear audio quality, remote with customizable audio settings, eARC, and subwoofer is a steal for the price compared to other manufacturers.

  13. D NOLA on April 30, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Price matters, and mention should be made at least in the notes.

    That said, first soundbar here. Model V21-H8. Not what I wanted, what my wife let me buy…for now. For $119.99 (sale!), this was a lot of bang for very little buck. My budget was in the $500 range, her budget in the none range. Not Atmos or anything close, but for an inexpensive soundbar, this is one of the better choices out there. My hope is that it can be moved to our bedroom next Christmas, and an upgrade will get matched to our main TV. Still, this is a very worthy intro soundbar and good choice if you want a soundbar on a small budget.

    One thing I noticed in searching showed up in this video: If your TV is on a stand, make sure the soundbar will fit and not block the TV. As much as I’d love some of the soundbars shown, I don’t want my view blocked, even a little. Many TV stands give less than 3" of clearance, so know your height and clearance numbers. For example, Samsung soundbars are designed to fit under a Samsung TV stand without blocking the view. Both the Sonos Beam Gen 2 and Arc will block some of your view if they’re on the same platform as your TV stand is located (other mounting options can moot this issue). The Sennheiser everyone raves about blocks a good chunk of screen as well.

  14. T CREED 66 on April 30, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I purchased Sonos arc with 5.1 setup😃😃👍

  15. Jason and Kiersten Sweet on April 30, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Thoughts on the JBL 9.1? You are my go to for all things reviews but I haven’t seen you do anything about this one. I’m leaning towards Samsung or Sonos, but wanted to consider something at a slightly better price point from a brand I trust.

  16. Papi News on April 30, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I got the Sonos sound bard…I haven’t try it yet….

  17. Gabriel de Moya Despradel on April 30, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Can I get 100% sound, audio quality and video quality perception on this case: PS5, Bose Soundbar 900 and Sony XR55X90J. Please, let me know

  18. Chad Steitzer on April 30, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Why’s everyone going to sound bar’s now? Isn’t owning a AVR receiver better then sound bars? I have never owned a system but would like to get one but have no idea when it comes to sound!…LOL Just thought a Receiver hook up you can put speakers behind you to the side of you, etc…sound bar only one thing in front of the tv? You would think it would be no where’s near as good?

  19. west coast on April 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    sonus arc love it

  20. Charles Davis on April 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I have the Vizio S Series SB2020N. It’s a compact Dynamo. When you’re looking at a club scene or stadium, it’s like you’re right there. This is sans a sub.

  21. TurboJobo on April 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Hi currently have a polk mini, how would you compared it to the roku small sound bar

  22. Sweetaccord on April 30, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Surprised no one mentioned Difinitive Technology. I have a Polk Signa S2 and just purchased the DT. I like the DT much better. Had a Hisense and it died after a year. Avoid Hisense sounbars. 😊

  23. Roman Uzarraga on April 30, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Polk is really underrated, I have the Cinema Polk full sound bar system I paid $500 but it was well worth it.

  24. jokerci11 pokemon11 on April 30, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    kule hoporlerde daha ses yüksek ve iyi cıkıyor soundbarlar okadar ses vermiyor.

  25. Charles Lew on April 30, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    How about the Naim Muso Gen 2 ?

  26. Paul Tribbett on April 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    which soundbar has the best voice audio clarity

  27. zeldfan1 on April 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I got the Vizio M512a-h6 soundbar and absolutely love it

  28. Paul Ho on April 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I use a Google Home Max with an aux cord, so I can’t speak, but wanted to say that I love this jacket on you!

  29. Doug Hill on April 30, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Picked up a Sennheiser Ambeo to go with my LG CX77 and I really like it. It definitely took a few firmware updates to fix some issues, but now that they are resolved, it’s a pretty impressive unit. I had originally picked up a slim KEF sub to go with it, but I found that, after adjustment in the app, I really didn’t need it. And since I don’t have a good spot for the sub anyway, decided not to even use it. It won’t shake the whole house, but it is pretty impressive nonetheless. I only have a sidewall on one side, so I don’t get great side/rear effects on the other, but it still does a remarkably good job of convincing you that you have rear speakers.

  30. Djinn Gaming on April 30, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I still use my LG sk10y, and gotta admit I never lister to it and go like “shit, I need better sound”

  31. PS4 Games on April 30, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Don’t trust this man. He lying.

  32. Jakob Langseth on April 30, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Samsung HW-Q700A, I wanted to add rear speakers, but I have a problem. Everytime I plug my PS4 into my tv (Vizio MQ8) the soundbar stops playing sound completely. Like the handshake between the bar or TV and PS4 doesn’t resolve. Even after I unplug the PS4, the soundbar won’t play sound. I need to re-initialize it. Does anyone know what I can do to fix this? I’ve tried multiple inputs, multiple cables and passthrough on soundbar. Xbox Series X works great.

  33. Rich Burmond on April 30, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Not sure why the beam is on this list, and not a Sonos ARC ?!?

  34. Kelala Seichi on April 30, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Love the content but got a question…is there a way to combine HDMI ARC and component audio so the audio output goes through both? I have an existing home theatre setup that component audio but will be getting an updated sound bar with a sub to get some base and utilize the eARC features. Wondering if there is a way to bring the 2 together without a large sound system. Thanks!

  35. Thomas Drwiega on April 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    getting a lg c1 and a soundbar to go along with my series x, but recently am learning of a audio delay thats according with the eARC and dolby atmos. Has anyone here encountered that? If so, are there work arounds as I dont want to limit my potential 4k 120hz by passing the hdmi through the soundbar instead of directly to the LG C1 tv.

  36. KingPlaysR6 on April 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Roku streambar pro

  37. LaRue on April 30, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Anyone using the new Polk Audio Magnifi Mini AX with Atmos? Bought this to replace my broken MagniFi mini and not convinced it’s worth the extra $200.

  38. Adam Ficzeri on April 30, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I got a Sonos Arc sound bar w Sonos Gen 3 sub and 2 SL surrounds.

  39. sptrader on April 30, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    JBL 5.1 has very clear audio and tons of bass when needed, all at a reasonable price.

  40. Tarabusaw on April 30, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Polk mini!

  41. Tim Benware on April 30, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Not sure why the JBL 9.1 was not included in this review. After comparing all the systems in this review I went with the JBL as it fit my room/sound needs better than the others and was just as good to my old ears.

  42. Naldy Diaz on April 30, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Wanted to get myself a good sound bar and had a budget of $500. Really wanted a Klipsch Cinema 800, though, and that was retailing for too much: $969. After some research, turns out they sell the exact same soundbar for $300 less at Costco: the Cinema 700. But, that was still over what I wanted to spend. Ended up finding a NEW Cinema 700, which again is the same as a Cinema 800 (that costs $969), on EBay for $450! So, ended up getting an almost thousand-dollar soundbar for only $450. That’s how I’m seeing it and I’m very happy with it. 👍🏽 (Decided I had saved so much money that I ended up getting the Klipsch surround speakers, as well. 😁)

    If I had a slightly larger budget, though, it would’ve been a toss up between the Sony A7000, the Bose 900 or the Klipsch Cinema 1200. Which of those three would YOU personally choose, Caleb?

  43. darvius on April 30, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Amazing looking tv stand! Where did you get it?

  44. Elizeu Branquinho on April 30, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Bought a Bose soundbar, is way overrated, I had LG compatible specs to the Bose and it sounded a lot better than Bose, now I have an onn blast with dolby atmos 5.1.2 let me say this, its sounds way better than my old Bose, couldnt believe the effects, its the first sondbar that sounds lik having speakers everywhere int he room.

  45. Mason Larkins on April 30, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I bought the bose 900 with the 700 sub and surround speakers. Sounds just like the theater. Very pleased with it!

  46. munchy on April 30, 2022 at 8:54 pm


  47. dunno yolo on April 30, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Have had lots of issues with my Bose 300 HDMI port really disappointed with it but its built very well.

  48. Jack Deez on April 30, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    You’re short on time bro? Wow dude. You’re basically a robot and you cleaned out my entire time. You guys don’t even review the products. You just pick what you’ll get paid for with links.

  49. A&J Z on April 30, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Recently picked up a Sonos Arc and sub. It’s outstanding

  50. kingbabsy on April 30, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I just bought the Bose 900 sound bar, waiting to see is a sub 900 will follow? Does anyone know?
    Ps. I love the Bose