Sound Bar vs Speakers – Which One Is Best For You?

Sound Bar vs Speakers – Which One Is Best For You?

A quick video comparing soundbars to home theater speakers and explaining the benefits of each.

Inexpensive Sound Bars:

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  1. joe bloggs on February 21, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Have to agree with the blue ray dvd sound packages, I got a Sony one which replaced an older Sony AV Receiver and satellite speakers and it just sounds crap! Now I am going to have to upgrade it again!

  2. RAJESH KUMAR on February 21, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Sound bar works best in small bed rooms with small 32 inch TV… Yamaha & JBL soundbar is recommended

  3. Browns RV Life on February 21, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Nice video

  4. ali shshtari on February 21, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I use Samsung dvd home theater for ps4 and it works Great , or maybe i haven’t tried the best surround system to know how bad the Samsung HT is

  5. Myka L. on February 21, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I’m running a JBL 7 speaker set up paired with a 1000 watt Velodyne sub in my home theater … No soundbar I’ve heard comes remotely close

  6. stubones on February 21, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I bought a budget Panasonic 5.1 SS system about 7 years ago. It has 1000w max output and I’ve never needed to turn it up beyond half way for movies or tv. For small room, as far as I’m concerned it’s more than adequate and sounds great. All for the equivalent of about $200. Unless you’re pretentious, you have a huge room or you’re a proper audiophile you should buy a blue ray 5.1 SS system instead of a sound bar. 99% of viewers will be blown away by the sound. If you’re limited to a budget in the mid hundreds a sound bar is a terrible idea if you want a fuller cinematic experience. Put Saving Private Ryan on and watch the beach scene and you’d rather have any 5.1 SS than a sound bar.

  7. Hentitan on February 21, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    get a splitter and use both of them

  8. David Kpe on February 21, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    2:39 Repping GH 💪

  9. Jim S on February 21, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    So my living room is small (3 x 4,5 m) and I want a set up that is good for movies but especially music.
    I do not care so much about hearing everything surrounding me when I am sitting in my couch so I dont want extra satellites etc.
    Just a relatively good budget speaker setup for music mostly.
    Are two bookcase speakers and a sub good? Or two floor speakers with no sub?
    Also am I missing a lot of I go for self-powered speakers?

  10. Damien Holland on February 21, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I just went to Best Buy and listened to the soundbars that ranged in price from $200 to $600 and the bass was shit on them all. Going to buy a 2.1 sound system instead. Mulling over the EDIFIER S350DB.

  11. Jacob Wonder on February 21, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Wasn’t big on your cover photo and small follower total, decided to click on the video anyway.

    Top notch video. Glad I clicked.

  12. d-rizzle3000 on February 21, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Hey Chris, I have a JVC RX-5030VBK surround sound system that I’ve owned for many years. Recently the reciever has gone bad, and I’m wondering if you know of anywhere to get a replacement and of ot matters if I use a different brand than JVC? My speakers are wired but man I’ve loved this system, its 180 watts and will rattle the walls! Thanks for any info

  13. Shia Syndicate on February 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Soundbars shouldn’t even exist.

  14. chronicconditions on February 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    hi! do you think Denon AVR-X550BT 5.2ch paired with Klipsch 5.1 -Surround Sound System speaker pack would be better for music and movies or just music compared to lg newish sn11rg 7.1.4 soundbar? thanks for the videos too! i would like to know who is your favourite brand for avrs denon, yamaha and pioneer. i guess i gotta try denon next. the only reason i havnt is cause i need to be able to use dimmer with the remote, i dont know if you can, i really like how pioneer do tone controls and dimmer on there remotes and yamaha is great with the mobile phone app, so be interesting to see how denon handles this. every receiver seems to have something awesome that the other brand doesnt have, love this avr stuff, your setup is mad!

  15. Victor Højgaard on February 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    2.1channel soundbar
    5.1 surround sound soundbar
    7.1.4 Dolby atmos soundbar

    Hi-fi 2.1 Channel full setup
    Hi-fi 5.1 Channel full setup
    Hi-fi 7.1.4 Dolby atmos setup

    Regardless of the sound quality, both uses same file formats, so it isn’t gona sound like night and day difference.
    Specially not for the money difference on the hi-fi end.

  16. Jan Alak on February 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Q LED 55

  17. Albert Shilton on February 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Great job!

  18. Panterbell on February 21, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I think I am going to go for a yamaha ysp 5600 + subwoofer, because I found one second hand for less than 1k wich seems like a good price.
    Also an other benefit of a soundbar is, you you dont need to wreck your walls, by drilling holes for the speakers in them. I would say, if you go for speakers, you gotta do it right and set them up properly.

  19. Juan Zarate on February 21, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I agree with the bluray speakers I had this cheap Phillips soundbar with sub that costed like 70 bucks brand new and I sold it because I wanted to buy this lg 5.1 blu-ray theatre system that was like 350 brand new but got it for 100 on letgo and it didn’t sound nothing like the cheap soundbar I had and it was 2.1 system lol and the home theater didn’t have Bluetooth smh

  20. Kevin Davis on February 21, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Question? Speakers on the far right at 1:34 why not put the tweeters in the same box with the woofers old school style? Because if you put those tweeters on top of the subwoofer box be looking like a pair of 90s speakers

  21. Ahtisham shami on February 21, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Hi, I bought 5.1 Bose Lifestyle 650 one year ago and it’s working fantastic. Love it. 5.1 is way better than sound bar.

  22. AMGGA Jbfeelings on February 21, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I hate today’s sound I just want stereo be able to hear whats being said during a film! Im lost I end up having to ripping my movie separate the audio change it to 2 channel stereo and sew them back together sound is great I can hear whats being said Just to hear what I bought sucks but true! I need help without spending 100.00 just to hear

  23. Michel Omnitrix on February 21, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    o exemples??? Show they two side by side comparison.

  24. Alex Fernandez on February 21, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I have a complete Sony 5.1/5.2 surround system set up to a Ultra Short throw projector/95” screen as my main entertainment/Music system. I only use about 75% of total a available power. Still very loud and clear.

    I set up a 55” 4K Vizio with a Visio 5.1 sound bar system in a extra room room. We use this mostly for watching movies and gaming. I’ve gotten this one up to about 90% of available power. Very good sound quality.

    I’m very happy with both! I set up the Vizio for a few weeks as a temporary system while I got everything needed for the new Sony “Home Theatre” setup. Again, I am happy with both. Bigger is better though for my application.

    I do like the sound bar, because I can take it outside and use it along with its small wireless subwoofer. Works great for gatherings and parties. I picked up some really cool DJ lights and it’s is even better than I thought! No too worried if anything breaks because it is kind of inexpensive, compared to one $300+ Klipsch subwoofer I recently purchased(Man I love this thing!).

    All in all, I do feel sound bar systems have come a long way.

  25. Stan Mccdougal on February 21, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I first learned speakers and receivers are way better, back in 2005 I bought my first receiver hooked it up to my ps2 via optical cable and played re4 and was actually surprised when I heard a ganando sneaking up from behind me I actually had an advantage I didn’t have before and since then I’ve always used at least a four speaker surround setup with a subwoofer

  26. Ibhenriksen on February 21, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    It really depends on what you’ll be listening too. For example, you will not get a true experience if you’re just listening to music. You’ll miss out on highs and lows unless you go with a +$500 2.1 system like a Harman Kardon, Sonos or even Yamaha.

  27. 🙋🏼‍♂️ on February 21, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I have a Panasonic 5.1 Dolby Surround home cinema, and even though I’ve never owned a good soundbar to make a full comparison between these two systems – I think that naturally positioned speakers of a good home cinema would beat emulated 3D sound of a soundbar.

    Soundbar tries to mimic what speakers already naturally have to offer, so it will never be equal to them sound system. Do you think that cinemas will be upgrading their sound systems to massive soundbars? I didn’t think so either.

  28. Sashikumar G on February 21, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Which brand producing best 5.1 sound quality

  29. Jjj Ffff on February 21, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Yamaha yas 107 is a very good Budget all in 1 soundbar that supports dolby atmos and dts
    I recommend it

  30. Xachary Pratt on February 21, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    If your gonna try to buy something like these on a budget your not gonna spend more than 60$ a buying things on budget is worse than you think if u can spend 150$ on a sound bar or theatre system your not buying on a budget you got money to blow.

  31. twitch01 on February 21, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    What’s better: buying a new set of $200 5.1 speakers or buying a 10 year old set that costed 400-500 new but now for 100-200? Do speakers degrade over time?

  32. Caleb Kinchlow on February 21, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    You have some great content. I just subscribed

  33. Matthew Reddick on February 21, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    This is what I needed.

  34. Jan Alak on February 21, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    ı have samsung Q LED so what ı wıll fıx sound bar or 5.1 system whıch one ?

  35. David Mander on February 21, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Best off going down the used market on ebay and getting much more bang for your buck… Never a good investment buying new with little budget…

  36. Total plonker on February 21, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Can someone please tell me how one is able to receive
    Dolby Atmos (object-based audio) on a soundbar when all the speakers are within a couple of feet of each other! 🤔🤔🤔
    It’s pretty evident to me that companies are taking advantage of the lack of regulation! Unless you have a wired setup (amp or receiver) the best one is able to receive would be ‘virtual’ Dolby Atmos!!
    Don’t worry you are not missing much after watching dozens of Dolby Atmos content I’m still yet to be impressed with this so-called ‘object-based audio’ all it sounds like is they’re playing a separated source of sound on top of the original soundstage!
    One other thing to take into account unless it’s going through a premium Dolby Atmos decoding TV you are not going to be able to ‘stream’ Dolby Atmos content, the best your TV will be able to decode will be Dolby d Plus!

  37. angel nocturno on February 21, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Sound bars must be invented in the 70s, after play atmos who want use soundbars.

  38. ALJ Studios on February 21, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Sound bars are a joke

  39. Kelly Barthel on February 21, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Any fairly inexpensive bookshelf speaker and cheap amp easy under $200. Will sound better and just as easy to setup than any soundbar.

  40. Nischala Namburu on February 21, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you for a clear video! A question, how about streaming from apps such as Spotify in a sound bar vs speaker?

  41. Yaroslav Chernyshov on February 21, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I have cheap gaming speakers which i purchased for $40 dollars around 7 years ago and they sound 100x bettes than my Q9fn in built audio.

  42. Felipe Gonçalves on February 21, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I wonder if it’s worth buying an above average soundbar or a starter ht setup

  43. clint on February 21, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Could you test a $xxx 5.1 setup against an equally priced sound bar? There are lots of videos with people talking about it, but I would really like an actual comparison review. Thanks for another awesome video.

  44. John Matishek on February 21, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    My home theater is my living room why because I live in New York City and I have no space for a man cave. I have a Sony master OLED A9G 65inc Master OLED, and a Sony HT-ST9 sound bar (hooked up by HDMI ARC). It’s an OK sound bar but when watching movies it doesn’t give that wow factor. My living room is 10 feet across so I was thinking ahead if it’s even possible getting a sound bar for under the TV and two wireless speakers for next to the couch. Is that possible, any other ideas? With these sets would I need a receiver?

  45. Nate Chilton on February 21, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    can you watch movies with two tower speakers only? or is the center necessary also?

  46. Thick Bad bitch on February 21, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Depends on what size room you got.

  47. David Mander on February 21, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Soundbars suck compared to speakers….

  48. David Mander on February 21, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Soundbooster for 2ch and 5.2 for surround sound… Best of both! 👍

  49. Sahiti's Life on February 21, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Klipsch Reference Theater vs a dolby atmos sound bar, which on sound better?

  50. James Janee on February 21, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Sound bar is poor sound quality if you want more powerful choose home theater sound bar is designed for small houses only