A lot of noise in movies and games: many soundbars come with a wireless subwoofer. It provides rich bass, which a soundbar alone is usually too weak for. We are introducing seven soundbars with integrated subwoofers for around 250 to 1,000 euros.
Yamaha YAS-207: Good and affordable stereo soundbar
The Yamaha YAS-207 offers a lot of sound for the money. Image: © Yamaha 2020
The Yamaha YAS-207 relies on a 2.1 configuration, which means stereo sound plus a subwoofer. The soundbar does not get along well with surround channels; these are downmixed to stereo or virtual surround sound. If you don't need real surround sound, the Yamaha YAS-207 is a recommended soundbar with good stereo sound and a subwoofer for decent bass. More something for TV shows and music than for movies.
Connectivity : The soundbar with subwoofer offers Bluetooth, an HDMI input, a jack connection and an optical input.
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Yamaha YAS-209: Stereo with Alexa
The Yamaha YAS-209 has received some upgrades compared to its predecessor, the YAS-207. Image: © Yamaha 2020
Like its predecessor, the YAS-207, the Yamaha YAS-209 is a stereo soundbar with a subwoofer. That said, it's better for TV shows and music than Hollywood movies and games with surround sound. After all, there is virtual surround sound on request. The HDMI output and the WLAN connection for Alexa voice control are new. The HDMI output allows HDR content to be passed on to the TV. In addition, Yamaha has given the new edition a more modern design.
Connectivity : One HDMI In, one HDMI Out and one optical input, as well as Bluetooth and WLAN.
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Samsung HW-Q70R: powerful soundbar with a little bit of atmosphere
The Samsung HW-Q70R is a 3.1.2 system. Image: © Samsung 2020
The Samsung HW-Q70R is much better equipped for cinema sound than the two Yamaha soundbars. In addition to the stereo channels and the subwoofer, there is a center speaker and two height channels for Dolby Atmos. There is no real surround sound, but the immersion is improved a lot by the additional speakers.
Connectivity : There is an HDMI input and output with eARC, so Dolby Atmos can be transmitted. Bluetooth, WLAN, optical input, jack input and a USB port for the music collection are also on board.
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Sony HT-ZF9: 3.1 with great connectivity
The Sony HT-ZF9 only simulates Dolby Atmos via virtual surround. Image: © Sony 2020
The Sony soundbar relies on stereo channels, a center speaker for speech reproduction and a wireless subwoofer. The HT-ZF9 can reproduce Dolby Atmos, but only simulated via virtual surround, as there are no height speakers.
Connectivity : There are two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output with eARC, an optical input, a jack connection, USB, LAN, WLAN and Bluetooth. Google Cast and the voice assistant Alexa are also on board. So a very good connectivity.
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JBL Bar 5.1: Real 5.1 surround sound bar
The JBL Bar 5.1 comes with surround speakers. Image: © JBL 2020
The JBL Bar 5.1 is a special feature: it comes with two rear speakers that work completely wirelessly via a battery. They are plugged into the soundbar to charge. The result is a complete 5.1 system.
Connectivity : The JBL Bar 5.1. offers three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, on top of that a jack connection and an optical input as well as Bluetooth.
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Samsung HW-Q80R: Compact 5.1.2 system
The Samsung HW-Q80R accommodates the "rear speakers" on the sides. Image: © Samsung 2020
Real 3D sound from a single loudspeaker bar? The Samsung HW-Q80R tries to square the circle by placing the surround speakers on the sides and the height speakers on top. The sound from the height speakers bounces off the ceiling at an angle, the side speakers radiate it diagonally against the walls. The sound waves then find their way to the listener – provided the soundbar is well placed in the room. The result is a 3D sound that does not come close to that with separate Dolby Atmos speakers, but leaves virtual surround sound behind.
Connectivity : The connections are also impressive: 2 x HDMI In and 1 x HDMI Out with eARC, an optical input and jack connection as well as Bluetooth, USB and WLAN.
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Samsung HW-Q90R: Replaces the home theater system
Thanks to wireless rear speakers and four drivers for the highs, the Samsung HW-Q90R even manages Dolby Atmos. Image: © Samsung 2020
The Samsung HW-Q90R is a 7.1.4 system. The soundbar contains stereo speakers, center speakers, two height speakers and two side speakers. In addition, the two rear speakers supplied each also contain drivers radiating upwards. The result is a wireless Dolby Atmos system that could hardly be better implemented as a soundbar.
Connectivity : The connections largely correspond to those of Samsung's HW-Q80R: 2 x HDMI In and 1 x HDMI Out with eARC, an optical input as well as Bluetooth and WLAN. However, USB and jack connections are missing.
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