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The Best Wireless Soundbars for Turning Your TV Into an Epic Sound System

Because quality sound is crucial to a good viewing experience.

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Soundbars have become a mandatory companion for just about every new TV out there. Such products can not only make the onscreen content louder and clearer, but also vastly more immersive.

To find the best wireless soundbars for every TV setup, we thoroughly researched and tested several products ourselves, ranging from affordable soundbars for less than $100, all the way to luxury products that are design and tech masterpieces.

The Best Wireless Soundbars

How We Tested

To identify today’s best soundbars, we spent many hours meticulously sifting through hardware specs, reading reviews from industry experts, as well as carefully analyzing consumer feedback. The hardware specs included the number of audio drivers a product has, compatibility with various types of enhanced audio content, as well as the wireless connectivity features it offers, among other bits.

We focused our testing efforts on leading audio brands like Bose, Klipsch, Polk Audio, Samsung, and TCL, to name a few. During our testing process, we evaluated each soundbar based on the following criteria:

  • Sound quality — how the products performed while delivering various types of audio content.
  • Design — their ability to blend in with the home decor.
  • Ease of use — setting up the product and accessing its features.
  • Connectivity features — availability of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Smart functionality — compatibility with virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

To analyze sound quality, we spent time watching movies (essential for experiencing the overall acoustic performance of every soundbar, including the ability to process enhanced surround sound), following the news to determine each product's ability to deliver crisp dialogue, and rocking out to an eclectic Spotify playlist to experience their bass, treble, and mid-range delivery.

In 2021, it is imperative that a soundbar supports enhanced surround sound from Dolby and DTS. It makes the viewing experience more engaging even during seemingly mundane scenes. Enhanced content is best showcased during action-packed scenes, and it is abundant on all major streaming services.

We also factored in the soundstage presentation of each soundbar we researched and tested. By utilizing a combination of built-in hardware and audio processing tech, the feature can literally make a product sound “bigger” than it actually is. A products' soundstage is most notable while listening to music and watching movies. For example, when playing the right content, a soundbar with a wide soundstage can create an impression that you are attending a live music performance.

Most of our picks will not only play nicely with your brand-new TV, but also connect and stream sound from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. We used an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to connect to the products and wirelessly stream content from Spotify. Where available, we put the product's Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2 wireless connectivity (over Wi-Fi) through its paces, too.

Some of the finest offerings are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. We evaluated their performance by setting up the virtual assistants, and using them to play content and control compatible smart home products. The products that are available with both assistants require users to choose one.

It’s worth noting that even though these soundbars are wireless, they require users to connect them to their TV with an HDMI or an optical cable. The term “wireless” usually means that, in addition to Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi connectivity, they have a separate subwoofer that doesn't require a cable to connect.

Learn more about our top picks now to discover the best wireless soundbar for your home.

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Our Top Pick
Polk Audio Signa S3 Wireless Soundbar
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Why is the Polk Audio Signa S3 the best wireless soundbar for most buyers? It has an elegant design with a cool fabric finish, a bundled wireless subwoofer, effortless setup, and impressive audio performance, as well as support for Google Chromecast wireless playback and Google Assistant voice commands, all at an incredible price point. 

The 2.1-channel soundbar supports Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding for a cinematic audio experience. We like that the product has patented technology that helps it consistently deliver crisp dialogue. Many reasonably priced soundbars, while plenty thunderous, leave a lot to be desired on this instance. 

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, the Signa S3 soundbar has Bluetooth as well. You conveniently adjust sound to your liking via a minimalist remote control.

More: Wi-Fi Speakers We Like in Various Price Points

Best Under $500
Klipsch Cinema 600 Soundbar
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Editor's Note: We are in the process of testing this product and will update with more information when our testing is complete.

When it comes to sheer sound quality and overall acoustic performance, the Klipsch Cinema 600 soundbar is the best option for buyers with a budget under $500. In addition to top-tier audio quality, the product has a beautiful design with real wood and fabric finishes, easy installation, and a robust 3-year warranty.

Klipsch has equipped the Cinema 600 soundbar with seven audio drivers (three tweeters and four lower-frequency units, as well as a 10-inch external subwoofer). Combined with support for Dolby Digital processing, the hardware produces an incredible sonic experience with intoxicating power, superb clarity, and a wide soundstage. I like that there are even several custom modes for enhanced dialogue.

Plus, the soundbar comes bundled with a really cool, minimalist remote with motion-sensing backlighting, as well as an HDMI cable. 

It's worth nothing that the Cinema 600 lacks Wi-Fi connectivity like some of its similarly priced rivals, but the sonic experience it delivers more than make up for the omission.

If you are shopping on a tighter budget, consider the Klipsch Cinema 400 soundbar instead. For less than $300, it has the same design, but less audio drivers, a smaller subwoofer, and a more compact footprint.

Best Budget
TCL Alto 6+ Wireless Soundbar
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Priced below $100, the TCL Alto 6+ soundbar is our favorite pick for budget shoppers. The 2.1-channel offering has easy setup, good sound quality for its price point, as well as a wireless sub for enhanced bass. 

Hardware-wise, the Alto 6+ is not on par with pricier products in terms of sheer quality. The product can't deliver as much detail as more expensive soundbars, but it's still a solid and affordable upgrade over the built-in speakers of just about any TV. It is compatible with Dolby Digital-enhanced content, too. 

The soundbar has Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect your mobile devices and stream audio content. If you are shopping for a new soundbar on an even tighter budget, you can order an Alto 6 variant without a wireless subwoofer for less than $70.

Most Elegant and Feature-Packed
Bose Soundbar 700
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Expensive, yes — but the Bose Soundbar 700 is as feature-packed as it is elegant, with its glass and metal finish. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 wireless playback.

The product's audio performance is exceptional. It's soundstage is incredibly immersive and spacious, creating an impression that you are listening to an audio system with multiple speaker units — not just one soundbar. 

Bose also gives you the opportunity to add more audio components to the Soundbar 700. They include a wireless bass module and surround speakers, allowing you to enjoy a full-fledged surround-sound system.

The Compact Pick
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
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The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is the best compact soundbar on the market. It offers a perfect balance between elegant design, great audio quality, and a robust set of smart features. The last bit includes compatibility with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 support for a good measure.

The device packs five full-range drivers, which combine to deliver a surprisingly immersive sound despite its small size. The Bose Music mobile app is helpful for installing the Smart Soundbar 300, tweaking its sound, and adjusting its settings.

The Smart Soundbar 300 delivered a soundstage, whose breadth made it cast fine acoustic effects well beyond its footprint. The product sounded like a much bigger soundbar than the 27-inch one it is while I tested it. 

Bose SimpleSync tech is another smart bit that I enjoyed on the Soundbar 300. The nifty feature allowed me to wirelessly connect a pair of Bose Nose Cancelling Headphones 700 with the product and enjoy impressive sound without disturbing anyone.

Users can upgrade the sonic experience via an external bass module, if they wish. There’s even the option to add surround speakers and create a full home theater system with the Soundbar 300 as a centerpiece.

Most Immersive
Samsung HW-Q70T Wireless Soundbar
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Editor's Note: We are in the process of testing this product and will update with more information when our testing is complete.

Underneath the unassuming looks of the Samsung HW-Q70T wireless soundbar lies a multimedia powerhouse, which will instantly transform your living room into a movie theater with a three-dimensional sound experience. The sound bar is compatible with Dolby Atmos- and DTS: X-enhanced content, as well as the tech giant's cutting-edge audio tech, dubbed Samsung Acoustic Beam. 

The device's wireless subwoofer delivers amazing bass regardless of the onscreen content. I really like that the soundbar can connect with the latest Samsung TVs without the need of a cable. There's also a feature called Q-Symphony, which syncs the TVs' built-in speakers for an even bigger acoustic experience.

Affordable Dolby Atmos Sound
Soundcore Infini Pro Wireless Soundbar
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The Soundcore Infini Pro wireless soundbar by Anker, just like the brand’s completely wireless earbuds, has really solid design and audio performance for a budget product. Unlike its similarly priced rivals, the device is even compatible with Dolby Atmos-enhanced content.

The product’s impressive sound comes courtesy of six audio drivers. They include a duo of subwoofers for a surprisingly thumping bass experience — meaning you won’t miss a separate subwoofer.

You can also play your favorite tunes on the Infini Pro from your smartphone via a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. A mobile app allows you to tweak the device’s settings and switch sound modes.

More: Control All Your Entertainment Devices With This One-for-All Universal Remote

The Audiophile's Pick
Klipsch The Fives Stereo Speakers
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The timelessly beautiful Fives stereo speakers by Klipsch are a fantastic alternative to a soundbar, whose incredible audio quality is guaranteed to impress even a discerning audiophile. Just like a wireless soundbar, the splurgeworthy speakers are designed to connect to a TV via an HDMI-ARC connection. 

It is important to note that The Fives don't support enhanced surround sound like a traditional soundbar. However, the quality of their stereo sound is truly in a league of its own, making them well worth their considerable price tag.

Available with a handcrafted housing in black or walnut, each speaker packs a massive 4.5-inch long-throw woofer and a 1-inch titanium tweeter. The latter uses the legendary brand’s signature Tractrix horn technology for sound with awesome fidelity. 

I really like the speakers’ gorgeous metal dials for adjusting their volume, as well as for changing the audio source. An intuitive remote is also included. In addition to a rich set of wired connectivity features, the Fives have Bluetooth for effortlessly streaming content from a mobile device.

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