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15 Best Soundbars in Singapore Sorted By Budget | Best of Home 2020

With televisions getting slimmer, the less space there is for built-in speakers and audio quality is inevitably reduced. If you are a movie enthusiast and want that “surround sound” experience but do not have space for a home theatre system, the good news is that you can easily pick up a soundbar. Compared to a full home theatre system, soundbars are compact, slim and saves you the hassle and clutter of attaching many cables. It is the perfect audio upgrade for HDB flats and condominiums.

But with so many models and a wide price range, how do you know which one to pick? You’ve landed on the right article. We have curated the best soundbars money can buy, and we sorted them in groups depending on your budget.

How much is a soundbar?

Soundbars vary hugely in pricing. You can get a budget plug-and-play model for under $150 or a high-end soundbar for $2,000. Naturally, you get what you pay for. Soundbars under $150 will improve your TV audio, and that’s about it. Step into the $300 – $500 range, and you can look forward to having features like wireless Bluetooth, built-in voice control like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and other smart functions like in-app control settings that work seamlessly with other smart devices. The best audio quality lies in the top tier, with the likes of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and other audio standards. If you want to hear all the details in crisp quality for a truly immersive, multi-dimensional movie experience, that’s where you need to be looking.

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Top 15 Best Soundbars in Singapore Sorted By Budget

High-end soundbars above $1,000

1. LG 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar System with Meridian Technology and Dolby Atmos (SL10YG)

For all the movie and music buffs who are willing to spend to upgrade their simple TV room to a home theatre heaven, we recommend this top-quality soundbar by LG. It may cost more than your TV, but trust us when we say you’re sure to get your money’s worth.

This product guarantees the most advanced technologies by Meridian Audio, a British manufacturer of high-performance audio components and systems. The case in point is its 5.1.2 channel configuration. This means that underneath its slim and sleek exterior lies an audio powerhouse with 5 built-in speakers for ear-level sounds, 2 for overhead sounds and 1 wireless speaker dedicated to low bass frequencies (also called a subwoofer), all working together for an inescapable, floor to ceiling audio. Plus, it has both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, two of the most popular surround sound formats that precisely play around with individual sounds throughout your listening space, giving you a more realistic, immersive, three-dimensional audio experience.

Apart from its audio capabilities, it is also very convenient to use. It’s equipped with built-in Bluetooth, WiFi and Chromecast features for you to easily connect to other music players and streaming apps. You also have the choice to control it with an old-fashioned remote control, through Google Assistant’s voice-activated commands or with your Smartphone’s remote app.

We know, it literally sounds like a dream! Luckily for those on a tighter budget, LG still sells an older model for less than half the price.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Meridian Audio, a renowned British manufacturer
  • Audio resolution: Supports 4k high-definition videos (4x the resolution of 1080p video)
  • Speaker channels: 5 ear-level sounds, 1 for low frequency sounds, 2 for overhead sounds
  • Supported audio formats: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, DTS:X, Digital-HD, Digital Surround Sound
  • Connectivity options: WiFi, Bluetooth, Chromecast (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Remote control, Smartphone app, Google Assistant voice-control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
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2. Bose Soundbar 700 with Google Assistant

 

Another high-end alternative is the Bose Soundbar 700. Even at first glance, you can tell this product was designed to look as good as it sounds, with its premium tempered glass and clean seamless lines all put together with a sophisticated metal grille finish. Whether it’s mounted on a wall or placed on a TV console, it will stand out for both its sound and style.

What I found really unique about this model is its array of customized technologies. First and foremost, it highlights its ADAPTiQ Audio calibration wherein the soundbar optimizes its audio and acoustic capabilities depending on the characteristics of your room. Whatever size, layout, furniture, the Bose Soundbar 700 adjusts to your liking.

Another distinction is the multiple seamless options to operate the device. Apart from voice-activated Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, it comes with a Universal Remote that is programmed with six presets and lights up specific buttons based on what you need. The remote also allows you to control other HDMI-connected devices like the TV or other gaming consoles. For an even easier experience, you can also opt to use the Boss Music app through your Smartphone. This virtual space allows you and your family to set individual, personalized presets based on preference, whether it’s playing your favourite music or switching between stations, playlists, and services.

Compared to LG’s model, Bose supports older formats like Dolby Digital and DTS, but both are still helpful in achieving a good surround sound system. However, it also does not come with built-in surround sound speakers, which may be a big downside for cinema lovers. Instead, there is an option to purchase separate Bose Surround Sound Speakers and Wireless Bass Module. An upside is that it is also compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 so you can easily play songs through Apple Music.

The same model is also available with Amazon Alexa. For a cheaper Bose model, check out the Bose Soundbar 500 with Google Assistant.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: ADAPTiQ Audio Room Calibration
  • Audio resolution: Supports 4k high-definition videos (4x the resolution of 1080p video)
  • Speaker channels: No built-in surround sound speakers
  • Supported audio formats: Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Connectivity options: WiFi, Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Universal Remote, Bose Music app, Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa voice-control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
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3. Samsung 7.1.4-Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos HWQ90R

 

Samsung has been dominating the home electronics space with great quality technologies, and their True 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Soundbar is no exception. The brand teamed up audio technical expert, Harman Kardon, and their combined expertise has created the product’s Adaptive Sound, a unique technology that optimizes sound based on each movie scene, allowing viewers to hear even the lowest and faintest of voices.

It is also furnished with 7 speaker channels for ear-level sound, 4 for overhead sound, 1 wireless speaker for low-level frequencies, and a state-of-the-art wide-range tweeter for clear, high-quality audio from all angles. And unlike many models, it comes with 2 wireless rear speakers that capture sound waves from the highest point of a room and resonate them back down. The result? An atmospheric, three-dimensional, surround sound experience that instantly upgrades any home entertainment system to cinematic levels.

This kind of system could only be made better with its Game Mode Pro wherein sound settings are further enhanced for the ultimate game night at home. Simply connect your game console via HDMI and enjoy. Compatible game consoles include Playstation 4 and Xbox.

Also check out Samsung HW-Q60R/XS 5.1Ch Soundbar for a cheaper option.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Adaptive Sound, Game Mode Pro
  • Audio resolution: Supports 4k high-definition videos (4x the resolution of 1080p video)
  • Speaker channels: 11 built-in speakers (7 ear-level, 4 for overhead), 1 wireless subwoofer for low-frequency sounds, 2 wireless rear speakers for additional surround sound
  • Supported audio formats: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, DTS:X, DTS Digital Surround
  • Connectivity options: WiFi, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Samsung TV One Remote, SmartThing app, Amazon Alexa voice-control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

4. JBL 5.1-Channel Ultra HD Soundbar JBLBAR51

Another brand known for their premium speakers is JBL. Its soundbar has 5 built-in speakers and 1 wireless subwoofer for low bass sounds, made to be compatible with Dolby Digital and DTS audio formats for that epic movie and music experience. Exclusive to this product is the JBL SoundShift® technology that instantly and seamlessly switches sound between your TV and whatever you’re playing from your mobile phone via Bluetooth, assuring good audio quality regardless if it’s a pop song or a blockbuster action film.

Similar to the other high-end soundbars in this list, it has a 4k pass-through which means it promises high-definition audio to support high-definition videos that are 4x the resolution of a 1080p video. Now all you need is popcorn!

What I also appreciate about this product is the fact that you do not need a separate remote control as it is programmed to respond to any existing TV control. Although keep in mind that it does not have built-in music apps or WiFi music streaming, a definite drawback if your house parties thrive on Spotify playlists.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: JBL SoundShift®
  • Audio resolution: Supports 4k high-definition videos (4x the resolution of 1080p video)
  • Speaker channels: 5 built-in ear-level speakers and 1 wireless subwoofer for low frequency sounds
  • Supported audio formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Compatible with existing TV remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

Mid-Range Sound Bars $300 – $600

5. Sonos Beam BEAM1US1

Moving on to mid-tiered soundbars, Sonos takes the cake because of its credibility as a brand known for high-quality speakers and home entertainment systems. The Sonos Boom has a stylish aesthetic, good sound quality and value-for-money, making it our top recommendation for this price range. For half the cost of a high-end soundbar, it offers a premium and exclusive Trueplay™ tuning technology that adjusts sound to best fit your room’s specific interior. On top of that, Sonos worked with Oscar-winning engineers to further accentuate the sound of the human voice. Just turn on the Speech Enhancement option in the app, and you’ll be able to clearly hear whispered dialogues or conversations over action scenes. Absolutely no hassle either as you can control these settings straight from the Sonos Smartphone app or through voice-control commands to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri.

In terms of surround sound capabilities, although it does not come with additional speakers or new formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X found in high-end soundbars, the Sonos Beam still has 4 built-in full-range speakers that give the illusion of that room-filling sound. But if you still prefer a true surround sound system, Sonos recommends pairing the soundbar with their rear speaker or subwoofer models that you can easily and wirelessly connect to the soundbar for a multi-room system.

Continue researching the online space and see high reviews from CNET who called it the best voice control and multi-room audio, and Tomsguide who rated it as the best soundbar overall.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Trueplay™ tuning technology; Speech Enhancement in-app setting
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: Option to purchase additional speakers for wireless connection to the soundbar
  • Supported audio formats: Dolby Digital
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Sonos app, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

6. Yamaha Front Surround System YAS-207

Since we’re all for giving you more options – here’s another. The Yamaha Front Surround System comes with a soundbar and a separate subwoofer to specially enhance those explosive low bass sounds from your favourite action flicks. It is also compatible with DTS Virtual:X, so that movies, concerts and games with this format are magnified for a surround sound, 3D effect from corner to corner. Not to worry, if your video isn’t in a DTS format, the soundbar enhances the flat visuals with its special “up-mix” function to still create that multi-dimensional feel.

Another feature worth noting is its ability to optimize sound settings based on five surround modes – TV shows, movies, music, sports and games.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Clear Voice function; Five surround modes
  • Audio resolution: Supports 4k high-definition videos (4x the resolution of 1080p video)
  • Speaker channels: Built-in speakers and separate wireless subwoofer
  • Supported audio formats: DTS Virtual:X
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Remote control, Home Theatre Controller app
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
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7. AC RYAN Moment 2 Wireless Karaoke Soundbar Gen2

Paging all you Karaoke junkies – don’t worry, we didn’t forget you! The AC Ryan Wireless Karaoke Soundbar deserves a spot on this list, because really, what’s home entertainment without a friendly singing battle? Truth be told, soundbars are ideally not recommended for karaoke because their speakers cannot handle sound fluctuations from a Whitney Houston classic, but hey, here’s AC Ryan proving us wrong. Priced cheaper than high-end models, you get a soundbar with 2 built-in speakers dedicated to vocals and mid-range sound, 2 tweeters for high-range sounds, a wireless subwoofer to cover all bass levels and 2 wireless microphones for your karaoke needs. It sounds like music to our ears!

You can further top it up with a karaoke streaming player like Popsicle for a legit home karaoke system.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Capable of 3D surround sound
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 tweeters for high-range sounds, 2 built-in speakers mid-range sounds, and vocals, a wireless subwoofer for bass sounds, 2 wireless karaoke microphone
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Moment (Gen2) app compatible with iOS or Android
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
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8. Cambridge Audio TV5 (V2) Soundbase

Don’t be fooled by the simple, black design of the Cambridge Audio TV5 Soundbase. Inside lies Dual Subwoofers and a proprietary Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR®) Speaker. The dual subwoofers double the low-frequency effects to better enhance those battle scenes, psychological thrillers or live-action concerts. The BMR® Speaker provides a 180-degree sound distribution from a single compact device, which is perfect for people who have small TV rooms and no space for big home systems.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: BMR® Speaker; Optimized sound for 4 modes – TV, Film, Music, Voice
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: Dual downward-firing subwoofers
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: TV5 remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
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Affordable soundbars $200- $300

9. JBL 2.0-Channel Bar Studio Soundbar JBLBARS20

Now that the hard (and pricey) part is over – let’s take a breather and enjoy these more affordable options.

Compared to the high-end JBL model, we recommend this JBL Bar Studio 2.0 Noir is a good alternative for the price-conscious. You get JBL’s signature Surround Sound without the hassle of purchasing additional speakers or plugging in additional wires. It is also equipped with a Dual Bass Port to boost deep sounds in movies and games. Common to most soundbars, it also has Bluetooth and HDMI connections and can easily be controlled with your existing TV remote control.

Over-all, it’s not too heavy on the wallet and doesn’t sacrifice must-have features of a good soundbar. You may also want to check out JBL’s previous model, the JBL SB150 Cinema Soundbar.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: JBL Surround Sound; Dual Bass Port
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: Built-in speakers, subwoofer and tweeter
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Compatible with any TV remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

10. Nakamichi SoundStation S7 SS-S7

Next on the list of affordable speakers is the Nakamichi SoundStation S7. On top of the basic features, what I noticed about this model is its built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP), which is common in lower-cost models to make up for fewer audio speakers. In simple terms, it is a powerful tool that improves the characteristics of different audio for it to ultimately sound better as it played through its speaker. I also find that having a separate wireless subwoofer really adds depth to any visual sound and something that should be considered even if you’re on a budget. With this Nakamichi model, you get these 2 devices for a cheap price — a good deal without sacrificing quality.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Digital Signal Processor for sound improvement
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 built-in speakers, a wireless subwoofer
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

11. Sharp Sound Bar Home Theatre System HT-SB110

The Sharp Sound Bar is a good option for anyone looking to spend below the realm of $200 to improve their home theatre. It also has a built-in Digital Signal Processor and customized sound settings for movies, music or news visuals. Compared to the two other affordable options, it is slightly longer but still sleek enough to fit in a console or mount on a wall.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Digital Signal Processor; Optimized sound for 3 modes – movies, music, news
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 built-in speakers
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

12. Sony Compact Soundbar HT-S100F

You can definitely trust Sony to create a high-tech soundbar without paining your wallet. Underneath this slim device is the S-Force Front Surround (2-channel system) and a Bass Reflect Speaker (delivers clear and powerful bass sounds) that when combined, imitates three-dimensional sound movements to make your visual experience more realistic. As usual, you can play music via Bluetooth or USB and control settings through a remote.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: S-Force Front Surround, Bass Reflect Speaker
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 built-in speakers
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

Cheap Soundbars Under $100

13. Xiaomi Mi Soundbar

The last 3 soundbars in this list are the cheapest and will cost you less than $100.

If you’re strict with your budget, we recommend you first check out this Xioami Soundbar. Entering this market just last 2019, Xioami adds another product to its range of affordable yet reliable home electronics. This model has an eight-channel speaker for a realistic audio experience that greatly impresses for the small price you are paying. Moreover, the modern and sophisticated design associated with all Xioami products could also be a good aesthetic addition to your entertainment system. Sounds too good to be true? Fortunately for us, it’s the real deal!

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Eight sound units for pleasant audio
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 built-in speakers
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

14. Philips Soundbar Speaker HTL1508B

You may also want to take a look at the Philips Soundbar Speaker. It is equipped with 2 built-in speaker channels for basic but good quality audio. It also has built-in Bluetooth so you can enjoy wireless streaming from your music devices. If you wish to connect your iPhone, iPod or MP3 player, it has an Audio In jack for you to connect your device to. Although it cannot promise a surround sound effect, it’s good enough to create an enjoyable home theatre experience at a cheap price.

Philips also has the Soundbar Speaker HTL1520B/98 with HDMI ARC, a slightly more advanced model.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Basic full-range speakers
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 2 built-in speakers
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

15. SonicGear TV Soundbar BT-2100

Last on the list is our cheapest find yet – the SonicGear TV Soundbar. What amazes me the most about this product is how its cheap price can give not just a soundbar, but also a wireless subwoofer for that added enhanced deep-sound quality. Feel free to stream songs via Bluetooth or connect to the FM radio for more music options.

Important Specs to consider when buying this soundbar:
  • Audio technology: Basic full-range speakers
  • Audio resolution: N/A
  • Speaker channels: 4 built-in speakers and a wireless subwoofer
  • Supported audio formats: N/A
  • Connectivity options: Bluetooth (built-in); USB, HDMI (cable ports)
  • Control options: Wireless remote control
  • Placement options: Comes with a wall mount bracket
Check price on Lazada > 

Where to buy a soundbar in Singapore

You used to only be able to buy a soundbar from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Lazada is my go-to for shopping electronics and appliances. It is also a great place to compare prices. 

Financing your home purchases

If you would like to take up a loan for your home purchases, consider a personal loan, as renovation loans do not give you the cash upfront. You can find the best personal loan suitable for you on Singsaver. 

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