Use this buying guide to learn how a sound bar compares to a full surround sound system, and decode some of the jargon.
Each soundbar is assessed by a panel of three people (including two non-experts) for ease of use including installation, basic adjustments, general usage and the remote control.
Listening tests are performed in a simulated living room by a panel of four experienced testers (including two specialist sound engineers). The sound is also measured in an anechoic room to measure frequency response. A test is done with a TV to see if there is any delay between sound and picture.