Use this buying guide to learn how a sound bar compares to a full surround sound system, and decode some of the jargon.
The best way to test a sound bar is watching movies and listening to a lot of music. We do that hard work, so you don’t have to.
Ease of use:
Each sound bar 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. Both classical and pop music are played from three different sources: CDs, USB drives and Bluetooth streaming. A separate test checks for any delay between sound and the picture on a TV.
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