If you like passing the time in front of your computer or TV, you likely know how important the sound is to truly get into what you are doing.
Whether it is watching a movie, playing a game, or simply listening to music — speakers often tend to fail us, resulting in poor sound quality and annoying experience. However, this can easily be fixed by getting one of the best soundbars under $300, which is pretty affordable, and it can completely change your experience. With that in mind, we have selected some of the best soundbar models in this price range that you can find on the market. Let’s check them out.
1. Zvox AccuVoice AV200 Soundbar
Our top choice has to be Zvox AccuVoice AV200 Soundbar, which is a low-priced solution, but definitely not a cheap one. It will cost you less than $200, but it delivers quite a bit in return.
When it comes to its measurements, they are 17×2.9×3.1 inches, while the device itself weighs around 3 pounds. It is a 2.1 channel soundbar, that features 3-inch drivers, and has a total output power of 24W. In other words, the soundbar is pretty small, but also quite decent when it comes to power.
Zvox AccuVoice AV200 features aluminum housing, as well as the aluminum mesh that protects its LCD display on the front, as well as the drivers on the inside. It is also quite easy to use, and the display features all the volume information you need, including input information, active mode, and alike.
The right side of the device features several control buttons, such as volume controls, and the power button. On the back, there are digital optical, power, 3.5mm, as well as RCA outputs and ports. However, the soundbar also features a remote control, so that you can adjust the volume, turn it on and off, and more without having to approach it every time.
Apart from the soundbar itself, you also get a 5-inch 3.5mm audio cable, as well as a 6-inch-long digital optical cable. Then, there is an AC power adapter, the already mentioned remote, a 58-inch RCA cable, the user manual, and two AAA batteries.
All in all, we like this model, as it is small and great for tight spaces, such as small apartments. It is also cheap, but it features an excellent build quality due to its metal housing. This implies that it is also durable. In addition, it is simple to use — manually or via a remote. The sound is also clear and strong, and it has several levels of surround sound effects. The only thing to criticize with this model is that it appears to have been designed for people with hearing problems, and for that, it might be a bit too expensive, after all. In addition to that, it has no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, nor USB or HDMI ports. In other words, it is not bad — only somewhat limited when it comes to connectivity.
2. Polk Signa S1
Another pretty great model in a similar price range is Polk Audio 2.1-Channel Soundbar System, also known as Polk Signa S1, which will easily fix the sound coming from your computer or TV. In fact, it is one of the best models for this kind of money, meaning that you should definitely consider it. This soundbar is pretty universal, meaning that it can fit most TVs. Additionally, it features a wireless subwoofer system, which allows it to deliver a pretty amazing experience.
Surprisingly enough, this soundbar is cheap, but also strong and full of features. Another surprising thing about it is that it is not so well-known, considering the price and quality. However, despite that, it will definitely provide you with an audio experience that no TV can deliver in the same way.
You will easily be able to tell the difference, even if you are not trained in detecting subtle audio changes. This is because the changes won’t be subtle at all, making Signa S1’s quality quite obvious. Of course, it is not the best one on the market — not at this price — but it is still more than decent for this kind of money. Besides, it delivers excellent dialogue clarity, and great sound balance.
The device was designed to be small and humble. It also features a full black finish, and it weighs around 11 pounds. It doesn’t exactly look as cheap as it is, but it still keeps things pretty simple. This low-profile design makes it pretty attractive and modern — giving away the feeling that it doesn’t need to be a flashy option.
It is also very easy to set up, thanks to the keyhole hanger, as well as a tiny footprint. Mounting it is rather simple, and it doesn’t need any additional hardware. Besides, you can always just put it on top of a cabinet in your home, and keep it there. It is also easy to connect to your TV, as well as to control. The only real issue with it is that it lacks HDMI inputs. Other than that, it is a great solution that comes at a great price, with quick and easy setup, enjoyable sound, and a very useful night mode.
3. ZVOX SoundBase 570 30”
In the third spot, we have another model by Zvox, and this time, it is the ZVOX SoundBase 570 30” soundbar. This is hardly a surprise, considering the fact that this brand kept making some of the best soundbars in the industry for more than 10 years, at this point. They offer a lot of different models at all prices, as we have seen. This model is at the very edge of what we find affordable, but it is definitely worth the money, as you are about to see.
SoundBase 570 is a type of soundbar that will definitely make you comfortable while using it. In terms of design, it is a bit smaller than a typical soundbar, which is something it has in common with our first two entries. However, we do not take this as a flaw. It means it can save on space, and fit into smaller rooms and apartments without troubling you. Compactness is appreciated these days, and Zvox clearly understands it.
The model features a black exterior, and its design makes it look a bit basic. However, this is also an advantage, as it makes it look modern, but also simple to use. Not to mention that it is quite sturdy and strong, and you can even use it as a stand for the TV. Setup is simple, and most people who have tried it out can confirm it. As mentioned, it is also very user-friendly, with a remote control that allows you to control the surround sound, input, and more. You won’t have any trouble at all when it comes to figuring it out and using it.
Meanwhile, the sound it provides is top-quality, with bass and vocals being truly excellent. That makes for clear dialogues, which makes movies and TV shows that much more enjoyable. It also offers quite a bit in terms of connectivity, which is why it definitely deserves a place on this list. All in all, we like this model a lot, and we expect you will, too.
4. Yamaha YAS-207BL Sound Bar
Then, there is Yamaha, which stayed true to its slogan (‘Together we can create those beautiful moments’) for decades, and has been delivering top-quality products during all of this time. Millions of customers around the world are more than satisfied by the company’s devices and products, which is why the firm continues to develop new, exciting models, and make them as affordable as possible.
This is also something that can be said for its soundbar, model YAS-207BL. The soundbar already stands out from the rest thanks to its beautiful, slim design. In fact, the design also makes it quite portable and easy to set up, even if you wish to keep it in front of your TV. Naturally, it can also be mounted on the wall, as per your desire.
However, the part that truly impresses is the features. To start off, let’s just say that this is the first soundbar ever to offer DTS Virtual:X, which is a virtual 3D surround sound, which is infinitely better than anything that a TV could offer. As you would expect, it also features a wireless subwoofer, which offers quite a powerful and satisfying bass.
Its connectivity is improved by the presence of Bluetooth, which allows you to stream music with ease from any device. As mentioned, setting it up is quite easy, and all connections to the TV are detected automatically. You can connect it using analog, optical, or HDMI option, although it doesn’t include HDMI in the original package. However, the very fact that HDMI is an option is a big plus for this model, as something like that is not often seen within this price range.
Finally, the soundbar is easy to use via remote control, which allows you to choose any settings that you prefer. Even better, if you connect it to your TV via HDMI, you don’t even need a separate remote for your soundbar, you can simply use the TV remote, or even your smartphone, provided that you download the appropriate Home Theater Controller app, which can be used on Android or iOS.
The model is truly excellent, as well as very inexpensive, which is why this solution is one of our favorites. If you decide to check it out, we are sure that it will become your favorite, as well.
5. Avantree Torpedo Plus Low Latency Laptop Mini Soundbar
Next, we have Avantree Torpedo Plus, which is an improvement of the original Avantree Torpedo model. There are a few differences between the two, although the biggest and most obvious one lies in the size of the device. The new model is somewhat larger, although it is actually still quite small, and likely the cheapest that you will find on our list. It also weighs only 1 pound.
However, the differences do not stop there. The company also managed to significantly improve the quality of sound, thanks to two 5W speakers, as well as one passive radiator, which ensures that the bass performance is improved upon the original. Furthermore, the soundbar can now be used in a wireless or wired mode, thanks to increased connectivity, while the battery lasts up to 7 hours of constant use. After that, it requires half of that time to be fully recharged once again.
The soundbar’s design is also quite modern, in black color, with an acoustic fabric on the front side, which protects the speakers. Meanwhile, it also features a mode indicator light, as well as the product’s name, and the logo of the company. On its right side, there is a mode button, which shines in blue light to signify that 3D Surround sound mode is on, or green for Super Bass. The red turns on if Balanced Audio mode is on. Apart from these, it also features volume controls in the same place.
Finally, at the rear, it offers a power button, a USB charging port, a 3.5mm port, as well as the indicator light. And, thanks to the anti-slip pads located on the bottom side of the device — you can rest assured, knowing that it won’t be sliding if you put it on a slippery surface.
All in all, it is an excellent device, which is extremely cheap, portable, sturdy, and surprisingly loud, with great connectivity and lots of features. The only thing that can be criticized is the fact that you need to use a low-latency receiver/transmitter if you want to avoid delay while watching movies.
6. JBL Bar 2.1 Home Theater Starter System
Finally, last on the list, we have a model from JBL, which is well-known for the excellent quality and efficiency of its home theater systems. Most of the company’s other models tend to be a lot more expensive, but this one can be obtained for a bit over $200, which is more than affordable for a model as great as JBL Bar 2.1 Home Theater Starter System.
Simply put, this is a soundbar that will provide you with the feeling you want and deserve to have when watching your favorite show or movie. Best of all, it is quite compact, too, meaning that it won’t take that much space.
When it comes to sound quality, this model includes a wireless subwoofer, similarly to most other soundbars. As such, it allows for deep, rich sound, which you will be able to enjoy while playing your favorite games, watching movies, listening to music, and alike. In fact, it features a special Movie mode, which increases bass even further, thus improving special effects. Meanwhile, it doesn’t compromise the clarity of the dialogues at all, which has an amazing overall effect.
In Surround mode, however, you won’t exactly get the fully-immersive experience. Instead, the device will simply boost the volume, and that will be pretty much it. As for the Music mode, the soundbar offers pretty good sound quality, and the overall performance is satisfying. But, one flaw is that the quality of sound starts to distort after bass levels go too high in Standard mode.
As for design, the model looks just as you would picture a soundbar. It is relatively lightweight, weighing around 4 pounds, while its measurements are 38×2.3×2.7 inches. In other words, it is pretty slim, and it fits perfectly into smaller rooms or apartments, which also makes it rather similar to many other models we have mentioned. The top panel is where you will find its control buttons, as well as a white LED readout, which is located beneath the metallic grille that shows which mode is active at any given time.
The device is rather simple to set up, and all you need to do is plug it in and connect the wireless subwoofer and HDMI cable. After that, it is ready to use. And, as you can tell, it features pretty decent connectivity, which is always a good thing for cheaper devices.
You will never be fully immersed during your spare time which you choose to spend by watching a movie, listening to music, or playing your favorite game, unless you get a great soundbar that will amplify the sounds and provide you with proper experience. However, if you thought that you have to pay major prices in order to get the best experience — think again.
There are plenty of budget solutions that you can get for $300 or less, and our list is full of them. All that remains is for you to check them out and decide which one you like best. After that, all that you have to do is enjoy excellent, immersive sound while doing your favorite activities.