Things you need to know before buying a soundbar

If you have a new 4K TV or Ultra HD TV, you probably know that, even though it has a beautiful display, the sound isn’t as good. This is because TV manufacturers put more focus on graphics, and there's little room for sound. You will need to get an additional gadget to make your entertainment complete. A home theater could probably do the trick, but soundbars are mostly preferred.

Things you need to know before buying a soundbar
Denon Home Sound Bar 550

Soundbars are a preferred audio choice because of their incredible design, and they don’t take up space like home theater speakers. Despite its compact size, soundbars can provide a complete surround sound, especially when you combine it with some mini speakers.

If you have made up your mind to get one, here’s what you need to know about these compact speakers.

Your soundbar unboxed

When you get a soundbar, you will find a single long and narrow speaker bar along with a subwoofer. Some soundbars may come without a subwoofer. What the subwoofer does is amplify the sound making it even better. The width of the soundbar is important because it’s what produces the simulated surround sound effect. The single bar usually contains an array of speaker drivers, and it usually has a built-in amplifier.

KEF KC62 Compact Subwoofer

KEF KC62 Compact Subwoofer


If you get a soundbar with a subwoofer, you can connect it wirelessly, or if it includes one, attach with a cord. You will need to tuck the wires in so they’re presentable and hidden. If it’s a wireless subwoofer, you can keep it out of the way, such as underneath furniture, whereas a corded model will need to be around a power socket. It isn’t every model that will require an additional subwoofer.

Most premium soundbars come with in-built subwoofers, so if you have that, there won’t be a need to get an additional one.

Remote control

Soundbars also come with a remote control, which you can use to adjust the volume and other functions on the device. If you choose a soundbar without a remote, you can only rely on your TV or Blu-ray player to control the speaker.

Wall mount or TV stand

You have the option of mounting your soundbar under your TV if it comes with a bracket for this. If it doesn’t give you the option to mount it, place it on your TV stand. There are different brands out there with various display options, so decide whether you want it mounted to save up space or you want it on a surface.

Some soundbars come with their own wall mount, and if it doesn’t, you may need to get one. You should check to see if it’s compatible with a wall mount first, as not all models are: some soundbars are strictly designed to be placed on a stand. If you want to mount it, you can either place it on the top of your TV or below it. It usually looks great when joined to your TV, but it all depends on your preference.  Mounting the bracket is easy enough, but you may need help for installation.

Razer Leviathan desktop Bluetooth soundbar

Razer Leviathan desktop Bluetooth soundbar


One of the benefits of owning a soundbar is that you can use it wirelessly. Good soundbars come with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity. This wireless connectivity allows you to connect to your smart devices like a smartphone, iPad, and TV. If you purchase a soundbar without these options, there’s always connection ports such as HDMI, RCA, and 3.5mm, which you can plug in your wires. If you want to connect your soundbar to an AV receiver, you’ll need an HDMI cord, and you can also connect your TV to any of the cords directly to the soundbar.

Passive or active

Before you buy a soundbar, you should choose between an active or passive model. Active soundbars have all the components you need in one system: the speakers and amplifiers.

Alternatively, a passive soundbar requires an additional amplifier. In this case, you’ll need an AV receiver that connects to the adjoining speaker wires. The active soundbar is easier to set up compared to passive soundbars. But you’ll get a complete surround sound with passive soundbars.


When getting a soundbar, you need to consider the price. Fortunately, soundbars are available for an affordable price. However, you can’t compare the features of high-ranged soundbars to the cheaper models. It isn’t that cheap soundbars don’t provide excellent sound; they do. 

However,premium soundbars guarantee a surround sound, but you may only get a virtual sound effect from a less expensive model. Its the same thing generally when buying electronics. The more you pay, the more advanced its features. If you want to get a perfect sound quality, you may need to save up to get the type you desire. And to make sure you’re getting what you expect, it’s good practice to read to get insights on the top models.

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar

Dolby Atmos and DTS: X

Another important thing to consider when buying a soundbar is if it has support for the latest Dolby technologies. This is important, because it adds to your experience. Not all soundbars have this feature.

What these Dolby technologies do is add more effects to your sound. It helps you get the needed surround sound effect when watching your media. If your soundbar has support for these technologies, you can customize your sound. You’ll have access through its settings to control your music’s effect. Dolby is known for providing great quality sound for both music and movies.

Smart features

There are different types of soundbars. There are those with smart features and the regular type, which is more focused on just audio. If you get a smart soundbar, you will receive additional features such as voice recognition. These soundbars allow you to connect to softwares like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s voice assistant.

These features are especially great for people who work virtually, because it helps with your video calls and live streaming. If you’re buying a soundbar, you should check that it offers these features before you go ahead to buy it. Smart soundbars usually fall around the mid-range and high-range models. You may not find these features in affordable soundbars or budget ones.


In the market today, it ‘s not surprising to see that lots of brands offer soundbars. The demand for this type of device has continued to increase. However, you should keep in mind quality when getting one. You shouldn’t be drawn to the price or its attractiveness. You can be sure to be on the right path when you read reviews before making a purchase.

However, we recommend that you look at product reviews, and check the warranty to see if your chosen soundbar is durable. You don’t want a product that crashes after one year of purchase. It’s better to opt for known brands that have stood the test of time. Brands like Bose, Samsung, Sony, and many others have made their mark in the technology market. You can be safe when you patronize these known brands.

The problem with these top-tier products is their expensive price. If you can’t afford these high brands, there are also newer brands that have been tested and offer great quality. Just do your research and find out what others have to say about using this product. It’s only then you can tell if it’s truly worth buying.

Good soundbars are durable and you can use them a long time without experiencing any faults, but the substandard ones will give problems. You may also find out that what is in the package is completely different from what it does.

Final thoughts

There are different kinds of products to consider when buying a soundbar. Therefore, you’ll need this guide to help you get the right one for your home. Remember to factor in the size of your living space and all the others mentioned above in this article. You don’t want to get a soundbar and regret buying it.

Although all soundbars are good, you will only enjoy the benefits when you get the right one for your living space. For instance, if you have a larger space, you can’t expect to get a surround effect from a cheap soundbar. You also need to consider the size of your TV when getting one. You can’t have a bar longer than your TV. It won’t look very attractive and will feel off. If you’re using a smaller TV, you might want to consider upgrading it to match your sound system. The display and the sound should match if you want to enjoy a complete experience.

Meet Madhurima Nag

Madhurima Nag is the Head of Social Media at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a digital marketing lecturer/speaker and loves to voice her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding and gadgets (of course!) in general.
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