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How to pick the right sound bar to go with your flat-screen TV

Jon L. Jacobi | Dec. 22, 2014
So your brand-new TV sounds like crap. Don't feel bad, it wasn't your lack of shopping prowess; there's only so much TV manufacturers can do when it comes to projecting audio from the extremely thin form factors of today's flat-panel TVs. (Well, truth be told, they were never much concerned with sound even when those weren't limiting factors. But that's another story.)

That's hardly the ceiling on prices, but we've found the sweet spot to be in the $300 to $500 range for a sound bar with a wireless subwoofer. More expensive models might sound even better, but you'll reach the point of diminishing returns quickly.

And if you're working with that kind of budget, you probably don't to read this guide anyway.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on 11/27/13. It was updated in its entirety on 12/19/2014 to add new and updated information.


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