2017 Top Picks Of the Year Soundbars



Sonos Playbase Soundbase
(June) After several years of product research, Sonos added this remarkably low-profile, bass-blasting, high-performance TV platform to its popular wireless streaming ecosystem. $699, sonos.com

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar
(June) It’s pricey, but Bluesound added a fine, audiophile-quality soundbar to its proprietary streaming family that delivered excellent dynamics, accurate stereo imaging, and surprising bass extension for such a compact cabinet. $999, bluesound.com

Polk MagniFi Mini Soundbar System (See "Value")

Traveler's picture

I bought a Sony Bravia X900E 55" and a Roku Ultra box and am very satisfied, it perfectly fills the field of view at 8' and the sound is just fine. Was going to buy an matching player but Netflix doesn't seem to carry 4K disks so I'm sticking with my OPPO 105D.

brenro's picture

I've been using these guys.

German-Pete's picture

Sorry, but the combination of ELAC with Roon (Essentials) is not at all professional. Since November 2017 Mac-, IOS- and Android-Apps are buggy. Freeze or shutdown when selecting Settings/Storage or Services and according to the Roon forums I am not the only one. From German Elac Support: "Unfortunately, we have no control over the software / firmware provided by Roon….". That is the position of Roon (Mike Roon Labs): "First, I should note that Roon and Roon Essentials are different products, with support for Roon Essentials handled by ELAC." Haaha.

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