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The Best Soundbars of 2024

Check out Abt's picks for the best soundbars of 2024. Whether you need more advanced input connections or superior sound for your home theater, one of these speakers could be your new watch party companion.
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Start Shopping The Best Soundbars of 2024

If you're in the process of curating your dream home theater/home entertainment center, Abt's best soundbars of 2024 can walk you through which device to add to your collection next. Whatever factors matter most to you, whether it's connection abilities, sound technology or audio quality, we're sure to have an ideal soundbar model fit to your binge-watching habits. Keep reading to see our picks for the best soundbars of 2024. One of our soundbar recommendations is bound to take your film viewing experience to the next level.

Best Soundbar For Whole House Integration

5 out of 5 stars
Contains 58 Reviews
Your Price: $899.00
Color: Black
To begin our best soundbars of 2024 list, we recommend the SONOS Arc Black Soundbar Speaker. This soundbar allows you to stream content through your WiFi network, even allowing you to connect more speakers from Sonos to expand your audio setup. If you're already an iPad or iPhone user, feel free to stream directly to the Sonos Arc via AirPlay 2. This soundbar is not only capable of wireless connections, though, as it also provides an HDMI eARC connection. HDMI eARC offers an increased bandwidth, a speed boost and high-quality audio when you use it to connect your soundbar to your TV. This product is compatible with Dolby Atmos® too, providing you with immersive 3D sound. The soundbar features upward-firing drivers that produce a multi-dimensional soundstage, capturing every detail of your favorite content with the utmost depth and clarity. The Sonos Arc also has built-in voice control abilities with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can press play on your music, ask questions, set reminders and check the news 100% hands-free.

Best Soundbar for Dolby Atmos

4.5 out of 5 stars
Contains 66 Reviews
Your Price: $899.00
Our second choice for the best soundbars of 2024 is the Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar. This soundbar can connect via WiFi or Bluetooth, depending on your preference, and can stream content through Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect. Outside of wireless connections, the soundbar also provides inputs for HDMI cords and digital optical inputs, which you may find in devices like media streamers, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, cable boxes, home theater receivers and TVs. The Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar features a 5.1.2 channel configuration, which refers to how many speakers are inside the device. Five speakers are located on the left, right and center, as well as in the back of the soundbar to create surround sound. It also holds a subwoofer and two drivers directed towards the ceiling, so sound can bounce off your walls for fuller immersion. This soundbar, like our first recommendation, is compatible with Dolby Atmos®, but it also features ADAPTiQ Calibration. ADAPTiQ measures the properties of the room your soundbar is in to adjust and optimize the audio based on the acoustics of your environment. All of these settings can be controlled with the included remote or with voice assistance from Alexa or Google.

Best Budget-Friendly Soundbar for Dolby Atmos

4.5 out of 5 stars
Contains 8 Reviews
Your Price: $599.95
Our third pick for the best of 2024 is the JBL Bar 500 5.1-Channel Soundbar. This device has a total output power of 590 watts in order to create the most immersive sound experience for your gaming, films, TV shows and music. This JBL soundbar features both Dolby Atmos® and MultiBeam™ surround sound, providing theater-quality audio that covers the whole room without needing additional speakers. The built-in 10-inch wireless subwoofer also assists with this sound performance, adding precise bass to your favorite content, elevating every piece of action along the way. This soundbar can use either built-in WiFi or Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to your existing devices. You can also stream music or other media with Alexa Multi-Room Music, Chromecast Built-in™ or AirPlay. Take advantage of the HDMI eARC connection as well. When you use this cable to connect your JBL soundbar to a gaming console or video player, you can expect Dolby Vision passthrough and 4K video quality.

Best Immersive Surround Soundbar

Out of the best soundbars of 2024 covered so far, the Polk Audio MagniFi MAX AX soundbar has the most complex audio technology of all. This soundbar features an 11-speaker array with built-in height drivers, all of which use Polk Audio's patented SDA technology. SDA produces a wide, expansive multidimensional soundstage in order to fill up your entire room with audio, no extra devices required. Along with the SDA technology, this soundbar offers Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X Sound with everything you watch. Those built-in height drivers mentioned above come in handy here, as they create the overhead audio element so you can hear each detail above you too. This SDA, Dolby and DTS:X combination makes for the most cinematic watching experience of all. The Polk Audio soundbar also comes with a 10-inch down-firing MagniFi Max AX subwoofer, the most powerful soundbar subwoofer from the brand so far. This wireless companion device delivers the deepest, most impactful bass. While the thunderous low-end audio provided is already powerful, you can continue customizing it to your liking with BassAdjust. When you're ready to set up this soundbar at home for all your listening needs, you can use WiFi or Bluetooth 5.0 to stream via Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect. You can also take advantage of the HDMI eARC connection for 4K video and audio translation.

Continue Discovering The Best Soundbars at Abt

While these are Abt's picks for the best soundbars of 2024, there are plenty more soundbars, speakers and subwoofers carried at our store that you can add to your home theater for the ultimate watch party. The audio products chosen for this list are designed to enhance your TV viewing and music listening, no matter what environment you place your product in. Unsure which of these four soundbars will create the most enjoyable experience at home? Become a pro with our soundbar buying guide, which will give you a rundown of the most important sound quality factors to take into account as you browse our devices. If you have any questions remaining about our top soundbars of 2024, let the Abt audiophiles assist you further at 800-860-3577.