Despite the many improvements in technology we know LED TV speakers are simply not good enough. So to improve the sound you can try a large set of speakers or a soundbar. A soundbar makes sense as it doesn't take up a lot of space and looks really cool when paired with a flat screen television.
But there are so many soundbars in the market, so which one should you pick? That's where we rescue you from searching through hundreds of websites and products. We analyzed all the best sellers and highly rated products on Amazon and Flipkart before finding the best picks.
Best soundbar in India (5.1 channel)
Sony HT-RT3 Sound Bar Home Theatre System
The Sony HT-RT3 Soundbar brings an award-winning design, great Sony surround sound and a whole host of innovative connectivity options that not only give your a great aural experience but also a superb user experience.
Best soundbar in India under 10000 (2.1 channel)
Blaupunkt SBW-01 Dolby Bluetooth Soundbar
Blaupunkt SBW-01 is a rather new product that gives you great sound in a much smaller 2.1 channel package. Like the Sony, you have a whole lot of connectivity options as well. But unlike the Sony, it is much more affordable going for more than half its price.
Best soundbar in India (Budget)
F&D E200 Plus Sound Bar Speakers
If you need to buy into the soundbar experience without spending a lot then the F&D E200 Plus which costs around Rs.1,600 makes great sense. It comes with aux and Bluetooth connectivity is light and easy to carry around courtesy of the built-in battery.
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Why Trust Us?
To find the best soundbar in India we read through best picks from reputed websites like TechRadar, Cnet, Digitaltrends etc. we found that although there were a lot of really good products, they were priced way beyond what a makes sense for someone in living in India.
So we decided to pick the best sellers and highest rated products off Amazon and Flipkart.
How we selected?
Soundbars have different configurations, so you can have a single soundbar that is affordable and consumes less space or you can go for a 5.1 channel soundbar or a 2.1 channel soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer that gives you the bass and costs a little more. So we decided to pick one standalone soundbar, one 2.1 channel soundbar and one 5.1 channel soundbar.
To find the best soundbars in the market we started by reading through suggestions from some of the biggest technology websites like TechRadar, Cnet, and Digitaltrends. Most of the products here were priced quite high with some that were far more expensive than televisions so we decided to stick to products under Rs.20,000
We finally picked products from Amazon and Flipkart by going through some of the highest rated and best-selling products.
Best soundbar in India (5.1 channel)
Great sound quality
5.1 channel arrangement
A whole host of connectors (HDMI ARC, Optical, USB, AUX)
Supports Bluetooth and NFC also
Dolby Digital support
HDMI and component cables are provided
No optical cable provided
NFC tag is on the Subwoofer unit and not the Soundbar
Sony products are known for their minimalistic designs and premium finishes and the HT-RT3 soundbar is no different, its made of basically one shape- rectangles. The soundbar, the speakers, and the subwoofers are unabashedly simple and rectangular. This makes the design quite inoffensive irrespective of where you use them. It's not just us who liked the simplicity of the design but India Design Council (an independent body of The Ministry of Commerce) as well who awarded it the India Design Mark 2017 for Good Design.
For connectivity, you get a lot of options starting with the more obvious Aux input, USB, HDMI ARC and Optical ports. You also get Bluetooth for wireless connectivity but what's strange is you also have NFC for easy connectivity. While NFC is a great addition the NFC reader is placed on the subwoofer which is something most people will keep away from the TV. Placing it on the soundbar would have made it much more accessible. Also while Sony provides you with an HDMI cable an optical cable is not provided.
You have all the controls on the top of the subwoofer which can be a little difficult to access, having them on the soundbar would have made things easier as the subwoofer is usually tucked away. But nevertheless, you have an easy to use the remote control that lets you control the volume, inputs and sound effects.
The sound of the Sony HT-RT3 is why most preferred it and most of them were blown away but the audio quality. Given its support for Dolby Digital when used with the right audio files you truly get a surround sound experience (Use the Clear Audio+ setting to enable 5.1 channel). Talking about the bass many users commented that it was just right without being over and almost comparable to the Bose solo 5 soundbar speakers. The mids and the highs reproduced were very clear and crisp as found by most customers. The volume too most felt was pretty loud and never needed to exceed 60% of the max (100), this makes it capable for most medium-sized rooms. The only issues people pointed were that the two satellite speakers were not very powerful and the fan noise from the subwoofer when standing next to it. The satellite issue can be solved by placing them beside you and the subwoofer fan sound is inaudible unless you are close to it which is rarely the case as its placed far from you.
Sony offers a 1-year warranty on the product and you need to take the product to their service center to get it repaired in case of any issues. Sony offers a one-time free installation service to install the soundbars for you.At nearly Rs.16,500 the Sony HT-RT3 may feel a little expensive but they do sound expensive as well. You get a true 5.1 channel sound, more connectivity than most soundbars and a quality product. The Sony HT-RT3 is not just one of the best soundbar for led tv by Sony, but the best soundbar in India.
Best soundbar in India under 10000 (2.1 channel)
Great value for money
Good sound quality
Comes with a dedicated subwoofer
A ton of connectivity options (optical in, AUX IN, Bluetooth, HDMI ARC and USB)
Supports Dolby Digital
Remote with bass and treble controls
Distortion at high volume
No HDMI cable provided
Blaupunkt has made quite a name for themselves with car audio solutions but today we look at their 2.1 channel soundbar which promises a lot of sound for a budget price. The SBW-01 looks quite modern and sleek with its squircle cross-section. You get two front firing speakers in the soundbar and the subwoofer which handles the bass which gives your sound the depth.
You have a long list of connectivity options like optical in, AUX IN, Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, and USB. This means you can connect everything from a smartphone to a television with this speaker.
To control the sound you have buttons on the soundbar itself where you can control the volume and on/off and input. These buttons are however flush and will be a little difficult to press. The USB port is placed right next to the buttons on the soundbar this way you can attach a pen drive easily. Our best pick had the USB ports on the subwoofer unit and we actually liked Blaupunkt's placement better. The remote provided has a ton of controls from the basic volume and play pause to the more audio focused equalizer options and treble and bass control. This gives you great flexibility in the way you want to listen to your sound.
Coming to the sound itself most customers found it to be very good without any characteristics that show its affordable speakers like the screeching sound or sibilant sound in the treble. Bass too was loved by most people who commented that it was punchy, although some people did say that they wanted more bass. From what we saw in the reviews most customers were rather pleased with the sound reproduction over Bluetooth which they felt was better than through a wired connection.
Blaupunkt offers a 1-year warranty on the product and you have to contact their service center for any issues.The Blaupunkt claim to fame is the sound quality and connectivity that you get at a very low price of around Rs.6000. That is quite a bargain for a 2.1 channel soundbar, making the Blaupunkt SBW-01 the best soundbar in India under 10000.
Best soundbar in India (Budget)
Terrific Value for money
Good sound for the price
2600mAH built-in battery
USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity
Good battery life
No charger provided
Compared to the Sony and the Blaupunkt the F&D E200 Plus is affordable, much much affordable. Also while it doesn't have a dedicated subwoofer like the other two it has a built-in battery that makes it portable. In terms of design, it isn't much different than the other two, the speaker is finished in black plastic with a mesh for the speaker grill and the speaker is tilted just slightly to the upper side, which directs the sounds towards you.
In terms of connectivity, you get a full-size USB port, a 3.5mm jack, and Bluetooth. As it has a battery built-in you get a micro USB port (5V 1A) for charging it as well. This makes it great to be used on the move or across rooms.
For controls, you have the buttons on the side which include the regular volume up and down, Bluetooth and play/pause. The E200 Plus is actually an upgraded version of the hugely popular F&D E200 soundbar. The E200 has some niggles that are improved on the E200 Plus. Starting with the hardwired 3.5mm cable which is now gone for good as you now have a port to insert any cable you want. Another new addition is the Bluetooth connectivity and battery which now makes it portable as well. Finally, the E200 only had a volume knob (a very cool looking one) but the newer version comes with full music controls on the soundbar itself.
Coming to the sound quality most people loved it, especially the clarity of the sound. Given the shape of the soundbar, you cannot expect a lot of loudness but it was still decent for a small room. People did say that bass was existent if heard close to the speaker but you cannot expect rumbling bass like our best picks with dedicated subwoofers. Verified customers found the Bluetooth range to be decent at around 5-6 meters. Battery life too is very good with the soundbar lasting up to 6 hours and taking under 3 hours to fully charge.
F&D offers a 1-year warranty on the product and for any issues, you have to take the product to the service center.
For a budget price of nearly Rs.1,600, the F&D E200 Plus gives you good sound, Bluetooth connectivity and an in-built battery making it not just great for your room but also a music companion on the move.
Sony offers a 1-year warranty and you need to take the product to their service center to get it repaired in case of any issues. Given the price, we would have preferred a longer warranty. However, Sony offers a free one-time installation for their soundbar. All you have to do is contact the customer care and they will send over a technician to configure and install the soundbar.
Blaupunkt offers a 1-year warranty on the product and you have to contact their service center for any issues.
F&D meanwhile offers 1-year of warranty on the product and you have to take it to a service center in case of any issues.
All these brands have service centers in major cities of India.
Who are our best picks for?
The Sony HT-RT3 is a high quality, premium 5.1 channel soundbar that's designed to give you a true surround experience without taking a lot of space in your home. Of the total 5 speakers and one subwoofer, three are hidden into the soundbar and the two satellites are pretty small. This makes it one of the best soundbar for led tv due to its small size but loud sound and experience.
The Blaupunkt SBW-01 is a much more simplified soundbar with support for just 2.1 channels, this makes it even smaller as you have just the soundbar with two speakers and one subwoofer. This makes it more affordable without losing the bass, but the surround effects won't be that effective.
Lastly, the F&D E200 Plus like most F&D products is a budget product that tries to do something more than the others. It doesn't have a subwoofer or any of the cool surround sound trickery of the other two but it comes with an inbuilt battery so you can play it wirelessly or even carry it on your trip.
These three picks make great sense if you want speakers that do not take up a lot of space but what if you need something that offers more: more loudness, more design, and more bass rumble. If that's what you seek we have some terrific picks like the gorgeously designed Harman Kardon Soundsticks III or the loud and bassy Logitech Z906 5.1 channel. Read more about these speakers and more in our analysis of 2.1 speakers in India and our analysis of Computer speakers.But what if these speakers do not resonate with you and you are an adventure seeker who travels deep into the woods or treks high into the mountains and needs a constant companion to blare out motivating tunes. If this is you then look towards the JBL Flip 4 or the Bose Soundlink that we reviewed and tested in our Best Bluetooth Speakers in India article.
Given the vast number of soundbars in the market it can be difficult to select the best ones, but with our thorough research, we have managed to find three different soundbars for different budgets.
For a high-end, 5.1 channel surround experience you have the Sony HT-RT3 with its award-winning design, a plethora of wired and wireless connectivity, loud sound and ease of use.
Blaupunkt SBW-01 brings to you a much more affordable experience, giving you 2.1 channel sound with clarity and bass without taking quite as much space as the Sony soundbar.
Finally, we have the F&D E200 Plus which costs around Rs.1,600 but comes with Bluetooth and aux and also a built-in battery making it great to carry on your trips as well.