Do you enjoy watching action movies with a lot of sound effects and deep, booming explosions?
If so, it might be time for an upgrade. Soundbars are great for adding some oomph to your TV’s built-in speakers. Soundbar with subwoofer generally delivers deeper and more powerful bass than standalone bars.
A subwoofer is perfect for those who want their audio content delivered at louder volumes or in rooms where they have enough space.
Check out our list below for more information on how these setups work and what features they offer!
SAMSUNG HW-Q950A 11.1.4ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Alexa Built in(2021), Black
The Samsung HW-Q950T Sound+ Sound Bar has a sleek design that will complement your TV and entertainment system. And with six speakers, it produces sound in all the right directions for an immersive audio experience. It also comes equipped with Dolby Atmos® technology to ensure you can feel every deep bass note or soaring vocal from movie scenes—all without needing another piece of hardware.
Samsung HW-Q950T comes with a wireless sub so you can experience deep, powerful bass. Plus, it has support for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Sound+ Sound Bar delivers an audio performance that’s up to par with the quality of your entertainment system.
It’s designed so that you can connect Sound+ Sound Bar and its wireless subwoofer, which means it doesn’t block any other inputs on your TV or entertainment center.* Which is perfect if you want to watch a movie before bed while powering HW-Q950T through a USB port on your TV.
- Delivers an audio performance that will up to par with the quality of your entertainment system
- Helps you feel deep bass without taking up any space on your TV or entertainment center.
- Pricey, for most people the soundbar is going to be a financial burden.
- Doesn’t have any HDMI inputs.
- It also has no auxiliary input jack and if you want to connect your TV via optical cable or coaxial cable, you will need an adapter.
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel 1000W Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Dual 10″ Subwoofers (Wireless) & 4 Rear Surround Effects Speakers
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Soundbar provides a powerful home theater experience for viewing your favorite movies and TV shows. Sound Bar’s hidden Wi-Fi antenna enables you to stream content from compatible apps such as Netflix, Hulu or HBO NOW without any wires.*
Shockwafe Sound Bars are designed with an easy installation that can be done by one person in less than 30 minutes!
The powerful 9.2.4 channel delivers 1000W of Dolby Atmos Sound with dual subwoofer to provide a deep, rich bass experience.
Shockwafe Sound Bar is the perfect companion for your home theater setup!
- Sound is clear and crisp
- Soundbar can be mounted on the wall
- Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music streaming from your mobile devices or laptop.
- The soundbar is a bit pricey
- Some streaming services are not available in Canada and Latin America.
VIZIO SB36512-F6 36” 5.1.2 Channel Home Theater Surround Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos Wireless Subwoofer,Bluetooth,Chromecast built-in,Works with Google Assistant,Wi-Fi, HDMI ARC,Digital Coaxial,Optical
The VIZIO SB36512-F6 Sound Bar is a 36-inch (measured diagonally) sound bar designed to deliver the ultimate audio and home theater experience. Sound Bars aren’t just for TVs, they’re also perfect for streaming music from your favorite apps such as Spotify or Pandora!
The VIZIO SB36512-F6 Sound Bar’s wireless subwoofer produces deep, rich bass and crystal-clear sound from all channels. A soundbar with remote control offers something that is rare for any consumer electronic device: the freedom to customize what you want from your experience.
This Soundbar also has Chromecast built-in which allows it to be controlled by Google Home devices or another TV remote app!
The SB36512-F6 Sound Bar is equipped with a Soundcast Wireless Speaker that allows you to playback audio from any standard Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your smartphone or laptop!
It also features a front HDMI ARC input and rear Digital Coaxial and Optical inputs for compatibility with legacy equipment.
The Sound Bar has all the connections needed for use in high-definition environments! It can be mounted to the wall or used on a tabletop and it comes with an AC power cord, HDMI cable, Soundcast wireless speaker connection wire.
- Soundbar with Soundcast Wireless Speaker
- HDMI ARC input and Digital Coaxial/Optical inputs for compatibility in high definition environments
- Soundcast Wireless Speaker is not a Bluetooth speaker
- Sound Bar does not come with an AC power cord or HDMI cable
Bose 3.1 Home Theater Set (Black): Soundbar 700 + Bass 700
This is one of our favorite setups for its ability to deliver high-quality audio and simulated surround sound.
The Bose Sound Bar 700 + Bass 700 system features a Soundbar with six speakers, which includes two woofers for deep low frequencies, and four midrange/high-frequency drivers that provide an accurate reproduction of vocals in movies or music.
The bass module enhances the low-frequency content delivered by Soundbar and brings true surround sound performance with two rear speakers for simulated multi-channel audio without having wires running all over your room.
Klipsch Cinema 600 Sound Bar 3.1 Home Theater System with HDMI-ARC for Easy Set-Up, Black
The Klipsch Cinema 600 Sound Bar is a great choice if you’re interested in getting the most out of your movies and TV shows. It’s compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, so it’ll sound incredible when paired with other Klipsch speakers or an AV receiver for cinema surround sound playback.
The Soundbar features two HDMI ports that let you enhance your TV’s HD and HDR content as well as stream audio from a variety of sources.
The Soundbar 600 + Wireless Sub features a slim design and impressive sound that will make you feel like you’re at the movies or concert, and it’s easy to set up with HDMI-ARC for quick connectivity to your TV/HDTV.
- It’s compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, so it’ll sound incredible when paired with other Klipsch speakers or an AV receiver for cinema surround sound playback.
- The Soundbar features two HDMI ports that let you enhance your TV’s HD and HDR content as well as stream audio from a variety of sources.
- It has a slim design and impressive sound, perfect for the living room or bedroom.
- The Cinema 600 + Wireless Subwoofer is not compatible with other soundbars, so you’ll need to plug in a sub if you want the full movie theater experience.
Sonos Arc – The Premium Smart Soundbar for TV, Movies, Music, Gaming, and More – Black
The Sonos Arc is a soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer that offers several features and benefits. This Soundbar is the perfect solution for audiophile listeners or those who want to feel deep, extended bass in their audio content. If you’re a fan of soundbars but have space restrictions, then Sonos Arc may be worth considering as it only takes up one unit instead of two.
One of the most notable features that Soundbars offer is wireless streaming via WiFi, and Sonos Arc offers this right out of the box so you never have to worry about running wires from your TV or having a mess of cables around it. Setup for the Soundbar is easy, just connect power and HDMI to your TV, then plug in the Soundbar into an outlet. Finally, download the Sonos app on your phone or tablet and follow directions to connect your Soundbar with Subwoofer for wireless streaming from all of our favorite apps like Spotify®, Pandora®, and Apple Music™.
It’s also worth noting that the ARC has voice control right out of the box, with support for Amazon Alexa® and Google Home™. It can be used to control other Sonos products in your home like the Soundbar or Play: One speaker.
- Soundbar setup is easy, just connect power and HDMI to your TV then plug the Soundbar into an outlet. There are no complicated wires or cables that you have to worry about
- The Sound ARC has voice control right out of the box with Amazon Alexa™ and Google Home™.
- Soundbar has a sleek look that blends in well with any TV setup and can produce high quality sound for music, movies, or video games
- Bit expensive
Sony Z9F 3.1ch Sound bar with Dolby Atmos and Wireless Subwoofer (HT-Z9F), Home Theater Surround Sound Speaker System for TV Black
The Sony Z-Series Soundbar is a powerful sound system that has the ability to produce deep, rich bass. The Z9F 3.1 channel soundbar makes a great combo with the HT-Z9F Wireless sub.
The Soundbar has a sleek modern design, and it’s easy to set up with HDMI inputs for your TV or Blu-ray player. You can enjoy movies in Dolby Atmos from any of these sources thanks to the Soundbar’s advanced decoding features. The Soundbar also offers Bluetooth wireless connectivity which allows you to enjoy music wirelessly from your mobile device.
The Soundbar is built for optimal sound quality and has a powerful wireless subwoofer that can add depth to any movie or music experience. You’ll enjoy deep, rich bass that connects wirelessly with the Soundbar’s own internal amplifier which produces surprisingly clear high-end sounds at both low and high volumes.
- Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly enjoy music from the mobile device.
- Dolby Atmos decoding features that allow you to enjoy your movies in the latest audio formats.
- Soundbar is heavy
Klipsch Cinema 400 Sound Bar + 8Inch Wireless Subwoofer with HDMIARC
The Klipsch Cinema 400 Soundbar + Subwoofer is a great option if you’re looking for something with more power.
This Soundbar features four drivers and two subwoofers to provide rich bass in movies, TV shows, music, and gaming content while retaining a non-boomy sound signature.
The Sound Bar 400 + Wireless Sub has an integrated wireless subwoofer that has a wireless range of up to 50 feet.
The Klipsch Cinema 400 + Wireless Sub features Dolby TrueHD and DTS-X decoding, Bluetooth connectivity with aptX technology for high-quality audio streaming from devices, three HDMI inputs with one ARC (Audio Return Channel), and an optical input so you can connect the Soundbar to your TV or home theater.
The Sound Bar 400 + Wireless Sub is available in a black satin finish that brings the Soundbar’s slim profile to life and will look good alongside your other AV components, like a HDTV with 120Hz refresh rate and high-dynamic-range (HDR) support.
Sony ST5000 7.1.2ch 800W Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer (HT-ST5000), Surround Sound Home Theater experience Black
The Sony HT-ST5000 Soundbar delivers an immersive surround sound experience, with deep bass and crystal clear dialog.
ST5000 is a 7.1.2 channel 800 Watt soundbar with Google Home compatibility, HDMI ARC, Bluetooth, and Chromecast built-in.
This Sony Soundbar has a wireless subwoofer that handles action scenes while the Soundbar’s own internal amplifier produces high-quality dialogue at low volumes. The Soundbar offers Dolby Atmos decoding to provide you room-filling audio from any of these sources thanks to its advanced Sound Projector technology.
The Soundbar also features Bluetooth connectivity for streaming audio from your phone or tablet, USB input to play music from a thumb drive, and HDMI inputs that allow you to enjoy video content with digital surround sound such as Blu-ray movies. The Soundbars front panel includes an easy-access USB port so it can be used without the remote.
If you’re looking for a Soundbar with excellent audio performance and advanced features, the Soundbar is perfect for your home theater system.
Polk Audio MagniFi Max Home Theater Sound Bar with 5.1 Dolby Digital Experience | Works with 4K & HD TVs | HDMI & Optical Cables, Wireless Subwoofer Included, Black
Polk Audio MagniFi Max Soundbar produces a stunning cinematic sound experience.
If you’re looking for a Soundbar with excellent audio performance and advanced features, the Soundbar is perfect for your home theater system. This soundbar is equipped with an HDMI ARC, EQ presets, Chromecast, and a quick setup.
The package includes an 8″ wireless subwoofer for deep bass.
The prominent features include Polk’s exclusive Voice Adjust Technology, Google Chromecast, HDMI ARC, plug-and-play wireless subwoofer.
Definitive Technology Studio Slim 3.1 Channel Sound Bar with 7 Speakers and an 8″ Wireless Subwoofer – 3.1 Channel 2019 Model | Built-in Chromecast, Bluetooth | HDMI ARC | Dolby Surround and DTS
The Definitive Technology Studio Slim Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofers is an all-in-one sound solution for TVs. It’s perfect for a room where space may be limited, yet you want to enjoy the deep bass that only a subwoofer can deliver. The diminutive size and minimalist styling make it a perfect match for any room, and the simple setup means you’ll be enjoying your subwoofer in minutes.
The Sound Bar’s front-facing driver array delivers sound to the left and right of the bar as well as straight ahead; while its wireless rear satellite speakers (also with drivers) shoot sound behind it. This creates an enveloping soundstage where you’ll feel like you’re inside the scene. Sound will also seem to come from all around your room, with a feeling of being in an amazing movie theater or concert hall.
This Sound Bar is equipped with a built-in Chromecast and Bluetooth so that it can wirelessly stream music straight from your smartphone and tablet device; or, you can connect it to your TV and enjoy streaming video from the Sound Bar’s built-in WiFi.
- The sound quality is amazing. It has a deep, rich bass that can really suck you into the content and make it seem like you’re right in front of live performers
- Setup with TV was easy to complete using only one remote control
- The soundbar is fairly large and takes up a lot of space in small TV rooms. You’ll need to confirm you can fit this size before buying
Soundbars are great for adding additional audio channels to your TV, but they can be lacking in the low end. If you want deep thumping bass that will shake your house and rattle windows, then a standalone subwoofer may be just what you need. We thoroughly reviewed these 11 soundbar and subs, and these are the best we found.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Sound Bars Come With Subs?
Soundbars are often a more affordable way to get the audio channels on your TV, but they don’t usually have a dedicated subwoofer. This means you may need an additional component for deep bass response in music or action movies.
Is a soundbar better with a subwoofer?
Soundbars with a dedicated subwoofer are often better for bass-heavy content. This is because the sub can handle deep, extended frequencies that your soundbar may not be able to reproduce.
What type of subs works best?
A powered sub will generally do well for most applications as it has amplifiers within its enclosure. Plus, it runs off an external power source, so your Soundbar doesn’t need to be plugged into the wall.
How big of a subwoofer do I need?
This depends on what you plan on using the sub for, but most people will find that anything under 300 watts is more than enough.
Can you connect any subwoofer to a soundbar?
No. Soundbars with a dedicated subwoofer is specifically designed to amplify bass frequencies, so they will only work with the speaker that was built for it.
Can I use a subwoofer without a soundbar?
Yes. Soundbars are not strictly necessary for a subwoofer to work, but the sound will likely be limited to frequencies that your Soundbar can reproduce.
Is there any soundbar with built-in subwoofers?
Yes, there are many soundbar systems with built-in subwoofers. Here’s an example – Samsung Sound+ 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer
What are some other great soundbars worth mentioning?
Samsung HWT650, Sonos Playbar, Sennheisers Ambeo 3D, JBL Bar.
Is a subwoofer necessary for a home audio setup?
No, but it can increase the quality of your system.