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Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

Best sound bars for 2018
by Jeff Miller

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, ZVOX, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks for 2018. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews. Read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping for a Blu-ray player.

Hooking up a basic sound bar to your TV is easy. But things get a bit more complicated if you want to connect your cable box, Blu-ray player, and game console to your sound bar. Learn how to make the right connections and how to set up your new sound bar.

Home speakers 101
by Kramer Crane

What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.

Do your TV's built-in speakers sound weak? Learn about four ways to get better TV sound: a sound bar, stereo speakers, a pre-matched home theater system (also known as a home theater in a box), and a full-blown component home theater system.

Want home theater without all the wires? Learn about the latest wireless surround sound systems from Sonos, Polk Audio, and more.

What is DTS Virtual:X?
by Jeff Miller

DTS Virtual:X is here! We set up the Yamaha YAS-207 sound bar at Crutchfield HQ to try out this new, immersive 3D surround sound technology.

We're impressed with how huge of a sound the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar produces. It may be small, but with its wireless sub it's an instant home theater upgrade.

Bluesound is known for multi-room music gear that sounds top-class. Does their first TV speaker make the grade? Our expert took it home to find out.

Video: JBL Soundbars
by Zak Billmeier

JBL's soundbar speakers will help you get superior sound out of your TV. Three models are available, including one with a wireless subwoofer.

Denon HEOS HomeCinema
by Video Team

The Denon HEOS HomeCinema is a sound bar and sub combo that gives you instant home theater sound, plus connects to your network and works like other Denon HEOS sources.

The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar is two products in one: a compact home theater soundbar, and a streaming music player capable of playing high-res files.

What's better — a sound bar or individual speakers? The answer is, of course, it depends. In this article, the writer explains why she chose to replace her trusty sound bar with a 3.1 system.

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