Best Soundbars for Sony Bravia TVs (2021 Review)

With amazing picture quality and a good number of future-proof features, Sony Bravia TVs are among the best on the market. And buying any model from the Bravia range is a smart step towards setting up a completely immersive and fulfilling home entertainment system.

While your Bravia TV would deliver perfectly in the video aspect, you won’t get much from it in terms of audio quality — no thanks to the flat panel design that has made the inclusion of robust speakers impossible.

So, to get a complete home entertainment experience from your Sony Bravia TV, you’d need to invest in a top-quality soundbar that pairs perfectly with your TV. Sadly, not all soundbars on the market are good matches for a Sony Bravia TV. And making the right choice can be a huge challenge.

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Sony HT-Z9F

The HT-Z9F is the soundbar to get if you want immersive audio without the clutter and complexity of a true surround setup.

Sony ST5000

It is a great way to get Dolby Atmos and High-Res Audio into your home. Check Price on Amazon

Samsung HW-Q70R

The main bar is 43 inches wide and 59mm, making it ideal for slipping in front of your TV without blocking the screen.

Polk Audio Signa S2

The little 2.1 channels soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer, which is fragile and not really eye-catchy.

Sony HT-Z9F

Located on the recessed area of the bar is a range of all the inputs you’d expect from a bar of its stature, including an HDMI out with ARC and two HDMI input (capable of 4K HDCP and Dolby Vision). There are also optical digital audio and 3.5mm analog inputs as well as an Ethernet port to hardwire into your network. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity to enable you to stream music from mobile devices.

Pros

  • Premium, durable look and feel
  • Lots of connectivity and audio format options
  • Clear dialogue
  • Impressive up-mixing
  • Feature-packed

Cons

  • Can get up during complex scenes
  • Operationally complex
Samsung HW-Q70R

On the back of the soundbar, you will find a pair of cavities where the various ports sit, and the connectivity options include optical digital audio input, an HDMI input and an HDMI output with ARC that is compatible with HHDR, 4K. HDCP 2.2 and other dynamic range formats. There’s also a USB port for firmware update and a connector for the AC power adaptor.

Pros

  • Big, immersive soundstage
  • Great with movies and games
  • Solid build
  • Simple to set up
  • Well-integrated subwoofer

Cons

  • Limited connections
  • Only one HDMI input
  • Doesn’t play surround content
  • Pricey

Sony ST5000

The Sony ST5000 rocks a stylish design and has a premium build quality, there’s no debate about that. Its mounted, gold-rimmed tweeters and coaxial driver with midrange cones help elevate it from all other rectangular soundbars out there. The soundbar has a fabric grille but you can take it off to enhance its aesthetic appeal.

Pros

  • Excellent integration
  • Weighty bass
  • Premium build quality
  • Hi-Res Audio file compatibility

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Dolby Atmos lacks surround depth
Polk Audio Signa S2

One of the first things that will cross your mind as you open the package is that the SB3821-C6 is solidly constructed even though the design is simple and clean. The main unit features a black grille and black panels that run around it, with a logo of the brand at the end of the body. To make it more appealing, Vizio adds a brushed aluminum texture to the side panels, and the subwoofer also.

Pros

  • Good front soundstage
  • Solid bass performance
  • Very easy to setup
  • Great price

Cons

  • No surround depth
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Audio adjustments are limited
  • Average remote
  • Limited features
Vizio SB3821-C6

This is a large 34-inch LG monitor that offers a steeper curve than the majority of displays provides and a high price. It’s an In-Plane Switching (IPS) display which uses AMD’s FreeSync technology to provide seamless gaming performance.

Pros

  • Rich, bass system
  • Versatile
  • Small and compact build
  • Good sound for the money

Cons

  • Not the best quality control
  • Wireless subwoofer connection range is too short

TYPES OF SONY SOUNDBARS

A soundbar is an all-in-one speaker that provides high-quality sound for your TV. Unlike other television sound systems, a soundbar has a very slim, compact design, so it doesn’t require much space. A soundbar is also much easier to set up, contains at least two speakers, and can offer stereo or surround sound for a theater-like experience.

Sony offers two main types of soundbars: active and passive.

Active soundbars

Sony active soundbars are the most common option. These soundbars contain built-in amplifiers, so they’re self-powered. You simply plug the soundbar into your television, cable box, or other entertainment device, and you’ll have high-quality audio for your favorite TV shows and movies.

Passive soundbars

Sony passive soundbars are similar to most speaker systems because they need a separate receiver to operate. They typically require more time to set up and can be more difficult to use, too. However, some home theater aficionados prefer passive soundbars for their higher sound quality.

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