The control buttons on top of the Vizio SB36312 are capacitive, so you barely have to touch them to register your input. It includes a bass unit with a five-inch driver housed in a slim case that lets you place it just about anywhere.
- Up to 100 decibels of volume
- Immersive audio experience
- Remote doesn't always work
The built-in subwoofers on the Yamaha YAS-109 fire downward from ports in the underside of its body, sending their vibrations through your TV stand. It comes with a comprehensive remote, but can also be controlled with a convenient smartphone app.
- Can stream from spotify
- Dialogue enhancement setting
- Not compatible with apple's airplay
Samsung 2.1-Channel HW-T550
The Samsung 2.1-Channel HW-T550 has the ability to detect the type of content you’re watching and adapt its output automatically. Its Bluetooth multi-connection allows you to instantly switch among inputs without any lapse in audio.
- 3d sound is great for gaming
- Not compatible with alexa
- Not the loudest option
The Sony HT-G700 offers both HDMI ARC and optical connectivity, as well as a small, but powerful wireless subwoofer with a front-firing bass port. Its passthrough supports 4K resolution, HDR10, and hybrid log gamma for no loss in picture.
- Good build quality
- Virtual surround sound
- Subwoofer connection sometimes drops
Klipsch Cinema 600
The Klipsch Cinema 600 does just about all it can to lend clarity to dialogue scenes in film, with a pair of linear travel suspension tweeters and a bright central horn. There’s no display to speak of, however, which might be a problem for some.
- 600 watts of peak power
- Hdmi arc connection
- Down-firing subwoofer
The Sonos Beam is a compact and effective option that won’t overhang most entertainment centers or block your view of the television. It’s available on its own or with additional components to create up to a 5.1-channel system.
- Sets up in a few minutes
- Capacitive touch interface
- Poor alexa integration
JBL 5.1 Home Theater
Between the included 10-inch wireless subwoofer and the bar itself, the JBL 5.1 Home Theater offers a total of 550 watts of power and a complete surround sound experience. It can switch between inputs without skipping a beat.
- 4k passthrough functionality
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Works with chromecast and airplay
LG GX 3.1
While you can certainly place the LG GX 3.1 on a television stand, it’s best suited to wall mounting, as it’s the relative thickness of some of the company’s most popular OLED TVs. It offers an HDMI connection in addition to an optical port and Bluetooth.
- Comes with a small subwoofer
- Can pair with additional speakers
- Auto adjusts levels to match content
TaoTronics 36-Inch TT-SK026N
Anyone looking to get exceptional value from a speaker would do well to consider the TaoTronics 36-Inch TT-SK026N , which sounds great for its low price point. Its LCD screen displays either the mode or volume level clearly.
- Simple remote control
- Setup is fast and easy
- Can be wall mounted
The Bose 700 doesn’t just work with Alexa, it has her built in, and it uses an array of eight microphones to ensure that she can hear you whenever you need to ask her something. It also includes a remote to control it with and a great app.
- Very spacious sound
- Elegant glass top
- Loud enough to fill large rooms