So, you’re looking for a soundbar. You may be noticing that shopping for the perfect one is not as easy as it seems. The best soundbar and the best soundbar with built-in subwoofer are two different ball games. Why, you might be asking, can’t all soundbars and subwoofers be a one-stop shop? Buying a quality soundbar and then having to shell out for a quality subwoofer to match just doesn’t seem to make sense.
After all, without a subwoofer attached to your soundbar you’ll be missing out on the part of every movie soundtrack that really stirs the soul and makes the room shake: those low-pitched audio frequencies most commonly referred to as bass. Never fear, however, because we’re here. We’ve lined up a list to determine the best soundbar with built-in subwoofer in just about every category – and lucky for you, we watch a *lot* of TV.
Product Comparison Table: Best Soundbar Without Subwoofer
|Best in class
|YAMAHA SR-C20A Compact SoundBar with Built-in Subwoofer and Bluetooth
|VIZIO V-Series All-in-One 2.1 Home Theater SoundBar
|YAMAHA YAS-109 Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofers
|LARKSOUND All-in-One 2.1 Sound Bar
|Panasonic SoundSlayer Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer
|Best for Gaming
When it comes to choosing the best soundbar with built-in subwoofer, sometimes space is important. Often soundbars are the best way to go if you’re operating in a very small space like an apartment or loft – and especially soundbars that include a subwoofer inside. Compact but powerful, the YAMAHA SR-C20A Compact SoundBar with Built-in Subwoofer and Bluetooth has punchy radiant bass, dialogue-friendly Clear Voice tech, and immersive Virtual Surround that creates a panoramic soundstage in any little room.
This is our best compact soundbar with built-in subwoofer because of its cute tiny size, but it’s also amazing for the way it boosts podcasts, radio, audiobooks (if you want to read the book of the film), and even music via Bluetooth connectivity. Analog connections are also possible.
- Small but powerful
- Trademark YAMAHA quality
- Not voice-assistant compatible
No matter how little your home cinema, you can achieve deep resonant bass with the YAMAHA SR-C20A Compact SoundBar with Built-in Subwoofer. Although not as gamer-friendly as other speakers (which we’ll get to), the Game Mode is a neat touch for bedrooms.
America’s No.1 SoundBar in 2002, the VIZIO V-Series All-in-One 2.1 Home Theater SoundBar is our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer if too many wires get on your nerves. Killer clarity, dazzling dynamics, 2.1 Channel sound, Dolby Audio and DTS Digital Surround are just a few of the features that give VIZIO something to brag about.
Persistent Bluetooth technology allows this soundbar with built-in subwoofer to create an all-in-one home theater system experience. This speaker genuinely turns your home into a theater with just one little bar: a theater that lets you watch not only blockbuster movies but also the six o’clock news.
- Wireless connectivity
- America’s No.1 SoundBar 2022
- Sleek and elegant design
- Relatively large
These days, wireless connectivity is expected of our devices, and the VIZIO V-Series All-in-One 2.1 Home Theater SoundBar doesn’t disappoint; this is what puts it on our list of our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer. Still, if you’re not into Bluetooth, it plugs into HDMI and ARC points as well.
Built-in subwoofers might have a reputation secondary to external ones, but the depth of the bass in this super-slim sound bar is astounding. Whether watching movies – elevating every whisper, explosion and swell of strings into an immersive masterpiece – or jamming to music that sounds better than it ever has before, the YAMAHA YAS-109 Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofers is our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer in terms of sound.
A slim dual-subwoofer soundbar like the YAS-109 seems too minimalistic to truly wrap you in sound, but that’s exactly what it does. As is the (high) standard with YAMAHA soundbars, dialogue-friendly Clear Voice sound mode and immersive DTS Virtual:X functionality is a big plus for audiophiles; as is the free SoundBar Controller app.
- Sleek minimalistic appearance
- Trademark YAMAHA quality
- Voice-assistant compatible
- Couldn’t find any!
What’s a soundbar for, if not really good sound? Everything about the YAMAHA YAS-109 SoundBar with Built-In Subwoofers is suave and expressive, and that’s what makes it our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer if you like your music, movies and anything else audible to sound great. Don’t worry about losing connection either: this one’s compatible with most streaming services, and high-quality WiFi Certified.
Not everybody can afford to pay over the odds for the best soundbar with built-in subwoofers. After all, one benefit of a built-in subwoofer and an external model is the price. It may not be caviar, but the LARKSOUND All-in-One 2.1 Sound Bar does exactly what you need a decent soundbar to do, without the tinniness or poor connectivity common to other cheaper soundbars.
The LARKSOUND All-in-One’s dual built-in down-firing subwoofers deliver deep and powerful bass that usurps control from rubbish shallow TV or stereo speakers. Great for a first-time soundbar buyer, this model features HDMI, Optical, AUX In, USB, and Bluetooth 5.0 connections.
- Competitive price
- Resembles more expensive brands
- Limited EQ options
The LARKSOUND All-in-One 2.1 Sound Bar is our affordable best soundbar with built-in subwoofers because it offers more than value for money. It’s a perfect beginner soundbar thanks to its ease-of-use features: a step-by-step setup guide, a simple remote and limited one-touch EQ modes. If you’re on a budget – and let’s face it, that’s a pretty valid reason to seek out built-in subwoofers – this is our best soundbar with built-in subwoofers that still sounds deep and rich at a lower price point.
The name ‘SoundSlayer’ sounds perfect for gamers, but that’s not the only reason the Panasonic SoundSlayer Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer is our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer for them. While designing this model, Panasonic partnered with the sound team on Final Fantasy XIV to offer the ideal soundbar for a great gaming experience; trust us, it shows.
Anybody who’s played DOOM knows how vital video game soundtracking and ambient sounds are for immersion, and the SoundSlayer emits 3D cinema-quality sound – featuring coveted Dolby Atmos technology. Combined with the SoundSlayer’s support for DTSX/DTSX Virtual, this allows your soundbar to utilise spatial and temporal metadata to position audio objects in space around you, losslessly. It also connects to just about everything.
- Designed for gamers
- Custom gaming-focussed EQ modes
- Compact for small spaces like bedrooms
- Incompatible with headsets
The Panasonic SoundSlayer Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer will show you why the stereotypical gamer’s headset should be a thing of the past; that’s why it’s our best soundbar with built-in subwoofer for gaming. Three gaming-dedicated EQ modes — RPG (Role-Playing Game), FPS (First Person Shooter) and Voice Mode (voice chat and games with a lot of dialogue) – cinch the SoundSlayer’s spot at the top of the leaderboard here. All this considered, it seems natural that Panasonic partnered with FFXIV to offer a themed tie-in model.