Today, we reviewed the best soundbars for hearing impaired, and we ranked them based on many different factors such as price, sound quality, value, durability and more. This is an unbiased list and we share our personal thoughts on this review. Let’s take a look at them:
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Which Are The Best Soundbars For Hearing Impaired?
5. VIZIO SB3821-C6
Soundbars are one of the best ways to improve your living rooms’ audio performance significantly, and most of these devices are pretty affordable and deliver great value for their price, and I highly recommend them for every enthusiast. First up we have the VIZIO SB3821-C6 which is a great entry-level soundbar that delivers super solid sound quality and is coupled with a wide range of features. The manufacturer has delivered a large number of soundbars in the past and the VIZIO SB3821-C6 has been the definite best, and you can see by a large number of ratings of Amazon nearing the 4,000 marks.
Most tech manufacturers opt for provocative and eye-catching designs for their budget products as a way to mask the lacking performance of their products. Vizio has not gone that way though, opting for a minimal and simple design, with clean and refined lines on its body. Black cloth wraps the grille of this device beautifully and the side panels are made out of the brushed aluminum texture. The subwoofer is made that way as well, with its boxy cuboid shape, which is pretty classy. The whole installation process of this soundbar is pretty easy, and you have the freedom to place the subwoofer wherever you want and the cables won’t ruin your whole setup.
In the performance department, the VIZIO SB3821-C6 is armed with a pair of 2.75-inch drivers and the compact 5-inch woofer, which combined pump out about 100 deciBels of sound, which is adequate for mid-sized rooms. There is also a Dolby Digital decoder that is responsible for controlling power and on top of that it has DTS TruSurround and DTS TruVolume features. This light and the small package is capable of doing so much, and the wireless subwoofer takes things to another level for convenience and performance.
This is essentially a 2.1 system, and it does its task perfectly, and during testing, I noticed that the drivers delivered some clear mids, coupled with adequately sharp highs, to top it off the subwoofer does pump out thick and rich bass. However, it couldn’t go deep due to its small size, as it stopped at about 50Hz. The Dolby features do a perfect job of sharpening things up and cleared the dialogues. The best feature was the transition from quiet to louder is dampened, so you do not get shocked.
4. Polk Audio Command
Next up we have an excellent soundbar that is also very affordable and has an Echo Dot built-in for an amazing smart home solution. It has Amazon Alexa features, can house a Fire TV Stick, and it delivers some great sound from its drivers and wireless subwoofer. The initial installation is extremely easy and has tons of other smart features that will please every buyer.
Design-wise the Polk Audio Command looks like any other soundbar on the market, long, black, utilitarian that is designed to sit under the TV. However, I quite like this device, it feels cozy and at home, with its nice soft to touch materials and its bulb out in the middle, which in my opinion gives it some flair. Right in the middle of the device, you will find the blue light ring that acts as the nexus for Alexa, and it acts as the Echo Dot when you are operating with it, just excellent.
On the back of the soundbar, you will spot the connectivity ports, which consist of two HDMI ports, an HDMI ARC port, the power connector, a USB port for charging your devices, and an optical in connection. With the device comes the wireless subwoofer as well which measures 14.5×14.5×7.5-inches in total and it is large enough for most mid-sized rooms. The remote that comes with the device is pretty basic and has some nice buttons to help you out such as the Alexa button. Without forgetting I should state that the whole setup process will not be longer than 20 minutes and it is pretty easy.
This soundbar has a 2.1-channel audio system that has a frequency range that spans from 40Hz to 22kHz, and you get about 260watts of power from the complete setup which is great enough. The sound performance is decent for its price, in fact at this price you will have to settle for this, but overall it is a great upgrade. The bass coming from the subwoofer was great and pretty punchy, the mids were very well-tuned and clear, the highs were a little lacking, but still, I noticed a lot of detail and responsiveness.
With its wide set of features, affordable price and a great performance for mid-sized rooms the Polk Audio Command is the perfect soundbar.
3. Sonos Beam
Sonos is probably the biggest brand when it comes to producing soundbars since they have delivered some solid examples, but if you want to get the most value for your money you should opt for the Sonos Beam. This device has a mid-range price, but has tons of high-end features and performance, like Alexa voice control, HDMI, it has a perfect size and pumps out some great sounds.
The Sonos Beam looks perfect with its extra-long black pill shape, it is a little smaller than most soundbars measuring 25.6-inches in length. However, despite its compact dimensions, the Sonos Beam has four woofers and a tweeter inside it, that delivers a wide and full sound. I like the whole overall design of the Beam, it is a trademark minimal Sonos device, on top of it you will find the touch-sensitive controls and overall it blends in with the aesthetics of your room. You can connect the Sonos Beam with your TV through HDMI or digital optical audio, however, you can also use WiFi to stream music directly from your phone, and even connect it with other Sonos speakers in your house.
As I said earlier, it has Amazon Alexa built-in and it responds perfectly to the commands even in larger rooms from far away. I think it’s a great feature to have a voice assistant built-in a soundbar, and recently they have even added Google Assistant as well.
From the first impression, I didn’t guess that the Beam could pump out such a wide soundstage, but it surpassed my expectations. The sub-bass content is extra rich and sounds pretty clean overall, the wide soundstage I mentioned just takes things further and it gives a great effect on movies. The vocals are perfectly tailored by Oscar-winning sound engineers to bring out the best, and as a result, the vocals sound extremely rich and full, distortion was perfect as well and I really can’t complain about the sound. While it won’t get extremely loud, it will be perfect for most rooms.
Setting the Sonos Beam up is extremely easy, it is ready to use out of the box. This soundbar is pretty impressive and has the Sonos quality written all over it.
2. Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R
If you want a quality soundbar for your house that can deliver some solid and large sounds, you should definitively take a look at the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R. This amazing soundbar comes with a nice subwoofer to result in a 3.1.2-channel system and has plenty of power. On top of that, it has quality build, amazing design, simple setup and tons of other features in its body.
The Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R has a pretty slim main unit that measures just 59mm in height, making it perfect for slipping on the bottom of TVs, like a soundbar is intended to. However, in the main package of the device, you will also find wall mounting brackets that are excellent for the purpose, and overall the build quality of the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R is perfect, but then again nothing less is expected of Samsung. The subwoofer is pretty nice as well, and is large enough for most rooms, and delivers plenty of low-sounds, one of the best in the business.
In terms of features, the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R is a seven driver soundbar with a wireless subwoofer delivering a 3.1.2-channel surround sound as a result. On top of that, the Acoustic Beam feature is added and is based around a tuned resonating tube that directs the sound to the sides and up top, to deliver an immersive audio experience. This soundbar also supports, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, complete with their other variations, and thanks to the Harman Kardon touches, the whole experience is superb.
In terms of performance and power, the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R is impressive as it can pump out an extremely wide soundstage, the left and right drivers are responsible for the superior stereo imaging and the center speaker delivers clarity and warmness to the dialogue. The acoustic beam technology is a great plus, of course, if you have reflective walls and ceiling, and not a lot of soft furniture. In a proper home theater setup, the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q70R has probably no other competitor as it delivers a super solid experience given the right circumstances, however, even without the proper setup it is enough to be the runner up when it comes to soundbars.
1. Sonos Playbar
On top of the list, we have another soundbar from Sonos, and it is the very best in the market, the Sonos Playbar. This soundbar has an excellent sound and build quality, delivers an immersive audio experience for both film lovers and music listeners, and it has the power and features to justify its premium costs. If you can afford the Sonos Playbar it will be all worth its every single cent.
One of the biggest features of all Sonos sound devices that were released lately is that they work flawlessly with the Sonos wireless eco-system. This gives you access to your music libraries in your PC, and it can also connect your music from Spotify and Deezer, or any other music streaming service. However, for the TV it works excellently and you can even mount it anywhere you want, even wall-mount it, or the classic beneath the TV setup, which is also the most popular and optimal solution. The Sonos Playbar is designed with a great smooth to touch fabric grille on top which covers the aluminum chassis, and I should mention that the Sonos Playbar is a little heavy, due to its excellent build quality.
Most of the time, Sonos has kept secret about what kind of drivers it has used with what setup, but this time around it was revealed that the Playbar has six mid-range drivers and three-tweeters, that results in a pretty smart setup of the 3.0-channel soundbar. The tweeters and drivers are very well placed and angled to give the best immersive and acoustic experience, without losing any clarity. The highs are very directional in this soundbar, however, and you have to be a little more careful about the placement of the device. This soundbar delivered a great music listening experience with various genres tried, and for movies, it was the definite best, with everything being better than ever. All were perfect mids, high, and even lows despite no subwoofer being present, and if you have the budget and want even more immersiveness you should invest in a 5.1-surround set.
This may be a little expensive, but it delivers the best home sound experience you may get, with just a soundbar and nothing more.