The best little soundbar for 2022

Do you have small tvor just a small place to fit external speakerthere is no reason to compromise on audio quality as a result. There are plenty of great-sounding soundbars out there to fit into tight spaces and with a surprising number of features. For example Year of the Streambar is not only a compact soundbar, but also a functional one video streamermaking it great for a bedroom setup. Or if making the dialogue easier to understand is your goal Polk or Yamaha maybe a better fit.

All systems here come with one to two feet long sound bars, while the Polk also includes a separate one woofer. While you will have to find a place to place this submarine, it does bring with it a higher level of performance.

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If there’s ever been a bargain for solid gold, it’s the Roku Streambar that brings together both audio and streaming in one device. It’s a two-channel soundbar with a full-fledged 4K streamer on board, and even if you don’t use the streaming feature, it works fine as a standalone soundbar. As a smaller soundbar it doesn’t have the deepest bass, but offers an expressive midrange with a dedicated voice mode for brighter dialog. This is an unbeatable value and often on sale for less than $ 100.

Read our Roku Streambar review.

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Yamaha is one of the world’s most reliable soundbar manufacturers, but its designs cost a little more than its competitors. On the other hand, the SR-C20A is affordable and also sounds great when paired with a TV.

Read our Yamaha SR-C20A review.

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

Best for music

At 13 inches wide, a portion of the Mini soundbar will fit over the moniker, even if you need room to accommodate a gallon subwoofer. Turning on the sub is worthwhile, however, as the system hits well above its weight with great sound in movies and music. Plus, having Google Chromecast technology built-in gives you a wealth of streaming and multiroom features.

Read our Polk MagniFi Mini review.


The entry level Sonos soundbar contains the company’s exquisite multiroom music system on board while being less than Sonos bundle. We were impressed with the sound quality of both music and movies. It provides a surprisingly wide soundstage thanks to the use of patented waveguides. Connection is simple with a single optical connector, while users looking for HDMI or Atmos should look for a level-up option Gen 2 boom.

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