Your guide to soundbars

Are soundbars overrated?

Soundbars are the talk of the town and it is often recommended with sales of TVs. But are they overrated or essential in enhancing your aural as well as visual experience? Read on to find out.

What is a soundbar?

A soundbar, also known as a speakerbar, is a wide and thin speaker that houses multiple drivers that is usually more than what most modern LED TVs have. It improves the audio without the hassle and clutter of using a 5.1 surround sound cinema system.

Do I need a soundbar?

New-age TVs are made thinner than conventional TVs of the past. As such, there’s lesser space for speaker drivers. Resulting in weaker audio signals that lack depth and warmth and the inability to reproduce the deep bass sounds.

Furthermore, these speakers are facing downwards, backwards or away from you (the audience), further affecting the sound quality as it gets muffled through audio projection that is directed to the wall behind the TV or tinny audio reproduction due to the small drivers. These problems are made much more apparent with dialogue-heavy movies or simply, the news.

Soundbars, as opposed to TV speakers, projects the sound towards you that results in enhanced clarity. Never would you need to rewind important bits during your favourite movies due to missing out what was said. And with dedicated tweeters and woofers distinguishing high and low frequency responses, you will enjoy a much more accurate overall audio reproduction.

Active vs passive soundbar!

Nearly all soundbars come with a wireless subwoofer that recreates really low sounds for a cinema-like experience. Conventionally, there are two types of soundbars: passive and active – of which the latter is recognised as being more fuss-free.

Passive soundbars are not as readily available as their active counterparts nowadays, and act more like conventional speakers and require a receiver that has to be purchased separately, which acts as a central system for your entire audio/video system.

Active soundbars, like the Yamaha YAS203BL, have built-in amplifiers and only needs to be connected to your TV. A perfect union of convenience and quality! Advanced models may also feature surround sound processing – all with just one soundbar!

Which soundbar should I get?


For the form over function individual, the Sonos Playbar would be the best fit. Classy and simple, you’ll be able to fit this in your living with no extra effort.


Bought a beautiful curved TV? Make the perfect pairing with the Samsung Curved Soundbar HWJ6501. Brilliantly designed and made to complement curved TVs – it is not just a pretty piece. Featuring 6.1 Surround Sound Expansion and Multiroom link, it definitely packs substance along with style.


Audiophiles on a tight budget might want to consider the JBL Cinema SB150. Wireless subwoofer with Bluetooth connectivity makes it a no-brainer if you enjoy streaming music from your mobile devices.

What if I don’t want a separate soundbar?

Some new TV models, notably the LG G6 Signature OLED and LG E6 OLED, are able to produce both gorgeous visual images but also, reproduce amazing sound quality as they come with in-built Harman Kardon speakers.

In conclusion, soundbars are definitely NOT overrated. If you value good sound quality but would only prefer to spend a fraction of what a full home theatre system would cost, the soundbar is a gift from the audio heavens.

So go ahead and pick the soundbar that best fits your taste and budget at your nearest COURTS store or our COURTS Online Store.

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