Some sound bars that have received consistently positive reviews, as of 2015, include the Definitive Technology W Studio, the Polk Audio Omni SB1 Soundbar and the Yamaha YAS-203. The Yamaha YAS-203 was described as outstanding by CNET and is considered the best sound bar according to Digital Trends. Among its well-received features are balanced and high quality sound, suitability for both music and movies, a built-in IR repeater and a mobile app for iOS and Android, allowing users to adjust the sound using their smartphone instead of the accompanying remote control.
The Definitive Technology W Studio was positively reviewed by CNET and PCMag for its high sound quality and sleek design. Like the Yamaha YAS-203, the W Studio combines a sound bar and subwoofer.
Among the features of the Polk Audio Omni SB1 Soundbar, which also received positive reviews from both CNET and PCMag, are top quality sound for movies, advanced streaming and full dialogue intelligibility control.
Another sound bar that received consistently positive reviews is Pioneer's SP-SB23W. It has been praised for its wood grain veneer, natural sound signature and convenient setup. Although it was criticized by Digital Trends for its height and therefore liability to block televisions' IR sensors, this was considered a minor fault in light of the sound bar's value for money.