As of 2014, according to CNET, a few of the best sound bars include the Vizio S5451W-C2, Sony's HT-XT1, SpeakerCraft CS3, Vizio S4221w-C4, the Bose Solo, Philips HTB3525B and the Zvox Z-Base 420. These sound bars offer impressive sound quality and do not require an extensive home audio system. These sound bars do not require a detached AV receiver, and most include a separate wireless subwoofer.
The Vizio S5451W-C2 is a large sound bar that includes surround sound speakers capable of delivering impressive surround sound. The sound bar’s large size creates more sound separation than other conventional audio systems, and the jumbo subwoofer delivers more bass. The Vizio S5451W-C2 features Bluetooth connectivity, two HDMI inputs and a remote control with integrated display.
The Sony's HT-XT1 is a sleek sound stand that offers crisp sound quality and a front panel display. The sound stand has three HDMI inputs, a high-quality remote control and a Bluetooth connection with NFC support. The Philips HTB3525B incorporates Blu-ray capability, built-in Wi-Fi and Smart TV functionality into an affordable sound bar. The Bose Solo is one of the more attractive sound bars on the market. The Bose Solo offers premium sound quality and is able to support smaller TVs up to 40 pounds.