Any TV 65 inches and up deserves a long soundbar to match — not just for aesthetics, but for a more immersive home entertainment experience. Just as jumbo TVs give a near-reality viewing experience, long soundbars allow for maximum stereo separation of the left and right speakers, producing better quality audio than smaller sized soundbars.
Best Soundbars for 65-inch TVs: Our Top 6 Picks
Sadly, since the demand for 65-inch or bigger TVs is less when compared to smaller models, there are not so many options when it comes to long soundbars to match these big-size TVs.
But there’s good news: We scoured the market and were able to find a good number of really long soundbars. We then went further to compare these models in terms of design, performance, durability, features, brand trust, buyer reviews, and price.
We finally trimmed down our list down to these 6 best options.
1. Samsung HW-Q90R
Building on previous award-winning sound devices, the Samsung HW-Q90R is an excellent all-in-one package that delivers a genuinely immersive surround experience with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Very few units provide an incredible object-based performance like it does, making it unique among its rivals.
The Samsung HW-Q90R is the brand’s new flagship, so it’s no surprise the amount of attention given to make sure every part of the soundbar is perfect. Design-wise, the soundbar looks identical to 2018’s HW-N950 with a large but surprisingly unobtrusive cabinet.
The well-made unit boasts metal grilles and a silver finish to the edges, which Samsung refers to as “Carbon Silver.” With a width of 122.6cm, it’s quite clear that the soundbar is very wide and is only suitable for larger screen sizes of 65 inches and bigger.
There’s a simple LED display that lights up when the soundbar receives a command, providing basic information, even though it would have been better if there’s an on-screen display. At the top center are some touch-sensitive controls for powering on and off, selecting inputs and adjusting volume. It uses a side-firing 8-inch driver backed up by a rear bass port.
The first notable difference between the previous model and this one is the wireless subwoofer as the present one is larger to improve bass response and control. Nothing has changed about the remote which is ergonomically-designed to feel good in the hands.
The Samsung HW-Q90R boasts many features that are similar to the HW-N950 but the headline feature is support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (variants otherwise.) Because of its 12 speakers (including the subwoofer) which comprise a total of 17 drivers, this bar delivers a genuine 7.1.4 immersive audio experience without resorting to sound beams or psychoacoustics. There are four sound modes: standard, surround, game pro and adaptive sound to cater to your different needs.
Going further, setting up the soundbar is easy as it supports the SmartThings App, making it possible to control the sound system along with other connected devices from a single hub. Another option for control is Amazon Alexa, which provides hands-free voice control and allows you to listen to music via Spotify Connect. As you’d expect from a modern soundbar, the HW-Q90R can handle all the popular audio formats including AAC, WAV, OGG, ALAC, AIFF, and FLAC.
The HW-Q90R is an immersive audio sensation, thanks to the input of Harman Kardon. All the modes deliver great sound but if you really want the best sound output that retains the balance of the original creative intention, consider the standard surround mode. The soundbar itself delivers impressive separation between the left and right speakers, which results in some impressive stereo imaging and precise location of instruments.
Based on its pricing and the collaboration with Harman Kardon, it is little surprise that the soundbar outdid itself during music playback as the vocals remain clear and focused with excellent precision. You can also crank up the volume to unsociable levels without it sounding strained or running out of steam. In all, the performance is stellar.
- Superb sound quality
- Genuinely immersive performance
- Simple to set up and discreet
- Looks good and well made
- Limited HDMI inputs
- No auto-calibration
- Very wide bar
2. LG SJ8
Soundbars are meant to keep clutter to a minimum but the SJ8 from LG takes the idea to a whole new level as it is so slim and discreet that you will hardly notice it. It is a feature-packed soundbar with a compact subwoofer, simple setup and attractive design.
One of the first things you will notice when you unbox the package is the dimensions of the bar, which is extremely thin like no other. At just 1.5-inches tall, this soundbar will fit nicely in front of any TV without blocking the lower part of the screen and it does blend into the background, emphasizing the fact that soundbars are meant to be heard and not seen.
As per the build, the thin steel grille is sandwiched between brushed black panels that give a premium feel. It’s a great idea that the grille bends inwards at the body ends while its light bodywork has a plasticky texture. A big front-mounted display shows your current inputs as well as displays different messages. While this can be useful, it can equally be annoying as it can’t be turned off.
In terms of input, there are buttons on the back for volume, input selection, Wi-Fi, and Music Flow setup while the soundbar offers just one HDMI 2.0 input and ARC-enabled output as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There’s also optical S/PDIF input as well but sadly no 3.5mm analog connection.
The LG SJ8 comes with Chromecast built-in so you can stream tunes wirelessly to the soundbar from popular apps like Pandora and Google Play. There are plenty of audio modes to play with, including an auto sound engine that optimizes the EQ to suit the volume levels.
Another mode is adaptive sound control, which adjusts the frequency balance to suit whatever you are watching. And if you own an LG television, the sound sync technology can link to your TV to the soundbar wirelessly using Bluetooth. There are also several presets to choose from such as standard, bass blast, and cinema.
Furthermore, you control the functions of the soundbar from your smartphone by downloading LG’s Music Flow app that performs functions similar to the remote. Speaking of remotes, the SJ8 comes with a small remote that’s easy to use and fits snugly in the palm.
The sound output of the SJ8 can be summed up in two words “natural entertainer.” The soundbar might be slim but there’s plenty of power to deliver a punchy dynamic range. If you prefer to feel invigorated by action scenes, then the SJ8 is certainly the soundbar for you as the sound effects are powerful. It produces a pleasingly crisp, broad and detailed sound, underpinned by oodles of bass from the wireless subwoofer. While the sound output might not impress audiophiles, it is above average and the soundscape feels almost as huge as with bars from other brands.
- Ultra-slim, discreet design
- Good sound after some tweaks
- Small-sized subwoofer
- Simple setup
- Annoying always-on LED display
- Sound lacks detail
- Single HDMI input
3. JBL Bar 5.1
If an attractive design, superb sound quality and set of impressive features were to be magically whisked into a tech cauldron, the JBL Bar 5.1 would be the end product. The soundbar is the biggest and boldest of the range of sound gears from the brand, and it knocks out powerful sounds that can make your movie nights perfect.
The JBL Bar 5.1 is very much like its predecessors in the same style, rocking an elegant design. From its curved edges rounding off a sleek, low profile to its drilled black/gray metal body, the bar is almost decorative yet non-distracting. The bar itself is 58mm tall and can comfortably sit beneath most TVs without obstructing the view of an area of the screen. It is wrapped in a perforated mesh with a small display and the logo of the brand just by the right side. On the top are basic controls for power, volume and source selection (i.e. Bluetooth and HDMI.) In contrast, the subwoofer is reassuringly large and heavy with a matte black finish.
Rear access for cables is a little fiddly since they need to be bent to fit into the small sliding slots. But for connections, you will get inputs including three HDMI ports, one USB, one UAX, and one optical port. Behind the subwoofer, there’s only a single button for wirelessly syncing up the subwoofer to the soundbar. As for the remote, it feels light and plastic while the buttons are kept at a minimum.
Undoubtedly, the biggest selling point of the JBL Bar 5.1 is the transformation between a 2.1 and 5.1 sound system. Its wireless surround sound capabilities are really impressive and they truly work. It also has two detachable battery-powered speakers that can churn out 10 hours of playtime.
The speakers can go into a 5.1 mode as soon as you detach them – you don’t have to do anything. Another impressive feature is the SoundShift that allows you to play music from any device or from any of the inputs simultaneously, so you can swap backward and forwards between a wired and Bluetooth connection. There are also a number of modes that are suitable for games as well as music and movie playback.
One of the undeniable facts about the performance of the JBL Bar 5.1 is that it is clearly designed for one audience in particular – movie fans. The JBL Bar 5.1 doesn’t hold back when it comes to knocking out sounds due to its 510W of power.
The subtle bass from the sound gear adds just enough for the movie to feel dramatic so you can hear the dialogue, background whispers and other sound effects. The problem is that you might find some difficulty getting some balance at lower levels, but you can fix this by switching to the voice mode during use.
Going further, the system is easy to set up but switching between Bluetooth and wired connections isn’t smooth as expected as the sound quality sounds better when used from a mobile device than wired connections. The JBL Bar .1 is also great for music playback as it delivers loud, clear and bassy musical reproduction that lacks warmth. Overall, this sound system is capable of producing room-filling sounds that are intense and powerful.
- Easy to setup and use
- Attractive design
- Strong powerful bass
- Multi-beam audio
- Wireless battery-powered speakers
- Lack of EQ settings
- Lacks quiet listening performance
- The intelligent switching isn’t smooth
4. Sony HT-CT800
Sony has been a leader in consumer and professional electronics for decades, and the Sony HT-CT800 joins the line-up of impressive soundbars from the brand. The HT-CT800 might seem like it’s just any other soundbar out there, but once you have had a taste, you will never truly enjoy the sound of TV audio again.
Apart from creating sound equipment with great functionalities, Sony is also known for paying close attention to looks and creating products with a design that falls somewhere between unassuming and simple elegance. The HT-CT800 keeps up with the trend as it looks unique as it isn’t too high and doesn’t draw attention to itself.
As far as body dimensions go, the bar measures 40.4 x 2 x 4.7 inches, indicating that the bar is pretty wide. The top of the bar has a brushed metal finish and a metal grill covering the speakers as well as a power and pairing button.
It is accompanied by a chunky wireless subwoofer that has a similar style to the bar. Much like other subs, this one is also made of wood and can fit pretty much anywhere including the side of your furniture, or the TV stand. Flip the soundbar to the rear and you have a slot for the HDMI inputs on the far left.
Just beside is the second slot for the rest of the inputs while the mounting holes are on the bottom of the bar. With a weight of about 30 pounds, the HT-CT800 is moderately weighty and sturdy, so keep that in mind when deciding where to place it.
The HT-CT800 features a couple of impressive features that you will only find in rivals that are above its price point. For starters, the bar sports Google Home and Chromecast functionality that allows you to use your voice to control the soundbar as well as cast music, podcasts or radio from your smartphone, tablet or PC. This makes for better streaming compared to using Bluetooth.
Additionally, it comes with Dolby True HD & DTS-HD Master Audio, all of which provide a modern multi-dimensional sound. You can also listen to the same great song all around the house with multi-room listening by assembling selected Sony soundbars and speakers together. Even more, there’s also the HDR capability for smart TV viewing, and the Spotify Connect feature, which allows you to stream directly from the app.
Being an entry-level soundbar, the HT-CT800 produces loud, clear and well-distinguished sound to make the listening experience an enjoyable one. The wireless subwoofer delivers a spectacular amount of presence on the soundstage of a comparatively small device.
When used for the TV, it delivers clear sounds so you will never miss another word of dialogue, all thanks to the two levels of voice enhancement. In all, the soundbar puts up a modest performance due to its bright sound profile but its bass levels are average at its best.
- Comes with Google Home and Chromecast
- 4K HDR compatibility Sturdy
- Bass output is a little inadequate
- Noticeable distortion, especially at high volume
5. Sharp HT-SB602
The Sharp HT-SB602 adds depth to any viewing experience, offering plenty of features, a wide soundstage and decent sound quality.
The Sharp HT-SB602 has a stylish, steel-gray appearance that’s peculiar to the company’s TVs. It has a total of six drivers that are powered by 80 watts for each stereo channel, with two drivers and a tweeter on either end of the system. An alphanumeric LED display is positioned at the center of the bar, and it is flanked by On/Standby Input and pairing buttons on the left while Sound Mode and Volume buttons on the right.
On the recessed area are two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output for your TV, optical audio input and a 3.6mm input jack. Also in the package is an IR blaster to help alleviate any trouble with blocked IR ports on your television. You will also find a remote in the box, which is chunky and difficult to use as it has more than 40 buttons.
The Sharp HT-SB602 is compatible with Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream audio with mobile devices. While this might seem like a regular feature until you consider that the standard Bluetooth range is 33 feet while the HT-SB602 can reach 41 feet before losing the signal. Unlike other units, the soundbar is capable of both Dolby and DTS decoding for potentially better sonic performance from Blu-ray discs.
The audio pumped out by the Sharp HT-SB602 is simply admirable for music and movie playback. The wireless 8-inch subwoofer delivers a good range of bass without a hint of distortion, so you can have an immersive experience for music playback. And when used for movie playback, the soundbar proves it is worth considering as it captures sound effects such as explosions in sound effects as well as the dialogue and background whispers.
However, the action scenes tend to be a little too loud compared to the dialogue. Like most soundbars in its price category, the soundbar struggled with surround sound simulation as it failed to deliver sound as though it is coming from all sides of the room.
- Powerful and focused bass
- Great look
- Easy setup
- Insufficient features
- Struggles to simulate surround sound
- Treble can be harsh
6. Polk Audio Command Soundbar
The Polk Audio Command Soundbar is a 2.1-channel with Alexa voice control, ruling out the need to connect an Echo. It is an excellent sound device that delivers resonant dialog and good overall sound to make for a perfect accompaniment for your television.
The Polk Audio Command Bar looks largely like any other soundbar, measuring 2-inches high, 3.3-inches wide and 4-inches deep – just enough to sit away from sight underneath your TV. The build quality is good for the price point, with a largely plastic construction that uses a black matte finish and a black fabric covering.
Just in the middle of the soundbar is a ring of blue light that serves as the nexus to Alexa as well as touch-sensitive buttons for volume controls and microphone management. The subwoofer is relatively large, has its own power supply and connects wirelessly to the soundbar.
On the back, you will get two HDMI inputs, an HDMI-ARC and an optical port for audio. You will also get a powered USB port to which you can connect with the USB cable that provides power to a Google Chromecast. The package also comes with a remote, a step-up from Standard Polk fare, which features a dedicated Alexa button at the top. However, you can also tell Alexa to just make the change for you.
The biggest selling point of the Polk Audio Command Soundbar is the smart assistant integration of Amazon Alexa. With it, the features of the soundbar can be divided into smart features and audio features. The smart features include being able to switch the input with your voice by telling Alexa what to do. Beyond changing the modes, you can also use it to control other items from lighting and heating to getting weather reports.
Coming to the audio features, the Command Bar sports numerous sound modes, allowing you to listen to music, movies and sports with well-balanced equalizer presets. You also get the option to use Bluetooth to connect your devices to the soundbar as well as use the Wi-Fi to play whatever you want directly via Spotify.
It is usually hard for most soundbars to deliver great sound output for both movies and music but the Command bar edges close to the perfect balance. For starters, it has one of the best frequency ranges of bass you can find in its price category. It produces resonant dialogue and decent rumble during low-end effects, though the paired subwoofer lacks details that more expensive units can deliver.
The performance is also decent when it comes to listening to music as the sound system produces an excellent depth as well as an immersive experience. It somehow manages to maintain balance when cranked up to the max.
- Amazon Alexa built-in
- Excellent sound quality
- Easy setup
- Limited features on the app
- Fire TV not included
- Alexa can be unresponsive or freeze
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