As with modern TVs by other brands, the latest Sharp TV sets sport a flat-panel design that gives no room for deep-sounding, robust speakers. So, there’s only so much you can get from these TVs in the aspect of audio quality.
To get that completely immersive home entertainment experience from your Sharp TV, you need to pair it with a great-sounding audio gadget. And that’s where soundbars come in.
Best Soundbars for Sharp TVs: Our Top 5 Picks
Sadly, not all soundbars on the market pair well with Sharp TVs. So, you need to select with caution when shopping for a soundbar.
Thankfully, we have done all the hard work for you. We spent hours researching the market, gathering information on several different soundbars and comparing them based on their compatibility with Sharp TVs, features, performance, buyer reviews, and brand trust.
So, here are the five best soundbars for Sharp TVs — per our research at AudioTechie.
1. Samsung HW-R650
If you’re in the market for a 3.1 budget soundbar that sits at an attractive price point, the Samsung HW-R650 might just be the right one for you. It pairs perfectly with Sharp TVs and boasts a couple of features that are only available on high-level models.
The R650 is nothing complicated in its design and build. It is rectangular, measuring 41.7 z 3.5 x 2.2 inches. While the height is within an acceptable range, the width might cause problems as it is unlikely to fit underneath your TV stand.
The system is mainly made of good quality plastic, with a metal grille on the front to protect the six speakers inside. On the right end of the bar, you will find the buttons for controls that are fashioned to be unobtrusive. As expected, the subwoofer is made of wood with a piece of fabric on the front.
Flip the bar around and you will find the two openings on the back for the input ports and the power cable. It has a standard 3.5mm analog audio input and an optical input that supports Dolby Digital and DTS formats. There’s a USB-A type slot in the back for a flash drive so you can play the audio file as well as HDMI input and output ports.
The R650 has some nice features to give the best bang for your bucks. One of them is the Smart Sound Mode, which automatically analyzes the sounds from the bar and optimizes it accordingly to provide better overall sound quality.
The dialogue enhancement feature makes movie nights more enjoyable by minimizing the background sounds so you can hear what the characters are saying. There’s also the Game mode that helps you step right into the midst of the action and claim more victories.
The soundbar also comes with a Night Mode that helps you enjoy your late-night audio experiences so you don’t disturb your neighbors. And just in case you sleep off while at it, the soundbar has you covered with the auto-off feature that turns it off after five minutes of inactivity.
Samsung rarely disappoints once it comes to the sound quality of its products and the R650 puts up a fantastic performance. The soundstage of the bar is quite good as the center channel speaker delivers clean and crisp sounds when watching movies or music while the wireless subwoofer gives off a nice bass output for budget audio gear.
The bar can get really loud with little distortion, thanks to its 340 watts of power. As far as surround sound is concerned, the R650 is quite decent but not very immersive. Overall, the R650 offers great sound quality at an affordable price.
- Excellent build quality
- Crystal clear dialogue
- No built-in Chromecast or Wi-Fi
- The subwoofer could do with more bass
2. Bose Solo 5
Bose is an audio gear manufacturer that has been in the business of making high-quality soundbars for over half a century. The Bose Solo 5 is an inexpensive soundbar that looks good and delivers a decent performance.
Design-wise, the Solo 5 is lackluster even though it is made of solid plastic that has a black matte finish and a metal grid that surrounds the front and sides. Taking its minimalist style to an extreme, the entire bar is plain and looks ordinary except for Bose’s logo and subtle status indicators on the front.
We looked around for buttons on the Solo 5 but found none, meaning you can only control it using the rather chunky universal remote. Because it is a compact bar, it will fit underneath your TV perfectly without blocking your view.
As far as connectivity goes, the Solo 5 is stingy with inputs. There are optical, coaxial and auxiliary inputs, plus built-in Bluetooth for streaming music. An HDMI port would have proven to be a useful option for feeding HD audio stream to the soundbar. There’s no external subwoofer in this soundbar, meaning it is an all-in-one package.
The Solo 5 offers a few tricks including the auto-wake feature that makes the bar roar to life when it picks an audio signal while the auto-power down feature will turn off the soundbar after 60 minutes of inactivity. Another attraction to the Solo 5 is its ability to save up to eight connections.
With this soundbar, there are not preset modes to choose from as the Solo 5 is designed to be plug_and_play, and it does succeed in this regard. To keep things simple, the Smart Sound feature analyzes the content you are listening to and optimizes the sound setting for the best experience.
Many people think the sound output of a soundbar will be terrible without modes to choose from but the Solo 5 proves otherwise. It delivers crisp, clean sounds that not only makes it possible to hear every word spoken but also improves intelligibility for those with hearing difficulties.
Since you are dealing with a compact soundbar, don’t expect it to deliver enveloping sounds. For a bar of its size and price point, the Solo 5 doesn’t do badly as it is a great improvement on television speakers.
- Small and compact design
- Universal remote included
- Good clarity to dialogue
- No wall-mount kit
- Lacks powerful bass
3. Polk Audio Signa S2
If you’re looking for a better alternative to your TV’s speakers, the Polk Audio Signa S2 promises great performance without costing an arm and leg. Succeeding the Signa S1, the soundbar is a straightforward 2.1 channel system that offers improved sound and functionality.
The Signa S2 shares a lot of similarities in appearance with its predecessor and one of them is that its design is straightforward. It is mostly made of plastic and measures 6 x 90 x 8cm, meaning that it should fit between some 55 inches TV stands without blocking the bottom part of your screen.
The front side of the bar is covered with a piece of black fabric and a LED display system to indicate the current mode of the bar while the buttons for controls are housed on top of the bar.
Going further, the recessed area of the bar shows that the soundbar has fairly limited inputs. You get ports for optical, HDMI ARC, and a jack for auxiliary output. For wireless connectivity, the bar offers Bluetooth capabilities so you can stream music from your smartphone and tablet to it. The bar is accompanied by a subwoofer that looks rather cheap with a simple design.
While other soundbars offer a wide range of modes so you can properly customize your listening experience, the Signa S2 offers only two preset modes namely Music and Movies. There’s also the Night Mode, which helps to optimize the sound output so you can enjoy your late-night movies without disturbing your neighbors.
You can ditch the voice modes and select the Polk Audio Adjust mode, which is a feature that analyzes the content on your TV and then adjusts the sound output for the best experience. You can also determine how much bass you want by using the remote.
The goal of the soundbar is to be simple so anyone can start using it within minutes of opening the package, more of a plug-and-play thing. The bar achieves that goal but the decision reflects in how the soundbar is able to deliver fantastic sounds. It offers a wide soundstage with incredible clarity. One of the facts that cannot be denied is that the bar packs a punch and can get really loud with very little distortion. It also has one of the best frequency ranges of bass you can find in its price category.
- Good front soundstage
- Solid bass performance
- Very easy to setup
- Great price
- No surround depth
- Audio adjustments are limited
- Average remote
- Limited features
4. Vizio SB-3820-C6
When it comes to budget soundbars, there are usually lots of options to choose from but the Vizio SB-3820-C6 has earned a reputation as one of the best for those who don’t want to break a bank. It has a very high range of volume, top-class clarity and minimal harmonic distortion.
People seldom hunt for a soundbar with design as a priority and Vizio seems to understand that perfectly considering the simplicity of the looks of the SB3820-C6. The soundbar is wrapped on all sides with a breathable, black fabric while the end caps are aluminum coated and include the logo. Also on the front is a line of LED displays to indicate the status of the bar while the buttons for controls are positioned on top.
As far as connectivity goes, the SB3820-C6 offers USB 3.5mm, stereo RCA, subwoofer output, digital optical and coaxial inputs. There’s no Wi-Fi; instead you built-in Bluetooth connectivity so you can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices. There’s no external subwoofer in the package, so you can simply mount the soundbar on a wall, place it on a table or just let it sit beneath your television.
The SB3820-C6 might be a budget soundbar but it does boast a range of features to make it a worthy contender in its price point. Because it has no separate subwoofer, the bar relies on its deep bass technology to deliver room-filling sounds.
If the lack of external sub bothers you so much, Vizio has included an optional subwoofer output on the rear. It also comes with Dolby Digital surround sound, which is the audio standard for cinema, broadcast, DVD and Blu-ray. It also features DTS TruVolume, which helps to maintain the volume level throughout your listening moments.
In terms of sound output, the Vizio SB3820-C6 delivers room-shaking sounds of up to 100dB with minimal harmonic distortion. You are able to discern every single word characters say in movies and distinguish between every note and chord in music playback.
With regards to the surround sound, the bar evenly disperses sounds across the room so you don’t have to focus your attention on the bar itself. Overall, the sound quality might not wow you but it is quite decent for a budget soundbar.
- Small and compact build
- Good sound quality and clarity
- Not the best quality control
- No internal subwoofer
- No support for HDMI connection
5. JBL Bar 2.1
As the name indicates, JBL Bar 2.1 is a 2.1 channels system that comes with a wireless subwoofer, adjustable listening modes, and an impressive soundstage. It is easy to set up and a fair price tag that makes it a worthy contender at its price point.
Starting with the build and design of the soundbar, the JBL Bar 2.1 has a slim profile that makes it easy to place under your TV. Sitting on rubber feet to prevent movement, the soundbar measures 38 x 2.3 z 2.7 inches and comes with a weight of just 1.9kg.
The soundbar rocks a wrap-around grille that gives a dot-matrix look and offers a cool little retro feel with an LED display that’s hidden inside it and that only lights up when you interact with it. You can dim the display from the remote if you find its brightness too distracting. At the top, you have rubber buttons that are easy to reach for power, volume controls, and source.
Taking a look at the back of the bar, you will find the connectivity options, which are rather few. They include a 3.5mm aux input, USB input, HDMI input and HDMI output (ARC) as well as the input for the power cable. In case you want to go wireless, the JBL Bar 2.1 also has Bluetooth connectivity to enable you to connect your mobile device for streaming purposes. The package also ships with the remote and a wireless subwoofer with a matte black finish that connects automatically to the bar.
No matter how cheap budget soundbars are, they usually have a handful of features and that holds true for the JBL 2.1. For starters, you get five preset, finely tuned modes including Music, Movie, Voice, Sport and Standard – all of which provide good differentiation for different types of content.
An additional Night Mode allows you to enjoy clear sounds from your soundbar at night without worrying about waking up those in your home. With the Sound Shift technology, you can automatically switch between your Bluetooth device and your TV’s content.
The sound from the JBL Bar 2.1 is clear and loud, way more than you can possibly get from your TV speakers. It delivers good bass when listening to music, and clarity so you can hear the dialogue in movies without missing a word.
The bar also produces an immersive soundstage that’s ideal for movies to make it seem like you were right in the middle of the action. Also, the bar tends to manage loud volumes until you crank it up to the max, which results in some sound distortion. Nonetheless, the overall sound quality is decent and fair.
- Powerful audio performance
- No Wi-Fi connectivity
- No virtual assistant
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