Beefing up the sound from your television, a soundbar gives your lounge room a home theatre overhaul. Super-thin televisions might look great, but the trade-off is that they often don’t leave enough room for decent speakers. As a result, it can be difficult to hear dialogue. Movies can also sound a bit tinny, especially when there are explosions and car chases.
A soundbar works as an external speaker for your television, either sitting on the benchtop in front of the television or mounted on the wall beneath it. To add extra low-end grunt, these two soundbars both come with a wireless subwoofer that you can place anywhere in the room.
While a soundbar beefs up your sound, it can also help you keep down the noise after dark. Clearer dialogue means that you don’t need to crank up the volume so you can understand what people are saying. Both soundbars also feature a night mode, which turns up the voices while toning down the explosions.
If your budget will stretch then Samsung comes out ahead, not just for its rear speakers but also the fact that its Movie mode sounds a little clearer. You might lean towards the LG if your smart home is on Team Google and you’re keen to get Google Assistant in your lounge room.