We all love modern flat-screen TVs, but their sound is also a bit flat. As TVs become thinner and thinner, they also have less space for built-in speakers that generally need a lot of mass to churn out a good sound (with the exception of electrostatic panel speakers). Therefore we need another method to do justice to the images on the screen. The solution? Add a soundbar to amplify their sound and thus create the home theater of our dreams. The best soundbars can pack awesome audio into a chassis small enough to place in front or under the TV.
If you want to revamp your home cinema but you are on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha YAS-207: it sounds just as good when watching movies as when listening to music, it comes with two HDMI ports – which is by no means a given in this price range – and an unusually manageable and handy remote control.