HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Soundbar System

Best Soundbar System

Soundbars have steadily increased in popularity because of their all-round capabilities and attractive form factor. Designed to complement today’s widescreen TVs, they are a simple and fuss-free in getting cinema-sized sound without sacrificing on space. Hence, we trawled through the biggest names in consumer electronics to suss out the best entry-level sound bar that was released in the past year.


  • LG HLX55W
  • Philips HTS9104
  • Samsung HT-BD2000
  • Sony HT-CT350
  • Yamaha YHT-S400

And the Winner Is...

The Yamaha YHT-S400 is our best soundbar system.

The Yamaha YHT-S400 punches well above its weight with its authoritative and solid sound. It’s not perfect though, as dialog was a tad soft, but thankfully that can be easily rectified by increasing the center channel volume level. More importantly, it impressed us by convincingly replicating the experience of a multi-speaker setup. Listened with your eyes close, you wouldn't think the sound was coming from a single speaker, and a very slim one at that. Simply put, Yamaha YHT-S400 provided the best cinematic experience in this category.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG HLX55W Philips HTS9104 Samsung HT-BD2000 Sony HT-CT350 Yamaha YHT-S400
Design 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.0
Performance 7.5 8.5 7.0 8.0 9.0
Value 8.0 7.5 7.0 8.0 8.0
Overall 7.5 8.5 7.0 8.0 9.0
Price S$1,499 S$1,699 S$1,499 S$949 S$999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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