Achieve a well-balanced and rich soundscape without running wires everywhere by getting a great soundbar.
Connecting to your Xbox One with just a digital optical cable, soundbars are great and compact way to enhance your gaming experience. Most won't quite match the capabilities of a true surround sound system, but they're usually less expensive and far easier to install.
In case you are in need of some great sound, we've pulled together this list of some of the best soundbars you can use with your Xbox One.
The Yamaha YAS-203 is a 2.1 system that comes with a wireless subwoofer, meaning you have one less cord to worry about hiding.
It supports both Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, so you'll always get the best sound when you're playing your Xbox One.
For roughly $400, the YAS-203 has tons of features: Night mode, simulated surround sound, and Clear Voice mode, so you can always customize the sound to you preference.
The sound quality is especially superb for the price point. The 6.5-inch driver in the wireless sub does a great job of providing warm bass that remains consistent between gaming, watching movies, and playing music.
If you're looking for an easy way to set up a 5.1 surround system, the VIZIO SB4051 maybe be the one for you. Unlike many other soundbars, it also comes with two rear speakers, to give you nearly true surround sound.
Clocking in around $325, the VIZIO supports every type of connection you could want in a soundbar. With digital optical, RCA, AUX, USB, and HDMI ports, it's not just a great system to connect your Xbox One but to hook up all your devices. Plus, with both Dolby Digital and DTS decoding support, you will always have the best sound possible for both games and movies.
The wireless subwoofer provides extremely powerful bass that can fill the room with great low-end tones, though the bass can be a little overwhelming — even at a "normal" level. You'll probably want to turn it down.
If you need a soundbar that is highly versatile for all your audio needs, the VIZIO SB4051 is a wonderful choice.
Starting at around $195, the Razer Leviathan is a dynamic soundbar system in a compact package.
It comes with a separate subwoofer that is wired, meaning you will have to run an extra cord from the bar to the sub. That being said, the bass is impressive, offering warm low-end tones that really stand out.
It has Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it handy for listening to music from your favorite devices so when you're not gaming, you can always blast some tunes from your phone.
Razer calls this a 5.1 system, and but it's really only emulating a surround sound set-up with only a few individual drivers in the soundbar and no rear speakers. It's really only a 2.1 system. It's also worth noting that the Leviathan does not have a remote control or support universal remotes.
If you want a soundbar that is great on sound but small in size, the Razer is the choice for you.
Typically starting at around $700, the Sonos Playbar is a 9-driver soundbar that offers great sound quality.
The Playbar truly shines at creating a simulated surround sound experience. The speakers inside of it do a great job of making sounds feel like they are coming from different directions, even though it doesn't have rear speakers to help out.
Since the Playbar has the added benefit of easily connecting wirelessly to other Sonos speakers, it's probably a better choice for people who've already bought into the Sonos ecosystem. That being said, if you want to build a Sonos system, starting with the Playbar is one of the best ways to do it. You can use other Sonos speakers to set up a true wireless surround sound system for your TV set up or to play audio throughout your residence.
ZVOX SoundBase 570
A little different-looking than the other soundbars on the list, the ZVOX SoundBase 570 is a bit of a heftier option. Sitting at 30 inches wide and 14 inches deep, it is designed to be under your TV's stand, not in front.
It may surprise you that the SoundBase 570 is actually a 2.1 system — inside that box are two 5-inch speaker drivers and a 5.25 inch subwoofer. While that may not seem very big, the SoundBase 570 is impressively loud and well-balanced, delivering dynamic soundscapes consistently.
The bass may still be lacking for some and if you find this is the case, don't worry; you can always attach a separate subwoofer with a basic subwoofer cable.
If you want a system that wraps up a soundbar and subwoofer into one compact box, then the ZVOX SoundBase 570 is your best bet.
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