Best Soundbars for Xbox One Gaming

Connecting to your Xbox One with just a digital optical cable, soundbars are a 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 pulled together this list of some of the best soundbars you can use with your Xbox One.

Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar

The Playbar (about $700) is a nine-driver soundbar that 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.

Selected as the best overall soundbar for most people by The Wirecutter, the site had this to say:

Even without the benefit of surround speakers, it delivers a soundstage that is both wide and pleasantly deep, and thanks to its discrete tweeters it produces clear highs and highly intelligible voices without the muddiness that single-driver products suffer from.

Since the Playbar has the added benefit of easily connecting wirelessly to other Sonos speakers, it's a great 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 or to play audio throughout your residence.

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Yamaha YAS-203

Yamaha YAS-203

The Yamaha YAS-203 is a 2.1 system that comes with a wireless subwoofer, meaning you have one less cord to worry about. It supports both Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, so you'll always get the best sound when you're playing your Xbox One.

Awarded Editors' Choice by CNET and well-reviewed by Tom's Guide, you know you're getting a quality product with rich sound. Surprisingly, it's in the middle range as far as price — you can get one for roughly $200 — making the YAS-203 an attractive choice for anyone not interested in Dolby Atmos.

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, and the host of extra features, like night mode and simulated surround sound, mean you can listen how you want.

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Samsung HW-K950

Samsung HW-K950

If you love Dolby Atmos, you might just be tempted to shell out the bucks for a beefy soundbar that supports the advanced sound technology.

Enter the Samsung HW-K950 (about $1,200). The soundbar itself has forward- and upward-facing drivers, there are two rear satellite speakers, and a subwoofer rounds out the 5.1.4 Atmos setup, delivering some impressive surround sound.

CNET awarded this sound bar with an Editors' Choice, and went on to say:

The HW-K950 offers ripping surround sound and excellent music replay — a talent that is exceedingly rare among sound bars. While there's probably no such thing as an "ultimate sound bar," the Samsung HW-K950 is the closest you might get for the money.

This soundbar decodes DTS content and features 4K pass-through, meaning you can play any 4K video source on your TV through the HW-K950. If you've been holding out on a soundbar for one that supports Dolby Atmos, the sleek Samsung HW-K950 should be taken into serious consideration.

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Razer Leviathan

Razer Leviathan

The Razer Leviathan is an affordable gaming soundbar — it starts at about $140 — that comes with a separate subwoofer that emits impressive bass, offering warm low-end tones that really stand out. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it handy for listening to music from your favorite devices when you're not gaming.

It was chosen as the best gaming soundbar by Tom's Guide, which stated:

Razer's onto something with a soundbar aimed at gamers — the virtual surround sound and booming bass improved the gaming experience.

Razer calls this a 5.1 system, but it's really only emulating a surround sound setup with a few individual drivers in the soundbar and no rear speakers. It's more like a 2.1 system, but it's one that is loud enough to satisfy most gamers.

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Paradigm SoundScape

Paradigm SoundScape

While many people don't exactly need a super high-end soundbar if they stick strictly to gaming, many audiophiles also prefer something they can use when they don't have an Xbox controller in their hands.

The Paradigm SoundScape soundbar (about $1,500) fills this need, and was chosen as the soundbar with the best sound by The Wirecutter:

It offers the best combination of sound quality, features, and usability of any soundbar that we can find, and when we pitted it directly against other top models in our hands-on testing, it handily beat them all.

It's a bit bulkier than other soundbars, but that's because of the size and orientation of the drivers inside; there are four four-inch bass and mid drivers, as well as three tweeters that really pump out the sound. If you're an audiophile first and a gamer second and want a soundbar that delivers the absolute best sound quality, have a look at the Paradigm SoundScape.

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Yamaha YAS-106

Yamaha YAS-106

If spending a cool thousand on a soundbar just isn't possible, don't fret. There are plenty of budget options, but many don't come close to the sound quality you find in the Yamaha YAS-106. Favorably reviewed by Tom's Guide and previously chosen as their top pick for less than $200, the site stated:

The YAS-106 doesn't act like a budget soundbar. It has the features you want — HDMI, 4K pass-through, an array of surround sound modes — and it's definitely an improvement over the built-in speakers on your TV, especially when it comes to producing bass.

If anything, this soundbar has been blamed for creating too much bass, even though there's no standalone subwoofer. If it's a slim, sleek soundbar with a serious amount of bass you want but can't see yourself spending upwards of $1,000, the Yamaha YAS-106 should be taken into consideration. These soundbars have been discontinued, though you can still find refurbished models for about $130. The updated YAS-107 is also available for about $200.

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Sony HT-ST5000

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 (about $1,300) certainly isn't cheap, but it delivers 800W of Dolby Atmos sound for your Xbox One. Both the soundbar and subwoofer are rather large, but the 7.1.2 sound through seven front-facing and two up-firing 2.6-inch drivers will blow you away. Tom's Guide chose this soundbar as its top pick when it comes to Dolby Atmos, stating:

Get the Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar if you want excellent audio quality, Atmos surround sound and features that rival those of an audio-video receiver — and if you don't mind the premium price.

This soundbar supports 4K HDR and HDCP 2.2, and you can plug in using one of three HDMI ports on the back. There's also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, and the exposed tweeters give this soundbar a bit of a different look compared to the flat fronts of most.

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Vizio SB3621 2.1

Vizio SB3621

Considering it's only about $150, the Vizio SB3621 delivers serious sound. It's perfect for anyone who prefers not to have separate satellite speakers, as the whole package consists of the soundbar and a subwoofer.

It's been well-reviewed pretty much across the board, thanks to an easy setup and great sound from the 2.1 system. If you'd prefer something with extra speakers, the Vizio SB3651 5.1 system is also a great option.

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Updated December 28, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best soundbars for gaming.