We all have a TV in our house, Don’t we? How many TVs sound good to watch a program clearly? Not many. If you’re here, you would have known about external speakers and soundbars that can enhance the audio experience of a TV. Today, we’re going to see the best soundbar for TV under Rs 20,000. There is also a subwoofer that comes along with it for bass duties.
You should choose a soundbar only if you have space constraints. Otherwise, a good home theatre system will beat the soundbar in quality. You can read about the best home theatre system in India here. Let’s go to the list of the best soundbars in India.
You would know that Yamaha not only makes motorcycles but also high-performing audio equipment like Yamaha 1840 home theatres. This Yamaha YAS-109 is geared to sound quality if the space is a constraint for a home theatre system. The price is slightly above Rs 20,000 but worth it.
A decent home theatre system can run circles around the soundbars of a similar price range. If you’re interested in home theatres, kindly read this article.
The piece looks beautiful and wide enough for the soundbar to create separation of the stereo field. The main advantage of this soundbar is that it is Alexa certified. You can control the sound source etc. with Alexa comments in addition to regular Alexa comments. Just say, “Alexa, turn up the volume” and Alexa would do that in no time. There is also a mute switch that disables the microphone and therefore stops listening to us. Privacy is a thing, right?
This Yamaha subwoofer has DTS Virtual:X built-in. So even the music you play can be upmixed to 3d surround in DTS Virtual:X. This ensures the sound surrounds you as intended. It is quite nice to use this system for music.
The Yamaha YAS-109 has dual subwoofers built-in. Although it cannot give the grunt of a dedicated subwoofer, These dual subwoofers are capable of a built-in subwoofer and therefore producing decent bass. If you’re a basshead, look for a system with a dedicated subwoofer.
The Yamaha YAS-109 has Spotify connect and amazon music built in. This means you get to stream Spotify songs in a jiffy. Similarly, you can play from amazon music. Both Spotify and amazon need a subscription to play music. What if you have local files to play? This system has Bluetooth and you can stream the songs direct to The Yamaha YAS-109 via Bluetooth. Problem solved!
The Yamaha YAS-109 has clear voice technology. watching a video and you get to turn up the volume for dialogues and turn down the volume for something like a crash or explosion? This is difficult, isn’t it? The Yamaha YAS-109 has a solution for you. Click the clear voice and it will accentuate the voice and makes them heard clearly. No more fiddling with the remote and miss important scenes.
You might think that a soundbar of this technology is hard to use. Not at all. It connects to the TV via HDMI and the HDMI arc of the TV will take care of the rest. It also has HDMI-CEC and you can use a single remote for controlling both TV and soundbar.
All in all, it is one of the best soundbars to buy in India which is geared for sound quality. You cannot go wrong with this.
Sony makes great home theatres and soundbars and this Sony HT-RT3 is no exception. It is a 5.1 surround sound soundbar. It means The soundbar has a center channel, left and right channel and there is also an additional pair of surround channels for both rear left and rear right.
This is a great soundbar that is enough to cover small to medium-sized rooms. The soundbar is
A 600-watt system which has a power consumption of 85 watts. The subwoofer has all the amplifiers and boards for the functioning of the device. Hence, the subwoofer has to be placed in the line of contact.
The system has Bluetooth connectivity. It also has NFC. So the pairing is very easy. Turn on the NFC and bring it closer to the subwoofer. You will see the Bluetooth of the phone pairs with that of the SONY HT-RT3.
There is also USB playback supported. You can fill a USB stick with songs and plug it into the subwoofer to play songs. It can be controlled by a song pal application. The system also clear Audio+ technology which enhances the music even better for soundbar listening.
The system also supports DOLBY digital sound and if you have a dish TV, you can connect to it via HDMI arc and can listen to the surround sound. The master digital amp ensures accurate sound reproduction
This HT-RT3 is easy to set up. Connect the wires from the soundbar to the subwoofer and also connect the surround speakers to the subwoofer amp and you’re good to rock your world. It supports HDMI arc and therefore whatever the TV outputs, the soundbar catches and outputs as sound. There is also an optical In if you want to connect devices with optical output. With all the discounts, you will get the soundbar for under Rs 20,000. Hence, it is one of the best soundbars for TV in India under Rs 20,000.
This is the second product from Sony on the list. The difference between the previous soundbar and this is that the surround speakers are missing in this one.
This one comes with a subwoofer which is a great advantage. The subwoofer rises a 16 mm driver and has a volume of 28 liters and therefore it gives thumping bass.
The soundbar has a force pro virtual surround system which aids the absence of rear surrounds. This works quite well and it is nice to watch a movie with this soundbar. The soundbar has Bluetooth. You can connect your smartphone to this home theatre and play music on the soundbar. You can even send sounds from your Sony tv to this soundbar wirelessly and it avoids wire clutter. This system can be mounted on the wall easily and with wireless connectivity, it looks clean and works great.
You can also connect to the TV using an HDMI arc setup. This way, just one wire is enough to send and receive data and sound to and from the tv. This makes the setup looks clean. It can also be used with other kinds of TV and not only Sony TVs.
The TV has various sound modes for sound playback. The game studio mode is designed by the team that made PlayStation. The cinema mode is to watch movies. Music mode for music, News mode for clear vocals, and so on. It has seven different such modes and they aid a lot with watching TV or listening to music. For the price, it is one of the best Soundbars for TV under Rs 20,000.
Philips is an old company that still makes audio and visual pieces of equipment. The soundbar is one of them. The quality of Philips items is good for the price. This model comes in three types.70 watts, 160 watts, and 300 watts. The one mentioned here is 300 watts.
The total power of the system is 300 watts and it gives a powerful sound. The soundbar is a 2.1 setup meaning, there are two speakers on the soundbar and a subwoofer to give bass. Unfortunately, there is no discrete center speaker. But the good news is that the other two speakers perform well.
The speaker looks great with a unique design. The speakers have a metal grille for added protection. It is also low profile and can be placed below the TV for uncluttered looks.
The soundbar is good for both movies and music. It can decode Dolby audio and downmixes to stereo for listening.
The subwoofer used in this is a wireless one. Hence, it can be hidden inside the room away from sight. This gives the impression that the soundbar gives out the full-range sound.
The system also contains optical ins and an aux input for added connectivity options. But HDMI ARC is the best way of connecting this to the Television. For the price, it is one of the best soundbars under Rs.20,000.
As you know, Samsung makes fantastic TVs. What people don’t know is that they make great soundbars too. This HW-R550 is one of the finest around. It is a 320W system.
This soundbar is a 2.1 soundbar meaning, there are two drivers on the soundbar and there is also a subwoofer to aid the Low-frequency effect or LFE.
Surround sound expansion is the technique used in this soundbar that expands the sound and gives a great surround effect.
You can connect your gaming console to it and the gaming mode will be activated. This mode eliminates cross-talks and therefore giving out rich audio and hence improving the gameplay experience.
The soundbar has Bluetooth connectivity and you can directly connect your phone and play music. Even better is this. You can connect the tv wirelessly to the soundbar and the soundbar works in conjunction with the TV. This way, you can eliminate wires that are dangling from the soundbar. The connection is also made with the help of WIFI which is even more stable than the Bluetooth connection.
It comes with a remote. The advantage is that the soundbar has HDMI-CES and therefore you can use the remote of the soundbar to control the TV or even use the TV remote to control the soundbar.
The soundbar automatically detects the program being played by the soundbar like news, games and optimizes the sound accordingly for high fidelity listening.
This soundbar comes with an app. With the app, you can use all features of this soundbar and also play files on the phone over Bluetooth. For all the mentioned features, this soundbar is one of the best soundbars under Rs 20,000.
JBL is a premium brand that is owned by Harman which in turn is owned by Samsung. JBL makes really great sound systems and they are quite a value for the money. This JBL cinema SB 160 is no different.
The system is a 220-watt soundbar and it is enough for small to medium-sized rooms. It is a Dolby digital-enabled soundbar. It can decode Dolby digital files and play them on the soundbar. You don’t miss anything but surrounds on a track that has Dolby’s digital sound.
The system has a wireless subwoofer. You need a power outlet to power the subwoofer. The audio goes wirelessly. This way you can hide the subwoofer somewhere in the room and still can listen to great bass.
This soundbar has Bluetooth and therefore you can connect your soundbar to your phone and stream high-quality songs through it. The quality is quite good for a Bluetooth connection.
The soundbar also supports the HDMI ARC system so that you will need just one cable to connect the TV with the soundbar. You can play things via soundbar or you can play anything on the tv and in both cases you will hear the sound in the soundbar. This is one of the best soundbars in India under Rs 20,000.
This is the second JBL product on the list. This is a step down from the previous JBL still one of the best soundbars for TV under Rs 20,000.
This soundbar has a healthy 220 watts of power. It is a 2 channel soundbar. There are left and right speakers inside the soundbar. Unfortunately, there is no center speaker. Hence, it can also be called as a stereo soundbar.
There is a subwoofer shipped along with the system. This is a wireless subwoofer system. It has technology for extra deep bass and it works. You can place the subwoofer hidden from the view and still enjoy high-quality bass from it.
It has Bluetooth and you can connect your phone with Bluetooth and enjoy unprecedented quality sound right in your living room.
The setup has an optical input. You can connect your set-top box or gaming consoles or any device with optical output to the soundbar and can enjoy the high fidelity sound. It just works.
It also supports the HDMI arc. Therefore you can connect the soundbar to your tv with just a single wire and still reap the benefits of a multi-wire connection like stereo sound, refuting sound from the tv to the soundbar, etc.
This is the second Philips product on this list. This is a capable soundbar for your tv for both music and movies.
This is a 120 watts output soundbar. It has an integrated subwoofer hence it doesn’t come with an additional subwoofer. The inbuilt subwoofer is not as powerful as a separate one but does the job well.
The build quality is good. The outside has grills covering the speaker and it is of good quality.
This soundbar has built-in Bluetooth and therefore you can connect any Bluetooth player with this soundbar and play music.
Also, it has HDMI ARC. Connecting it to the tv is easy. Just get an HDMI cable, connect one end to the tv and the other end to the soundbar. TV connects to the soundbar automatically provided the HDMI of the TV has arc function.
For the price, it is one of the finest soundbars for under Rs 20,000.
All the above soundbars perform adequately under good conditions. They augment the movie-watching experience greatly so that you will enjoy the movie a lot. Some have surround speakers too and it creates an ambiance like no other two-channel soundbar can produce. All in all, if you have space constraints, going with one of the above soundbars is a good option. If you ask me, I will pick either the Yamaha YAS-109 or Sony HT-RT3 from the list for my go-to soundbar. Thanks for reading.
Aju Vignesh Sathiaraj Padma is a mechanical and audio engineer. He is a person who loves technology and things. He is also an audiophile and loves to listen to audio gears. He is an avid writer and loves to blog.