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Okay, so first up here I just want to preface this entire list by saying these are budget soundbars. Of course, better soundbars exist but we wanted to focus on the most affordable options currently available. And with that said, the Sony HT-CT80 is one of the best bang for your buck soundbars on the market. We really enjoyed our experience with it. The setup process was a breeze and we think the sound was actually pretty good. The audio is crisp and clear, although I did expect the subwoofer to be a little louder. On the downside, we didn’t really like that it has 100 volume points, which means you will be pressing the volume up/down buttons several times before hearing any significant difference in volume. It will also turn off after a short period of inactivity, which can be a little annoying. Still, for just under $100, the HT-CT80 is a solid option for someone looking to upgrade the audio in their living room.
Yes, of course a VIZIO product was going to make the list. Most people recognize the brand and realize what they are getting – a no frills, no extra bells and whistles product that is just solid. And the SB2920-C6 definitely fits that bill. At around $70, it’s a great budget soundbar to spruce up your TV audio game. It’s got very crisp mids and highs and there are no distortions even when I took the volume near its peak. It’s got a sleek design and looks especially good with VIZIO brand TVs since a lot of them have a designated place to put the soundbar at the base of the TV. The bass is pretty weak, but I can’t say I was expecting anything different. The Bluetooth stability was also an issue at times when I was trying to connect my phone. Lastly, it took a little longer to setup than other soundbars on this list but this really isn’t a dealbreaker, at least for me. Overall, considering its very affordable price point, it’s kind of a no-brainer.
I have to say I was little skeptical at first because I had never heard of the MEGACRA brand before, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It’s super easy to setup and I think it may be the best looking speaker on this list. It’s got a more elegant rounded shape rather than the traditional square look and it does come with a wall mount, which is nice. It features two 25 watt drivers and two 15 watt tweeters resulting in pretty clear, full audio. The S11 soundbar also features three different sound settings, although I do wish the overall sound was a little louder. Another negative is that there’s no clear volume indicator – not a major problem but just one thing I noticed. Another thing to note with MEGACRA is their excellent customer service. I emailed them a question I had with the soundbar and they immediately responded. Overall, don’t be scared off by the brand, this is a legit soundbar under $100 (we’ve actually seen it as low as $80 before).