When you are busy gaming, it’s vital to have the best sound system for console gaming so that you can experience amazing sound. Although good quality soundbars or tower speakers come in two-way or three-way configuration that will add nice full sound, nothing contributes more to the richness of a home audio system then a good powered subwoofer.
At one time it was difficult finding a quality subwoofer for home stereo. But with the growing popularity of home theater, you have a huge variety of home theater subwoofers to chose from.
Even if you have a large pair of tower or floor mount speakers with 10″ woofers, it can never hurt to add a good home theater subwoofer to the mix. While many old-school stereo systems go without, those familiar with home theater appreciate the benefit of a good powered sub.
- 1 Top 5 Best Sound System For Console Gaming Reviewed
- 2 1. Samsung soundbar HW-J8500
- 3 2. Sony HTST9 7.1 Sound Bar
- 3.1 Cinematic Sound and Simple Connectivity
- 3.2 7.1-Channel System
- 3.3 High-Resolution Audio
- 3.4 S-Force Front Surround
- 3.5 Bluetooth Standby Mode
- 3.6 Multiple HDMI Ports for Simple Connectivity
- 3.7 Bluetooth Streaming with NFC
- 3.8 SongPal App
- 3.9 Flexible Setup for Customized Entertainment
- 3.10 Features:
- 3.11 Conclusion:
- 4 3. VIZIO SB4451-C0 SmartCast
- 5 4. Yamaha MusicCast YSP-2700 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
- 6 5. Yamaha soundbar YAS-203
Top 5 Best Sound System For Console Gaming Reviewed
If you already own a monster TV, then you are probably on a hunt for a top soundbar and the one of the best additions you can have is the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500. This soundbar for TV is aimed to complement the Samsung’s curved TV series and with its great 57-inch size and curved design is a perfect match for any 55 inches or larger TV. The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is not only a great match for curved TVs, but also for flat ones as it is one of the most versatile soundbar in regards of connectivity and functionalities that is able to deliver flawless performance.
- Sound Bar Size: 57”
- Sound Pressure Level: 102 dB
- Sound Bar Frequency: 20Hz~20KHz
- Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, DTS 2 CH
- Total Power: 350 W
- Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
Under the metal mesh at the front, an LCD display shows the chosen input and indicates when the volume has been changed.
Unlike the other models in the Samsung’s curved series, the LCD display of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is slightly moved to the left due to the presence of a centre speaker incorporated in the soundbar for TV. This is just something you will need some time to get used to, as we all just catched the habit to see the indicators just right in the centre.
All the connectivity sockets are as usual found at the back of the soundbar for TV. They include an optical digital input, an ARC-enabled output and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. You will also find a USB Ethernet port, an HDMI socket and a LAN port that is used for multi-room setup, although you can also use the built-in WiFi for this purpose. If you are to go with the WiFi multiroom setup, then you will find a WPS button on the back of the soundbar for TV, along with a Speaker Add button. In addition to all the wireless options, you have a built-in Bluetooth that allows you to stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and also connect wirelessly your Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 directly to the TV (if the model is compatible), thanks to the TV Sound Connect technology.
Of course, as part of the design, we do not have to forget the subwoofer. This time the subwoofer comes slimmer and easier to accommodate anywhere in your room. It connects to the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 wirelessly and blends perfectly with it.
The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is a top soundbar packed with features. The sleek design houses a 9.1 channel surround sound delivered by speakers with a dedicated amplifier for each one of them. Of course, the subwoofer has one of its own, in order to deliver a 2.5 dB deeper bass than any other soundbar with subwoofer on the market. What adds to the extraordinary surround sound performance is the way the speakers are placed. Two of the channels are located on the side of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500, so that you can get expanded surround sound effect. They all use active crossover drivers that direct the frequencies to the respective speaker for greater clarity and audio accuracy.
Although the soundbar with subwoofer doesn’t have an HD audio decoding, it features a High-Frequency Audio Restoration technology that allows playing high-resolution audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit) of lower quality compressed files as it is able to restore the data lost during the compression process. It allows you connecting your Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 and getting great audio from almost any TV are the Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 technologies it features and the variety of modes you can choose from, like Clear Voice, Surround Sound Expansion, Cinema and so on. Another great addition to the features of the Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 is the multiroom setup that allows you connecting other wireless speakers or devices located in other rooms in your home.
The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 does what it you would expect a 9.1 channel top soundbar to do. Although it pushes the LCD display slightly on the side, the addition of a central speaker just adds to a greater clarity of the audio. The sound is properly directed and the dialogues in a movie sound like as if they are coming from the TV, but the at the same time the side-firing surround effect speakers make the scenes way more exciting. Of course, all this is supported by the subwoofer’s rumble. As usual, it might take you some time to adjust the bass level to your likings and room size, as it comes to be quite overpowering, but once you get there you will be amazed how well the soundbar and subwoofer blend in order to get you into that surround sound environment. The Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 will deliver an impeccable performance when it comes to audio as well without any distortion as a top soundbar should perform.
Overall, Samsung soundbar HW-J8500 proves to be one of the top soundbars Samsung has released. You are only to be amazed by the flawless performance delivered by the nine speakers and a deep bass subwoofer blended with them. The clarity of the dialogues is perfect and the sound expansion is what you expect it to be.
The only downside is probably the lack of a second HDMI socket, but if you think you are just fine with one, then you have found your winner.
The Sony soundbar HTST5 with wireless subwoofer is designed and created by Hollywood sound engineers. The 380-watt system delivers an immersive 7.1 channel surround sound with 7 digital amplifiers and 10 sound speakers built into the soundbar and soundbar with subwoofer.
The HT-ST5 380W 7.1-Channel Soundbar System from Sony delivers a powerful virtual surround sound and wider connectivity. This 7.1-channel soundbar system offers multiple internal speakers and a 100W wireless subwoofer for an ultimate, full-range sound reproduction. Up to 390W of audio power. Bluetooth with NFC is also equipped for wireless and audio streaming when you are connected to other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and computers. You can also download the SongPal application to control the soundbar from compatible IOS and Android devices.
The Sony HT-ST5 also features 3 HDMI inputs for higher resolution audio. This Sony Soundbar system is also equipped with an HDMI output that supports the fantastic Audio Return Channel (ARC), 1080p quality video signals, and 3D/4K video pass-through technology. For connecting an additional audio source, stereo RCA and twin optical audio inputs are also fitted. For simple control and connection, an optical cable and remote control are also included.
Cinematic Sound and Simple Connectivity
Designed with collaboration with Hollywood sound Specialists, this 390W system is made to deliver immersive 7.1-channel surround sound from 7, digital amplifiers and 9 sound speakers. You can enjoy full Dolby HD sound effects with a plug and play simplicity of 3 HDMI inputs, plus Bluetooth audio for one-touch audio streaming from all compatible devices such as smartphones or tablets.
The Sony soundbar system incorporates seven mid ranging speakers with two tweeters to deliver balanced, rich sound across all types of frequencies. The external wireless sony subwoofer is designed to add fantastic low-bass quality to movie and music soundtracks.
Enjoy a high-resolution audio experience with DTS HD Master Audio Playback or Dolby TrueHD. These formats offer a wide versatile range for powerful bass reproduction using the included wireless subwoofer. Additionally, Dolby Digital + lets you share your favorite smartphone content on your TV’s bigger screen.
S-Force Front Surround
Experience room covering cinematic surround sound with Sony’s S-Force Surround sound technology. The tech is designed to create a perfect, virtual three-dimensional soundwave for a greater listening experience.
Bluetooth Standby Mode
When a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone attempts to connect with the HT-ST5 Sony Soundbar, the speaker will automatically switch on and start to stream music from your smartphone or tablet device, without any further steps or having to turn on and connect additional components. Multiple HDMI Ports for Simple Connectivity
Multiple HDMI Ports for Simple Connectivity
With three HDMI portals, you can connect any device such as a Blu-ray player, DVD and more. With this Sony soundbar system, you can enjoy all your home entertainment devices in one place, without the need for any separate receivers.
Bluetooth Streaming with NFC
Stream your music and control your Bluetooth audio with any compatible NFC enabled smartphone, tablet, or music device. Enjoy simplified Bluetooth soundbar connection with NFC (near field communication) technology; simply align the compatible devices by touching their logos. Built-in AAC and SBC codec support improves the audio signal quality when streaming music wirelessly.
SongPal AppThe free SongPal application allows you to manage your listening experience. Simply install it on your smartphone to take control of your music playback, device settings, and much more. You can track and stay in control of all your music, playlists, and online streaming apps. SongPal is available for both Android and most iOS devices.
Flexible Setup for Customized Entertainment
Flexible mounting and placement options allows you choose a perfect soundbar setup that best suits your environment. You can
easily mount the Sony HT-ST5 to a wall using the built-in hole slots, or place it on a shelf using the supplied rubber feeting.
Surround sound. The 7.1 channel surround sound simple makes this one of the top soundbars on the market. Equipped with 7 2.4 inch speakers and twin ¾ tweeters this soundbar gives crystal clear quality audio and balances the sound audio in low and high frequencies. It is designed to give you big sounds to your home. The soundbar with subwoofer is 7 inch and can be placed anywhere in your room to bring an extreme surround sound experience.
It also comes with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD master playback support for the entire range of sounds anything can throw at this beast. There is also the front S-force surround sound technology all build into the soundbar to give an amazing experience without extra speakers.
This is a top soundbar make no mistake about it. If you can afford to spend a little bit extra then the Sony HTST5 is definitely the soundbar we would consider. Perfect Audio for your gaming or movies needs to be heard to be believed.
The Vizio soundbar S4251w-B4 is proof that a soundbar can deliver true surround sound and fill your room with high audio quality without costing a fortune. What makes the S4251w-B4 a top soundbar is the combination of great features and very competitive price. This Vizio soundbar will improve your TV’s audio and will easily emerge you in a different world of crystal-clear sounds.
- Sound Bar Size: 42”
- Sound Bar Speakers: Left & Right Channels (each) – 2 x 3” midrange drivers, 1 x ¾” tweeters
- Sound Pressure Level: 102 dB
- Sound Bar Frequency: 90 Hz – 20 kHz
- Subwoofer Frequency: 40 Hz – 90 Hz
- Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, DTS Digital Surround
- Sound Enhancement Technology: DTS Circle Surround™, DTS TruVolume™
- Wireless Range (Subwoofer) 60’ Line of sight
- Power Input: 120V 60 Hz
- Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
Vizio soundbar S4251w-B4 has a sleek design similar to other soundbars that Vizio has released. It measures 42 inches and it is a great fit for HDTVs of 42 inches or larger. The front end of the entire body has black cloth grille covering and the sides and back have a black metallic finish. The Vizio soundbar is fitted with a row of buttons on the left rear side – Power, Input, Bluetooth and Volume Up and Down buttons. The Vizio soundbar S4251w-B4 isn’t the thinnest in the industry, but it certainly doesn’t feel bulky or heavy.
In addition to the sleek design the Vizio soundbar S4251w-B4 also has a wireless subwoofer and rear satellite speakers. When you are looking for a soundbar with subwoofer probably you would want to go for one that is not big and bulky and the Vizio’s S4251w-B4 subwoofer is probably the one to go for. It is thinner than others available on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it compromises with power and performance. The connection of the soundbar with subwoofer is wireless, so you can place the subwoofer anywhere in the room and arrange the surround sound system as you prefer.
The rear satellite speakers are wired to the subwoofer and you in the package you have all the gear need to fix them on the walls if this is how you prefer it. The package also includes a remote control with LCD display that fits the design of the soundbar with subwoofer and rear satellite speakers.
Although the S4251w-B4 doesn’t have an HDMI connection it is still a perfect soundbar for TV as it offers the possibility to transfer the sound from the TV to the soundbar through an optical digital, coaxial digital or RCA cables.
The Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround sound technologies, together with the few connectivity options make the S4251w-B4 a perfect soundbar for TV as it will fit any brand and model of TVs.
The Vizio soundbar features as well DTS Circle Surround and DTS TruVolume that enhance the sound quality and turn the S4251w-B4 into a top soundbar. With the help of the sound enhancement technologies, the left, right and center channels and the subwoofer with rear satellite speakers, the Vizio soundbar is capable to deliver true 5.1 channel surround sound experience and turn your room into a home cinema, of course, the Vizio S4251w-B4 doesn’t limit itself to just being a great soundbar for TV. It has a built-in Bluetooth that allows you to listen to your favourite tracks by streaming them wirelessly from your mobile phone or tablet.
The Vizio soundbar was capable to deliver everything we have been promised by the manufacturer. The soundbar with subwoofer emerge you in a true surround sound environment and the rear satellite speakers just add to it, so that you can feel the 5.1 channel audio. Some readers might find the subwoofer’s bass a bit overpowering, as this turns out to be valid for all subwoofers made by Vizio, but you can fix this with playing around with the settings and experiment with the right spot for the subwoofer in your room.
The sound that you get when playing music is crisp and of high quality, but the S4251w-B4 proves to be a top soundbar that really improves the quality of your TV’s audio when it comes to playing films and games. Overall, the Vizio soundbar S4251w-B4 is a great home theater system that will not disappoint you with its powerful performance and the ability to fill your room with crystal clear audio. The 5.1 channel surround sound will transfer you to a different audio reality. Not to forget the sleek design and number of features that the Vizio soundbar offers for a fair price.
Yamaha has made it with the release of their sound projectors, but the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 has proved to be their absolute top soundbar. That monster of a soundbar for TV manages to deliver the surround sound effect thanks to the 16 beam drivers it is equipped with and backed up by a wireless subwoofer. Yamaha has also taken care to pack it with any soundbar feature ever invented. All this comes with an elegant, slim design and the relatively high price tag.
- Sound Bar Size: 37”
- Output power: 162 W total power, 130 W subwoofer
- Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, Dolby Pro Logic, DTS, LPCM
- Sound Enhancement Technology: Digital Sound Projector, Cinema DSP Movie, Music, Entertainment; UniVolume
- Total Power: 162 W
- Installation: Tabletop
When you are buying a soundbar you would want it to be robust and elegant and luxurious at the same time, and the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is actually just that. It comes with the “jet-fire” feet that Yamaha has adopted in their design and made it as sort of signature look, that can be actually tweaked.
The front is slightly different than any other soundbar for TV, as it also has 3.5mm mini jacks located on the right-hand side, aimed for headphones and an IntelliBeam microphone to be plugged in. The center front is where the 16 beam drivers are laced and covered with metal grille and on the left-hand side of the front panel, you will be able to find a small dot-matrix display that shows the current input, volume levels and if a connection with the subwoofer is established. Just on top of the right-hand side, you will also find quick buttons for power, input and volume control.
At the back of the Yamaha, soundbar YSP-2500 a whole army of connectivity sockets is located. It includes three HDMI 2.0 inputs with a 4K 60p and 3D signals pass through and an HDMI output supporting an Audio Return Channel as well. There are also two optical digital inputs, analogue RCA and a 3.5mm inputs a system output and an output for a separate subwoofer to be hooked up.
As we have mentioned the subwoofer, the one included connects wirelessly to the Yamaha soundbar and offers the possibility to be placed horizontally or vertically. Under the high-quality housing, there are two dual 4-inch cone woofers and a 75 W analogue amplifier. All together the soundbar and subwoofer have a luxurious design and fit perfectly any type of home decor.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 features 16 1-⅛ inch drivers that blast sound with 32 W of power and make it bounce off the walls of your room and in that way create a 7.1 channel surround sound effect. Another great thing is that you can adjust manually or automatically the beams so that you can get the surround sound effect you are looking for. The preset beams modes offer a 7.1 and 5.1 channels surround sound effect, a 3 beam stereo that widens the soundstage and 3 beam stereo+2 for music listening.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 blows the competition out of the water with the ability to decode every Blu-ray audio format under the sun, like Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital Plus, as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6 processing. As a top soundbar, the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 also offers a Bluetooth connection to any mobile device, so that you can stream directly your favourite tracks. By downloading the Yamahas Free Control App you can also control your soundbar for TV from your smartphone.
The list of features is never ending as it also includes an IR signal repeater, UniVolume to maintain the volume level when flicking through channels, Audio delay for lip-syncing, energy saving mode and memory function to record up to three favourite settings.
If this is not enough, Yamaha has also packed this top soundbar with DSP modes like Sci-Fi, Adventure and Spectacle); Music Video, Concert and Jazz Club; and Sports, Talk Show, Drama and Game.
Unlike any other soundbar, the YSP-2500 offers a slightly different setup. After you have plugged it into your TV, what you need to do in order to get the best surround sound performance is to plug in the IntelliBeam microphone in the socket located at the front of the soundbar and place it to a listening height. The microphone will analyze the shape and size of your room and will find the best settings for your environment. That will actually make the sound bounce off the walls and create the claimed 7.1 channel surround sound effect.
All this technology the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is packed with is not there in vain. This is a top soundbar and it offers top performance. The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 actually manages to place audio effects behind or on top of you and at the same time keep the dialogues clear and coming from the center of the soundstage, while keeping you in the middle of the action.
We have tested few of the settings starting with the 5 beam+2 mode and we were wowed by the fact that the 7.1 channel surround sound environment created was pretty close to the one a multi-piece home theatre system would create.
For our mid-size test room, the audio that the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 delivered was bang on but maybe for more spacious rooms or ones cluttered with big furniture, the effect won’t be as powerful. So you really need to consider how and where to place the soundbar with subwoofer in order to get the best of it.
The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is totally capable of delivering crisp and clear audio and the bass is powerful enough to shake the floor. The gunshots and explosions are like real and you will also hear planes flying behind you. The Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 is also one of the best performers we have tested when it comes to playing music too. It delivers clear and dynamic audio with a wide soundstage.
Overall, the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 will pay off every single penny that you spend on it. It is a top soundbar that is not only equipped with all types of connectivity options and cutting-edge technology features but also is capable of creating true surround sound environment, which is remarkable coming from a one piece of soundbar backed up with wireless subwoofer only. If you have the cash, then the Yamaha soundbar YSP-2500 should be on top of your buying list.
Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 proves to be one of the top soundbars the company has produced. It combines great sound and build quality at an affordable price. Thanks to the integrated proprietary Air Surround Xtreme technology the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 has become one of the most convincing soundbars for TV when producing surround sound effects.
It is packed with features and comes with a separate subwoofer that just adds to the already great sound quality. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 is a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade the audio from their TV and enjoy true surround sound effects from a well-known brand soundbar with subwoofer, without breaking the bank.
- Sound Bar Size: 35”
- Output power: 200 W total power:+ 100 W subwoofer
- Drivers: Front speaker system: 2-1/8” cone x 2, Subwoofers: 6-1/2” cone woofer
- Audio Decoding Technology: Dolby Digital®, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS
- Enhancement Technology: Air Surround Xtreme, UniVolume, Clear Voice
- Total Power: 200 W
- Installation: Tabletop and wall-mountable
The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 looks different than the previous soundbar with subwoofer released by the company. It is made out of sturdy black glossy plastic and the cloth grill under which the speakers are housed covers only the two sides of the front. In between the speaker’s area at the front of the soundbars for TV, you will find a bunch of LED indicators for the different types of input and connection with the subwoofer. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 is also fitted with quick buttons for power, input and volume control, that do not come into use that much, as the remote control included is quite smart and provides you with more options to control remotely.
Of course, at the back of the soundbars for TV are located all the connection sockets like a digital optical input, a digital coaxial input and an analog RCA input. Again, you also have the Bluetooth connectivity option for direct streaming of audio. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 lacks an HDMI input that would have offered better audio quality, but at least you are able to control the power and volume of your soundbar with subwoofer from your TV remote.
The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 would easily fit any 40 inches or larger TV, but with its height, it will definitely block the signal from your TV remote. Yamaha has equipped the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 with a smart solution to that issue – an IR signal repeater that is also found at the back of the soundbars for TV.
The wireless subwoofer that comes with the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 has the usual cube shape with a cloth grille covering the front. The rest of the body is made of the same glossy plastic as the soundbars for TV. Under the housing, the subwoofer has 6 ½-inch driver and a 100 W of power ready to give you more than a decent bass.
The 6 ½-inch cone woofer housed in the subwoofer is paired with two 2 ⅛-inch drivers bringing the total power of the Yamaha soundbar to 200 watts. The sound quality doesn’t come only from the power and the speakers of course. Here in play comes the proprietary Air Surround Xtreme technology that claims creating a virtual 7.1 channel surround sound effect by getting the sound waves to bounce off the walls of your room.
The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 features few more audio enhancing technologies like Clear Voice and UniVolume, as the first one makes the dialogues to pop up in a way and be clearer to listen to and the second one is aimed to maintain the volume level when switching through channels or programs and adds.
We have already mentioned the ability of the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 to repeat the IR signal coming from your control in case it can’t directly reach your TV, but there is also another feature that turns to be very useful and that is the Learning function that allows you to use your remote to actually power on and off your Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 and also control the volume and even mute it.
Of course, let’s do not forget the option to use the Bluetooth to pair your Yamaha soundbar to any mobile device and stream audio directly from it. The aptX Bluetooth audio coding improves the audio quality even more than expected. An all this, of course backed up by the powerful subwoofer that also connects wirelessly and allows you to place it anywhere in your room.
As we always do, the first thing we have put to the test was the Air Surround Xtreme feature. It did work in a way, as it didn’t really create a full surround sound environment, but sound effects like revving engines, gunshots and so on were quite powerful and impacting. The Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 actually turned out to be a fantastic performer when watching movies and the Clear Voice feature came in very handy in a non action dialogues where we were really able to make the difference and hear them clearer and sharper.
When it comes to music, the performance was above average, but not what you will get from a full surround sound system. However, if you are not a hardcore audiophile, you will actually enjoy the audio that the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 is able to produce.
We were extremely happy when we tested the Yamaha soundbar while playing the favourite Battlefield: Bad Company II. The sound effects while in gaming were amazing and we really felt like being at a battlefield.
Overall, the Yamaha soundbar YAS-203 has all the right ingredients a soundbar would need. The build quality is high, the performance it delivers is excellent and it has just the right features to fit different needs. The price tag is fair for what you get from one of the best-known brands on the market and you will not feel like you have made a bad investment.