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Top 5 Best Cheap Soundbars for All Budgets in 2022 Review

If you’ve got yourself a brand new smart TV or maybe some smashing new tunes on your phone, you need a way to check them out in booming style. But what are you going to do, use the TV’s built-in speakers? Tape your phone to your ear?

This is where a soundbar comes in. If you’re not familiar with soundbars, they’re essentially long, skinny speaker units designed to fit under wide TVs. They have lots of speaker cones built into them to give you the range of sound you’d expect out of any stereo. But they can be expensive.

So what are the best cheap soundbars out there? That’s what we’re about to find out.

Best Cheap Soundbars

Top 5 Best Cheap Soundbars on the Market in 2022 Reviews

  1. Wohome S66 16” Ultra-Slim Mini Soundbar – Best Compact Cheap Soundbar
  2. Bestisan BYL-S6520-3 Soundbar – Best Passive Bass Cheap Soundbar
  3. Sony S100F 2.0 Channel Soundbar – Best Voice Enhancement Cheap Soundbar
  4. Pheanoo D6 2.1 Soundbar with Subwoofer – Best Bass Heavy Cheap Soundbar
  5. Yamaha SR-B20A 2.1 Soundbar – Best Value for the Money Cheap Soundbar

1 Wohome S66 16” Ultra-Slim Mini Soundbar – Best Compact Cheap Soundbar

Let’s start with the most affordable soundbar on this list – the S66 16” Ultra-slim mini Soundbar from Wohome. This is a Chinese manufacturer you’ve probably never heard of, but this product at least is worth a look.

This is a small soundbar. It’s 3” square on the end and 16” long, so it definitely won’t take up a whole lot of space. The design makes this the best budget soundbar for small rooms, such as the bedroom, dorm room, or even under your computer monitor in your work or gaming room.

For a little speaker, it offers a pretty big sound

This is a 2.0 system, which means it has two speakers inside. The left and right sides both sport a woofer with a central tweeter to cover the high and mid-range well.

For one of the cheapest soundbars you can buy, the sound is quite clear and balanced. You can also adjust the sound to five preset EQ modes depending on whether you’re listening to music, movies, games, or whatever.

The downside is the bass. It’s weak here, and although it’s passable, you’re not going to get anywhere close to feeling it in your chest. But what should you expect for just $60?

Connections are where the speaker shines

You’ve got Bluetooth 5.0 on board which means you can connect to your TV, phone, or any other Bluetooth device and stay connected. The range is about 30 feet (10m) at most. For TV, you also have an optical jack and a short cable included.

You can also run AUX-In through a 3.5mm cable or USB as well. Finally, this unit comes with a basic and easy-to-use remote control. All in all, it’s not a bad bit of bang for your buck.

Wohome S66 16” Ultra-Slim Mini Soundbar
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros

  • Small and compact with a decent sound.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Multiple connections.

Cons

  • Weak on bass.
  • Meant only for small rooms.
  • Can’t be wall-mounted.

2 Bestisan BYL-S6520-3 Soundbar – Best Passive Bass Cheap Soundbar

Next up, we’ve got the BYL-S6520-3 Soundbar from Bestisan. Never mind the awkwardly long model number; let’s just call this their 28” Soundbar. The price is just $5 more than the Wohome I just reviewed, so let’s see how they compare.

First of all, it’s easy to spot the biggest difference between these two soundbars. The Bestisan is a whopping 28 inches long compared to Wohome’s small 16”. Is bigger better?

Despite the size, you’ve got the same number of speakers in this soundbar, which is 2 “full-frequency” 20W speakers. These are combined woofer-tweeter speakers, just like in the Wohome.

The big difference

Passive bass sound ports are built into this speaker. There’s one on each side, and they do give the bass a boost. While the Wohome’s bass was faint, the Besitisan gives you moderate bass sound. It’s not going to boom, but at least you’ll hear it.

Connection-wise

You’ve got most of the same connections ass you see on the Wohome. There’s an optical port, and a short cable included. You also get a cable that takes RCA out from your TV to a 3.5mm jack into the soundbar. And, of course, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 to help you connect wirelessly to the TV or phone.

Aside from the size, this speaker is angled back to allow you to position it on a standard TV cabinet and still let the sound come up to your ears. If that’s not convenient, you can mount it on the wall. And, of course, it comes with a simple remote to keep things under control.

You have a choice of three preset EQ modes (movie, music, and dialogue), which work well to balance the sound output according to your needs. You can also adjust bass and treble manually.

Bestisan BYL-S6520-3 Soundbar
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros

  • Better bass and overall clear sound.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Lots of connectivity.
  • Can be wall-mounted.

Cons

  • Bass is still middle-of-the-road.
  • Big body for the sound.

3 Sony S100F 2.0 Channel Soundbar – Best Voice Enhancement Cheap Soundbar

In case you’ve never heard of Bestisan or Wohome, you might feel a bit more comfortable with a brand you know. Sony enters the contest as one of the best cheap soundbars with their S100F 2.0 Channel Soundbar. Of course, the price creeps up a bit here to just under $100, but that’s to be expected with a known brand name.

So what do you get for your money?

You’re getting a sleek, 2.5 by 3.5 by 35-inch long soundbar that looks sleek and well-designed. You’re also getting two channels from the two drivers that power this speaker. Sony has the output managed through its “S-Force Front Surround,” which helps to produce a sound stage that’s balanced and dispersed, so it fills up the room.

One feature that helps this is the bass reflex sound port located in the middle of the bar. This passive tube helps to boost the bass the same way the Bestisan model works. Here it does about the same job – it provides you with middling bass that’s not going to knock anyone’s socks off. But at least there’s some here. Overall, the sound for movies and music is moderate.

However, when used with speech-driven entertainment (like dialogue-heavy shows or even the news), it’s very clear and detailed. This is thanks to the voice enhancement feature that you can turn on for an extra boost. Making it one of the best affordable soundbars for TV and movies on the market.

As for connections

Of course, Sony has almost all the goodies. There’s an optical port for the TV with a cable included. You also get USB and HDMI ARC to communicate with a TV or computer. Finally, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 for all your wireless connectivity needs. What’s missing here is RCA or AUX 3.5mm ports.

If you are using this soundbar with older equipment, you may not be able to connect. But that said, all the modern options are there and work great.

Finally, the unit can be wall-mounted simple by hanging it off two bolts. However, its design is prettier sitting on a surface.

Sony S100F 2.0 Channel Soundbar
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros

  • Good sound with some bass.
  • Excellent voice enhancement feature.
  • Lots of connections.
  • Can be wall-mounted.

Cons

  • Bass is still only fair.
  • Missing RCA or AUX connections for older equipment.
  • Pricier than other models.

4 Pheanoo D6 2.1 Soundbar with Subwoofer – Best Bass Heavy Cheap Soundbar

Next up, we have a nice unit from Pheanoo – their D6 2.1 soundbar with subwoofer. Yes, that’s right – at a price of only $140, you can get this soundbar packaged with its own subwoofer. 

Get the glorious sub frequencies…

Now we haven’t talked a lot about connecting a subwoofer to your soundbar. Well, that’s because none of the soundbars we’ve seen so far can be connected to a subwoofer. But this one can, and it also comes with the subwoofer unit.

This is a 5.25” subwoofer speaker, so it’s not going to blow you away like a 10” or bigger sub. But, what it does do is provide you with way more low-end than any of the other soundbars we’ve seen. You can feel the bass here, and it’s definitely enough to make movies and music much more exciting.

Home cinema on a budget

So that’s what the 2.1 means in this unit – you get two speaker channels in the soundbar itself, and the .1 means the subwoofer. With Dolby Audio, you get a nice balanced sound and clear, crisp audio. You can also choose from four preset EQ settings for 3D sound, Movies, Music, and Dialogue. The dialogue boost helps, but it’s not as clear as with Sony.

By the way, did I mention that the soundbar can be taken apart for transport? Unlike the other bars, this one can be split in the middle to help you transport it safely. They won’t work separated, though.

As for connections

You can use the optical connection (cable not provided) for the best signal from your TV, AUX via the provided RC to 3.5mm cable, or Bluetooth 5.0. You can also set up HDMI ARC, which allows you to control the speaker volume with your TV remote (cable provided). You’ve got a lot of options here, making it one of the most versatile cheap soundbars you can buy.

Pheanoo D6 2.1 Soundbar with Subwoofer
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Comes with a subwoofer for extra bass.
  • Lots of connectivity.
  • Can be wall-mounted.
  • Can be split in half for easy transport.

Cons

  • A bit more expensive.
  • Dialogue is not the clearest.

5 Yamaha SR-B20A 2.1 Soundbar – Best Value for the Money Cheap Soundbar

The last soundbar we have to look at is the SR-B20A 2.1 Soundbar from Yamaha. Yep, this is a brand that you know, and the price probably reflects that. But coming in at just under $150, I think this is still considered one of the best cheap soundbars and one that belongs at the pricey end of this list.

This is a 2.1 bar, which means it contains two woofers, two tweeters, and also two “subwoofers.” I put that in brackets because these are just 3” cones paired with passive bass ports. However, they do a good job putting out the low-end, and this is the best we’ve seen without an outboard subwoofer. That said, you can also add a subwoofer to this soundbar via a ¼” jack.

Sound-wise, this is the best so far

It may not have the bass boom of the Pheanoo, but it sounds crisper and clearer than all the other options so far. You get Yamaha’s DTS Virtual 3D surround sound, which produces an excellent sound stage when you’re watching movies or blasting tunes. You can use other sound modes, too, like Movies, Stereo, or Game.

On top of this, if you need a boost for dialogue, they have a Clear Voice option that can boost human voices and lower other sounds. This is the clearest dialogue so far and even beats out the Sony S100F.

As for connections, this soundbar has an optical jack for crystal clear TV signals, Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connection, and also HDMI ARC to connect and control it from your TV. With ARC in place, you can control your bar with the TV remote, or you can use the one that comes with it. You can even download a controller app and use that on your phone.

So, what’s not to like?

Unfortunately, no connection cables are provided along with the unit. As well, this soundbar is $150 and is starting to get a bit pricey. But it is one of the best sounding cheap soundbars I’ve reviewed here.

Yamaha SR-B20A 2.1 Soundbar
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Great sound with decent bass.
  • Can connect an external subwoofer.
  • Can be wall-mounted.
  • Lots of connections.

Cons

  • A bit pricey.
  • No AUX-In for connecting phones.
  • No connection cables provided.

Looking for a Great Soundbar or Other Speakers?

We can help with that. Take a look at our detailed Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review, our Samsung HW-R650 Review, our VIZIO SB3821-C6 Review, our Klipsch R-10B Review, our Yamaha YAS-207BL Review, and our Yamaha Audio YAS-109 Review for more awesome soundbars for your home audio system.

Also, check out our in-depth reviews of the Best High End Home Theater Speakers, the Best Smart Speakers, the Best Wireless TV Speakers, the Best Sonos Speakers, the Best Bookshelf Speakers, the Best Floor Standing Speakers, the Best In-Wall Speakers, and the Best Subwoofers for Music you can buy in 2022.

The Best of the Best Cheap Soundbars

So which is it? Which cheap soundbar reigns supreme? All of these soundbars have their advantages. Some are inexpensive and give you a decent sound for your money. Others are bigger, bolder, and better sounding.

But for my money, I would go for the…

Yamaha SR-B20A 2.1 Soundbar

Yes, it’s at the pricey end of the scale, but as a really good speaker/sound system for your TV, isn’t exactly extravagant. The sound here is simply too good to pass up. Plus, it has all the modern connections you need to get your speaker working with your TV or Bluetooth-compatible devices.

No matter which soundbar you choose, I hope you enjoy it for years to come, and it makes all the difference by enhancing your movies and music to the fullest.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Jennifer Bell

Jennifer is a freelance writer from Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Games and Simulation Design.

Her passions include guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano, as well as a range of classical instruments she has been playing since at school. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, yoga, eating well, and spending time with her two cats, Rocky and Jasper.

Jennifer enjoys writing articles on all types of musical instruments and is always extending her understanding and appreciation of music. She also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories for various websites and hopes to get her first book published in the very near future.

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