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The Best TV Sound Base of 2022

Tom Power
  May 16, 2022 8:12 AM

There's a surefire way to get better sound out of your TV without filling your waiting room with speakers — or even having to make room for a soundbar. It's called the sound base, and the beauty of it is that it's wide, flat, and sits right below your phone, (as opposed to the front-facing soundbar thus requiring more space). 

The sound base is a handy, space-saving solution for situations where a 'bar' is impractical, and if you choose one of the sound bases listed below, it will give your TV many advantages and quality in the audio department. What follows is a roundup of the Best TV Sound Base of 2022 we've tested.


Top picks

  1. Sonos Playbase

Sonos was the original multi-room champ, with this multi-room speaker, a couple of soundbars, and this sound base. So not only do you get better sound from your TV, but you also get all the smart streaming functionality Sonos has to offer and the ability to easily connect to a multi-room system. In addition, you can get upgraded to a full 5.1 system with the addition of a Sonos Sub and two speakers Sonos Ones, Sonos One SL, Sonos Play:1s (or even Play:3 or Play:5). 

Playbase is sturdy and can support TVs up to 35kg in weight. Acoustically, it's a powerful, dynamic, and fairly detailed performance, with only a shrill treble that sometimes worries us.

  1. TimoLabs Amoy 1

Soundbases under $100 can be pretty impressive or sub-par, but the TimoLabs Amoy 1 is one of the best budget sound bases we've tested. It's an incredibly simple system to use, with a surprisingly strong sound for such a wallet-friendly model. 

Compared to other budget options on this list, the Amoy 1 is easily the top pick here. If you want a great way to increase the breakthrough and dynamics of your TV's sound for a good price, then the Amoy 1 is worth a look.

  1. Pyle PSBV600BT

Based on an already popular model, this version comes with some extra features - Bluetooth 3.0 streaming and optical connectivity. This is in addition to the basic and industry-standard inputs, 3.5mm and RCA inputs. For less than a hundred dollars, this is probably everything you'd expect in terms of connectivity from a sound base or any wireless speaker.


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Buying Guide

Price:

If you want the best soundbar tech has to offer, you can look at the $800/AU$800/AU$1,000 price tag and up. However, there are plenty of great budget soundbars on the market, with some costing less than $100 / £100 / AU$150. These cheap models likely won't come with premium features like Dolby Atmos, including rear speakers and support for high-resolution audio.

Placement

Usually, you have two choices when it comes to soundbar placement: mount it on the wall or place it underneath the TV on a TV cabinet. If your soundbar is pretty tall, wall mounting might be the best option, as it can obscure the IR receiver on your TV, rendering your remote useless.


Final Thoughts

Above is our recommendation of what we consider the Best TV sound bases today.

Soundbases generally don't get much respect in the audio world. This is a landscape dominated by giant tower speakers, heavy-duty home theater systems, and sleek soundbars. 

Audio stands don't always look particularly glamorous, and as a result, they don't sell as well as other audio devices. This puts us to shame: a good sound base can be as powerful and great to hear as any other audio device and is often more diverse thanks to its size.


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