So how do you choose the best sound for your media or cinema rooms? Starting with some of the differences, the main benefits of a soundbar is easy setup, cost, convenience and that it fits well in most rooms. It is a simple setup, plugs into the wall and if it comes with a subwoofer, it is usually wireless. Anybody can set this up, no problem. Now the other factor is cost, and if all you want is slightly better TV Sound, then invest in a soundbar as it will deliver better sound than your tv speakers. You can easily play music, use them for Bluetooth streaming, some of them come with voice control, whilst some can easily be expanded with additional wireless speakers! and some high end soundbars even have advanced audio. Then there is the obvious. A soundbar fits well in most rooms, it just sits under the tv, in most cases you barely even notice that it is there.
So, after all that, you might be asking, then what is the benefit of having speakers? Why should I Invest in them when there is such a good cheaper alternative?! Well there are a lot of benefits to speakers, you will have better sound quality, they are louder, they have a wider sound stage and you have better options for bass. Now unlike a soundbar, which is an all in one piece, if you want speakers, then you are going to have to buy a receiver or an amplifier to connect the speakers to, and considering the amplifier is much bigger to the one inside of a soundbar, it will give you better sound quality. Also, as mentioned, speakers are able to give you a wider sound, that is because you can position the speaker further apart, which gives you a better surround sound experience, especially if you have a bigger screen. You can also improve the bass response with home theatre speakers since you can use a subwoofer that matches the environment or even multiple subwoofers if you have a Larger room. So overall, home theatre speakers provide a full listening experience that you simply can not get from most soundbars, especially when it comes to movies and music, but speakers can be a fair bit more expensive, which brings us to the budget topic.