Tips For Selecting the Best Soundbar for Your Home Theater Needs

With nearly one-third of holiday spending earmarked for new TVs and electronics, many consumers are looking to upgrade their home entertainment and media systems by the end of the year. The latest televisions have not only gotten larger and thinner, but they integrate sophisticated 4K streaming and newer OLED screens that are capable of producing an even clearer, crisper and more vibrant picture than ever.

However, if you’re unhappy with the small and tinny sound emanating from your big screen's built-in speakers, you’re not alone. Many television manufacturers have taken less of an interest in perfecting the sound quality of your flat screen, and more of an interest in the pixel-perfect quality that it provides.

The good news is that there is no need to settle for your TV's mediocre built-in speakers. Available among the more complicated and expensive multi-component sound systems on the market, a soundbar is a great and affordable alternative for delivering a rich surround-sound experience that is worthy of your home theater space. 

Here are some helpful things to consider when picking the soundbar that’s perfect for your space and media set-up. 

The new Olis 9650 cabinet features a built-in soundbar platform and other acoustic-friendly features to optimize the home theater experience.


Style plays an important factor in finding the soundbar that’s right for you. From an aesthetic standpoint, try to find a soundbar that is shorter than the overall length of your TV. 

If your home theater console comes designed with a built-in shelf for your soundbar - as is the case with many of BDI's media cabinets - make sure you take accurate measurements before making your purchase to ensure it will fit.


An enclosed space for a soundbar should also provide proper passthrough to make sure that the sound can travel freely, while keeping the device protected. If you prefer a pedestal style soundbar like the Sonos Playbase, as opposed to one that sits apart from your TV, just make sure that it’s sturdy enough to hold the weight of your television.

Louvered doors on Corridor 8179 conceal a perfectly positioned soundbar shelf, that provides full sound dispersion even behind closed doors. 


Soundbars, like most electronic components, come with a variety of inputs and outputs. The best set-up allows you to move quickly from component to component with multiple HDMI inputs. This will help to accommodate your gaming system, DVD/Blu-ray player, cable etc. And if you can, find a soundbar that allows you to connect via Bluetooth.

Think of all the times you want to share a video or a song with your guests from your phone: With a Bluetooth connection, you’re able to bring media sharing right to your fingertips.

The Cavo 8168 media center has an open soundbar platform that allows for full sound dispersion.

Also be aware of all the action behind the scenes of your entertainment space.  If possible, try to choose a wireless soundbar to minimize cord clutter and assist with an easy set-up. But if that’s not an option, choose furniture that helps you keep your cables concealed and connected with minimal confusion.


When you shop for a soundbar, bring a few photos of your TV and home theater system so you can visualize your set-up before making your purchase.  And depending on the soundbar you purchase, you may also have a need for an additional subwoofer which can sit slightly off to the side of your home entertainment console. This supplemental sound system is often needed for lower frequencies to resonate better.

The curved Sweep 8438 features an open soundbar shelf and space for a complete media system.

Beauty should not just be seen—it should also be heard. Make sure to choose a soundbar that achieves the look, feel and quality you have established throughout your home theater space.

With a little due diligence, your new TV set up can sound off to the latest movies, games and entertainment apps worthy of any full home theater experience.