Most Sony TV users will want to buy a soundbar from Sony to ensure maximum compatibility. If you have the same thoughts, you might be right in a sense!
Whether you have a Sony Bravia, 4K, QLED, OLED or any older Smart TV, most of the soundbars in this list will work for you!
I tried to keep the list simple with mostly 2.0 and 2.1 sound bars as I feel these are best for users who just want to upgrade their TV speaker to have a better movie watching experience! So, for that anything over 3.1 is a bit of an overkill.
Give these 7 soundbars a chance!!
Best Soundbar for Sony TV: Sony HT-S350
- Better performance at lower volumes
- Always on surround sound makes movies immerse
- No lag or sound delay
- Dialogues are super clear & crisp
The S350 could be a great upgrade to your current Sony TV’s speakers and will give you a bit of immersive experience when watching movies! Unlike soundbars from other brands, there is no sound delay and the dialogue is crystal clear.
This bar will be compatible with a 55” Sony 4K OLED TV and even some of the bigger sets ranging at 85”. From an aesthetic point of view, the 35-in wide profile will look best with a 40” set.
Among the several sound modes, I loved the audio DRC mode most. It compresses the dynamic range on a Dolby digital signal to give you better sound at lower volumes. So, you can watch movies at night without waking the children.
Like most Sony soundbars, the S350 has an always on surround sound. While it does make your movie watching experience better, the music performance isn’t the best. Considering the fact you are buying this to replace your current TV speakers, this shouldn’t be a big issue.
You have the option of HDMI arc, optical input and bluetooth for connectivity. So, it will work with almost all Sony HDR TV and 4K Ultra HD TVs. The good thing is the subwoofer connects and syncs with the bar automatically. Just plug it in and boom!
Best Soundbar for Sony Bravia TV: Sony HT-G700
- HDMI eARC allows high quality Dolby Atmos audio transmission
- Dedicated center channel produces better dialogue
- Enhance audio quality with 7 EQ presets
- Subwoofer remains connected wirelessly without any lag
If you want a soundbar that can enhance the dialogues of the movies you are watching with decent effects without having to install extra speakers, the G700 should be on the top of your list.
With a 38.6-in wide body it will look good with TVs 43” and larger. You can use it as a tabletop setup and it won’t block your view. Plus, you can wall mount it as well if your TV is wall mounted as well.
One of the most interesting things about the G700 is the HDMI eArc port that allows high quality audio transmission. It can play Dolby Atmos and DTSX content, but make sure your Sony TV has an HDMI eArc as well for maximum performance. The soundbar is found to work best with Sony Bravia, the Sony X900h 55”, 75” Bravia and Sony OLED TVs. If you are into gaming, you will be happy to know it’s compatible with the latest PS5 console.
Due to having a dedicated center channel, the dialogue is more clear than the previous soundbars in this list. The sound profile is a little on the bloomy side. However, there are a lot of EQ presets that can enhance the audio and give you a better experience on different kinds of content.
At max volume, you can get a bit disappointed. There’s a lot of thumping and compression. But if you are one of those who mostly keep their volume in the low to mid level, then you won’t notice any difference.
Best Soundbar for Sony 4K TV: Sony S200F
- Integrated subwoofer provides better bass & saves space
- NFC built-in for quick and easy bluetooth connection
- Low profile design doesn’t block the view
The S200F is for those who have a smaller TV that needs better sound or for those having a larger TV and don’t want a speaker that will consume a lot of space. The built-in subwoofer does the trick!
The bar has 23-in width and looks best with 40” and smaller TVs. In terms of compatibility, it will work with 4k Ultra HD, 4k OLED 65” and 55” screens! For hassle free bluetooth connection just make sure that your TV has a2dp support. Some of the older Sony Bravia screens don’t support a2dp, but you can still connect them with HDMi Arc.
The S100F and S200F provide almost similar performance. However, because of the built-in subwoofer, the S200F has somewhat better bass, especially with low frequency extension. The sound profile is a bit muddy overall, but the dialogues and voices sound great. It has a pretty narrow soundstage because of its small size compared to the S100F.
Due to the built-in NFC, connecting to a bluetooth device is easy. It will work with most Sony TVs, but it can become tricky with TVs from other brands. So, we recommend using this with a Sony TV only for enjoying its features to their full potential.
Best Budget Soundbar for Sony TV: Sony S100F
- Clear and accurate voice production
- Performs better at max volume
- Decent build quality with a premium outlook
- Doesn’t hinder the screen area when placed on tabletop
S100F is an entry level Sony soundbar that will make your Sony TV sound better! It lacks quite a bit of bass, but makes up for that with clear voice and optimal performance at max volume.
Being just a 2.0 ch soundbar, it doesn’t have 4k HDR, no 3D surround sound and you can’t connect an external subwoofer either. It’s still an effective soundbar for particular Sony TVs as it’s compatible with most Sony TVs with HDMI Arc whether you have a 43”, 47” or 49” set at home.
Though the bar features the S Force surround sound technology, it doesn’t sound like it’s doing much. What you get is an enhanced audio and more audible dialogue compared to what your TV can ever offer. For most users that’s all they need.
The bar is quite wide and will struggle to fit between the legs of a 55” TV. However, its height is optimal to use with most Sony TVs and it won’t interfere with the viewing area. If you are still concerned, you can also mount it on the wall and space space!
As for the design, the front is covered with a metal grill and it’s way better than the bars covered in fabric. There will be less dirt and less damage. The top part is mainly plastic with a faux leather texture that gives it a premium feel altogether.
Best Bluetooth Soundbar for Sony TV: Sony HTX8500
- Wireless connection via bluetooth makes it easy to play music
- Supports Dolby Atmos/ DTSX content using HDMI eARC
- Internal subwoofer saves space and still provide higher bass
- The night mode levels the volume of different types of content
For those of you looking for a home theatre experience in budget, your best option is the Sony X8500 soundbar! It’s pretty similar to the G700, the difference is this one doesn’t have a center channel and the subwoofer is integrated into the bar.
The bar will look good with any Sony TV in the 49”-55” size range. It’s compatible with Sony Bravia and 4k HDR smart TVs. Sony TVs like the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD and anything that support HDMI eARC will be able to enjoy maximum performance from the soundbar.
Don’t be confused with Dolby Atmos and DTSX tagline! The thing is this bar supports such content and will give you a virtual surround sound feel. For the average user, this should be good enough to watch movies and TV shows.
The integration of a subwoofer adds a punch of bass in its sound. However, it’s not great at producing low-bass and has a bit of boxy sound effect. For solely listening to music, you might consider other bars as the bass level adjustments are limited on the X8500.
Best Sony TV Sound Bar Speaker: Sony HT-X9000F
- Play Atmos content without any hassle
- Take advantage of the audio presets for customized experience
- High quality and clear vocals that keeps you on the edge during movies
- Lots of connectivity options including bluetooth
Compared to a lot of 2.1 ch soundbars, the X900F has the upper hand as it uses Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine and is able to play Atmos content easily. What more? The seven presets gives you a more customized audio experience!
The X900F works best with Sony Bravia X900F TV, Sony 65” A8G OLED, Sony 930 E 65” and 75” Sony TVs. You can hook it up using HDMI ARC, optical input, USB and bluetooth. As a bonus, it also has a minijack audio input.
The sound profile is okay and will sound great if you are watching just movies and TV series. You can use the 6 sound modes to enhance the audio experience to some extent.
The wireless subwoofer is always nice to have with a soundbar. It stays connected automatically with the bar. However, the design of the subwoofer isn’t that impressive as it has bigger holes and a darker tone than the bar itself.
As for the remote, there isn’t anything special to mention. Most Sony soundbars have a similar kind of remote. However, when you use the modes using the remote, it can lag sometimes.
Best JBL Soundbar for Sony TV: JBL Bar 2.1
- Compatible with most SONY TVs
- Short enough to use on tabletop with TVs
- Deep bass and crisp audio is great for movies and dialogue based content
You might be confused seeing JBL soundbar among these Sony bars! The JBL 2.1 is among the few bars other than Sony to compliment well with Sony TVs quite well (pairs well with Sony 42” TVs). It’s known for its deep bass performance and can give you a lot of satisfaction while watching movies!
Overall, this JBl bar is good for mixed usage. Whether it’s for gaming, movies or music, you won’t be disappointed. There are several variations on the sound signature when adjusting bass and the sound quality is strong because of the deep lows and cris highs.
It supports HDMI ARC, optical input, bluetooth and has even Aux input. However, the optical cable doesn’t stay in place for too long. Either the cable they provide has issues or the optical input port itself is weak.
The wireless subwoofer definitely gives you a better audi experience. The additional surround mode doesn’t really make the audio surrounding. But it helps to boost the overall volume and the dialogue. That for an average user looking to upgrade the current TV speaker is more than enough.
You will get the best performance in low to mid range volumes as it has a high frequency clarity. However, at max volume the sound starts to distort a little bit.
A Guide to Buying Soundbars for Sony TVs
Size and Placement: Most soundbars these days come with wall mounted fixtures. So, if you are hanging it on the wall, the size really doesn’t matter. For those of you looking to place the bar in front of the TV, the size can become a little decisive.
The width should be such that it doesn’t block the view. And from an aesthetic point of view, the bar’s length shouldn’t be too short or long from the TV to make it look good.
Almost all of the Sony Soundbars reviewed here can be used in tabletop settings with Sony TVs without blocking the viewing surface.
Quality of Sound: This list mostly covers 2.0 and 2.1 Sony soundbars. Which means they have only two channels left and right without a center channel. The HT-G700 is the only bar here with a center channel.
Yes from a technical viewpoint, the more channels you have, the better! However, for any users looking to just upgrade from TV speakers, a 2.1 or 3.1 at best should be the primary target.
Connectivity: Most Sony soundbars come with an HDMI arc, optical port and bluetooth connectivity. These 3 should be enough to get connected with most Sony TVs of any size and capabilities, whether its 4K TV, OLED or QLED.
In some cases, the soundbar can have an HDMI eARC like the HT-G700 and HT-X8500. The HDMI eARC is the latest addition and it helps to transmit Dolby Atmos/DTSX audio content. To get the max performance in this case, your TV also needs to support HDMI eARC.
Some common features of Sony soundbars
Sony soundbars have some common features in general. These are:
- The S-Force Pro provides a virtual surround sound experience and it comes as a default in most bars. It gives you a movie theatre like experience without having to spend quite a lot on additional speakers.
- The surround sound function remains always on in Sony bars. That’s the reason Sony bars perform better at movies and dialogue based content than songs and music.
- The bars all have plastic top part with a leather-like texture. So, it looks nice! The front part has a metal grille that gives them a premium feel.
FAQs on Sony TV (Bravia /OLED /4K /8K /Smart) Soundbars
Is JBL soundbar compatible with Sony TV?
Yes, the JBL 2.1 soundbar is compatible with Sony TVs. But other models might work with the right connecting ports.
Is Samsung Sound Bar compatible with Sony TV?
Yes, you can use HDMI or HDMI Arc or optical port to connect samsung soundbars with Sony TVs
Is an integrated subwoofer better than an external subwoofer?
No! External subwoofers produce best performance in low frequency channels. Integrated subwoofers are best for saving space and ease of set up.
What soundbars are compatible with Sony TVs?
Sony soundbars are best for sony TVs in terms of compatibility. But soundbars from Vizio, JBL, Samsung and Yamaha can also work.
How to connect the subwoofer to the Sony soundbar?
The subwoofer in most cases will connect wirelessly automatically to the soundbar without needing to go through any installations.
If you loved my take on Sony soundbars for your Sony TVs, leave me a comment below! There’s no “rule” that a soundbar should match your TV’s brand. However, generally products from the same brands work best together! You can also explore other brands that you think will be compatible with your current TV.