Going cheap on a soundbar generally means throwing your money away rather than saving it, but the Yamaha SR-B20A is a happy exception. While this $179 all-in-one soundbar lacks the bells and whistles you’ll find in pricier models, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, Wi-Fi audio streaming, and AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, it it makes the most of its six drivers, serving up robust bass (which you can upgrade later with a wired subwoofer) and immersive DTS Virtual:X audio processing.
While we’ve rarely heard audio this good from a sub-$200 soundbar, you will hear better if you up your budget. We’re still smitten with the $249 Denon DHT-S216H, an all-in-one soundbar with slightly superior built-in bass and two HDMI connectors (versus just one for the SR-B20A), while the $799 Sonos Arc ups the ante with fantastic all-in-one sound plus Sonos’ vaunted wireless capabilities. But if you’re dead-set on keeping your budget below $200 and you can do without Wi-Fi audio streaming, the SR-B20A makes for a great value.