Best Soundbars in NZ: buying guide

If you're after better sound without the complexity of a full-on sound system, look no further than a soundbar.

Last updated: 18 December 2023

If you're on the hunt for a new TV speaker, look no further than a soundbar. Not only are they sleek and powerful — they save on space and spare you the headache of wires. They’re also super innovative, yet easy to set up with your TV. It means you can tailor your audio experience with all the customisable features. So, if you're after better sound without the complexity of a full-on sound system, here’s everything you need to know.

Why choose a soundbar?

Soundbars aren't just accessories; they're the sonic designers of your home entertainment. Here's why they deserve a prime spot in your setup:

1. Better audio

Soundbars significantly enhance your audio experience, providing clear dialogue, impactful bass, and immersive soundscapes. Whether you're watching movies, playing games, or streaming music, a quality soundbar transforms the way you perceive audio.

2. Space-saving

Say goodbye to the clutter of multiple speakers. Soundbars offer a sleek and minimalist design, effortlessly blending with your TV or wall-mounting for a clean, sophisticated look.

3. Easy to set up

Setting up a soundbar is a breeze. With minimal wires and uncomplicated installation, you can enjoy enhanced audio without the hassle of a complex speaker system.

4. Connect to anything

Most soundbars today come with a range of connectivity options, including HDMI, Bluetooth, and optical inputs. This versatility makes them compatible with various devices, from TVs to gaming consoles and streaming devices.

5. Tailored sound profiles

Many soundbars offer customisable sound profiles to suit different genres of content. Whether you prefer a cinematic surround sound or crisp dialogue for TV shows, soundbars let you tailor the audio to your liking.

6. Smart features

Some soundbars integrate smart features, such as voice control and compatibility with virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. These additions bring a touch of futuristic convenience to your home audio setup.

Types of soundbars

Whether you're bingeing the latest TV series or having a gaming marathon, there’s a soundbar to suit. Here are your options:

1. TV soundbars

TV soundbars are designed to complement and enhance your TV's audio output. They offer a sleek, space-saving solution without compromising on audio quality. If you're tired of straining to hear dialogue or missing out on the nuances of your favourite shows, a TV soundbar is a perfect addition.

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2. Computer soundbars

Tailored for desktop setups, computer soundbars provide enhanced audio for your PC or laptop. Whether you're gaming, streaming, or working on multimedia projects, these compact soundbars deliver clear and immersive audio without cluttering your workspace.

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3. Soundbars with subwoofers

For those craving deep bass and a more immersive audio experience, soundbars with subwoofers are the way to go. These setups add a powerful low-frequency punch, ideal for action-packed movies, gaming, and music genres that demand impactful bass.

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4. Multi-channel soundbars

Multi-channel soundbars simulate a surround sound experience without the need for multiple speakers. With advanced audio processing, these soundbars create a spatial audio environment, bringing movies and music to life in your living room.

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5. Bluetooth soundbars

Offering the convenience of wireless connectivity, Bluetooth soundbars let you stream music directly from your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. This versatility adds a layer of flexibility to your audio setup.

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Top soundbar brands in NZ

Want to hit the right notes when choosing your soundbar? Let’s look at what the top brands have to offer:

1. Samsung soundbars

Renowned for their innovative technology, Samsung soundbars deliver a premium audio experience. From sleek designs to cutting-edge features like Dolby Atmos, Samsung ensures a blend of style and performance.

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2. Bose soundbars

Bose is synonymous with audio excellence, and their soundbars are no exception. With a focus on clarity and immersive sound, Bose soundbars are crafted to elevate your home entertainment.

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3. JBL soundbars

Whether you're a bass enthusiast or crave crystal-clear highs, JBL brings its signature audio expertise to soundbars.

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4. Sonos soundbars

Celebrated for its seamless integration into smart home ecosystems, Sonos soundbars not only deliver exceptional sound quality but also offer connectivity with other Sonos speakers for a true multi-room experience.

See our range of Sonos soundbars.

5. LG soundbars

LG soundbars combine sleek design with advanced audio technologies. With options ranging from basic setups to those with Dolby Atmos support, LG caters to a broad spectrum of audio enthusiasts.

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6. JVC soundbars

Want affordability without compromising on audio quality? JVC soundbars offer a budget-friendly entry into the world of enhanced audio, making them a great choice if you’re looking for value.

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New vs. used soundbars NZ

Should you invest in a brand-new soundbar — one that has warranties and a good return policy? Or should you go for a pre-loved soundbar? One that’s probably just as good as new, but with a way more affordable price. Just remember there’s one caveat of buying used — no warranty safety net. 

Whatever your budget or preference, it’s all about research, asking the seller lots of questions and checking reviews. That way, you can make your purchase with confidence. 

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Plug and play

Besides transforming your audio experience with clear dialogue, impactful bass, and tailored sound profiles, a new soundbar will save you space and simplify your TV setup. No more wrestling with complex speaker systems – just plug and play. Browse our collection of new and used soundbars, read reviews, ask sellers questions, and make your pick. Whether you're a cinephile, gamer, or music lover, the right soundbar on Trade Me awaits.

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