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What is the Best Soundbar for 42 Inch TV?

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There are plenty of soundbars but not all are a good match for a 42 inch TV. Other than the size, there are many other considerations when it comes to the best soundbar for your TV. Let’s take a look at the best matches for a 42 inch TV.

Best Soundbar for 42 Inch TV Reviews

1. Samsung HW-T450 2.1 Soundbar with Dolby Audio

With its very own subwoofer, the Samsung HW-T450 is able to propel the deeper notes. There is even the choice of purchasing rear speakers to fully emulate surround sound. Connect and set up your new sound system easily with the supported Bluetooth.

Wireless connection will get rid of unsightly wires and make pairing with the TV and subwoofer even easier. 

The soundbar doesn’t possess sound modes, and that’s because it has a smart sound mode, which enables the soundbar to detect the content played onscreen and optimize the sound automatically.

It does, however, have game mode, which will help enhance your gaming experience and help you claim the glorious victories in an even more appealing way. Setup is easy with everything you need including the remote control.

Pros

  • Smart sound technology
  • Game mode
  • Remote control included
  • Can be purchased with rear speakers
  • Wireless subwoofer included
  • Deeper bass
  • Bluetooth supported
  • Suits a 42 inch TV well
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • The soundbar isn’t very loud
  • Bluetooth won’t work past 30 feet

2. Taotronics Three Equalizer Mode Soundbar

The attractive and affordable price can still get you room-filling sound. For the Taotronics soundbar, you have multiple methods of connection wired or wireless to suit your needs.

The Bluetooth, or the wireless connection, is great for pairing multiple devices for streaming or for connecting your TV to your soundbar and save on the clutter.

The Taotronics soundbar comes with 3 equalizer modes, very similar to sound modes. You can use the included remote control to set and choose between music, movie or game modes.

One of the best things about the Taotronics soundbar is it has an LED display screen that shows your selections and adjustments. It’s easy to see exactly what setting the soundbar is on.

The slim design is easy to place anywhere or mount on the wall to provide you with a captivating movie experience.

Pros

  • LED display screen
  • Slim and compact
  • 3 equalizer modes (game, movie, music)
  • Includes remote and user manual and cables
  • Bluetooth supported
  • Affordable price
  • Easy setup
  • Great size for a 42 inch TV

Cons

  • Produces less bass than a wireless sub
  • The optical cable is short

3. TCL Alto 7+ 2.1 Channel Soundbar

Whether you choose the TCL Alto 5 or 7, the price is amazing for the sound. Measuring at 36 inches, the size of the TCL 7+ 2.1 soundbar will fit seamlessly with your 42 inch TV. 

It comes with its own subwoofer as well, which will deliver clear and deep bass you can feel to enhance your experience and elevate your viewing experience. Not only does it produce stunning sound, but it also looks great as well with its brushed and minimalistic look.

As for the setup, you can choose to connect via Bluetooth or several wired options depending on your preference and the placement of the soundbar. To make things even better, this soundbar from TCL comes with 3 sound modes to optimize your content.

The subwoofer and the soundbar itself are specially tuned to produce distortion-free sound at any volume.

Pros

  • Great price for all the features
  • Specially tuned to be distortion-free
  • Bluetooth supported
  • 3 sound modes (music, movie, news)
  • Sleek design
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Multiple wired connections
  • Great size for your 42 inch TV

Cons

  • No display screen
  • Small remote

Soundbar for 42 Inch TV Buyer’s Guide

For a 42 inch TV, a soundbar that is anywhere between 25-40 inches would look great and be able to handle and surpass the sound that your TV and TV speakers can deliver. Other than the size, there are also a few other considerations.

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Design

Is the soundbar compact and does it come with a subwoofer? You need to consider the allotted space of your living room and TV to find the perfect balance for a soundbar. If you don’t have much space but you want a separate subwoofer for better bass, you should look into saving space by reorganizing [1]

You want the design to be slim and understated to have a minimalistic existence and think about the placement of the soundbar. Would you be mounting it on the wall under your TV or would you be placing it on a tabletop to be more suited to your needs?

Some soundbars have a control panel built-in or ones with LED screens to show you exactly what your settings are. These features will add more convenience to your soundbar control.

Subwoofer

Speaking of the subwoofer, some soundbars have them built right in. This is a great choice if you are tight on space but built-in subwoofers will be no match for wireless ones. 

A wireless sub is larger and more capable of producing deeper and more thunderous bass notes.

Sound Modes

What can also contribute to a better sound experience is the sound modes. Some soundbars are auto-tuned to play most content in an optimal setting. We feel that having the freedom to choose between settings and have them distinguished will produce better sound.

If you find a soundbar with sound modes, you will be able to enjoy higher quality sound depending on the content.

Connection

One of the most important things to consider is the connection. You need to make sure your TV and soundbar have compatible connections to make it work. There are wired and wireless options on most soundbars.

If you have Bluetooth for the wireless connection, it also affords you the luxury of streaming content from your mobile devices.

Channels

The more channels (point of sound emission) the soundbar has, the most immersive your experience will be. That’s why some soundbars offer 5 (industry standard for surround sound) channels and sometimes even up to 7 with rear speakers.

Soundbars at these settings can utilize the acoustics of the room and bounce sound successfully off the ceiling and walls to completely fill the room.

Our Top Pick: TCL Alto 7+ 2.1 Channel Soundbar

The TCL Alto 7 earns the highest spot for many reasons. Aside from the price and design, it also comes with a wireless subwoofer to enhance the bass and you can enjoy sound modes to further elevate your experience. The soundbar is specially tuned and offers flexible placement.

Do you have a slightly smaller TV? We also have a special list of soundbars best suited for 40 inch TVs.

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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