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What is the Best Soundbar for 50 Inch TV?

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If paired with the properly sized soundbar, a 50 inch TV is capable of expansive sound that bounces off walls and ceilings. The best match for a streamlined look would be a soundbar that is not far off your TV.

Best Soundbars for 50 Inch TV Reviews

1. Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar

Soundbars and technology in general are much easier to control with your voice. With Amazon Alexa, the Yamaha YAS-209 allows you to control your soundbar hands-free. 

The clear voice feature enhances all dialogue on the TV whether it’s from the news or the latest flick. Also equipped with DTS Virtual and DTS 3D surround technology, the sound emitted from the Yamaha YAS-209 can give professional sound systems a run for their money.

Setup is also extremely easy with the Yamaha soundbar. You can choose a wired setup through HDMI or optical cable or wireless Bluetooth. The separate subwoofer that pumps out bass is connected wirelessly, and Bluetooth also allows for streaming.

The soundbar measures at just under 37 inches, which pairs very well with a 50 inch TV for a streamlined look.

Pros

  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Wired and wireless connections
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Clear voice mode
  • Pairs well with a 50 inch TV
  • DTS technology
  • Separate subwoofer
  • Sleek design
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • No display screen
  • May not be compatible with all remotes

2. Samsung HW-T550 2.1 Soundbar with Dolby Audio

The Samsung HW-T550 soundbar is equipped with 3D surround sound and its very own subwoofer.

You also have the option of purchasing it with rear speakers as well to further enhance your sound system. Connecting it to a receiver might also be something you can look into.

Connect via Bluetooth which also allows for streaming or multiple wired connection options. Setup is a breeze when the soundbar comes with everything you need.

The soundbar also comes with smart sound and smart game mode capabilities. It is able to analyze the content played onscreen and tune the soundbar automatically to the best settings.

If you like a more unassuming and slightly smaller pairing with your TV, the soundbar is a good size. The subwoofer itself is capable of deep bass notes that can successfully propel sound around the room.

Pros

  • Setup is easy
  • Bluetooth and wired connections
  • Easy streaming
  • Smart sound technology
  • Separate subwoofer for thumping bass
  • Sleek design
  • Game mode
  • Remote control for everything
  • Has a center speaker

Cons

  • A smaller fit for a 50 inch TV
  • Hard to open back cover of remote

3. Bose Soundbar 700

You may gasp at the price of the Bose 700, but Bose is known for being a leader in sound technology, and this is their highest performing soundbar. The design is also amazing with two colors to choose from.

If you like voice control, not only does the Bose 700 have Amazon Alexa, but it also has Google Assistant as well. Don’t worry about it activating with random voices as the sophisticated voice pickup rejects background noise.

You can either use your voice, the included remote or the compatible app for full control of this premium soundbar.

As for wireless streaming and connection, it not only has the standard Bluetooth but also Wi-Fi and is Apple Airplay compatible. 

It’s easy to set up and you can purchase the soundbar a separate subwoofer and rear satellite speakers as well. 

Pros

  • Many wireless connection options (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple Airplay)
  • Voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Multiple ways to control the soundbar
  • Sleek design with glass top
  • 2 colors
  • Can be expanded upon
  • 38.5 inches, great size for a 50 inch TV
  • Compatible app available
  • Flexible placement

Cons

  • Setting up will take some time
  • Configuring Alexa outside of the US will take time

Soundbar for 50 Inch TV Buying Guide

The best soundbar for a 50 inch TV isn’t only about the size, but definitely the sound as well. Let’s take a deeper look at how to find the best audio quality match for your TV.

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Size

First up is the size of your soundbar. Most people would want the perfect pairing of a TV screen and soundbar to have the same width. This is rarely the case, even with the same manufacturers [1]

For this reason, people usually go for a soundbar that is slightly smaller than the TV screen. We would suggest a 36-inch soundbar for a TV that is 40 inches and over and smaller than 60 inches.

Design

Think about the design of your soundbar. Do you want a control panel and a LED display screen? Some people like a more boxy look with sharp corners for a more modern approach while others like a more rounded look.

Since you have a 50 inch TV and your soundbar will most likely be 36 inches or over, there will be some weight to it. You need to consider the placement and if your wall can sustain the weight of a soundbar as well.

Subwoofer

There are some soundbars that come with subwoofers and ones that have them built-in. If you are a deep bass lover, we would definitely suggest a soundbar that has a wireless subwoofer or one that can be added with one.

The subwoofer is responsible for pumping out the deep bass notes that can vibrate through the room.

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Sound

The sound is arguably the most important thing about a soundbar. There are DTS Virtual X and Dolby Atmos technologies that are both capable of 3D surround sound. Sometimes having that may not be enough for you.

If that is the case, you can consider expanding on your sound system with subwoofers (more than 1) and satellite speakers.

Connections

What about connections? Wired and wireless connections are both important if you want to stream content. Make sure the connections featured on both devices (soundbar and TV) are compatible.

Voice Control

In our humble opinion, voice control is a fancy feature that may not be necessary if you only use your soundbar to watch movies and content on TV. Voice control means your device is “always on”, waiting for your command. 

Some people are not comfortable with that but others feel that it’s worth the sacrifice for convenience.

Our Top Pick: Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar

The Yamaha YAS-209 wins the top spot not only for the price but also the features. It has a lot of the fancy capabilities such as Alexa voice control and DTS virtual 3D surround sound plus a separate subwoofer without any complications during setup.

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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