Despite being around for more than a few years now, soundbars have taken off in Australia, with more and more manufacturers bringing the slimline sound solutions into the local market.
There are a couple of advantages the soundbar has over a full surround system. They're usually far cheaper for one, but it's the simplicity and lack of clutter that's the big appeal for many people.
Using a soundbar means you don't need to string wires all around your lounge room, nor deal with complex set-ups for speaker arrangements — you just a put the soundbar in front of your TV and find some room for the subwoofer (if it comes with one). That's it.
It's also appealing for people in smaller houses or flats not only because of the easy set-up, but also because the soundbar's emulation of surround sound tends to work a little better in smaller spaces.
Soundbars often don't sound as good as true separate speakers, especially with music, but for movies and TV shows, they're going to be a lot better than your TV's built-in speakers.
We've got a very detailed guide on how to choose a soundbar here, but below are a few of the best soundbars on the market today in a broad range of prices.