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Dimensions Of Soundbars: Complete Size Guide

In this article, you will learn the dimensions of various soundbars along with some other important information.

Choosing the right size soundbar for your space can be confusing. There are so many options available.

Buying the wrong size soundbar can be frustrating and perhaps a costly mistake.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the overall soundbar dimensions for your space.

It’s important to check the dimensions of various soundbars ahead of time to ensure you make the right choice.

Black soundbar isolated on a white background

What are the dimensions of a soundbar?

Soundbars are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and weights. This is a good thing as you will have plenty of options to choose from that will meet your needs.

Soundbars are evolving all the time and like many other electronic devices, they have an ultra-slim form factor and a modern-looking design.

Many people are choosing to use a soundbar instead of a complete home theatre system as the soundbar will use up a fraction of the space when compared to a home theatre system.

There will be less clutter and cables to deal with and many soundbars today have amazing sound quality. Perhaps not the same quality as a home theatre system but you will be surprised by how amazing a soundbar can sound.

On average, a soundbar will have dimensions of 35 inches long x 4 inches wide x 3 inches tall. But as mentioned, the dimensions of soundbars can vary for different brands.

Examples of soundbar dimensions

The following is a list of soundbars along with their dimensions and weights. Click the link for each one for more details.

Keep in mind that many soundbars will come with a subwoofer that you will need to have extra space for. Many of the Bose soundbars do not have a subwoofer but certain ones do.

On average, a subwoofer will have dimensions of 13.5″ Tall x 7″ wide x 12.5″ Deep.

Soundbar and subwoofer on white background

Does a soundbar need to be the same size as my tv?

This is a common question and the answer is no. Many people believe that the size of the tv will determine what size soundbar you need. This is not the case.

If you have a 55-inch tv which is around 44 inches wide, this doesn’t mean that you need a 40 or 45-inch soundbar.

You can choose whatever size soundbar suits your space the best. Many small-form soundbars have great sound and although you have a 55-inch or 65-inch tv, you can still use a 24-inch or 36-inch soundbar.

Although it may look nice when a soundbar and tv are the same size, it is not necessary.

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For example, I recently purchased a new 75-inch tv and have it wall-mounted over my fireplace. When looking for a suitable soundbar, I decided to give the Bose TV Speaker a try.

I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Although it doesn’t compare to a home theatre system, it has a clear high-quality sound which is way better than I expected.

wall mounted tv with soundbar

Factors to consider when choosing a soundbar

As mentioned, there are a few factors to take into consideration before choosing a soundbar.

Room size

The size of your room will be one of the main factors to consider. If you have a very large room, a small underpowered soundbar is not a good option.

But a high-quality soundbar with high output will work just fine. Just because you have a large room doesn’t mean a soundbar won’t work for you.

Most soundbars are suitable to use in many average living room sizes. Any of the soundbars mentioned above are suitable for average-sized living spaces.

If you have a very large theatre room, you should look for a soundbar that has a subwoofer and more channels, high-performing speaker drivers, and is designed for larger spaces.

For example, the JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar is a great option for larger spaces. But it does come with a higher price tag.

Soundbar Output

Many people look at the output of the soundbar and think the higher the better. That’s certainly not the case. The higher wattage of the soundbar doesn’t make it better. In fact, the wattage is irrelevant. The sensitivity of the speakers is more important.

Wattage is the measurement of power coming from the amplifier. The soundbar speakers will have a maximum amount of watts they can handle.

Sometimes manufacturer’s like to put high watts on their systems to make you think higher is better but there are other specs to consider which are more important.

Compatibility/connections

Before choosing a soundbar, check its connections and make sure it is compatible with your tv. Some soundbars have Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI, ARC, and smart technology.

Ensure you choose the right features and connections compatible with your tv and other components like headphones.

Soundbar placement

When choosing a placement for your soundbar, keep in mind that most soundbars are very light and don’t need a heavy-duty shelf or table to support them.

Most people will either have the tv mounted on a wall or will use a tv stand with shelves. I use an electric fireplace and have the soundbar placed underneath the tv in the center.

If you don’t have space directly underneath the tv, you can move it forward a few inches and place it on a table or stand.

You can also build a shelf to mount on the wall either beside or under the tv.

soundbar on a large shelf below a tv

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