Want to know what the best soundbars in Malaysia 2023 are?
Features like wireless subwoofers belong to flagship soundbars but this list includes other contenders that are still worth considering.
If you just plan to listen to music, there’s an option for you too. Check it out here in the list below!
Table Of Contents:
9 Best Soundbars In Malaysia 2023
- Best Premium Home Theatre System – Samsung HW-Q990B
- Best Mid-Range Soundbar – Sony HT-S40R
- Best Soundbar for Music – Yamaha YAS-209
- Best Budget Soundbar – Samsung HW-B450 & LG SN4
- Best Standalone Smart Soundbar – Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
- Cheapest Soundbar – Xiaomi 33 Inch Mi TV Soundbar
- Best Dolby Atmos Sound Bar – Sonos Arc Soundbar With Dolby Atmos
- Best Premium Soundbar – JBL BAR 9.1
We still recommend that you see our full soundbar reviews below to figure out which ones might be best suited for you!
1. Samsung HW-Q990B – Best Premium Home Theatre System
Ranking in our list as the best premium home theatre system is the Samsung HW-Q990B.
While it’s a pricey investment, the Q990B comes packed with two 4.0.2 Samsung Wireless Up & Side firing Rear Speakers and a wireless subwoofer. This makes the whole package a very enticing deal for film & music buffs.
First up, the Q990B has 11.1.4 channels with a whopping 22 total speakers. Each component in the home theatre system has multiple channel drivers built-in.
This leads to improved surround sound and an immersive audio experience. The subwoofer has a punchy bass for bass-heavy tracks & games.
And this is further enhanced with Q-Symphony. Which allows supported Samsung TVs to use both the home theatre systems and TV speakers simultaneously. This creates an enhanced spatial audio experience that sounds fuller.
However, the downside is this feature is only supported on Samsung TVs. And even then, not every Samsung TV supports Q-Symphony. It’s a pretty limited feature that only some can use.
Compared to its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950A, the Samsung HW-Q990B has an improved minimalist design, more powerful output, and wireless Dolby Atmos support. These are big upgrades to functionality and design, especially the wireless Dolby Atmos.
In fact, this is one of the only soundbars currently available that features wireless Dolby Atmos. Considering the improved performance and updated design, the Q990B is a capable successor.
Additionally, the Q990B features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and HDMI eARC connectivity. It also supports Bixby voice control, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay2 casting. Overall, the Samsung Q990B is a formidable performer for both music and movies.
It’s got everything a ‘flagship’ home theatre system needs, and more. And thus, the Samsung HW-Q990B is expensive, but if you can afford it, it’s worth it.
- Wireless Dolby Atmos Support
- 11.1.4 Channel System
- Punchy Bass & Crystal-Clear, Immersive Audio
- Includes 2x Rear Speakers & Wireless Sub-Woofer
- Auto EQ & SpaceFit+ Auto Calibration
- Can be Too Long for Some Households
- Q-Symphony Limited to Support Samsung TVs
2. Sony HT-S40R – Best Mid-Range Soundbar
For readers looking for a modest price tag, the Sony HT-S40R is our best mid-range soundbar. It’s still relatively expensive but at under RM1,300, it is a great deal for a home theatre system.
The HT-S40R features a 5.1 channel system and comes with two wireless rear speakers and a sub-woofer. This creates a proper surround sound but since there are no up-firing speakers, it won’t be as immersive as higher channel systems.
On another note, since the rear speaker doesn’t need a wired connection to the soundbar and the sub-woofer shares the same wire, it takes up less space and looks neater.
The HT-S40R has a max 600W power output all combined. This is fairly loud with a wide volume range. The subwoofer is rated for 100Wso it’s got plenty of power for bumping bass.
Additionally, the HT-S40R also supports Dolby Digital Plus audio formats and has an HDMI ARC port.
You can also connect to it via Bluetooth for seamless wireless streaming. The soundbar also includes a few built-in sound modes including Voice, Night, Cinema, Music, and Auto Sound.
Compared to its predecessor, the Sony HT-S20R, the Sony HT-S40R improves audio with a higher 600W output. While the older S20R could only reach a max 400W. This is a substantial difference in volume levels and clarity.
Considering this, we think the Sony HT-S40R is a great upgrade. End of the day, how it sounds matters most. If fuller, clearer audio (even at lower volume) is what you need, then the Sony HT-S40R is worth the extra cash.
Overall, the Sony HT-S40R is a great total package for newcomers and enthusiasts alike. It has a lot of value for money since you get a full home theatre, 600W power output, and clear, full-sounding audio.
- 5.1 Channel Sound System
- 2x Wireless Rear Speakers
- Max 600W Power Output
- Relatively Affordable Price Tag
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Missing Dolby Atmos
- Limited Port Selection
- No Wi-Fi / Voice Assistant Support
3. Yamaha YAS-209 – Best Soundbar for Music
If you are looking for a soundbar optimized for music, the Yamaha-YAS 209 is one of the best options available. It’s also affordable at RM1600.
The YAS-209 is a 2.1 channel setup with two centre firing speakers – a 100W and a 100W wireless sub-woofer. A 2.1Ch is more than sufficient for stereo sound but it lacks any real surround sound capabilities.
And even though the Yamaha YAS-209 performs great as a music player, it’s not as satisfying when watching movies. Dialogue isn’t as clear and it doesn’t have the same cinematic feel like on the Sony HT-S40R.
But the YAS-209 does support DTS Virtual: X for 3D surround sound. It’s limited to supported content but this is better than nothing.
Compared to its predecessor, the Yamaha YAS-207, the Yamaha YAS-209 isn’t that much more expensive. But it includes built-in Wi-Fi & mic, Amazon Alexa voice control, improved surround sound, and an updated modern design.
So, for improved connectivity and the overall design, we think the Yamaha YAS-209 is worth it. These changes make a big impact on day-to-day usage. And in a Smart home, the built-in voice assistant (Amazon Alexa) of this soundbar is convenient.
PS: It’s unfortunate that you can’t switch to Google Assistant
Yamaha YAS-209 supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity as well. You can easily stream content from your Smart devices. You can also use Spotify Connect.
Therefore, the Yamaha YAS-209 is perfect for music lovers. It’s got a great sound, bumping bass, and plentiful support/connectivity options. It doesn’t fare as well for watching movies, but it’ll still be better than your TV’s speakers.
- 200W Speakers w/ Wireless Sub-Woofer
- Amazon Alexa Built-in
- Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Optimized for Listening to Music
- DTS Virtual: X Support
- Slightly Pricey for 2.1Ch Setup
- Doesn’t Work as Well w/ Movies
- Only Alexa Voice Control
4. Samsung HW-B450 – Best Budget Soundbar
The Samsung HW-B450 is our pick as the best budget soundbar. This is a very affordable soundbar that also comes with a wireless sub-woofer. The B450 is a 2.1 channel setup and has a max power output of 300W.
It has clear and full sounding audio with a good bass kick. It can’t really compare to pricier sound systems, but it holds its own well.
Compared to a similarly priced soundbar, the JBL Bar 2.0, the HW-B450 is a more complete package. It has a much higher 300W output, wireless sub-woofer, Bass Boost, Adaptive Sound Lite, and a Game Mode.
You get far more value with the Samsung HW-B450 too because it is closer to a home theatre than the JBL Bar 2.0. For example, Bass Boost will sync your soundbar and sub-woofer for more powerful bass.
And Sound Lite automatically optimizes sound modes depending on the content you’re watching. It then switches to an appropriate mode for the best audio fidelity.
Plus, the built-in Game Mode optimizes game performance. It helps filter out loud, distracting audio in the game for a clearer listening experience.
Considering the two are almost the same price, the HW-B450 is a clear winner here.
However, there is a big downside to the Samsung HW-B450 – it doesn’t have an HDMI port. You’ll need to use the Optical In port to connect it. This is hard to look over since most people only use HDMI cables.
But at least it has Bluetooth for wireless connectivity which makes up for it.
As a whole though, we think the Samsung HW-B450 has a lot to offer for the price. It’s a basic soundbar/sub-woofer combo for newcomers to home theatre systems. What it achieves at the price is impressive, we just wish it was more rounded out.
- Very Affordable Price Tag
- Loud & Clear 300W Output
- Bass Boost & Adaptive Sound Lite
- Built-in Game Mode
- Includes Wireless Sub-Woofer
- No HDMI Input/Output
- A Bit too Simple (No format support/surround sound features)
5. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) – Best Standalone Smart Soundbar
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is our choice for the best standalone smart soundbar. This is perfect for people who only want a soundbar or don’t have space for a home theatre. The Beam Gen 2 is compact, measuring in at 651mm width.
The soundbar is a 5.0 channel setup including a centre tweeter, 4 mid-woofers, and 3 passive radiators.
And while the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) doesn’t come with a built-in or wireless sub-woofer, it’s still got plenty of bass for both music and movies.
The internals are well-tuned which results in rich, clear, and immersive audio. The soundbar covers lows, mids, and highs very well.
Moreover, Sonos Beam Gen 2 uses a processor to create virtual surround sound. It also supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround. Hence, as a standalone soundbar, it has a solid spatial audio capability.
Compared to its predecessor, the Sonos Beam (Gen 1), the Beam (Gen 2) features a 40% more powerful processor, Dolby Atmos, HDMI eARC, and improved build quality. These are substantial upgrades to performance, especially at this price range.
Additionally, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 also has Wi-Fi and supports Google Voice Assistant.
However, one disadvantage is that you need an Apple device to access every feature. Some features like Trueplay which automatically tunes the EQ to your room’s acoustics are only available on iOS.
It also only supports Apple AirPlay2, so you can’t use Chromecast either. It’s a strange omission since it has Google Assistant. The soundbar also doesn’t have Bluetooth which makes it harder to directly stream content.
Nevertheless, if you can overlook these, the Beam Gen 2 is a well-rounded soundbar that can do it all.
It is quite expensive for a soundbar without rear speakers or a sub-woofer. But if you’ve got limited space and a big budget, you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Rich & Clear Audio Quality
- Dolby Atmos Support
- Excellent Smart Home Integration
- Advanced Audio Processing
- Attractive Build & Design
- No Bluetooth
- Works Best w/ Apple iOS Devices
- Sub-Woofer/Rear Speakers Not Included
6. Sonos Arc Soundbar With Dolby Atmos
The SONOS Arc Soundbar has a slim, curvy profile, which allows for easy wall-mounting or discreet placement on a TV stand.
You also have a choice of either a black or white matte finish to match your overall aesthetic.
That being said, its overall length means it’s more suited for 55” TVs than smaller ones, and at 8.5cm, is quite tall for a soundbar.
The soundbar has Dolby Atmos support for your favourite streaming sites (Netflix, Amazon Video, etc) and movies, so long as your TV supports it.
It also has an impressive 5.0.2 surround system, bouncing audio off the walls and ceiling to create an immersive experience.
As for quality sound itself, it’s very well done with crisp highs, a dynamic midrange and notable bass, even without a subwoofer.
It also offers bass and treble adjustments through the app.
In short, the Arc gives you quality sound, with cinematic audio for movies, and a great mix for music.
The soundbar is controllable through a remote, a mobile app, and Apple AirPlay 2. It also supports voice control with built-in Alexa and Google Assistant.
And if you really want to invest in a true-surround sound system, the SONOS Arc Soundbar is modular with other Sonos products speakers (i.e. you can create a full surround system).
There’s also Spotify connectivity for easy music playing with connected devices.
Unfortunately, most of its systems work best with Apple products, so Android users might have a slightly worse user experience.
Verdict – Best Dolby Atmos Sound Bars
The Sonos Arc Soundbar offers some of the best Dolby Atmos performance out of the soundbars on our list, albeit at a very high price.
- Dimensions: 114.17 x 8.7 x 11.57 cm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 6.25kg
- Connectivity: Optical Audio Cable or HDMI ARC
- Wireless Connectivity: WiFi
- Dolby Atmos: Yes
- Control: Sonos App, Remote Control, Voice Control, Apple Airplay 2
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: ~RM4,500
- Exceptional sound quality
- Great use of Dolby Atmos
- Voice control through Alexa or Amazon Assistant
- Adjustable EQ settings
- Supports Apple AirPlay 2
- Comes with HDMI cable and an optical audio adapter
- Very pricy
- Poor Android support
- Dynamic tuning only available for iOS devices
- No Bluetooth support
7. JBL BAR 9.1 True Wireless Channel Soundbar System with Surround Speakers and Dolby Atmos
The JBL Bar 9.1 is another well-built, premium-feeling soundbar that has a low rectangular silhouette. But with a metallic top and rounded edges.
It’s slimmer than either the Sonos ARC or Samsung Q950A.
Visually, the JBL Bar 9.1 is unique because you can place 2 detachable satellite speakers on each end of the soundbar. Each comes with a 10-hour battery, and is usable while charging.
There is a large subwoofer for some hefty bass too.
The soundbar utilizes Dolby Atmos and together with its wireless rear speakers, you get room-filling, directional sound at near-cinematic experience.
On the whole, audio quality is excellent, with detailed vocals and fairly neutral sound, suitable for playing just about anything.
However, given that the JBL Bar 9.1 has fewer forward channels:
It’s not as good as the Samsung HW-Q950A when it comes to detail.
And there is no real EQ customisability with the JBL Bar 9.1, so you’re stuck with a handful of pre-sets and basic room correction.
Apart from surround sound support, the satellite speakers also work as standalone devices. They are thus, highly portable around the house.
Furthermore, 4K Dolby Vision passthrough enables you to easily hook up devices from the soundbar through the TV.
There is support for both ChromeCast and Apple Airplay 2 too.
And you can send music through the soundbar via Bluetooth, which is a nice touch!
Verdict – Best Premium Soundbar
While it’s not up to par with the quality surround sound of the Samsung HW-Q950A:
The JBL Bar 9.1 is definitely a wonderful though pricey Dolby Atmos and surround sound system. It has unique versatility and connectivity options, all wrapped in quality audio!
For those who don’t like to fiddle with apps, it’s another premium soundbar option to consider. But if you want customizable EQ, go for the similarly priced Sonos Arc Soundbar.
- Dimensions: 88.4 x 6.2 x 12 cm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 3.64kg
- Connectivity: Optical Audio Cable or HDMI ARC
- Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
- Dolby Atmos: Yes
- Control: Remote Control, Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: ~RM4,499
- No separate app necessary
- Flexible wireless speaker placement
- Supports both Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2
- Great audio quality
- Good use of Dolby Atmos
- Slightly complicated setup
- Wireless speakers require recharging
8. LG SN4 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
The LG SN4 is a sleek sound bar, made mostly of quality plastic. It looks similar to the Samsung HW-Q600A but with rounded corners.
It comes with a wireless subwoofer which provide more bass compared to a soundbar-only setup.
As for audio quality, you get what you pay for:
The LG SN4 is a step-up from standard TV speakers, with crisp audio details and a solid bass being provided by the subwoofer.
But more expensive soundbars will definitely top its performance!
Its 2.1ch configuration does mean that it’s not suited for surround sound, even with DTS:X. To put it simply, you’re not going to get a cinematic experience with this particular soundbar.
That aside, there’s also an adaptive audio feature, which is welcome, but doesn’t compare with tweaking the audio settings yourself.
You can tweak the bass, treble and subwoofer to some extent (i.e. basic adjustments).
As stated earlier, the soundbar supports DTS:X, offering notable 3D sound.
There is support for Bluetooth connectivity, along with HDMI Arc and Optical audio cable.
Other than that, it’s a basic soundbar, and won’t have the fancier features you’ll find in a Samsung or Sonos soundbar.
While it’s not going to beat out a Sonos or Bose soundbar in terms of stereo or surround quality, the LG SN4 is considerably cheaper! And still quite good. It is an attractive budget option if you have an LG TV.
- Dimensions: 89 x 5.7 x 8.5 cm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 2.1kg
- Connectivity: Optical Audio Cable or HDMI ARC
- Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Dolby Atmos: No
- Control: Remote App, Remote Control
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: ~RM799
- Decent audio for the price
- Punchy bass
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Supports DTS:X
- Affordable (Under RM800)
- Only has 2.1 Audio Ch.
- Best paired with an LG TV
- No Dolby Atmos Support
- No Wi-Fi Connectivity options
9. Xiaomi 33 Inch Mi TV Soundbar
Available in either black or white, Xiaomi 33 Inch Mi TV Soundbar is of average quality. With a square-shaped side profile and mesh fabric at the front to cover the audio drivers.
It is smaller and lighter (1.92kg) than other soundbars on our list. The Sharp HT-SB115 is a bit lighter at 1.32kg.
It can be placed below the TV or mounted on the wall, and its lightweight construction allows you to move it around as a makeshift wireless speaker.
The soundbar unfortunately does not come with a remote, so you’ll be fiddling with the soundbar itself to adjust any settings.
For a budget soundbar, it sounds pretty good. With a notable bassline and moderately powerful highs.
It cannot compete with mid-to-high ranged competitors but it does provide an adequate audio experience, especially given the price.
As for audio customisability, it doesn’t have set audio pre-sets or custom EQ. And so, you will have to be content with the base settings.
Due to its budget nature, the only feature of the Mi Soundbar is its Bluetooth connectivity with mobile devices.
Even then, you’re still only allowed to connect one device at a time.
Verdict – Best Budget Soundbar
If you don’t mind the lack of a HDMI input, remote control and other convenient features, the Mi Soundbar offers exceptional audio quality for its price range.
It’s our pick for the best budget soundbar!
- Dimensions: 83 x 7.2 x 8.7 cm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 1.92kg
- Connectivity: Optical Audio Cable or AUX In or Coaxial Input (S/PDIF Cable)
- Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2
- Dolby Atmos: No
- Control: n/a
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: ~RM239
- Budget pricing
- Great audio quality for the price
- Bluetooth functionality
- Looks nice and minimal
- Decent build quality
- No HDMI support
- No remote control
- No multi-device Bluetooth pairing
- No Dolby Atmos support
- Lacks custom EQ
How To Choose The Right Sound Bar For Your TV
Depending on your Smart TV/TV Box and room layout, there are multiple factors to consider when selecting the right soundbar!
1. How Many Audio Channels Can Your TV Support?
Most modern TV systems can support up to 5.1 or 7.1 audio channels, and given that soundbars at most have a 5.1 setup (sans external speakers):
You should be alright connecting any soundbar with the TV you currently have.
Definition of Soundbar Channel Numbers
Audio channel numbers are usually designated as X.X.X, with the third number commonly being omitted out.
The most common channel designations are usually 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1.
The first number refers to how many audio channels (and thus, how many speakers) are in the setup, for example:
2.X means a left and right speaker (stereo setup)
5.X means a left speaker, centre speaker, right speaker, rear-left and rear-right speaker (standard surround).
And so on and so forth. The higher the number, the more audio channels/speakers will be present.
The second number denotes how many subwoofers are in the setup (usually ranging between 1 and 2), so you know how much bass you’re getting.
The third number signifies the number of audio channels originating from the ceiling in the setup.
Soundbars can replicate this effect with upward-facing speakers, which bounces audio off the ceiling.
Make sure to know what sort of external audio connections the soundbar can support.
Some common connections include:
- RCA/Aux (Wired)
- Digital Optical or HDMI-ARC (Wired)
- Bluetooth (Wireless)
Note that RCAs are a pretty dated audio connection system and, while still in use, most modern Smart TVs don’t support them.
On the other hand, Digital Optical and HDMI-ARC are universal, wired connections, and provide you the best sound quality. But does mean the soundbar only works with the device you connect it to.
Of the 3, Bluetooth is the most flexible connection, allowing you to wirelessly pair the soundbar with any Bluetooth-enabled device. Although the audio quality isn’t as good as a wired connection.
3. What Performance You Are Looking For?
Generally, a singular soundbar is perfectly okay for music or general streaming.
But if you’re looking for cinematic quality in your movies and games:
Investing into a Dolby Atmos or surround-sound capable soundbar is another option. On top of that, you can get side speakers and/or subwoofers for a complete audio experience!
4. Sound Technology
Built-in sound technology can drastically improve the listening experience on your soundbar, so long as your Smart TV or TV Box supports it;
The 2 main types are Dolby Atmos and DTS Sound/X. Both of which provide quality surround sound to your media, supporting both 5.1 and 7.1 formats.
While there are some differences (e.g., DTS supports higher bit-rates, Dolby claims to have a better codec), you’ll still be getting great home cinema audio with either format.
5. Placement & TV Size
Ideally, you’ll want give your soundbar enough space between it and the TV for more convenient cable management.
You should also give it some distance from the walls, as to prevent additional noise caused by sound bouncing too many times off the wall (i.e. Wave interference.).
6. Music Playing Features
Soundbars that can act as standalone speakers are a huge plus, as they allow you to stream songs from your phone or Spotify without needing the entire TV.
So, if you’re a music enthusiast, be on the lookout for soundbars that offer either WiFi or Bluetooth Connectivity if you want easy pairing with your mobile devices.
7. Smart Features
While not strictly necessary, some soundbars do offer voice control support, allowing you to pause/play media and control other smart devices around the house.
That being said, you most likely have a Smart TV or TV Box which comes with its own Smart features. Which can make having a Smart soundbar redundant.
Expect to pay above RM1,000 for one of these best soundbars in Malaysia. If your budget is below RM1,000 however, the Samsung HW-B450 is great value although you’ll be missing out on surround sound.
And if you want your own home theatre system with all the latest features like voice control, wireless subwoofers, and stellar connectivity options:
Prepare to pay a premium price (close to RM4,000) for it.