Refine your viewing experience this Christmas with a Samsung soundbar, on sale at Amazon

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SAMSUNG 3.1.2ch Q700A Q Series Soundbar in black
The easiest way to upgrade your TV audio: a soundbar and subwoofer, like this Q700A. (Photo: Samsung)

At one time, great TV audio was available only to tech-heads who had the knowledge (and patience!) to strategically set up speakers around their living rooms. Now, though, affordable soundbars have made top-notch audio accessible to all.

Not sure what a soundbar is? It's basically an amplifier and clarifier of the audio signal emanating from your TV. You plug it in and, voila, dialogue is crystal clear, music is richer and action scenes have surround-sound depth. Some of the best soundbars are made by Samsung — and they’re on sale at Amazon right now.

If you have Amazon Prime you can get a brand new soundbar in your hands in time for Christmas. Don’t have Amazon Prime? You can sign up right here, right now and get your first month for free (returning customers get their first week for $2, still a bargain). Usually a full month runs you $13 (and a year is $119), so that’s a pretty sweet deal, considering you get full benefits immediately, including free two-day shipping.

Audio newbies will adore the HW-S61A, and it's only $198

SAMSUNG 5.0ch S61A Amazon Exclusive S Series Soundbar
This slim, sleek Samsung soundbar blends into the room and becomes part of the decor. (Photo: Samsung)

If you’re just getting started in the wide world of soundbars, you really can’t go wrong with the Amazon exclusive HW-S61A. It’s this year’s model, and it supports 5-channel surround sound thanks to its dual subwoofers (for the low sounds) and a tweeter (for the high ones). It’s also Alexa-compatible so you can just ask it to play music instead of pulling out your phone (though you can do that, too). This sweet setup usually costs $330 but right now it’s under $200: Only $198; that's a 40 percent savings!

This shopper bought the HE-S61A to go with their Samsung Frame TV, and they were happy with the purchase, calling the sound “phenomenal and many times better than the Bose soundbar it replaced.” And one couple says that the “sound clarity is very good, and that's what we needed for our old ears.” They add, “This was a great buy for us, and I hope it works problem-free for a long time.” We hope so too!

$198 $330 at Amazon

Movie lovers can save $102 on the Q700A

SAMSUNG 3.1.2ch Q700A Q Series Soundbar
You won't even miss movie theaters when you've got the Samsung Q700A to boost your TV audio. (Photo: Samsung)

If you’re looking to step things up, consider the Samsung HW-Q700A. Yes, it’s only got three channels but they are absolutely spectacular thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio. Translation: We're talking movie-theater level sound. And it does seem like we'll all be watching lots of movies at home over the next few months. Usually this cinematic experience would run you $700, but right now you can grab it for $102 off: just $598. Included in the price is the soundbar, the subwoofer and a remote — but you can also control it via Alexa.

Shoppers love the upgrade, with one customer calling the HW-Q700A “a tremendous improvement,” thanks to its “firm” bass that isn’t “overpowering.” They also love being able to pair to their phone or tablet to this soundbar. Ease of use was on the mind of this shopper, who says “your search stops here” if you’re looking for “easy connectivity and a premium clarity of sound for a not-so-premium price.” If you’re looking to put together a killer media room for the long winter months ahead, this is the soundbar you want.

$598 $700 at Amazon

Get the party started with the MX-T40 for only $198

Samsung MX-T40
This epic 20-inch tower is actually quite easy to move around for a party. (Photo: Samsung)

Soundbars are great for home viewing, but for music at a party they might not be enough. If you love to host a crowd (when it's safe), you might be better off investing in the stellar Samsung MX-T40, the standalone tower speaker here. It offers powerful sound at 300W, and, according to reviewers, is easy to move around. The sound is epic. Says a happy customer: “I got the T40 in for my 84 year old mother. She LOVES old school funk. She’s jamming right now in her room lol. The sound of the T40 is amazing. It sounds so CLEAR.” Sounds like it’d make a great gift for the music lover in your life too, and right now it's 34 percent off, only $198!

$198 $300 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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