The best cheap soundbar deals and sales for May 2022

by Virginia Campbell

Quality soundbar speakers don't usually go on sale, but on the rare occasion, you can find a powerful and high-quality soundbar deal that you shouldn't pass up. We've done the hard work for you by finding the best cheap soundbar deals and sales for quality soundbar speakers.

Our soundbar deals include top brands such as Sony, LG, and Yamaha. If you're worried about price in regards to quality, we've found some of the cheapest soundbars on the market can still add a decent level of clarity and audio oomph to your living room on a scale that your regular TV can't.

We've passed the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events but don't fear - If you've contemplated upgrading your TV's audio and want to save some cash in the process, there are decent soundbar deals to be had all year round.

Once you've got your hands on a new soundbar, the results speak for themselves. But trying to dig around and find the best soundbar deal right now can be a long slog. That's because the world of soundbars, and audio products more generally, are filled with a random series of numbers – Vizio SB-3830-D0 38-inch soundbar, anyone?

There are also a lot of drastic differences in price that can be overwhelming even to the most seasoned of audiophiles. But don't worry, that's where we come in.

What’s the best soundbar deal?

As you'd expect, the answer to that question is going to be different for everyone.

Some people are fine with a standard soundbar, that means no subwoofer and no streaming capabilities. Others might want the sub, but no streaming. Then there are those who might want all of the above, plus two satellite speakers. It’s a your-miles-may-vary situation.

That said, we can give you some good ideas of what to look for and where to find those great deals when they pop up.

For most folks, you really just want the basic package: a soundbar with a digital audio cable input that should connect to most modern TVs. You can get a bit tricky with HDMI passthroughs, RCA inputs and 3.5mm jacks, but sometimes basic is better. Of course, we also recommend looking for soundbars with a subwoofer included, that way you’ll get the full audio range from your favorite TV shows and movies, not just the highs and the mids.

There’s plenty of soundbars to pick from, and more coming out every week, so without further ado here are the best cheap soundbar deals we’ve found this month.

Best cheap soundbar deals

The Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar was released in 2020 to replace the popular YAS-107 from 2017. It may be slightly pricier than its predecessor, but the Yamaha SR-B20A has been finessed enough to justify the increase. Contained within its compact form factor are a pair of 75mm bass drivers, two 55mm midrange drivers situated at either end of the soundbar, and a couple of downward-facing two 25mm tweeters.

Notably, the Yamaha SR-B20A stands out for its highly-detailed midrange – which is excellent news if you indulge in plenty of dialogue-heavy films. Obviously, you won't avail of the Dolby Atmos sound found in pricier soundbars, but the SR-B20A does offer DTS Virtual:X 3D for a '3D surround' sound that's impressive in its own right.

If you merely want to boost your TV's native audio, the Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar is an economical way to achieve that. Read the review: Yamaha SR-B20A Sound Bar

The Roku Streambar is akin to giving your television a makeover. Not only will it augment your TV's audio with fuller, clearer sound – it'll also imbue it with 4K/HDR streaming. It measures just 14 inches wide, which makes the Roku Streambar a fantastic choice for anyone who lives in an apartment or dorm room.

Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.  A hard-wired Ethernet connection is also possible courtesy of the lone USB port. Sonically, the Roku Streambar is very good, providing clear dialogue and sound leveling for commercials. The bass is lacking, but you can remedy that issue by purchasing the Roku subwoofer and rear speaker kits (sold separately). If you need both a soundbar and a streaming device – but have limited space and a tight budget – the Roku Streambar is the way to go.

Read the review: Roku Streambar

The 3.1-channel Sony HT-G700 Soundbar delivers TV and movie audio excellently. Though it'll noticeably enhance the audio on any TV, select features (such as stereo Bluetooth) will only work with a number of compatible Sony televisions. Thus, if you're already invested in Sony's home theater ecosystem, you'll be able to harness the full potential of the HT-G700.

The Sony HT-G700 is a soundbar and wireless subwoofer pair that features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Sony's Immersive AE. This wide range of audio formats translates to clean, wide sound while watching your favorite TV shows and movies. And if you want to customize your sub frequencies on the fly, there's a dedicated subwoofer volume button to get the bass right where you want it. For a solid entry-level Atmos-enabled soundbar/subwoofer combo, definitely consider the Sony HT-G700.

Read the review: Sony HT-G700

The Sony HT-X8500 delivers quality sound at an affordable price. It includes dual built-in subwoofers for deep sounding bass, while still maintaining a slim, sleek design. Its compact size will fit perfectly in front of your TV and won't clutter up your space.

This Sony soundbar features Vertical Sound Engine technology that's combined with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to produce a cinematic three-dimensional surround sound experience. The remote also includes seven different sound modes so you can control and enhance your entertainment experience. If you're seeking a top notch sound system that won’t put a sizable dent in your budget, the Sony HT-X8500 is one of the best options around. Read the review : Sony HT-X8500

The Razer Leviathan may be an older model that's geared toward gaming, but in actuality it's a really smart soundbar that costs less than most TVs – and it'll help those TVs sound a lot better, too.

Razer's audio monster doesn't have the most power-per-inch at only 30 watts, but we really liked how low it could go with the accompanying subwoofer. Plus, while other speakers on this list might not even attempt surround sound, Razer gives it the ol' college try and actually does a decent job with it.

The Razer Leviathan might not be as good as a true 7.1 system, but try finding one of those for under $199/£159. You're getting a fantastic bargain here.

Read the review: Razer Leviathan

The LG SK8Y may not be the newest model on the market, but it's still a great value soundbar. The soundbar has one of the most appealing designs we've seen; it can fit elegantly underneath your television. Meanwhile, the accompanying  sub has a more plain facade and can go right behind your sofa or under a side board. The sound quality and source flexibility of the LG SK8Y are well worth what you pay for here, and then some. In addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, there's also support for Chromecast plus Google Assistant control. The on-soundbar display also isn't too shabby, either.

Unfortunately, this model no longer appears to be available in the UK. If you're Stateside, however, pick up the LG SK8Y at a bargain while you can. Read the review: LG SK8 (LG SK8Y)

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Best cheap RAM prices and deals for May 2022

An extra bit of memory can breathe all new life into your computer, and make heavy tasks like gaming and multi-tasking a breeze. With enough RAM, you won’t need to worry about leaving a couple extra browser tabs open. So why don't you take a look at our guide to the best RAM prices and deals.

Even if you were thinking of buying a brand new Mac, MacBook or pre-built PC instead of building your own setup this year, you can often save a bit of cash by not paying extra for an upgraded RAM model. This can work out quite an expensive way to add memory, and instead it’s far cheaper to purchase RAM separately, especially if you can find the best RAM deals like we have found below.

Best DDR4 RAM deal

DDR4 RAM is the fastest memory that came on the block just a few years ago. At first, it was prohibitively expensive for anything but the most extreme gaming PCs, but now you can find it in many mainstream laptops or desktops. The Corsair Vengeance LPX is among one of the most solidly reliable kits of RAM you can purchase. It’s low-profile form factor makes it an easy fit for most PC builds, and its 2,400MHz starting speed is plenty quick too.

Best DDR3 RAM deal

DDR4 RAM might be the fastest and hottest memory on the market now, but more than a few PCs aren’t designed with the right slot for it. Fear not, though, with DDR3 RAM going on its way out, you’re bound to find even more amazing deals on it, like this set of Kingston HyperX Fury memory. Like the Corsair kit above, Kingston makes solidly reliable RAM and they also feature low-profile designs to work with most PC builds.

Best gaming RAM deal

Gaming requires a higher-class of memory, and this usually means higher frequencies, bigger capacities and a better cooling solution to keep it running, especially if you’re overclocking it. With all this in mind, you should check out the Corsair Vengeance RGB, which features a taller heatsink, a faster 3,000MHz frequency and RGB lighting over the DDR4 set of Vengeance LPX memory we pointed out earlier.

Best Mac RAM deal

Adding extra memory to any Mac is notoriously expensive. Instead of throwing Apple a few extra hundred bucks, you could simply double or even triple the amount of RAM on your system with an inexpensive kit. Crucial is another proven RAM maker, and you’ll definitely want to check out its 16GB or 32GB memory kits that will cost far less than the corresponding upgrades provided through the Apple Store.

Best laptop RAM deal

MacBooks aren’t the only laptop that you can add extra memory to. As long as they aren’t glued together , like a Surface Laptop , upgrading your RAM is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the performance of your notebook. TimeTic makes relatively inexpensive kits of Hynix IC RAM that could seriously bump up your memory capacity.

OnePlus 10: everything we know so far on the phone that may or may not exist

While the OnePlus 10 Pro got its global launch back in March, it landed alone, with no vanilla OnePlus 10 in sight.

This led us to believe there might not be a standard OnePlus 10 - something which was seemingly confirmed by OnePlus itself, as the company said there would be no other models in the 10 range .

And yet, since then rumors of a OnePlus 10 have persisted, and have even arrived from quite credible sources, so it seems there might be a OnePlus 10 after all.

Given that OnePlus has said there won't be, we can't be at all certain of this, so we'd take this phone's very existence with a pinch of salt, but it might be in the works, and landing later this year.

Below then, we'll run you through all the rumors of this phone that might or might not exist.

OnePlus 10: cut to the chase

OnePlus 10 release date and price

The only release date rumor so far points to the OnePlus 10 landing in the second half of 2022, which isn't very specific.

It's possible though that it could land around September or October, in the slot where we'd historically have seen a 'T' model. Then again, that's a long way on from the Pro model's launch, which would seem strange.

However, while that could be when we'll see this phone in the US and the UK, the company doesn't sell its phones in Australia, so don't expect a OnePlus 10 release there.

With regards to price, the OnePlus 9 started at $729 / £629 (about AU$940) for the lowest-spec base model, so we might see a similar starting price for the OnePlus 10.

Of course, the new phone could shift the price up or down a little, but we wouldn't expect a big shift.

Design and display

We haven't seen what the OnePlus 10 will look like yet, but one leak suggests the design of the OnePlus 10 will be pretty similar to how the 9-series equivalents looked, just with some polish here and there. OnePlus phones don't have the most radical designs in the world, so that's no surprise.

That said, we do know what the OnePlus 10 Pro looks like, and the standard OnePlus 10 may well have a similar design. You can see how the OnePlus 10 Pro looks in the two images below.

The design includes a Hassleblad-emblazoned camera module on the rear of the phone, curving out from the aluminum frame.

The 10 Pro comes in black or green and we can see the notification slider next to the camera bump, with the power button just below it on the same side.

As for the screen, one leak points to a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The same source suggests this phone won't have an alert slider.

Camera and battery

One leak has pointed to the OnePlus 10 having a 50MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 2MP macro one, along with a 32MP front-facing camera.

That said, the OnePlus 9 had much the same cameras as the OnePlus 9 Pro , just without the telephoto lens, so the same thing might be true with the OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro, and we know what cameras the latter has.

There's a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide one with a 150-degree field-of-view, and an 8MP telephoto one - the last of those being the snapper the OnePlus 10 is least likely to get. The front-facing camera could also be the same based on past form, which would mean a 32MP one.

We'd imagine many of the modes and features would be the same too, including a Fisheye mode, an improved Pro mode, a RAW+ format (which basically has all the editing potential of RAW format paired with OnePlus' computational photography), and Master Style mode, which lets you shoot in various visual styles tuned by pro photographers.

When it comes to the battery, one leak points to a 4,800mAh one , complete with incredibly fast 150W charging. That would actually make it faster at charging than the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Specs and features

The OnePlus 10 Pro uses the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, as possibly will the standard OnePlus 10 . This is the successor to the Snapdragon 888 and is powering many of 2022's flagship Android handsets.

That said, one leak suggests the OnePlus 10 could oddly be even more powerful , with the phone possibly getting either the upgraded Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset, or a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 - which outperforms the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in most benchmarks.

This same leak also points to a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage, along with Android 12.

The phone is also bound to support 5G - that hasn't been confirmed but it's a standard feature in the range.

What we want to see

This wish-list for the OnePlus 10 series is based on what we did and didn't like about the OnePlus 9 series, and what smartphone rivals are doing.

1. A zoom photo renaissance

Some phones come with impressive zoom cameras, like the Mi 11 Ultra with its 48MP 5x zoom camera or the Huawei P50 Pro with its 64MP 3.5x zoomer.

The OnePlus 9 didn't even have a zoom camera, and the Pro's snapper was a relatively measly 8MP 3.3x offering. Sure, that's not terrible, but if you're spending lots of money you'd want a bit more than that.

We'd like to see the OnePlus 10 pack a telephoto camera, even if it's just 12MP or 2x zoom, with the OnePlus 10 Pro packing a periscope snapper with 4x or 5x zoom and a higher-res sensor. Though even that wouldn't help the Pro rival the big dogs, with the S22 Ultra likely to have super-zoom and the Xiaomi 12 possibly having a Pro sibling too, it'd at least be more worthy of its cost.

2. Expandable - or more - storage

The only 'con' that both our OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro reviews had in common was the lack of expandable storage. So if you bought a 128GB smartphone, you can't extend the space with a memory card, and instead need to rely on cloud storage if you want more.

While expandable storage isn't necessary for most users, phone power-users - the type who'd likely buy a Pro phone, for example - might want the extra space for photos, files, or loads of apps.

Alternatively, perhaps the storage space could be improved. The OnePlus 9 phones come with a max option of 256GB, which is a lot, but not much compared to 512GB or 1TB iPhone 13 s. Some people just need lots of storage.

3. Faster charging

Both the OnePlus 9 phones have 65W charging, which is very fast compared to your iPhones or Samsung Galaxy devices... but not quite as speed as rivals from companies like Xiaomi or Huawei.

Granted, 65W is faster than most people will need, but some power-users would likely enjoy the ability to juice up a smartphone in even less time. For example, the recent Xiaomi 11T Pro can power up in just 17 minutes.

Perhaps OnePlus could use this kind of super-fast powering on the 10 Pro, or at least find a competitive powering speed to stay in line with the competition.

4. Better colors

If you look at the color options of the OnePlus 9 series, or in fact most devices from the company in general, you'll see the usual gamut: black, white, maybe a light blue. There's nothing really interesting there.

We'd like to see OnePlus follow suit with the iPhones, and get a little bit weird in its colors. Let's see pink. Let's see red. Let's see gold.

Sure, vibrant phones are known to sell pretty poorly compared to boring-colored ones, but in a world where most smartphones look near-identical, brands are going to have to look to color sooner or later in order to stand out.

5. Something to come from this Hasselblad co-operation

In 2021, OnePlus announced that it had partnered with Hasselblad for the 9-series cameras. Lots of phone companies partner with camera brands for their snappers, but it wasn't exactly clear what the Hasselblad partnership would bring for the OnePlus 9.

In the end, it turned out... not much. However OnePlus did suggest that this co-operating would take some time to come to fruition, with the OnePlus 9 series just the first of many handsets to benefit from the collaboration.

Hopefully, with the OnePlus 10 series we'll see the fruits of OnePlus' and Hasselblad's labor. Perhaps we'll see some new camera modes, or bespoke lenses that impress us. Months after the OnePlus 9 launch we saw a few Hasselblad-centric features brought to the phones , and it'd be great to see the OnePlus 10 launch with something like this.

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