Amazon Fire TV Soundbar offers a cheap, easy solution for better audio

The Amazon Fire TV Soundbar mounted on a beige wall.
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On stage at a private Amazon event held at the company's new headquarters, Vice President of Alexa & Fire TV Daniel Rausch introduced a new two-channel soundbar. Dubbed the Amazon Fire TV Soundbar, it will offer simple pairing with Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks as well as Bluetooth audio. 

Rausch didn't go deep into details on the soundbar but did give us its rough size (a mere 24 inches in length) and said that it was developed to work seamlessly with Amazon Fire TV devices.

In terms of price, the soundbar will be available for $119 and should be available to purchase starting on September 20 after the event. 

Analysis: Big on value but low on specs?

We don't want to knock an audio product before we've had a chance to properly hear it in action, but Amazon seems to be targeting the budget end of the audio market with the new Fire TV Soundbar. 

Unfortunately, the Fire TV Soundbar doesn't come with a separate subwoofer and, while it supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Audio, there are no upfiring speakers for Dolby Atmos

Again, this is just a $119 soundbar so it's unfair to demand that every spec is supported, but it's worth highlighting the factors that give it the reduced cost.

Looking for one of the best soundbars that doesn't break the bank? Check out the Yamaha YAS-209 that can routinely be found for under $300. 

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Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.