Do you need a sound bar with smart TV?
Does your smart TV really need a soundbar? The answer is: yes if you want a better audio experience. Even the best and most expensive HDTVs have an Achilles' heel: poor sound. That's the problem with the compact design of flat-screen TVs: there's not enough room for large speakers to produce full, rich sound. So you have three options: use headphones, buy a surround sound system (which can be cumbersome to connect and set up and clutter up the space), or have soundbars.
Why soundbar is so popular?
Soundbars are popular because they're less expensive, but can significantly improve the audiovisual experience of a movie, and can be installed in just a few minutes. A good soundbar is thin enough to fit under your TV without blocking the picture.
Some TVs and bars also support Dolby Atmos, a new audio standard from Dolby that includes overhead sound for fuller listening experience. While you can get the Atmos effect with the built-in speakers, many bars feature Atmos audio processing and built-in upward-firing speakers to create more realistic sound without the need for multi-speaker surround sound in 5.1 or 7.1.