Best Prime Day soundbar, speaker deals: Save $50 on Echo Studio, $450 on Sony Atmos bar – CNET

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

It’s that time again: Amazon Prime Day. And there are a number of great deals to be had on audio gear. From Amazon’s own Echo Studio smart speaker to Atmos soundbars to some truly excellent passive loudspeakers. 

The most unexpected is the JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass — CNET’s favorite soundbar under $300 — which is now discounted by $70. It’s a great-sounding speaker, and one of the best TV sound upgrades you can currently make. Sony’s Atmos soundbars have also had healthy discounts.

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but they may fluctuate. This story will be updated frequently in the days ahead.  

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Not a soundbar as such, more of a “smart soundbar replacement.” The Amazon Echo Studio offers excellent sound, Alexa voice assistant and a TV connection. Its Dolby Atmos capability is just the icing on the cake. 

Read our Amazon Echo Studio review.

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I named the JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass as my favorite soundbar under $300 and now it’s available for under $250. It may offer a big, powerful subwoofer but it’s also capable of dynamic and detailed sound for both movies and music.

Read our JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass review.

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The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 is already one of the best deals in audio — it offers audiophile quality for half the price of other brands. The speaker looks great and sounds awesome with music and movies alike. And at $60 off, it’s an absolute steal. 

Read our Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 review.


CNET’s Audiophiliac named the Klipsch RP-600M his 2019 speaker of the year and it offers gutsy sound and head-turning looks. It pairs great with a stereo amp or as the foundation of a great home theater system.   

More on the Klipsch Reference Premiere 600M.


Finding a Dolby Atmos-compatible soundbar for under $500 is almost a Herculean task, but thanks to Prime Day, the excellent HT-G700 now fits the bill. It may cut some corners — there are no upfiring speakers, for example — but it offers immersive, Atmos-like sound not often heard from a single bar and subwoofer combo. 

Read our Sony HT-G700 review.

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Sony for Samsung prices. The Sony HT-ST5000 may be a couple of years old, but it still stands out as a soundbar that can create an enveloping Atmos soundfield without the need for rear speakers. It looks great and sounds classy, too.

Read our Sony HT-ST5000 review.