Summary: The ultraslim Haier SBEV40-Slim sounds surprisingly good for its size and features two HDMI inputs, making it one of the best budget sound bar options.
Pros: The Haier SBEV40-Slim is an incredibly thin sound bar, with a wireless subwoofer that's nearly as svelte. The design is all-around excellent, with a front panel display hidden behind the speaker grille. And connectivity is better than average with two HDMI inputs, an optical audio input, and a minijack input.
Cons: While the SBEV40-Slim sounds good for a budget sound bar, it doesn't compare to a full surround-sound system. It also lacks built-in Bluetooth or AirPlay for wireless audio streaming. Also don't expect much "virtual surround" effect, as it's mostly a stereo-only affair.