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Home Theater System Reviews

Updated: Dec 20, 2014 21:20
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#1
alaScore 100

Philips Fidelio HTL9100

The Fidelio is a beautiful, feature packed system with an innovative design, but it lacks some of the refinements we expect from a system at this price.

21 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

#2
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-F751

A classy sound bar with wireless sub, plus bonus Bluetooth audio streaming

8 expert reviews | 142 user reviews

#3
alaScore 96

Sony BDVN7100W

Sony's feature-packed 5.1 system eschews the tallboy speakers favoured by so many of its rivals for a less imposing design. The neat, gloss-back satellites stand 455mm tall and can be perched on shelves or furniture.

4 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

#4
alaScore 96

SoundCast Melody

…detail, power, warmth, and dynamic expression… one of the best listening experiences we’ve encountered in an outdoor device.

3 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 96

Samsung HT-H5500

It’s rough round the edges sonically, but with a busy feature list, snazzy design and a slick operating system the HT-H5500 could be worth a punt for £250.

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#6
alaScore 95

Monitor Audio ASB2

A lavish high-end soundbar that melds classy design with top-drawer sonics

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 95

Samsung HT-E6750 / HT-E6750W

In terms of sound quality, all-in-one home cinema systems rarely live up to the standard of separates. But for its latest flagship system, Samsung has turned to the technology of yesteryear in a bid to redress the balance.

14 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Sony HAP-S1

So who is the HAP-S1 for? Its suitable for audiophiles without question but its designed mostly for music lovers. With enough marketing muscle, word of mouth and the inevitable price drop associated with electronics, it should help convert the high-res...

2 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

Sony HTST7

I think that sound bars fall into two main categories. The first is simply getting better sound than your TV. Flat panels have pretty awful sound, so adding on a $250 sound bar can make a sizable improvement. The second is trying to provide high...

4 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Samsung HW-F750

The Samsung HW-F750 Sound bar charges a premium price($949), but is it really a premium product? We got one in for review and ran it though its paces to find the answer.

8 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD

The ultimate Blu-ray player and home cinema hub

5 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Sony BDV-N7100

Best cinema system, Awards 2013. A fantastic all-in-one system that delivers excellent picture, sound and a variety of streaming features

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 94

JBL SB200

The JBL SB200 is a chunky beast of a lozenge, and at 11cm tall it may obscure the bottom edge of your TV's picture if sat just in front of the screen. Mounting on a separate shelf may be needed or it can be wall-mounted via a supplied bracket. A slider...

6 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#14
alaScore 93

LG BH7420P

Fronted by a pair of tallboy speakers, this LG all-in-one 3D home cinema proposition is a distinctive mix of high-style and functionality.

7 expert reviews | 185 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

Cabasse Stream 3

The Stream 3 is almost there. The hardware is great; the app needs development

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 93

Sony HMZ-T2

TECHNOLOGY The biggest advantage of personal media viewers is portability wherein the user gets the power to practically carry a screen as big as 100” to 150” in his/her pocket. The Sony HMZ is based on a completely different concept – strangely, it is...

16 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#17
alaScore 92

Samsung HW-F551

Superb slimline soundbar with Bluetooth and wireless sub

2 expert reviews | 298 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Panasonic SC-BTT500

A fully featured 5.1 surround sound system with fantastic picture and sound quality

2 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#19
alaScore 92

Samsung HT-F6500

On the back is a generous array of sockets, headlined by two HDMI inputs that allow you to play other HD sources through the system. You also get HDMI output that supports 3D and ARC, optical digital and analogue stereo inputs, an FM aerial port and...

2 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

#20
alaScore 92

Samsung HW-E551

Can't decide between a soundbar or a 2.1 setup? Thanks to Samsung, you can have both...

8 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#21
alaScore 92

Boxee Box by D-Link

and Sony's Internet TV. The box links to your network using either its 100Mb/s Ethernet port or its 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, and it can host USB storage devices and SD/MMC memory cards. It connects to your TV or A/V receiver by way of its HDMI port to...

68 expert reviews | 1191 user reviews

#22
alaScore 92

Panasonic SC-HTB480

Best Surround Sound Systems roundup.

2 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 91

Orbitsound M9

The Orbitsound M9 presents a strong case thanks to its size, flexibility and well-balanced sound

3 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 91

Klipsch HD Theater SB-3

The Klipsch SB3 sounded more like a good pair of stereo speakers than almost every other sound bar we’ve yet heard.

5 expert reviews | 105 user reviews

#25
alaScore 91

Samsung HT-E5500

Central Hall is alive as Samsung debuts a new range of home theater systems and the first of those was their 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System with wireless surrounds, model HT-E6730W.

5 expert reviews | 388 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Home Theater Systems

    Trying to assemble a home theater system from a number of different brands and components can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. There is no longer any need to go through the hassle of doing it yourself, as a number of manufacturers do the hard work for you by offering pre-packaged home theater systems that include everything you will need to make a night at home like a night at the movies. All it takes is a little research to make sure that you end up with a system that will deliver the performance you are looking for.



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    What to Look for in a Home Theater System

    Price will always determine the number of features offered in any home entertainment system, but here are some common considerations to keep in mind:

    Receiver – This is the centerpiece of a home theater system that links and controls all of the other components. Dolby Digital and DTS decoders are standard to play the surround sound channels on a DVD, and more advanced models will offer Dolby 6.1 or 7.1 compatibility for a more exciting audio environment.

    Speakers – Five speakers are the standard surround sound setup: two front speakers, one down the center, and two in the rear. More advanced systems will typically offer additional rear channel speakers. Speaker components are listed in shorthand, as in “5.1” or “7.1”: the first number is the number of speakers, and the second is the number of sub-woofers. Speakers sold as part of pre-packaged home theater systems are usually quite small and inconspicuous, but still deliver outstanding sound.

    CD and Radio Play – Almost all receivers will have a radio receiver, and may have a satellite radio input as well, along with preset buttons for up to twenty stations. The CD function should offer shuffle, track repeat, disc repeat, and similar conveniences.

    Advanced Connectivity – Newer systems feature USB ports, connection points for iPods or MP3 players, and a host of other options that can turn a home theater system into a multi-media engine.

    Added Features – Some systems have on-screen controls, which are often more convenient than trying to adjust settings on a small display screen. The receiver should have a number of custom equalizer settings, allowing you to reproduce at the touch of a button the sound profile you would get from a concert hall, movie theater, sporting event, etc.

    Popular Home Theater System Brands

    The list of outstanding manufacturers of home theater systems looks very similar to that of the electronics world at large, with a few names that might be new. Audio specialist Bose caters to the crowd looking for high-end products that deliver the best performance, regardless of price. Sony, Pioneer, and Samsung offer quality, well-reviewed products across the entire spectrum of the market. Panasonic, JVC, and LG are all known for mid-range models that offer the best compromise between performance and price. Samsung and Philips are known for their strong entry-level models, and Coby offers home theater systems that deliver solid performance at a bargain price.

    Popular Home Theater System products

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