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Home Theater System Reviews

Updated: Jul 7, 2015 00:29
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#1
alaScore 98

Denon DHT-S514

Denon is one of the best names in audio, but this sound bar is not one of its better speakers.

13 expert reviews | 125 user reviews

#2
alaScore 97

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.

22 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#3
alaScore 95

Samsung HT-H5500

Samsung's entry-level 5.1 system throws in a set of super-compact speakers, a Blu-ray receiver and a subwoofer. It'll set you back around £250, which is barely more than a standalone soundbar.

2 expert reviews | 534 user reviews

#4
alaScore 94

Vizio S4251W-B4

Vizio’s S4251W-B4 delivers the sort of features and control that users have been longed after for years now, and does it with style, finesse and surprisingly good audio quality.

5 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

#5
alaScore 93

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

#6
alaScore 93

Samsung HW-F751

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

8 expert reviews | 145 user reviews

#7
alaScore 93

VIZIO 54" 3.0 Sound Bar with High Performance Bass - Black (S5430w-C2)

The Vizio S5451w-C2 is an easy way to add turnkey 5.1-channel audio to your home theater for less than $500, but it's not the perfect solution it could be.

1 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

#8
alaScore 92

Monitor Audio ASB2

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

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 92

Samsung HT-H7750

Samsung’s wonderful all-in-one system is stuffed with more tricks than Paul Daniels’ garage and delivers exciting sound quality – all for a more reasonable price than its predecessor.

1 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#10
alaScore 92

Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD

The ultimate Blu-ray player and home cinema hub

5 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 92

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 | 51 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 92

SoundCast Melody

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

3 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 92

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

#14
alaScore 92

Samsung Home Cinema Blu-Ray HT-F9750W

Samsung’s top home theatre system is, for the asking price, a huge step up from the speakers inside your TV. It’s great for surround-sound Blu-rays, and the Smart Hub can liven up an otherwise dumb television. You’ll get better sound from a proper home...

8 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

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

#16
alaScore 91

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

#17
alaScore 91

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...

4 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#18
alaScore 91

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 | 184 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Yamaha YSP-2200

Well, we're not new to digital sound projectors like the Yamaha YSP-2200, and the traditional sound bar has several speakers that replace the speakers on your TV. The is much more than that.

15 expert reviews | 219 user reviews

#20
alaScore 90

Harman-Kardon BDS 470 (BDS 270+SAT-TS60+HKTS-210SUB)

With a turnover exceeding $4bn and a portfolio of brands that includes AKG, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon and Mark Levinson, Harman is not exactly small potatoes in the deep fat fryer of consumer electronics. But in this part of the market – all-in-one...

7 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#21
alaScore 90

Orbitsound M9

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

3 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 90

Panasonic SC-BTT880

Panasonic's range-topping all-in-one system is no shrinking violet. With its tall, imposing tower speakers fashioned in space-age silver, the SC-BTT880 is a system that demands to be seen. Thankfully, it looks the part. The silver rings surrounding the...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#23
alaScore 90

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

#24
alaScore 90

LG BH9430PW

In the all-in-one system numbers game, LG outdoes its enemies by offering a package that claims a channel count of 9.1 (but from a regular 5.1 set of enclosures), using upward-facing top drivers in its tower speakers and proprietary processing to...

2 expert reviews | 148 user reviews

#25
alaScore 90

Samsung HW-E551

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

8 expert reviews | 128 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.

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