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Home Theater System Reviews

Updated: Aug 17, 2019 15:40
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#1
alaScore 99

Sonos Playbase

As I noted earlier, the Playbase is an extremely compelling one-speaker option for the living room, particularly if you're a music fan. It's easy to set up and adds very little complexity to most TV rigs; not having to run lots of cords is a huge win...

41 expert reviews | 323 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

BenQ W2700

If you want to enter the big-screen, 4K arena, the W2700 ticks all the boxes. Put in some work and you'll get a punchy picture.

4 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos sound bar may be expensive, but it offers excellent sound quality and decent flexibility.

16 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Samsung HW-MS650

Samsung’s new Sound+ soundbar is a dream machine for those looking to supplement their TV sound simply and easily, with no extra parts or futzing with the remote. While we did miss the extra rumble afforded by a dedicated subwoofer, those looking to...

18 expert reviews | 109 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

LG SK10Y

The LG SK10Y offers an enveloping Atmos sound from a single bar and subwoofer, but competitors from Sony and Samsung sound better.

6 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Sony HT-ZF9

The Sony HT-ZF9 confounds expectations, delivering an expansive soundfield from an easy-to-accommodate design. It can be confusing to use, but rewards with a compelling Atmos-lite performance. The Vertical S upmixer does an entertaining job with 5.1...

8 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Samsung HWMS550

I expected something wonderful. The $630 Samsung Sound+ has eleven drivers, wi-fi audio capabilities similar to the slightly more expensive Sonos Playbar, and a very attractive design. In short, I was hoping for a cheaper version of the Sonos Playbar,...

4 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

#8
alaScore 96

LG SJ9

Although not the most refined-sounding 'bar at its price, the LG SJ9 delivers Dolby Atmos and Chromecast audio in an affordable, attractive package.

20 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

Samsung HW-K950

You’ll pay handsomely for it, but Samsung’s HW-K950 soundbar offers a thrilling Atmos experience that really must be heard to appreciate.

18 expert reviews | 144 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

LG SJ8

The LG SJ8 is a great sound bar if you have a small entertainment room and enjoy watching action movies in surround sound.

6 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#11
alaScore 95

JBL Cinema SB150

Good build quality. But expect a better sound quality. Bought a Yamaha Yas - 105 for a same price. Very happy with the sound and build quality

1 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

#12
alaScore 94

Q Acoustics M2

This soundbase offers tremendous value for money – and produces excellent sound.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 94

Denon HEOS AVR

The Denon HEOS AVR is a 5.1-channel streaming receiver which offers striking design and four 4K-ready HDMI ports.

10 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#14
alaScore 94

Philips Fidelio B5

The Philips Fidelio B5 delivers an immersive surround experience, and better yet, does so without cumbersome cables connecting the sub and rear channels to the main soundbar. When the side speakers are connected to the bar, the audio is still...

18 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

#15
alaScore 94

Sony HT-CT390

The Sony CT390 is best for people who watch news or other programs where dialogue is most important.

3 expert reviews | 242 user reviews

#16
alaScore 94

Canton DM 90.3

EUROPEAN SOUNDBAR 2015-2016 - Canton DM 90.3: In the increasingly diverse soundbar market, Canton's DM 90.3 stands out due to its premium 2.1-channel performance – this is a benchmark product in its class. A pair of 110mm coaxial drivers offer a smooth...

7 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#17
alaScore 94

Q Acoustics M2

Q Acoustics can now add ‘soundbase’ to its list of successes. The M2 is fantastic value for money.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 94

GotPrint

GotPrint's software isn't as intuitive or as fun to use as Mixbook's. But it produced a high-quality postcard, and the price can't be beat.

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 93

Canton DM 75

Canton consolidates the success of the dazzling DM50 with a larger soundbase that delivers similarly polished and powerful sound quality – but you’ll need deep pockets to own one and there are no HDMIs.

10 expert reviews | 195 user reviews

#20
alaScore 93

Canton DM 100

The DM100 is the most recent addition to Canton's lauded soundbase range, joining the DM55 (which replaces the Canton DM50) and a new glass-topped version of the Canton DM75. As the largest of the trio, the DM100 is designed for bigger rooms and TVs,...

9 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#21
alaScore 93

Samsung HW-M450

Samsung’s HW-M450 soundbar sports a wonderfully thin profile, on-board HDMI, a clear display, and a stylish and intuitive remote control. Its wireless subwoofer is a plus and pairing was flawless. The ability to add wireless surround speakers for a...

2 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#22
alaScore 93

Musical Fidelity M6 Encore Connect

The M6 Encore 225 is a capable all-in-one that packs a wide range of features and plenty of power. Needs a bit of honing, though

4 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 93

YA! SB-500

The SB500 sound bar is easily the best-looking and -sounding Zvox we've ever tested, and among the best for the money, period.

3 expert reviews

#24
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Philips Fidelio B8

It doesn’t sound as good; it doesn’t produce as convincing a height effect; and it doesn’t offer as comprehensive a list of features. It would have to be £200 cheaper to even start to offer a tempting alternative.

5 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#25
alaScore 92

Samsung HW-MS6501

The Samsung HW-MS6501 is a sleek curved sound bar with wireless mutli-room capabilities. It could be the one-stop solution for all your home audio needs, but only if it manages to make films, TV and music sound great. We sent this sound bar to our test...

3 expert reviews | 9 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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