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Home Theater System Reviews

Updated: Sep 26, 2023 16:27
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Sennheiser Ambeo Plus

If you want immersive audio with your television, don’t want the wires or a forest of speakers in your living room, Sennheiser’s Ambeo Soundbar Plus delivers the goods.

4 expert reviews

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Sony HTA5000

“With every sound format and connection option we could want, the Sony HT-A5000 rocks.”

10 expert reviews

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Sonos Ray

“Sonos sets the stage for a much more affordable home theater system with the Ray.”

37 expert reviews

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Sonos Arc

The $799 Arc is Sonos' first Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar, fulfilling years of customer requests. Now that it's here, does it deliver? Here's our full review.

53 expert reviews | 193 user reviews

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Sony HT-A7000

“Great sound, ease of use, and a big list of features make it hard to beat.”

26 expert reviews

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Dangbei Mars projector

With Netflix and Amazon Prime, plus Dolby sound, is this the home cinema you've been looking for? What about photos?

4 expert reviews

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Creative Stage 360

An affordable, compact Dolby Atmos sound bar with a dedicated subwoofer

8 expert reviews

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Yamaha SR-C30A

Small but perfectly formed, the Yamaha SR-C30A is a diverting option for those who desire an unobtrusive upgrade to their TV sound

2 expert reviews

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Emotn N1

The Emotn N1 portable smart projector puts Netflix front and center with native support for better or worse, depending on how you look at it. If you use streaming services outside of Netflix or Prime Video, you’ll likely want to give this one a pass....

3 expert reviews

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Klipsch Cinema 1200

The Klipsch Cinema 1200 is great for mixed usage. Its dedicated subwoofer helps reproduce a rumbling low-bass, and it has a bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box. It can be overwhelming for some users, but others will appreciate that they can feel...

6 expert reviews

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Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is very good for mixed usage. It has a neutral, balanced sound profile, making it suitable for a variety of audio content. It can produce a thumpy, punchy low-bass, which is nice for action-packed movie scenes and bass-heavy music...

12 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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1More PistonBuds Pro

“Don't let their size fool you: The 1More PistonBuds Pro are no-compromise earbuds.”

10 expert reviews

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JBL Bar 5.0

“This single-speaker soundbar is the easiest way to add Dolby Atmos to your TV.”

16 expert reviews

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Wharfedale DX-2

A powerful, compact 5.1 home cinema system that balances price and performance with style.

2 expert reviews

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The Node 2 is an excellent standalone hi-res audio music streamer – and works just as well in a multiroom setup.

7 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A soundbar is impressive for mixed usage. With its Standard preset, this soundbar has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for listening to most types of audio content. Though it lacks some low-bass, there are many sound...

3 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Sony HT-X8500

The Sony HTX8500 is alright for mixed usage. This 2.1 setup has a boxy and slightly dull sound profile, though it can still reproduce vocals and lead instruments pretty accurately. Despite its dual subwoofers integrated into the bar, you don't feel the...

13 expert reviews | 250 user reviews

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Sony HT-G700

The Sony HT-G700 is a value for its price, offering great sound for both music and movies while doing so in a minimalist package. While its technology commendably compensates for its lack of true surround sound, it doesn’t totally make up for the...

18 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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Samsung HW-S60B

Sturdy, and punchy, this compact soundbar is at its best when paired with a suitably fancy Samsung TV

2 expert reviews

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The Printique photo printing service from Adorama has an excellent web interface and the best packaging of any service we've tested, but its prints aren't the sharpest.

3 expert reviews

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Dottir Freedom On-Grid

“Perfect for fitness buffs looking for a more affordable option.”

3 expert reviews

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Sony HT-S40R

Sony strives to provide true 5.1 channel surround sound at a reasonable cost while minimising the cable clutter with the S40R soundbar.

4 expert reviews

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Philips Fidelio B97

The Philips Fidelio B97 offers most of the ‘gain’ from a home cinema audio system with little of the ‘pain’.

5 expert reviews

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LG's new SN11RG Soundbar is a 7.1.4 system that supports Hi-Res audio, Dolby Atmos, and a ton of other audio formats, as well as built-in Google Assistant.

6 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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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.

6 expert reviews


    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.


    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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