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Home Theater System Reviews

Updated: Jul 2, 2022 16:31
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#1
alaScore 100

Sonos Ray

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

28 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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.

48 expert reviews | 193 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Polk Audio Signa S4

“It terms of sheer audio bang for your buck, it doesn't get much better than the Polk Signa S4 soundbar.”

7 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

11 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Dottir Freedom On-Grid

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

3 expert reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Wharfedale DX-2

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

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Printique

The Printique photo printing service boasts a superior web interface, the best packaging of any service we've tested, and top-notch print quality.

3 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G

At a starting price of Rs. 20999, the Mi 10i is an excellent all-rounder smartphone from Xiaomi. The 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz LCD adaptive refresh rate screen is good, the 108MP main camera stands out compared to competitors, the Snapdragon 750G offers...

9 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

Though its initial purchase price is on the high end, the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 is one of the least expensive to operate of any printers we tested . With costs like $1.33 per black and white ream and $0.87 per color ream, the potential savings over...

2 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 96

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

#11
alaScore 96

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...

43 expert reviews | 425 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Sony HT-ST5000

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

18 expert reviews | 140 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Samsung HW-Q60T is decent for mixed usage. Though it comes with a dedicated subwoofer, this bar struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed movies or bass-heavy music. Its surrounds performance is...

1 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Vizio SB36512

The excellent, affordable Vizio SB36512-F6 is the only Dolby Atmos sound bar we can currently recommend.

8 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Samsung HW-Q810A

Those who want a proper upgrade of the TV sound do not go wrong with the Samsung HW-Q810A. This soundbar delivers a large and detailed sound image with a convincing surround effect, and a strong and clear voice reproduction. In addition, it has plenty...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD

The ultimate Blu-ray player and home cinema hub

5 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 95

BLUESOUND NODE 2

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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alaScore 95

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 | 110 user reviews

#19
alaScore 95

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.

19 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

#20
alaScore 95

Denon DHTS416BKE2 (B-Ware)

The Denon DHT-S416 soundbar offers great sound for a reasonable price, but high-frequency noises are on the sharp side.

2 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT

The AT-LP60XBT makes a great starter turntable for beginners, thanks to its low price, easy setup, and support for wireless playback.

1 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

#22
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...

16 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

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

#24
alaScore 94

LG SJ8

The soundbar from LG is one of the most affordable with built-in network features and streaming of music services. It also sounds good.

7 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#25
alaScore 94

LG SK10Y

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

5 expert reviews | 20 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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