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LG Electronics NB3530A
Samsung HW-F551
Onkyo LS3100
Panasonic SC-HTB550
Harman Kardon BDS 370
LG Electronics NB3530A Sound Bar System
Samsung HW-F551 2.1-Channel Soundbar
Onkyo LS3100 ENVISION CINEMA 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Speaker System
Panasonic SC-HTB550 Theater System
Harman Kardon BDS 370 Home Theater
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Aug 2012
Apr 2012
May 2012
Number Of Speakers
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
Surround Sound
Dolby Digital, DTS
Dolby Digital, DTS, 3D Sound Plus
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, DTS decoder, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio
Main Speakers Power Output
300.0 Watts
310.0 Watts
50.0 Watts
240.0 Watts
130.0 Watts
Playable File Formats
LPCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, MP3, WMA
MP3, WMA, WMV, AAC
MP3
MP3
MP3, WMA, DivX, JPEG
Included Components
Remote Control, Batteries, Optical Cable, Wall Mount Bracket
2 x Satellite speakers, 1 x Wireless subwoofer, Control unit
Speakers, Subwoofer, Remote Control
Speakers, Blu-ray Player, Subwoofer, AV receiver
Remote Control
Yes
Yes
Infrared
Universal
Use
Music
Music
Music, Movies
Music
Music, Movies

  • Its sound quality and feature set might not be the best in its class but the NB3530A is still an impressive sound bar for the money, with Bluetooth and wireless sub the feature highlights.


  • The HW-F551 is a top-drawer 2.1 soundbar with excellent features, a drop-dead gorgeous design and enjoyable sound quality from any source, although it's slightly pricier than its closest rivals.


  • The SC-HTB550 is a major step up from last year's SC-HTB520, not just in the flexibility of its design, but also in the array of connections on offer. Changing some of the more in-depth settings can be a bit obtuse, but most of the main features are still easy to use. And when it comes to delivering good bass effects and clean, clear dialogue, it's up with the best soundbars we've tested. As a result, if you're looking for a modestly priced soundbar or 2.1 system, we think it's a good option.


  • A symphony in black plastic, the Panasonic SC-HTB550 confounds expectations. The system, which comprises a wireless subwoofer, 95cm soundbar and dedicated audio processor, looks decidedly utilitarian yet it sounds like a mini multiplex.

    Two HDMI inputs mean you can hook up both games console/disc player plus a set top box, and system is Bluetooth compatible too. Movie soundtracks are delivered with authority and the system's virtual 3D sound processing does a terrific job spreading audio far and wide.


Top 5 2.1 surround system home theatre:

  1. LG Electronics NB3530A Sound Bar System
  2. Samsung HW-F551 2.1-Channel Soundbar
  3. Onkyo LS3100 ENVISION CINEMA 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Speaker System
  4. Panasonic SC-HTB550 Theater System
  5. Harman Kardon BDS 370 Home Theater