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Some of the top 5.1 Home theatre systems are available from Panasonic, Sony and LG, and as the name suggests it's going to be a set of 5 speakers and a subwoofer. Most of them include a compatible AV receiver and a Blu-ray player along with the speakers. Manufacturers even offer you the HDMI cable at an extra cost, but we don't advise this because we've noticed that the HDMI cable rates are often higher at these stores.

The best 5.1 HT is generally powered by 1000W (speaker and sub included)and have AV receivers in which every channel is driven. In addition, there is also the benefit of wireless choices, so if you want to avoid the whole hassle and mess of cables these 5.1 systems come with wireless speakers and wireless subs too.

Home theatre systems today do not limit themselves to audio capabilities only, but come with various other advantages for better entertainment. If your home theatre has a built-in Wi-fi you get to access online music and videos from specific websites like Youtube, Hulu Plus, Netflix etc.

Many of the leading brands allow you to operate your 5.1 HT directly from your android device like smartphone or tablet. The operative and connective features go still further if your home theatre is Bluetooth or NFC enabled. NFC means you just have to touch your NFC tablet to your player to transfer audio or video files to it, which you can then watch or listen to directly from your HT. If you have no other NFC devices, look for Bluetooth. This is a great advantage when you want to listen to your favorite songs stored in your phone, just transfer and listen to your music on your 5.1 channel home theatre.

3D is another sensational component of a 5.1 speaker set, that doesn't cost as much as it is worth. The thing about a 3D player is that, just like 3D TVs they play 2D content with excellent clarity too. However, to be able to view actual 3D, you need a 3D HDTV

5.1 Home Theatre systems come designed for various room sizes so you can pick a small set for a medium sized apartments, while larger living rooms can do great with something around 40 inch speakers. Scroll down to see the best brands and models before you buy.

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Vizio S4251w-B4

VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar


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VIZIO S4251w-B4
Sony BDV-N7100W
Philips Fidelio HTL9100
Philips HTL5120
Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2
VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar
Sony BDV-N7100W 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System
Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Sound bar system
Philips HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker
Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 Integrated A/V Sound System
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Release Date
May 2013
Mar 2013
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Nov 2012
Number Of Speakers
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
Included Components
Sound Bar, Wireless Subwoofer, 2 x Rear Satellite Speakers, RCA Cables for Satellite Speakers, Display Remote, RCA to 3.5mm Audio Cable, Digital Coaxial Cable, Optical Digital Cable, Wall mounts, Quick Start Guide, Sound Bar Power Cable, Wireless Subwoofer Power Cable
Front speakers, Wireless rear speakers, Center channel speaker, Passive subwoofer
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Yes
Yes
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Music
Music, Movies
Music
Music
Music
Wireless Speakers
With Wireless Speakers
With Wireless Speakers

  • Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.


  • Vizio's S4251w-B4 is one heck of a deal for someone on a budget who wants the best surround experience for the buck in a convenient package and doesn't mind the minor hassle of running wires from the subwoofer to the surround speakers. Since the S4251w-B4 soundbar can learn the volume up/down and mute commands from your TV's remote control, the system can be configured in a way that anyone can use it without giving it much thought. So, in addition to being a sweet-sounding, very affordable system, it's a great system for grandparents and kids, too.


  • Vizio's S4251W is one of the best values in audio we've seen in some time. It 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. Sure, we could have done with some longer surround speaker wire lengths, and the sub can't reach low enough that it will tickle your undercarriage, but that doesn't change how much the system brings to the table.


  • A fantastic all-in-one system that delivers excellent picture, sound and a variety of streaming features.


  • Sony has pulled off a minor miracle with the N7100W, combining a peerless feature count with unprecedented performance for a system of its size at a price that seems very reasonable indeed for what's on offer.


  • Philips' ingenious soundbar is the ideal solution for those who want true surround sound without the clutter. Its wireless speakers, chic design, polished sound and impressive spec justify the price tag.


  • Home cinema quality too often comes with cables galore, so Philips' stab at an all-in-one wireless wonder is a well-timed, even long overdue, innovation. It's so easy to set up it's unreal, while HDMI switching and Bluetooth streaming stretch its appeal.

    Good-looking and easy to live with, the detachable Surround On Demand mode works enough wonders to make this soundbar worth shelling out for, though even in an all-in-one soundbar mode the Philips HTL9100 will add some serious welly to your TV.


  • The Philips HTL5120 is up against some stiff competition in the soundbar sector but stands head and shoulders above similarly-priced rivals thanks largely to its superb sound quality. It demonstrates scale, refinement and low-frequency composure beyond its price tag, making for a hugely satisfying listen. Throw in superb build quality, gorgeous looks, built-in Bluetooth and plentiful connections, and the HTL5120 cements its place as one of the best soundbars in its class.


  • Spend some time in the HTL5120's company and you'll soon realise that it's one of the best soundbars in its class. It reaches levels of refinement and smoothness beyond what you'd expect from a £250 soundbar, but backs it up with power and punch when needed - all of which makes for a thrilling listen, even within the limitations of a stereo soundbar. Couple that with superb build quality, a clever-yet-classy design, plentiful connections and built-in Bluetooth and you have yourself a real bargain.


  • It's a lot more expensive than most soundbars, but the Bowers and Wilkins Panorama 2 justifies the additional cost with its luxurious build quality, chic styling and astonishing sound quality. Bowers & Wilkins' sophisticated speaker tech delivers a refined, large-scale sound with potent, agile bass, while the addition of HDMI sockets brings it up to date with today's sound sources. The only real downside is the price, which could get you a pretty decent 5.1 separates system.


  • The high-end Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 soundbar delivers powerful audio to space-challenged TV and movie enthusiasts, but it also has a few significant flaws.


  • The B&W Panorama 2 is an improvement on its predecessor and outguns many of its rivals for pure sonic ability. It's not cheap, but the improved level of functionality and focused sound more than compensate.