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A 7.1 Home theater system is a full range surround sound set comprising seven speakers and a subwoofer. Although typically meant for large rooms, these sets are now available in smaller sizes to suit your home and are essentially designed to deliver the most true-to-life sound effects like in a theatre. A 7.1 setup requires a good 7.1 channel AVR, and speakers of appropriate power for your room size.

How it works: 7.1 home theatres implement all the technology and include all the information present in a 5.1 speaker set, but unlike a 5.1 channel HT, a 7.1 channel HT splits the surround effects and rear channel sound effects into four different channels: side sound effects to the right and left channels and rear sound effects to the rear sound channels. So you have the main speakers i.e. your center channel speaker placed by your HDTV to deliver dialogues, while the front left and right speakers sit on either side of it for sound effects. Background sound effects are directed to the four rear speakers placed behind the viewer.

Another pretty convenient feature about a 7.1 Home theatre system is that it can be made to have a dual purpose, simultaneously; by using it as a 5.1 channel surround and the two speakers for something else. Say you're watching a movie on your /blu-ray players while someone else wants to watch or listen to music in another room; you could hook up a DVD player (along with the BLu-ray player) to the AVR and use two of the rear channel speakers in another room to watch your DVD.

The best 7.1 home theaters now come with Blu-ray players to play high definition video and DTS or Dolby surround sound with 7 discrete channels and a subwoofer, for high definition audio.

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Samsung HT-E6730W

Samsung HT-E6730W 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System


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Samsung HT-E6730W
Onkyo HT-S5500
Yamaha YHT-895
Onkyo Ht-s9400thx
Onkyo HT-S84
Samsung HT-E6730W 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System
Onkyo HT-S5500 Theater System
Yamaha YHT-895 Theater System
Onkyo Ht-s9400thx Theater System
Onkyo HT-S8409 Theater System
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Aug 2011
Jun 2011
Jun 2011
Number Of Speakers
7 Speakers and Subwoofer
7 Speakers and Subwoofer
7 Speakers and Subwoofer
7 Speakers and Subwoofer
7 Speakers and Subwoofer
Main Speakers Power Output
1160.0 Watts
910.0 Watts
205.0 Watts
1035.0 Watts
130.0 Watts
Playable Disk Types
DVD, CD, DVD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, CD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, Blu-ray
Playable File Formats
AC-3, MP3, AAC, WMA, XviD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV
MP3
MP3, JPEG, WMA
MP3, JPEG, WMA
Front Speaker
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
Included Components
Receiver, Speakers, Blu-ray Player, Subwoofer
Receiver, Speakers, Subwoofer
Receiver
Receiver, Radio Tuner
Receiver, Radio Tuner
Remote Control
Infrared, Universal
Infrared
Infrared
Yes
Yes
Subwoofer Power Output
170.0 Watts
120.0 Watts
100.0 Watts
125.0 Watts
120.0 Watts
Use
Music, Movies
Music, Movies
Music
Music
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    A great Blu-ray player and the nostalgia of glowing vacuum tubes make the Samsung HT-E6730W an intriguing all-in-one home theater system. Just be aware that you can spend less and still put together a home theater that sounds as good, or better.


  • The Samsung HT-E6730W is an impressively feature-packed system. The Blu-ray player section offers 2D, 3D, and both internet and network streaming. The audio portion of the system is very innovative, featuring a vacuum-tube based preamp stage, as well as providing additional inputs, iPod connectivity, an FM stereo radio, and a twist on 7.1 channel speaker configuration that emphasizes front height, rather than rear back speakers.

    In addition to the extensive feature set, the HT-E6730W is a great performer.


  • The Yamaha YHT-895 is the top model of the Yamaha YHT series, and is the only one to offer a full 7.1 channel setup. This allows it to use Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which adds a vertical dimension to the audio for a complete 3D feel.


  • The Onkyo HT-S9400THX is a high-end home theater system. This package includes a 7.1 speaker system as well as a receiver to power the speakers. It is designed to be a versatile all-in-one solution for the living room.

  • Rating Unavailable

    While actual details and pictures of the components of the Onkyo HT-S9400THX Networked HTiB are sketchy, the message is clear - this is a product that defies its price point. At $1099 MSRP (sure to find this on sale somewhere), you're getting a full featured receiver and THX certified speakers. While it is only really rated (and therefore designed for) a small home theater or dorm room, we're sure to see them in rooms much larger.

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    The Onkyo HT-S9400THX is one of the priciest HTIB systems available, but reviewers say you get a lot of value for your money. Critics and consumers alike say the audio quality is second to none with this 7.1-channel system. This is one of the few home theater systems to carry THX I/S audio certification, which means the sound you enjoy in your living room will be the same as you would enjoy in a movie theater, as long as your room is not too large.


  • The Onkyo HT-S8400 is a 7.1 home theater system. It is compatible with 3D video via its four HDMI inputs. The system provides 1030W over the 7 satellite speakers as well as the 120W subwoofer. The HT-S8400 is capable of processing a wide range of audio codecs including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby DD Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio.


  • While this is a good product, it comes off as just another face in the crowd.


Top 5 7.1 home theatre:

  1. Samsung HT-E6730W 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System
  2. Onkyo HT-S5500 Theater System
  3. Yamaha YHT-895 Theater System
  4. Onkyo Ht-s9400thx Theater System
  5. Onkyo HT-S8409 Theater System