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The best thing about having a Home Theatre system at home is obviously the luxury of having the feel of a cinema in your own living room. However, with the number of HT options proliferating everyday, choosing the right HT system for your house is a mighty task, and this is what we hope to simplify for you.

Home Theatre sets can range from 2.0 systems often called Sound Bar systems, which are petite designs with just two speakers put together in one build; to the huge 9.1 systems that are 9 speakers and a subwoofer. They implement surround sound technology from leading multichannel audio technology developers like Dolby or DTS, which extract multichannel sound from stereo content to generate that omnipresent effect. The top mid-level and high range Home Theatres you are also given a Blu-Ray player and other features like 3D HDMI or at least a good DVD player. The HDMI bring in connectivity between your A/V receiver and HD video players or HDTV.

So, to begin with, consider the size of your room. If you've got a relatively large room and don't object to spending a bit, we've got some of the best 9.1 channel Home Theatre sets from Panasonic and Vizio that include ace A/V receivers powered by 150W. The size of your speakers and it's power greatly influences the dynamics of sound it can disperse, so to make sure you don't lose out on sound quality in a large room, make sure the woofers for the main speakers are at least 4 to 5 inches coupled with a ten-inch sub.

Now, if it's a medium sized room you're considering a HT for, the 6.1 and 7.1 Home Theatres are what you need with at least 3-inch woofers for the main speakers along with around 7 inches for the subwoofer.

For smaller rooms you can opt for one of the best 5.1 Home Theatre sets often called Home Theatre in a Box (HTiB). Small sized rooms don't require the 100W sound power in each channel any more than need high amplification and you'd get a sonorous audio with just 50 - 60 Watts. HTiB sets are typically a budget friendly and space saving models and many of them sport in-wall speakers and in-ceiling speakers while others are small enough to be cased inside your bookshelf.

Our list of the best home theatre for homes below comprises the top rated Home theatre systems released over the last year.

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Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 Integrated A/V Sound System


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Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2
JBL Cinema SB200
Sony HTCT260
ZVOX Z-Base 420
Yamaha YAS-201
Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 Integrated A/V Sound System
JBL Cinema SB200 Soundbar Speaker
Sony HTCT260
ZVOX Z-Base 420 4004201 Single Cabinet Sound System
Yamaha YAS-201 Front Surround System with Wireless Subwoofer
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Release Date
Nov 2012
Sep 2012
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Main Speakers Power Output
125.0 Watts
120.0 Watts
170.0 Watts
45.0 Watts
60.0 Watts
Number Of Speakers
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
1 Soundbar & Subwoofer
1 Sound bar and Subwoofer
Subwoofer Power Output
50.0 Watts
130.0 Watts
100.0 Watts
Use
Music
Music
Music
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Music, Movies

  • 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.


  • Overall the SB200 is a terrific option for anyone looking to upgrade their TV's ropey sound quality. It's a simple proposition, lacking the extensive features and connections of a soundbar such as the Samsung HT-E8200, however that lack of complication could be the very thing you're looking for. What's more, its sound is powerful and exciting, it looks great and built-in Bluetooth makes music streaming a breeze - and for £250 you can't say fairer than that.


  • If you're looking for a simple single-bar solution to boost your telly's sound, the lively SB200 is a good option.


  • It might not blow you away like the very best soundbars, but the SB200 delivers a beefy, exciting sound with tightly integrated bass and plenty of detail - all delivered with admirable poise. Add Bluetooth support and a stylish design into the mix and you've got yourself a very appealing soundbar for the money.


  • The Sony HT-CT260 is our go-to budget sound bar pick, with excellent sound quality, built-in Bluetooth, an adaptable design, and no major missteps.


  • The Sony HT-CT260 soundbar adds Bluetooth to an already highly capable and modestly-priced two-piece audio system.

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    The Sony HTCT260 offers some good features like the Blu-tooth option that works really well when streaming audio from a iphone or any other Blu-tooth device, which makes this an ideal docking sound system but without the dock. Set up is very straight forward and you can be up and running in minutes, the functionality of the wireless sub is ideal for those that are short on space and donĂ¢?? t the untidiness of wires running everywhere as this can be placed anywhere in your room.