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The objective behind having a home theater is exactly what it's name claims- to bring theatre home.

The reason we don't experience the dynamism of cinema audio on even the best HDTVs is because a TV's speakers are in-built and sound is dispersed from a single direction. Also many TVs do not implement good audio technology in their speakers. So this is where your HT comes in. A Home Theatre system is typically a set of at least 5 speakers and a subwoofer that deploy surround sound technology from brands like DTS and Dolby to provide a multiple dispersive effect. So a 7.1 comes with 7 full channels and 1 low frequency effects channel. Currently however, most movie soundtracks are released in the 5.1 channel and a few in 7.1 channel. Consequently, the 7.1 channel system is good enough to support the best home theatre tv systems of 2013. Note that the channels are backward compatible - so a soundtrack released on the 7.1 channel will also play as good on a 5.1 home theatre system. With distinct sound channels for stereo material, and one Low Frequency Effects speaker (also known as a subwoofer) a HT set can make the audio issuing from your TV omnipresent. These speakers can be placed around the room to get the best experience, but are capable of generating an immersive effect even when placed together.

It's not an uncommon assumption that purchasing the components of a HT system separately, makes it cheaper. However, that isn't always the case and there is always the issue of finding compatible and complementary speakers with one another and to the AVR. With a home theatre system your job is made much easier with speakers, AVR and Blu--ray players which fit each other. The best home theatre system is adaptable to the acoustics of your room and offers an easy set-up to bring you the best cinematic experience.

Moreover, Home Theatres systems come with several added advantages like DVD or Blu-ray players. With the HDMI support and A/V receiver, you can complement the dynamic sound with your HD videos on the Blu-ray player.

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar


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Sonos Playbar
VIZIO S4251w-B4
Sony BDV-N7100W
Philips Fidelio HTL9100
Philips HTL5120
Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar
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
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Number Of Speakers
6 x Midrange, 3 x Tweeters included
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
Included Components
Power cable, Audio (optical) cable, Network cable
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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Music
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Wireless Ready Speakers
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With Wireless Speakers

  • The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.


  • The Sonos Playbar is a lounge-unifying device that will let you dump your remote controls and your old hi-fi in the bin. Once you've set it up, itâÂ? Â? ll also let you control both your TV and your audio system with your phone. For everything but the most crashing of movie soundtracks the Sonos Playbar sounds great too, with excellent clarity and an expansive soundstage.


  • It's not cheap, and there's a part of us that just wanted it to have three or more HDMI inputs and a remote control in the box, but while we're contractually obliged to return our review sample back to Sonos, there's nothing that says we have to do it with good grace. Want.


  • 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.


Top 5 home theatres:

  1. Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar
  2. VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar
  3. Sony BDV-N7100W 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System
  4. Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Sound bar system
  5. Philips HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker