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The best Home Theatres for surround sound use state-of-the-art audio technology with powerful speakers to deliver that ambient sound effect.

To get breathtaking entertainment at home you simply must have one of the best surround sound systems of 2013 with your AV receiver and this is available from leading companies like Bose, Panasonic, Samsung etc. which use technology like Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital or HD surround, letting you hear the entire range of frequencies clearly.

While it is recommended that you buy a 7.1 channel speaker set or higher to achieve best surround sound; you could also make do with a Philips speaker set that implements the ambisound technology. This means you get to save on space and price by having just two speakers that drive the sound waves all around the room.

The best Home Theatres for surround sound also come with good HD players to complement your speakers for the perfect semblance of cinema in your room.

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar


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Sonos Playbar
VIZIO S4251w-B4
Sony BDV-N7100W
Philips HTL5120
LG BH9430PW
Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar
VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar
Sony BDV-N7100W 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System
Philips HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker
LG BH9430PW 3D Blu-Ray Theater System
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Feb 2013
May 2013
Mar 2013
May 2013
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Surround Sound
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS TruVolume, DTS Circle Surround
DTS, DTS-ES, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-HD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio
Number Of Speakers
6 x Midrange, 3 x Tweeters included
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
9 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
Remote Control, FM Antenna, DLNA Bundle Disc, Wireless Rear Speaker Receiver, Batteries
Use
Music
Music
Music, Movies
Music
Music
Wireless Speakers
Wireless Ready Speakers
With Wireless Speakers
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.


  • 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.


  • The LG BH9430PW backs up its phenomenal feature list with exhilarating sound quality and a stunning design - all for a much lower price than you might expect. That makes it a must-buy in our book.


Top 5 surround sound home theatre:

  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 HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker
  5. LG BH9430PW 3D Blu-Ray Theater System