Good sound is incredibly important for a satisfying home cinema experience. But where to start? There are so many different types of products out there, that many people don’t even know where to begin.
That’s why our number one goal is to make the process as simple as humanly possible. We chose three options, that should work within any budget, are simple and bring good results. We don’t expect you to be a sound-pro or spend days researching the ins and outs of audio.
So, how did we pick our top choices? For one: We looked at sound-quality. Obviously you want an audio setup that sounds clear and punchy. But we also looked into products that are relatively simple and easy to set up and don’t take up too much space.
We have chosen one over-all winner. If you just want the most bang for your buck, the device that won’t make you miss anything but also doesn’t break the bank, go with that one. You won’t regret is. If money is not the biggest concern and you just want the top of the top, then go with our “Best if money is no concern”-option. It’s not the cheapest, but it has all the bells and whistles. And if you don’t want to spend too much money but still get an awesome experience, go with our “The best for a tight budget”-option.
The Best Over-All: Sony HT-Z9F (check current price on Amazon): Sony takes the cake with this well-rounded three-channel soundbar. It’s not too pricey, but way beyond what most people have in their living room.
The Best on a Budget: VIZIO 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System (check the current price on Amazon): An amazing deal, if you want to dip your toe into home cinema but don’t break the bank. Great sound and extremely affordable.
The Best for Enthusiasts: Sonos 5.1 Surround Set (check current price on Amazon): This 5.1 Set is extremely versatile and smart. It also sounds amazon, but you can do much more than just plug it into your TV.
The Best over-all
We love the Sony HT-Z9F because it is a no-hassle soundbar, that’s incredibly sleek and takes up little room and still sounds absolutely amazing. The one bar has a 3.1-channel hidden behind the classy exterior and a very nice subwoofer that packs a super solid punch.
The gadget brings all the bells and whistles you want in a soundbar like 4K HDR video pass-through, Bluetooth and Chromecast enabled music streaming. You can even use the Google Assistant to use your voice to navigate. And if you want to add the full 5.1 experience later on, you can always get the wireless rear speakers.
The Best for a Tight Budget:
VIZIO 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System
Vizio really know how to entice at a incredibly low price. The Vizio 2.1 soundbar sounds suprisingly clear and well-balanced for that price point. The dialogue comes in very nicely and the wireless subwoofer ats the necessary oomph. Unlike many competitors in the price class, it also supports Chromecast and Bluetooth for wireless music streaming, and has HDMI video pass-through.
The Best for Enthusiasts
Sonos 5.1 Surround Set
If you want everything that modern home cinema can do, you almost have to go with Sonos. The company has made it’s name with super smart audio tech and the Sonos 5.1 Surround Set is the ultimate example.
It sounds absolutely incredible, with the mixture of speakers and soundbar. You also get Sonos’ signature subwoofer with force-cancelling speakers for deep sound, without any rattling from furniture or wooden floors.
Sonos has basically all the tech you can think of built in: You can use Alexa for voice control, use AirPlay with your Apple devices and use most well-known streaming services.