A home theater is one of the best forms of entertainment one can ever have. Buying a home theater is like creating a home cinema. The closer a home theater is to replicating the actual experience, the more expensive it is.
High-end home theaters have a wide range of capabilities. Such capabilities include multiple HDMI ports, blu-ray disc or ultra HD blu-ray disc player(s), separate amplifiers for different channels, a master preamp, satellite and cable TV ports, powerful subwoofer(s), WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, USB play, 4K upscaler, in-built radio, full HD and 3D support, surround setting with 2-channel stereo, sound enhancement (especially dolby digital) and a media server.
Several brands are associated with high-end home theater sound systems. They include Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Sonos and Samsung just to mention a few.
Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System
5.1 Home Theater System Sonos Bundle comes with 2 Flexson Floor Stands for under €1,745.19. This system takes three to make up the ‘bundle’. It has 2 Sonos Play:1 speakers, 1 Sonos Playbar Home Cinema Soundbar, 1 Sonos Sub Wireless Subwoofer.
The Play:1s are quite powerful. They are simple to set up and they produce deep and clear HiFi sound. The sound produced by the Play:1s blend well with the rich textured HiFi sound produced by the Soundbar. The Soundbar ideally sits below the television set and is quite ideal for music and TV lovers.
These two components are then augmented by a powerful Sonos wireless subwoofer that produces soul-shaking, ultra deep boom sound. The fact that all the components can connect to each other via wireless connection is a bonus. To complete the set, a pair of Flexson floorstands holds the Play:1s securely at 820mm, the ideal listening height. As the system is made up of all Sonos products, it does not support Bluetooth streaming. Wireless streaming via one’s home network is, however, supported.
Philips Zenit Cinema Surround
The Philips CSS5530B Zenit Cinema Surround Wireless Speakers are the perfect definition of simplicity. They go for under €416.22. The speakers have a premium design that gives them a classy look.
The system supports HDMI 4K2K pass for HD content which incorporates the popular HDMI 1.4 standard. The result of this is support for UHD video content. The system has wireless rear speakers and subwoofers with in-built dolby digital decoding which processes all the six channels of audio information.
The midwoofer-tweeter-midwoofer (MTM) speakers that come with the system produce pure and loud sound regardless of your listening position and with no distortion whatsoever. The speakers also allow for Bluetooth streaming from your music device. The system also has an audio in 3.5mm jack.
Sony BDV Home Cinema System
The Sony BDV-E4100 1000W Home Cinema System with Tall Speakers goes for under €329.99. The system supports blu-ray disc playback, has a 5.1 surround sound channel and two-way speakers with a powerful 1000W sound output.
It supports WiFi and therefore it can connect to the internet and stream online content to a big screen, Near Field Communication (NFC) for one touch music streaming, Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming from sound devices and has full HD and 3D capability with triluminos colours for brilliant images and pristine detail while watching.
The system also has digital optical capability and a radio tuner in-built. Your phone can also be used as a remote control. This is done by downloading the TV SideView which transforms a phone into a remote control or mouse for browsing the internet.
Summary of the 3 Home Theater Systems Reviewed
The Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System Bundle is a high end sound system, primely priced at €1,745.19. It incorporates a pair of Sonos Play:1s, a Soundbar and a wireless Subwoofer which work together effectively producing high quality sound with deep, true and ultra deep boom.
The Philips CSS5530B Zenit Cinema Surround Wireless Speakers go for under €416.22. The system is based on a 5.1 surround channel. It supports HD and UHD video content, Bluetooth streaming and has dolby digital decoding which ensures the output produced has its surround features preserved and is therefore of very high quality.
The Sony BDV-E4100 1000W Home Cinema System goes for under €329.99. It has 5.1 surround sound channel with two way speakers producing a powerful 1000W sound output. The system supports NFC, WiFI, Bluetooth, 3D and HD and has digital optical capability and an in-built radio tuner. For customers who are home theater fanatics, this is a basic guideline of the top high-end home theater speakers.