Top rated home theater systems have a wide range of capabilities. These capabilities make them stand out from standard home theater systems. Sonos, Sony and Philips are some of the premier home theater system brands available in the market.

These companies have been in the industry for quite some time. Over the years they have learned from their products through customer reviews and market research. Constant additions and improvements have made them produce some of the best, top rated home theater systems. As a buying guide, it is important to note that any additional technology such as 3D compatibility, 4K support and dolby-ready audio make a home theater a bit more expensive.

Sonos 5.0 Home Theater System

The Sonos 5.0 Home Theater System goes for under €1,009. It has 2 Sonos Play:1 smart wireless speakers and 1 Sonos Playbar. These two connect to your home WiFi enabling the system to stream music via wireless. This is a 5.0 system and therefore does not come with the subwoofer. The implication of this is that sound produced does not have the deep true bass typically associated with Sonos sound systems.

The Play:1s are powerful and easy to set up. They produce deep, crystal clear HiFi sound which blends well with the richly textured HiFi sound produced by the Soundbar. Both components come with a 2-year warranty.

Sony BDV-E4100 Home Cinema System

The Sony BDV-E4100 1000W Home Cinema System with Tall Speakers goes for under €329.99. It has 5.1 surround sound channel and two way speakers which produce a sound output of 1000W and supports blu-ray disc playback.

The system can connect to the internet via WiFi and thus is able to stream online content to a screen. The system supports NFC communication for one touch music streaming, has full HD capability and is 3D ready, supports digital optical content, supports Bluetooth connectivity used to stream music from media devices and has triluminous colours producing brilliant images with pristine detail.

The system has an in-built radio. You can also use your phone to control it remotely. This is possible through a smartphone application known as TV SideView. TV SideView transforms a phone into a remote control or mouse for surfing the internet.

Philips Zenit Cinema Surround Wireless Speakers

The Philips CSS5530B Zenit Cinema Surround Wireless Speakers go for under €416.22. The cinema speakers have a classy look with a premium design that make them stand out. The speakers support High Definition and Ultra High Definition content. UHD maximum pixel ratio supported currently is 4096 pixels by 2160 pixels to give a standard 1080p HD display. UHD enjoyment is made possible by HDMI 4K2K which incorporates the HDMI 1.4 standard.

The system has wireless rear speakers and subwoofers with in-built dolby digital decoding with the ability to process six channels of audio information. As such it provides a great surround sound experience and dynamic realism coupled with a natural sense of ambience. The system has Dolby Pro Logic II which supplies five channels of surround sound for processing from a stereo source. The Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer (MTM) speakers that come with the system produce pure and loud sound that has no distortion whatsoever regardless of your sitting position.

The subwoofer has a dome shaped reflector for deeper bass and its design averts the damping effect usually experienced when a subwoofer is placed on a carpet. The speakers also allow for Bluetooth streaming from media devices such as mobile phones. Devices that do not have Bluetooth connectivity are not left out as the system has an audio 3.5mm jack.

Sony HT-RT5 Soundbar with Rear Speakers

The Sony HT-RT5 Soundbar with 2 Wireless Rear Speakers goes for under €459.99. The Soundbar gives its users a real surround experience with full frequency sound through its 5.1 audio channel. It links 2 wireless rear and 2 wireless front speakers, a wireless subwoofer and a three-channel sound bar totalling up to 6 speakers. The system is compatible with AAC, SBC and LDAC codecs. It connects to HDMI with 3 inputs and HDMI ARC output, has USB input and both analogue and digital connections.

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