Top 10 Best Rated Sound Surround Systems 2020

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Also called the home theater system, if you want far-reaching audio to support a blockbusting video, you’ll need one. The unending drive of technology has improved what used to be a bunch of speakers into what we see today. There are two main types of sound surround systems, the soundbar type and the all-in-one type. Depending on which type you go for, you’ll get an amplifier to accompany it.

Before rushing off to buy one though, you’ll need to decide on your budget, type, power and features. All these and more will influence the performance of whichever choice you make. Some prefer all the gritty details, while others only want an overview. Regardless of which one you are, this list has everything you need to make your home theater purchase choice.

Best Sound Surround System 2020

1. Bose Lifestyle 650

It may be a premium choice coming with an insane price-tag, but Bose 650 is the most elegant choice on the market. It is conspicuous and compact by design with an apple-like feel and an all-encompassing sound performance. Bose 650 is portable because of the wireless subwoofer and back speakers, not to mention its lightweight. There is also Bluetooth connectivity in addition to the more common Wi-Fi one.

Specs

  • One-Acoutimass subwoofer (wireless)
  • One-centre/two-rear OmniJewel speakers
  • Two OmniJewel front speakers
  • One receiver
  • Five HDMI inputs
  • Dolby and DTS:X support
  • QuietPort technology
  • ADAPTiQ feature
  • Alexa/Amazon Dot control support

Pros

  • Premium choice
  • Elegant look
  • Awesome sound and easy setup
  • Small footprint
  • Wireless compatibility

Cons

  • No option for extra speakers
  • Expensive choice

2. Onkyo HT-S9800THX

Like all high-end sound surround systems, Onkyo supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos in a 7.1 channel system. There is also wireless support that ranges from Wi-Fi to Ethernet and also ChromeCast and more network support. This Onkyo model is also THX certified for its high-standard and include more stereo input choices than we need.

Specs

  • 12-inch cone subwoofer (34.2-pounds)
  • Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
  • 1-7.2 channels support
  • Six HDMI input
  • 22-pounds receiver
  • FireConnect, AirPlay, and DTS Play-Fi

Pros

  • Support for Dolby DTS-HD/TrueHD Master Audio
  • Two powered zone
  • Lots of input possibilities
  • HDR10 support with Dolby Vision
  • Lightweight speakers

Cons

  • No dedicated Atmos speaker
  • Not a cheap choice

3. Yamaha YHT-4930UBL

As can be expected from one of the oldest names in the sound system industry, YHT-4930UBL is an excellent choice. For a budget price, you get five speakers, a speaker cable, subwoofer, remote control, and more. It is loaded with more features than we need like automatic calibration and Bluetooth connectivity.

Specs

  • Four-front and one-central speaker
  • RX-V383BL receiver
  • Wiring instructions, microphone, and user manual
  • Antennas and remote control
  • Wiring cables
  • Dolby, DTS, NEO:6, and more
  • 12 input ports
  • Four HDMI input
  • Two outputs

Pros

  • Powerful and cheap
  • Easy installation
  • Trusted choice
  • Crystal clear audio quality

Cons

  • The subwoofer packs a powerful bass
  • Too high volumes give distorted sounds
  • Fragile look
  • Heavy

4. Sonos 5.1 Soundbar

Another wireless option with a multi-room application. This all-in-one home theatre system is made for the future. Using Playbar, Beam or Playbase, it is possible to set up a 3.1 channel system by pairing with a sub. While the installation is slightly complicated, its compact and cheap nature means it is a preferred setup to most.

Specs

  • HDMI ARC input
  • 1 channels support
  • Wi-fi wireless
  • 3-pounds sub
  • 720 x 58 x 380mm Playbase

Pros

  • Three speakers in one system
  • Alexa voice control
  • Extra Sonos speakers are easily added
  • Can be upgraded
  • Wireless

Cons

  • Limited input options
  • No Dolby or DTS support

5. Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless

CineHome delivers the audio quality of 24-bit/96Hz which is amazing considering it is a wire-free type. There are one optical audio port and three HDMI input ports, including a rear assistance lamp. It lacks Wi-Fi capability but includes a Bluetooth option and two 80mm driver front speakers.

Specs

  • ChromeCast support
  • 5-inch subwoofer
  • 2 channels
  • HDMI ARC/3D/4K/DTS support
  • Dolby Pro Logic II, Digital, Digital Plus support
  • Two front speakers

Pros

  • Full wireless option
  • Upgradable from 5.1
  • Audio quality is superb
  • Modern design and sleek looking
  • Cheap

Cons

  • No wi-fi
  • 4b HDMI only

6. Energy 5.1

Specs

  • RX-V483BL receiver
  • Auto calibration and YPAO microphone
  • FM and AM antennas
  • One subwoofer and five speakers
  • 8-pounds gross weight
  • 110db+ signal to noise ratio
  • 75-inch woofer and three-inch tweeter
  • 100W max power
  • Two drivers
  • HDR10, Dolby Atmos, and DTS support
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet

Pros

  • Wireless
  • Great performance
  • Wide input choices
  • Includes up to 40 presets for AM and FM

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Glossy finish looks awkward

7. Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar

Like all things from Samsung, HW-Q90R is a premium soundbar with a rear speaker loadout and wireless connectivity support. There is an integrated Bluetooth option to support Alexa voice control and an optimized gaming audio mode.

Specs

  • Two upward rear speakers
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Game Mode Pro
  • DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support
  • One optical audio and two HDMI ports
  • Dedicated centre channel
  • HDR10 and 4K support

Pros

  • Cheaper than usual
  • Awesome sound performance
  • Wireless design
  • Sleek looking

Cons

  • Too few input options
  • Not enough speakers

8. Bose Soundbar 700 5.1

The Bose 700 serves as the core for the 5.1 Smart home theatre system of the century because it is the best. The sound quality is crystal, wide, and accurate to a tee.

Specs

  • Alexa compatibility
  • One Bose Bass 700
  • One Bose Soundbar 700
  • One surround wireless speaker
  • HDMI cables

Pros

  • Cheap and durable
  • Voice control
  • The glass top is a nice touch
  • Different colour options
  • Multi-room adaptability
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not enough features
  • Too few speakers
  • Doesn’t perform well at certain volumes

9. Polk Audio RM705

Specs

  • One subwoofer
  • Five speakers
  • Shelf cradle and wall bracket
  • RX-V683BL receiver with remote control and YPAO microphones
  • Five-year warranty
  • 5-inch tweeter and 2.5-inch woofers
  • 90W output per channel
  • Six HDMI input

Pros

  • Large range of input options
  • Has a controller app for smartphones
  • Alexa compatible
  • Wireless speakers can be installed

Cons

  • Heavy with wired connections
  • Some static when idle

10. Nakamichi Elite 7.2 SSE Soundbar

Sound surround systems all come with their own unique design, Elite’s two subwoofers is a quick that makes it stand out. It features just one two-way rear speakers but has DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support.

Specs

  • Dolby Vision and HDR10
  • Six total input options
  • HDCP 2.2 and 4K support
  • 8-inch wireless drivers

Pros

  • Cheap and lightweight
  • Unique double subwoofer design
  • Large input option range
  • Wireless design
  • Great audio support

Cons

  • No voice controls
  • Just two speakers

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