CNET's favorite speakers, including sound bars, Bluetooth speakers, and full surround sound systems.
Vizio's jumbo 54-inch 5.1 sound bar gets you closer to the cinema experience than any of its competitors, if you can live with the size.
The immersive audio that makes movie-goers feel like they're inside the film, rather than just watching it, will be available for Dolby partners to incorporate on mobile by the end of the year.
Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.
Music surround formats never really caught on, and now the appeal of listening to five or more speakers for movies is fading fast.
Vizio's S4251w sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.
The Sony HT-ST5 sound bar won't hit as hard as its linemates, but its compact design and extra features just might grab our recommendation.
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The company unveils TouchSense Engage, which uses touch feedback technology to simulate the roar of a crowd or the boom of an explosion.
The city's Castro Theatre, known as much for its colorful organ concerts as its quirky film offerings, will house a massive $700,000 pipe-digital hybrid featuring a sample library used in the film industry.
Bona fide surround sound over conventional headphones has been touted before; will DTS Headphone:X deliver the goods?
No doubt about it, adding speakers produces superior sound envelopment, but maybe one speaker is all you need.