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.
CNET's favorite speakers, including sound bars, wireless speakers, and full surround sound systems.
We tested 20 televisions to see if they could output surround sound via their optical output when fed a signal from an external source.
Music surround formats never really caught on, and now the appeal of listening to five or more speakers for movies is fading fast.
The Yamaha SRT-1000 sound base offers discrete looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features in a package that is still affordable enough.
The new Zvox Soundbase.770 is a smart alternative to skinny sound bars, says the Audiophiliac.
The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.
The Audiophiliac checks out the Datasat RS20i surround processor.
Creative Technology's Sound Blaster X7 is designed to be a powerful amplifier in a compact box. The device is slated to cost $400.
Sound bars take up less space and have fewer wires, but don't sound as good as home-theater-in-a-box systems, says the Audiophiliac.
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.