Buying the elements of a home cinema system separately is a good idea, but can easily turn into a nightmare when you don’t know anything about it. The right amp, sufficient power, speakers adapted to the different channels, the number of channels, etc. : we quickly get lost.
Between soundbars and “traditional” home cinema sets, there are fortunately intermediate solutions capable of offering a true surround or immersive 3D listening experience, while maintaining a certain simplicity of installation and use. These products can take several forms, from multiple small “satellite” speakers coupled to a central box (a subwoofer or an amplifier on certain older models) or a sound bar accompanied by a pair of surround speakers. The idea is always to offer a real multi-channel configuration in an inseparable unit, usable turnkey (with on-board amplification and electronics, all “active”). What to avoid knots in the brain.
Major electronics brands (Philips, Samsung, Sony, LG, etc.) as well as audio specialists (Bose, JBL, Yamaha, etc.), or manufacturers of computer peripherals (Logitech, Edifier, Creative, etc.) have placed their piece to the building with their first “compact” solutions, which have generally evolved since the advent of sound bars with “hybrid” models such as the Samsung HW-Q950, LG S95QR, Philips Fidelio B5 or JBL Bar 9.1.
Our comparison includes all the all-in-one home cinema sets passed on our test bench. They can be classified and filtered by rating, by price, by brands and on many criteria so that you can find the product that best suits you.