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Best Home Theater Systems 2013
Samsung, Sony, LG, and Phillips Surround Sound Systems
With the right home theater system you can turn your home into the perfect movie theater. Imagine listening to the loud sounds of your favorite movies, and enjoying all the crisp graphics. In this review we'll review the top rated home theater systems from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Phillips and give you a chance to vote for your favorite brand below.
Samsung HT-E6500W Review
Samsung has been a leading producer in quality entertainment products for a long time. In order to show their performance, they have created the HT-H6500W home theater system at $600. This is a 5.1 home theater system with a built in Blu-ray player, outstanding sound, and tons of features.
Pros: From Netflix, to Youtube, and even music stations like Pandora, the HT-H6500W allows access to them all. Samsung has decided to make a super easy to set up home theater system that can be connected to your favorite television or network. It has 1GB onboard storage, and two HDMI inputs for universal use. What really sets this home theater system apart though, is its exceptional sound quality. With Blu-ray playback and tons of features including internet apps, the Samsung is a hard system to beat.
Cons: The design of the system is not very sleek and it does not come with wireless rear speakers. Also iPod connectivity is limited unless you go out and purchase a dongle.
Overall, the Samsung HT-H6500W is one great sounding home theater system that will help you enjoy all your favorite movies and games. It will also keep you entertained in case you need a movie, or just want to browse the web.
Sony proves why they are high end competitors in the home theater system game with the BDV-E780W priced at $550. This is a 5.1 home theater system that includes a built-in Blu-ray player and has free Wi-Fi and 3D compatibility.
Pros: This is a home theater system that will not disappoint. With its very fast working Blu-ray player, and its ability to stream media quickly from all kinds of sources, the BDV-E780W is an amazing system. All speakers on this model are wireless including the rear ones, and the speakers all participate wonderfully to please your ears. The Sony uses a version of the XMB interface, which is a design that sets this home theater system apart. It also has easy navigation and tons of different media sources. So, if you want an easy to use home theater system that is wireless and pretty much perfect, this is a great option.
Cons: There are no HDMI inputs and the number of external devices that can be connected is limited to three.
Overall, Sony has really nailed it when it comes to home theater systems. They have created a 3D compatible system with crisp sound and an incredible interface.
With a built-in Blu-ray player and tons of features including two HDMI inputs, this LG is a great home theater system at only $330.
Pros: The LG BH6820W is a home theater system that is dressed to impress. With its sleek black design and built in Blu-ray player, the LHB535 is a great theater system. It comes with two HDMI inputs, and of course a load of media sources like CinemaNow and Netflix. It also comes complete with its own iPod dock for easy music listening. What sets this theater system apart is its easy to use interface. All of the functionality can be controlled onscreen using the GUI and everything that you plug into the system is represented visually. So, it is definitely a easy to use system that will help even the most technologically challenged learn a thing or two.
Cons: The sound quality is definitely not as high as other competitors. It also has no automatic speaker and does not support 3D Blu-ray or movie.
Overall, the H6500W by Samsung is a good starting home theater system for the price. This falls short in sound quality and does not provide mind blowing features.
Philips Blu-ray Home Theater System HTS3306/F7
Philips has created a crisp sounding home theater for a low price of just $270. The HTS3306/F7 has amazing 1080p upconversion technology that allows standard images to become high definition.
Pros: This has 24fps speed format which allows beautiful graphics to be played back at the appropriate speed. The home theater system also comes with a built-in Blu-ray player of course that can play perfect looking movies. Connectivity of this home theater system is very easy. With an HDMI port and full wireless capability, this home theater system is a synch to set up. As far as audio, Philips utilizes 5.1 speakers of surround sound in order to make sure that you get a crystal clear representation of the movie you are watching. Philips also includes many media sources such as Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and much more to keep you entertain for hours on end. As far as iOS devices such as iPods, Iphones, or Ipads, those devices can be easily connected right into the system and any content can be automatically streamed or synced quickly.
Cons: The Philips Blu-ray only comes with one HDMI port making it harder to connect to other sources.
Overall, Philips Blu-ray home theater system is a perfect little system for the price. It comes loaded with features and provides a clear sound and clear image when it comes to all content presented. So, if you want a home theater system that will not break the bank, and will provide pleasure to your ears and eyes, this is definitely a great choice.
When picking out a home theater system it is important to know what features you want and how much you are willing to pay. For a home theater system that is loaded with features and proves itself as one of the best home theater systems, we suggest the Sony BDV-E770W for $520. However, if you are looking for a more basic system with great sound quality and easy connectivity, the Philips Blu-ray system HTS3306 is your best option.
© 2013 Bob Miller