Best-Rated Home Theatre Systems

Canstar Blue’s first-ever review of home theatre systems has seen Samsung, Sony, JBL and Bose compared and rated on their sound and image quality, ease of use, smart compatibility, appearance/design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Best home entertainment theatre systems 2021

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Samsung was rated best for home theatre systems in Canstar Blue’s ratings, with five-star reviews for smart compatibility, ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Samsung steals the show as the best brand for home theatre systems

Bringing the thrill and action of cinema at home is now easier than ever thanks to home theatre systems. These snazzy systems incorporate television, video and audio equipment to recreate the experience of being at the movies, but from the comfort of your couch. If you’ve been envious of someone else’s entertainment setup like the 19% of Aussies we surveyed, it may be time to invest in your own. Our research found that 43% of consumers researched and compared various brands and models before choosing their home theatre system, and that’s where we can help.

To help you find the best home theatre system(s), Canstar Blue has produced ratings based on the feedback of nearly 300 consumers who’ve purchased a new home theatre system in the last three years, (excluding standalone televisions). The brands that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses were compared and rated on their sound and image quality, ease of use, smart compatibility, appearance and design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Samsung was rated the best brand for home theatre systems, after achieving the only five-star review for overall satisfaction and top marks in other categories.

Best Home Theatre Systems

Best home entertainment systems

Here are the best brands of home theatre systems in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:

  1. Samsung
  2. Sony
  3. JBL
  4. Bose

Samsung topped our ratings with five-star reviews for smart compatibility, ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Sony received full marks for image quality, design and ease of use, and JBL achieved the same result for sound quality and value for money.

It’s worth noting here that JBL and Bose did not receive a rating for image quality due to insufficient sampling size.

Top Home Theatre System Brands

Samsung

Samsung home entertainment theatre system review

Samsung is a brand synonymous with innovation and style, and best known for its high-tech TVs, smartphones and AI appliances. In the game of home entertainment systems, Samsung offers the Series 6 Home Theatre System (pictured) which features a wireless connection to join your home’s Wi-Fi network without the need to connect additional network equipment, a Multiroom Solution that uses your home’s existing Wi-Fi to play music from any speakers in the house, the Smart Hub to stream all your favourite content, and other nifty features like a sound customiser, wireless surround speakers, ARC (Audio Return Channel) and screen mirroring.

  • Samsung was rated five stars for smart compatibility, ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for image quality and design, plus three stars for sound quality.

Sony

Sony home entertainment theatre system review

Sony offers a small of range home theatre systems and equipment for you to enjoy movies, TV shows and gaming at their best. Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping Home Theatre System (pictured) is the best money can buy within its range ($2,499 RRP*). It features a wireless connection, 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology that can create up to 12 phantom speakers from just four real speakers, Sound Field Optimization, dual microphones in each speaker, easy access to Spotify with both Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2, plus more. This system can be paired with Sony’s BRAVIA smart TVs.

  • Sony scored five stars for design, image quality and ease of use, plus four stars for value for money and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for sound quality and smart compatibility.

JBL

JBL home entertainment theatre system

JBL doesn’t sell home entertainment packages, but various speakers, headphones and soundbars you can connect to your TV to create a unique setup. The JBL Bar 9.1 True Wireless Surround With Dolby Atmos (pictured) is said to offer the ultimate 3D sound experience with four up-firing speakers that bounce sound up to the ceiling back down, cinematic 9.1 surround sound in seconds and detachable speakers. It’s also compatible with Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2 and offers wireless music streaming via Bluetooth. This model retails for $1,499.95.

  • JBL received five stars for sound quality and value for money, and four stars for design, smart compatibility, ease of use and overall satisfaction. It could not be rated on image quality due to insufficient sampling size.

Bose

Bose home entertainment theatre system review

Bose offers soundbars and home cinema surround sound systems to deliver a cinema-like sound experience at home. If you’re serious about home entertainment, then the Lifestyle 600 Home Entertainment System (pictured) could be worth your bread. This setup comes with Jewel Cube speakers that are precisely angled to project and reflect sound to all corners of the room, a centre channel for clear dialogue for movies and TV shows, SoundTouch for wireless music streaming through your Wi-Fi network or from a phone or tablet using a Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay 2, plus more. This model retails for $5,499.

  • Bose got four stars for value for money and sound quality, plus three stars for overall satisfaction and in the remaining categories, excluding image quality which could not be rated due to insufficient sampling size.

How much should you spend on a home theatre system?

Our survey revealed consumers spend an average of $398 on a new home theatre system, but you could pay less if you bought equipment like soundbars, speakers, AV receivers and DVD players separately, or fork out more if you went all out with a complete home entertainment system.

A fifth of people (20%) we surveyed wished they’d bought a better home theatre system, so don’t forget to compare brands, specs and features, as well as prices before you settle on a particular system or you run the risk of ending up with a lemon.

About the author of this page

Megan Birot

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a new home theatre system (excluding televisions) in the last three years (note: this refers to a home theatre system package or individual items used for home theatre like soundbars, AV receivers, speakers, projectors, etc.) – in this case, 292 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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