The latest craze in the electronics market is the Blu-ray home theatre system, which gives the user amazing sound and picture quality, as good as watching films on the silver screen, with the added convenience of being able to watch it from home, at a time most convenient to them. In this post, we bring you a roundup of the top 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre systems in the market today.
- Samsung HT-C550
The Samsung HT-C550 comes with an amazing array of features, which give you a great audio-visual experience while watching your film. The HT-C550 makes use of its patented high-performance Crystal Amp Pro technology to give awesome sound and picture quality. Sound is further enhanced through its multi-variable feedback.
Additionally, the Samsung HT-C550 syncs with the iPod and iPhone, thereby letting you enjoy your fave songs and videos while your device is in charging mode.
This 5.1 blu-ray home theatre system is also energy efficient, hence reduces power consumption, while also giving you great product performance.
Though a wonderful product, some consumers feel the need for better sound quality and better system functioning as a whole.
- Panasonic SC-BT200
The Panasonic SC-BT200 comes with an integrated Blu-ray player and offers great user functionalities. Additionally, it includes full Profile 2.0 compatibility, onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and also VieraCast.
The blu-ray feature gives great picture and resolution, though could improve with the general operational speed. Its standard DVD performance is also much above average, something any user would be happy with.
The Panasonic SC-BT200 additionally offers iPod dock built into AV receiver, video on-demand and YouTube streaming as well.
The negative side is that this home theatre system lacks features such as Netflix streaming, Wi-Fi and video inputs and has an autosetup mic which is a wee bit too short.
- LG LHB953
The LG LHB953 is Profile 2.0 compliant and has onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Apart from Blu-ray, this system offers several streaming media services, including Pandora, YouTube, Netflix and CinemaNow.
The music playback service is great, with LG’s graphical UI being easy to understand and great to use. The problem, though, comes up during video playback. Here, you have to make a separate composite video connection to your HDTV.
The Blu-ray performance of the LG LHB953 is absolutely great, with the system being very fast and responsive, especially while navigating menus or skipping through titles. DVD performance is good too, though it may leave a bit to be desired by the most finicky viewers.
The disadvantages are that the design of the LG LHB953 is not very impressive and lacks video inputs, automatic speaker calibration and wireless rear speaker.
- Sony BDV-T57
The Sony BDV-T57 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre system is undoubtedly one of the best ever, offering fantastic sound and picture quality, just like all the other Sony systems. Offering users a 1000W 5.1 channel surround sound speaker system, you can get an unbelievable sound quality, which lets you become one with the movie you are watching.
The Sony BDV-T57 can also read full HD 1080p content and 3D-capable. You can also watch a photo slideshow with this system, by connecting a USB storage device to it.
The only disadvantage of the Sony BDV-T57 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre system is that it is pretty expensive at $799. While it offers good functionalities, it is not like it is the only brand offering these. So users may do a rethink on purchasing this product.