5 best TV sound systems

Whether you want a cinema-like experience at home or to get your TV and sitting room ready for this summer's World Cup, these soundbars and speakers will make an impact 

Flatscreen TVs can offer remarkable picture quality but the sound often doesn't match up.

Luckily, there are gadgets that can help. Soundbars and surround sound systems have beefy, powerful audio. Add them and suddenly that blockbuster movie or match will feel like it’s happening around you. Soundbars sit in front of you, but bounce the TV’s audio off the walls to create the illusion of all-round speakers. And surround sound adds actual speakers to sit behind the sofa. You’ll need to check that your TV has an HDMI connection (nearly all flatscreens do) and in some cases, like the Sonos, an optical cable. Again, most recent TVs offer this. We've tried and tested a range of options.

Here are the best systems worth hearing.

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Verdict:

There’s no need to suffer poor sound as you watch a movie or immerse yourself in a football match. The more elaborate systems here are really outstanding, and the Sonos matches great sound quality with exceptional simplicity. Real speakers win out over virtual ones every time – no surprise – and the results from a big system like the Sony are impressive. But if you don’t fancy cables and speakers everywhere, the Denon is a clever solution that takes up almost no space. 

Buy now

1. Sonos Playbar system, From £599

2. Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar, £700

3. Denon DHT-T100 TV Speaker Base, £199

4. Sony BDV-N7100W surround sound system, £699

5. Panasonic HTB65 soundbar, £99.99

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