While most gadgets have become gloriously intuitive, surround sound systems seem to be stuck in amber. There are usually cords and cables everywhere, the pros and cons of different products aren’t always clear, and even basic features require working knowledge of obscure hi-fi audio lingo. We can help. Whether you’re completely new to this category, or you're simply curious about the current state-of-the-art in immersive audio, we’ve highlighted the systems worth looking into. It’s a wide range, with something for whatever type of movie or music lover you happen to be.
Unlike the Energy Take Classic 5.1, the biggest selling point for the HT-F6500W is probably its bevy of cutting-edge features. It comes with a Blu-ray player, built-in WiFi, and can connect to second screen devices (like a phone or tablet) via Bluetooth. And its rear surround speakers are wireless – they connect physically to a wireless receiver module, but don’t need to be cabled back towards the rest of the system. [$500; samsung.com]