Vizio S4251W-B4

Hi-fi purists will scoff at this system’s price tag, and its use of a 42-inch-long soundbar instead of three separate speakers (right, left, and center). But you can easily drown out the doubters after a quick setup – the soundbar connects to the TV, and the rear speakers connect to the wireless subwoofer – and your first taste of 5.1-channel surround sound. The system is better suited for film and TV, but it can also stream music from devices using Bluetooth. [$250;]