If you’re not sure what is the difference between a soundbar and a home theater system, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll point out the difference between the two systems which will hopefully help you with your buying decision.

1. Soundbar Speaker System:

Samsung HW-F450 2.1 Channel 280-Watt Soundbar

A soundbar speaker is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a long speaker bar that sits under your TV or hangs above it with a subwoofer that you can place anywhere around your TV.Soundbars are usually preferred be anyone who does not have a lot of space, since the soundbar can be wall mounted or fitted right under the TV, it does not require any additional space. Also, it’s very simple to hook up to the TV and does not require any special wiring… you can have it setup within minutes!

There’s a number of available soundbars available:

HD Soundbar: perfect for an HD sound experience. If you have an HD TV and media player, your set will be complete with this soundbar.

3D Soundbar: a great addition for someone who has a 3D TV/player. It can also be used with HD TVs, but it will provide more powerful and immersive sound with a 3D player.

Wireless Soundbar: This means that the soundbar connects wirelessly to the subwoofer.

Bluetooth Soundbar: A Bluetooth enabled soundbar allows you to connect the speaker to any Bluetooth enabled device, such as your phone, MP3 player or tablet.

A soundbar can have one of many of the features above, and that should affect it’s price. The average price point for a high quality soundbar would be anywhere from $150 to $300+

You can read our following posts for the top rated soundbars:

Soundbar Speakers Under $300

Commonly Asked Questions about Soundbars

Best Rated Soundbar: Samsung HW-F450 2.1 Channel 280-Watt Soundbar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer

2. Home Theater System:

Panasonic SC-BTT490 Energy Star 5.1-Channel 1000-Watt Full HD 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System with Built-in Wi-Fi

First thing you’ll notice from the photo above, a home theater system includes many speakers (unlike a soundbar which is just one speaker). A home theater system usually includes different type of speakers: floor standing speakers, a center speaker, satellite speakers and a subwoofer. Since this system includes more speakers, you should expect bigger sound from it in comparison to a soundbar, but it also requires a lot of space, so it’s a better choice for someone with a large room.

Home theater speakers are usually labelled with numbers such as 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and such, the number refers to the number of speakers this system has. For example: a 5.1 home theater system has 5 speakers total and 1 subwoofer. And because you have a number of speakers to connect, home theaters are usually more complicated to connect and set up. Your system should also include either a DVD player or a Blu-Ray player, for a true high quality experience, we recommend you go for a blu-ray set.

The price range for home theater systems is $200 to $500 and more, this will depend on the type of system you’re going for: DVD or Blu-ray and of course, the number of speakers it includes.

Here are a few suggested posts on Home Theater Systems:

Home Theater Systems Under $500

How to Set Up a Home Theater System

Best 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater Systems

Surround Sound Speaker Systems

We hope this post has helped you in understanding the difference between a soundbar speaker system and a home theater system.


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