Should I get a home theater system or just a sound bar?

Episode 1204 (2:01:43)

Joshua from New Jersey
Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson. Leo uses the Sonos system. But he says the real surround systems can't be beat.

Home theaters in a box (HTIB), like this one from Onkyo, are good because he'll get a bluray player and receiver with Dolby 7.1 sound speakers and a subwoofer. But even a 5.1 or 3.1 system would be great -- better than a sound bar. Should Josh go wireless? Leo says no, because there often isn't enough bandwidth. He should just focus on getting a good left/right/center and sub.