Best speaker systems 2020: budget to premium, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos

It might mean rearranging the furniture. It might mean a lot of saving up. It might even mean moving to a bigger house. But for the full home cinema experience, a surround sound speaker package is the only way to go.

The first thing to consider is the number of channels. A 5.1 system is most common and comprises five speakers (two pairs of either floorstanding or standmount speakers and one centre speaker) and one subwoofer. But other arrangements are also available, from 7.2, which adds surround back speakers behind your seating position and an extra subwoofer, up to pretty much whatever your room can hold.

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