TimesOnline: Whether it’s the crash-bang surround-sound effects of an action movie or the stirring theme of an epic, audio is vital to the cinematic experience. So it’s a shame that many home theatre systems (a DVD player, a surround-sound amplifier and often speakers) sacrifice acoustic quality to keep prices low. You get plenty of somic boom for your money, but nothing subtle. That’s most evident when you want to enjoy, say, a Shakira concert, and is even more noticeable when playing albums in stereo.
Home cinema that sounds as good as a high quality CD system is appealing and negates the need for a separate hi-fi, reducing clutter. But penny-pinching aside, there are technical reasons why it is hard for one system to perform both tasks well. The five small satellite speakers plus subwoofer routinely employed by home cinema are not suited to producing a sophisticated performance in stereo, and nor are most surround-sound amplifiers and DVD players.