Best speaker packages


It might mean rearranging the furniture. It might mean moving to a bigger house. But if you want the full home cinema experience, a surround sound speaker package is the only way to go.

Whether you're watching all-out action-fests or beard-stroking foreign art films, a 5.1 (or Dolby Atmos) speaker system will enhance your experience no end. You can spend anywhere from a few hundred pounds to thousands - so how do you know which system is right for you? By checking our list below, that's how. All of these get the What Hi-Fi? seal of approval, so you're guaranteed a great sonic experience. Prices range from under £500 to a sizeable £10k.

(If you're really tight on space, though, a soundbar or soundbase is the next best thing.)

Under £500

Wharfedale DX-2

Wharfedale proves you can get movie magic on a small scale with the delightful DX-2. It's compact, stylish and sounds entertaining too.


Dimensions (speakers): 19 x 12 x 12cm | Two finishes - black, white | Subwoofer 70W | Single set of terminals

Reasons to Buy
Great integration
Plenty of detail, dynamics and punch
Impressive heft
Compact design
Eye-catching price
Reasons to Avoid
Speaker terminals are a tight fit

Under £1000

Q Acoustics 3010i 5.1 Cinema Pack

Q Acoustics' 3010i bookshelf speakers form the basis of this excellent speaker package. It's a beautifully-balanced system with an expressive centre channel and a clear, musical presentation.


5.1 speaker package | 150W active subwoofer | Grey, walnut, black, white colour finishes

Reasons to Buy
Clear, musical presentation
Well-integrated, tonally well-balanced soundfield
Expressive, clear centre channel
Sub provides healthy low-end rumble
Can fill a big room
Reasons to Avoid
Subwoofer lacks outright impact

Under £2000

Monitor Audio Bronze B5 AV


Gold anodised C-CAM tweeters | 5 1/2in bass and bass/midrange drivers | 25cm subwoofer

Reasons to Buy
Great dynamics and musicality
Good space and organisation
Enough punch for adventurous soundtracks
Accommodating design
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £3000

Monitor Audio Silver 200 AV12

The Silver 200s prove every bit as likeable in a surround sound package as they are in stereo.


6 finishes | 500W Class-D subwoofer | Bipole/Dipole rears

Reasons to Buy
Clear, balanced sound
Expressive and fun
Excellent integration and versatility
Impressive sense of body and scale
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Dolby Atmos

Jamo S 807 HCS

This isn't just a fun and endearing 7.1 Atmos package at a budget price, it's a practical size too.


7.1 Atmos | Bi-wireable

Reasons to Buy
Energetic, dynamic and detailed
S 807s can happily be used in stereo
Attractive and practical design
Reasons to Avoid
Slight coarseness to treble
Centre and surrounds don't match the S 807s’ talents or integrate too well
Bass a little soft

Money no object

PMC Twenty5 23 5.1

A set-up so good, we're using it as our new reference surround package. This system continues PMC's tradition for rhythmic intelligence, punch and drive and will hold your attention right up to the final credits.


G-weave mid/bass cone | 400W Class-D amplifier in subwoofer | Transmission line bass loading

Reasons to Buy
More detailed, dynamic and punchy than predecessor
Power and bass range belying their size
Premium build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note