...but that doesn't mean the best of them aren't worth hearing. Yes, we know not everyone can accomodate them – that's why soundbars are so popular – but these compact speaker systems are easier to accommodate than most. And best of all, they sound and look great.
Here we've chosen six of the best, from very affordable to somewhat pricey. Whichever package you chose, you won't be disappointed - those Blu-ray movies are going to sound great.
Tested at £600
The current incarnation of this multiple winner has a sonic character that retains its fast, spacious quality, but with extra detail and solidity. If you're looking for a simple, versatile surround solution, look no further.
Tested at £900
The Q7000i is a few years old now but it's still able to hold its own in a sea of speaker packages. It looks great and sounds it too, thanks to seamless integration and just the right amount of bass.
Tested at £1100
The B&W MT-50 package comprises crisp, clear, insightful satellite speakers and a subwoofer that integrates perfectly. For a compact package it delivers a large, open sound some more expensive packages struggle to match.
Tested at £1500
This Radius package remains a talented performer. It makes full use of the company's C-CAM driver technology to create a gapless surround field with crystal clear dialogue and satisfying low-end grunt.
Tested at £2400
The Monitor Audio Apex package delivers a truly large-scale sound that registers a sky-high entertainment factor with films. It's quite a dab hand with music too, making it a great all-rounder.