Sony reimagines a home-theatre-in-a-box system for the 2010s
The idea of a soundbar accompanied by surround speakers and a subwoofer is a bit of an odd one. The huge success of soundbars has been based on people's distaste for multiple boxes – those who fell out of love with all-in-one systems. Now the clutter is piling up again. I, for one, couldn't be happier.
Sony's £500 RT5 system imitates last year's Philips Fidelio B5 by offering not just a soundbar and subwoofer, but surround speakers too. Yet while Philips chose to have the surrounds battery-powered (charged by attachment to the main 'bar), Sony's additional cabinets plug into your mains. Okay, so this means they aren't technically wireless, but the important thing to consider here is that there's no speaker cable to feed around skirting boards or under rugs.