I myself have had surround sound speaker systems and now I currently have the sound bar system for my television for watching movies, sports and music channels. I’m going to talk a little about both sound bar vs surround sound and which I prefer to have.
When buying a speaker system for the home the first thing to look at is the size of the room that your system is going in. If it’s smaller than 300 square feet it is better to have a soundbar because the surround sound speakers would be too much for that size of a room. The sound bar is more easy for the hook up and installation. All you have is the one long speaker with 4 or 5 speakers built into one that would sit under your TV or mounted to a wall…..much more simple. When you have a soundbar you don’t have all the speakers with the wires hanging around your walls and getting tangled and just not looking very good. You can also find sound bars that bring out the same effects as you would in a surround sound systems
If your home is greater than 300 square feet it’s probably better to have a home theater system with the surround sound speakers so you can separate all your different sound by placing your speakers apart from one another. These are a little more involved with the installation because you have more speakers to set up around your room along with wires unless you have wireless speakers. The home theater surround system is a little more costly than the sound bar would be
I have had both systems in my homes and I prefer the sound bar more than the surround sound speaker.The surround sound home theater is so much louder than the sound bar and it’s more involved with the speaker mounting on the walls etc. I”m a simple man myself. You can’t even hear yourself think when watching a movie. They do sound really good. Its like your really at the moves. Myself if I wanted to go to the movies I would just go to the movies. The sound bar is just so much easier to deal with and if you shop around you can find a really good sound bar that would fit right into your home . This is just what I myself prefer