Bose, which is known for its audio products, has single-, 2.1-, and 5.1-channel systems in its product lineup. These systems are offered with and without an internal DVD player. Bose products tend to be higher-priced.
The Denon brand is well known for its products in all categories of home-theater products, including single-, 2.1-, and 5.1-channel units. It also has surround sound bar units that are 1.1 (single bar speaker and subwoofer) or just a single bar speaker. The 5.1 systems are usually not offered with a DVD player included, while the 2.1 systems do include an internal DVD player. The products tend to be mid- to high-priced.
While generally known for its standalone audio components, Harman Kardon also has 5.1 home theater packages, which are generally mid-priced.
Well-known for its audio products, JVC offers 1.1-channel surround-sound bars, 2.1- and 5.1-channel systems with and without an internal DVD player. The cost is considered low- to mid-priced.
LG Electronics owns the Zenith brand in the United States. Its products include 5.1-channel home-theater systems with an internal DVD player or a Blu-ray player. Its products include 5.1-channel home-theater systems with an internal DVD player. The cost is considered low to mid-priced.
Onkyo products include 5.1- and 7.1-channel systems with and without an internal DVD player. Prices start at the mid-range and increase with additional features.
Panasonic manufactures 2.1-, 3.1-, and 5.1-channel systems that usually come with an internal DVD player—and in at least one case, a Blu-ray player. The products are competitively priced and widely available, including at Costco.
Philips has products in all home-theater categories, including the surround sound bar with subwoofer (with an internal DVD player), 1.0-, 1.1-, 2.1-, and 5.1-channel systems. Philips uses the Magnavox brand for its entry-level value products aimed at mass-market retailers. Philips products are now made by P&F, a joint venture between Philips and Funai, while Magnavox models are made by Funai.
Alco Electronics, a large Chinese consumer product company, acquired RCA’s name and product franchise for video products in 2007 and continues to introduce new products to this category in the value market, using the RCA brand.
Samsung carries all categories of home-theater systems including 1.1-channel sound bars, 2.1-, 5.1-, and 7.1-channel systems, including some with Blu-ray players. Prices tend to vary, ranging from low to high.
Sony makes consumer home-theater products in all categories, including a virtual surround sound bar and 5.1-channel systems, including some with Blu-ray players or wireless connectivity. Sony products cover the market, from low to high, with models for every budget.
The leading LCD TV brand Vizio now offers sound-bar speaker systems to complement its TV line.
Yamaha sells products in all categories of home theater, including surround sound bars and 5.1-7.1-channel systems. Prices tend to be on the higher side, but the line generally includes some mid-priced models.