It’s no secret that home cinema audio systems have come a long way in recent years. The days of compromising on sound quality are long gone, and today’s systems offer the ultimate listening experience. But, in a market flooded with choice, from easy-to-install wireless all-in-ones to professional-grade amplifiers with monstrous-sized speakers, it’s tricky to know where to begin. In this article, we’ll compare two of the leading home cinema audio systems that’ll offer you the best sound on the market — Steinway Lyngdorf and Artcoustic. Both systems provide a wealth of features and benefits, but which one is right for you? Let’s find out.

What is a home cinema audio system, and why do you need one?

Before we unpack our two best-in-class systems, let’s discuss what constitutes a home cinema audio system — because things can get a little hazy out there.

While some companies slap cinema-quality labels on their soundbars, true home cinema audio systems contain a larger set of speakers paired with an amplifier to create the ultimate surround sound experience. This can be anything from a basic 5.1 system, which includes five speakers and a subwoofer, to a more advanced 7.2 setup with seven speakers and two subwoofers.

But why would you want one? Besides the bragging rights, they bring unmissable cinema experiences into your home. Most modern TVs have built-in speakers, but these are usually relatively small and lack the power to bring your movies and TV shows to life. A home cinema audio system will completely transform your viewing experience, making you feel right in the middle of the action.

Now, let’s take a look at our competing systems.

Steinway Lyngdorf

Steinway Lyngdorf is a Danish audio company founded in 2005 to bring Steinway & Sons’ legendary piano sound to the home cinema market. The company’s most-used cinema product is the Steinway Lyngdorf Model S. This state-of-the-art speaker offers an unrivalled listening experience for a unit of its size.

The Model S is nothing short of extraordinary. And pairing four Model S satellite speakers with a centre channel and a subwoofer creates a true powerhouse regarding sound quality. One of the largest draws to Steinway Lyngdorf products is their proprietary RoomPerfect technology. Using this ingenious system, Steinway Lyngdorf creates the perfect sound in any room, regardless of size or shape. This means that you’ll always get the best possible audio, irrespective of where you place the speakers (although we’d recommend considering speaker placement).

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The Steinway Lyngdorf Model S is also one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. The included remote control is simple to use and allows you to easily adjust the volume, bass, and treble levels to suit your preferences. And you can also use the remote to control other Steinway Lyngdorf products if you have them.


  • Outstanding sound for home cinema and musical use cases
  • Breathtaking design and detail
  • Proprietary RoomPerfect technology creates the perfect sound in any room
  • The system and remote control are simple to use


  • One of the more expensive systems on the market.


Artcoustic always aimed to bring professional-grade sound to the home. The company is well known for its living room-friendly on-wall speakers that can be customised with bespoke grilles to match your room’s décor, and their loudspeakers are widely considered to be one of the best on the market.

Artcoustic products don’t just sound great, but they’re a true work of art. Their sleek design wouldn’t look out of place in an interior design mag and will complement any home cinema setup. Like their competitors, Artcoustic has proprietary software to support their fantastic products. The Acoustix technology creates a wide soundstage that envelops you in sound, making you feel right in the middle of the action.

While we’re on the subject of sound, it’s spectacular. Artcoustic’s speakers are powerful, and their subwoofers are particularly impressive. If you’re a fan of heart-pounding bass, then this system will appeal to you.


  • Impressive soundstage with punchy bass
  • Designer looks with options for customisation
  • Shallow dimensions require less floor space than most competitors
  • Inexpensive compared to similar systems


  • Audio quality isn’t best-in-class
  • Some clarity and accuracy issues during music playback

Which system is right for me?

There’s no question Steinway Lyngdorf and Artcoustic are two of the best home cinema audio systems available today. But, they’re not equal. If you’re looking for the absolute best sound quality, then Steinway Lyngdorf is the way to go. Their extensive experience, attention to detail, and commitment to delivering the best possible sound make it a top choice for serious audiophiles. They’ve produced a one-of-a-kind listening experience, especially in music.

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However, those experiences come with a cost. If you’re working with a tighter budget, and you’re focussed on mostly cinema use cases, Artcoustic offers a lot of bang for your buck and is still an incredible choice for home cinema audio. Artcoustic produces enough power to deliver the punch you expect from blockbuster movies from speakers that’ll uphold your home design.

Making decisions and installation simple

Still torn between the two systems? We can help. We have an Artcoustic and Steinway Lyngdorf London team that design and install these systems. Our engineers will help you navigate the home cinema space to create the best experience possible. Speak to a member of our team today.

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