We carry those, too. Another big SVS advantage: gaming. A lot of our customers keep their gaming systems in small dens and spare bedrooms. SVS rocks. There are a few things more harmful to household harmony than a small living room with half the floor space cluttered with audio gear.
The Sonos 5. The second-generation Beam sound bar is only half as wide as many of the larger sound bars on the market yet is fully compatible with 3D audio in a variety of formats. The Sub subwoofer with its center-facing drivers can be placed nearly anywhere you have a spot of it, yet it can still provide floor-rattling sound effects.
Sonos has been a market leader with integrating Google Alexa, so you can stream from a variety of services and apps, configure the settings, and control additional speakers throughout your home just by using your voice. Apply AirPlay 2 makes it a snap to stream content from your Apple devices. Need to be considerate of neighbors or progeny sleeping in the next room?
Just activate Night Mode to reduce the volume of the booms and thuds while raising the level of the romantic whispers, so can keep the experience while keeping the peace. For decades, Bowers and Wilkins has provided monitor speakers to the artists, engineers, and producers who create your favorite music and soundtracks.
When you swivel an M1 Satellite Speaker into a horizontal position, it can excel as the center channel speaker of a 5. The M1s provide extraordinarily clear and focused sound, yet they can fit easily on a bookshelf, a table, or a floor stand, or you can use the included brackets to mount them on your wall. The ASW Compact Subwoofer barely takes up one square foot of floor space, yet delivers bass frequencies without distortion, even at a volume that rattles your windows.
This affordable system gives you sound and functionality that defies comprehension when you know how inexpensive it is. The Polk Audio React system provides astonishing 5. At the heart of the system is the React Sound Bar, which amazed bloggers, reviewers, and even audiophiles with its excellent sound, slim profile, and comprehensive Alexa implementation.
This model provides a significant upgrade to its sound and Alexa functionality and say goodbye to that distracting light ring , while still maintaining its compact size. Just scan the QR code on the back of the sound bar, and your Alexa app handles the rest, giving you very clear instructions and confirming when everything is ready to go.
Once you connect the other components, the system reconfigures its EQ settings to give you an immersive sound surround experience that we find immensely satisfying. Now we transition from the smaller, easy-to-set-up home theater systems to the bigger, knock-your-socks-off setups. The following systems were hand-picked by our experts, often mixed and matched from different audio brands.
Further, these bigger home theater systems are more customizable with respect to sound and design aesthetics. When you have a larger space and your wish list puts a theater-quality Dolby Atmos experience higher than wireless convenience, this Klipsch 5. Klipsch is legendary for their innovative speaker designs that apply technological breakthroughs to provide audiophile components within a very reasonable budget.
And this speaker system is no exception. All you really need to know is that from the tweeters to the subwoofers, these speakers sound fantastic. Well, perhaps one innovation deserves special attention: This set includes a pair of speakers that are designed specifically for Dolby Atmos content. Approved by Dolby, the RPSA Reference Monitors are configured to handle the height channels of Atmos content, which enables you and your home theater design consultant to configure your surround system with unbelievably precise speaker placement.
As far as best speaker systems go, this system defines best. One premier French speaker manufacturer plus one energetic subwoofer company equals one fantastic listening experience. And not only is this a high performing home theater setup, this system will sound just as good for your two-channel stereo listening when you just want to kick back and listen to some music.
With this particular package, the 4-way floorstanding speakers each feature a Dolby Atmos speaker planted into the top panel of the speaker. With a dedicated center channel as well as a pair of surround speakers which can be hung on the wall for a neat theater look—you will think fighter planes are soaring over your head as you watch the latest action film. We hope you have everything on the walls of your house securely fastened or else those items are destined to meet the floor.
Or more to the point: sound so real, so lifelike and so 3-dimensional, it suspends disbelief and puts you in the action. And the bigger and better the sound, the bigger and better the experience. The three types include:. This article covers the first two. For those interested in the third — a dedicated, custom designed and installed home theater — please contact us here. Our designers and home theater technicians will provide options, references and photos of award-winning, custom home theaters designed and built by World Wide Stereo to exacting specifications.
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Best Home Theater Systems of By Bob Cole. These speakers' hi-fi roots are made clear right from the off, majoring in detail, dynamic expression and a surefooted sense of rhythm. What might be more surprising, however, is just how much scale is on offer considering their modest footprint. For those who love a cinematic experience, but perhaps lack the space for floorstanders, this is an exceptional package. Crashes, bangs and wallops are thrown at the listener, as if physically tossed around the room with incredible cohesion as each speaker complements the others' character.
As a whole, the package times with military precision, driving forward with relentless momentum. Rarely are we so fully behind a speaker system for its work both in stereo and in surround sound, but with these Monitor Audio Silvers you truly are achieving both for the price of one.
This surround package partners two pairs of five-star stereo speakers — the supremely talented Debut 2. Dolby Atmos topper speakers are also available for an even more immersive sonic experience. Their subtle, sensible and silky sound production creates the kind of wonderfully open and detailed soundstage that true cinema sound is about. They put you in the heart of the action so succinctly that you almost forget about the speakers altogether. Read the full review: Elac Debut 2.
If space isn't an issue, you might want to treat yourself with this brilliant KEF set-up. It's big and bold, with a sound to match: you're treated to a beautifully immersive experience, where the speakers and sub working together to create a wonderfully coherent soundfield. And the bass, while powerful, is never overstated, meaning the sound is never muddied or coloured. Take the plunge and you won't be disappointed.
If it wasn't for Q Acoustics' stellar offerings in the 5. Award or two of its own. It pairs a quartet of Spektor 2 standmount speakers, back-to-back Award winners in their own right, with the Spektor Vokal centre speaker and small-yet-mighty Sub C-8 D subwoofer. It provides a fast, detailed and gratifyingly entertaining listen, with the sub providing plenty of scale.
Dialogue has a warmth to it that's sadly lost in many systems, and the impeccable sense of timing makes for a truly cinematic experience. Read the full review: Dali Spektor 2 5. But not only is it an absolute steal, it's also a very tidy, compact affair — so compact, in fact, that Jamo suggests you put the subwoofer under the sofa.
How's that for convenience? The sound is dynamic and full of body, and the low end — while a little soft — is ample for all but the most discerning of home cinema audiophiles. If that's you, you'll be happy to spend a bit more for a smoother sound, but the Jamo is still a fine option at the money.
This lends the Evoke a tenacious, premium sound consistent throughout the whole range and rhythmically taut across the frequency spectrum with a standout agile, low end. The system comprises Dynaudio's Evoke 50 floorstanders, the Evoke 25C centre speaker, two Evoke 10 bookshelf speakers and the sealed-box Sub 6.
Despite being on the large side, its clean, minimalist design lets the cabinets sit comfortably in most rooms. Read the full review: Dynaudio Evoke 50 5. For its accessible price, the Borea BR08 5. This system may require some tinkering to suit your space, Triangle suggests that the largest speakers, the BR08, will work best in rooms between m squared in size and recommends placing both the floorstanders and the bookshelf speakers 40cm from a rear wall and more than 50cm from the sides.
The BR08 in particular have a powerful low end and, despite being front-ported, proximity to the wall has a sizeable influence on this. But the package as a whole offers enjoyable, dynamic surround sound at a reasonable price. Read the full review: Triangle Borea BR08 5. We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London, Reading and Bath, where our team of experienced, in-house reviewers test the majority of hi-fi and AV kit that passes through our door. Each home cinema speaker package we test is paired with a reference level home cinema amp and is directly compared to the best in its price and features class — whether that's the current What Hi-Fi?
What Hi-Fi? We are always impartial and do our best to make sure we hear every product at its very best, so we'll try plenty of different films that show what each system is capable of with both advanced and standard audio formats. We'll also listen to high-quality music streams from across various genres, allowing for plenty of listening time. We like to make sure we're happy that the system is performing at its best before we start testing, so we carefully place the speakers in our listening room, tweaking positions if necessary and, of course, running them in before we begin reviewing.
All review verdicts are agreed upon by the team rather than an individual reviewer to eliminate any personal preference and ensure we're being as thorough as possible. Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? Included in this guide:. Dali Oberon 5 5. Specifications Channels: 5. Subwoofer: W. Reasons to avoid - Not the most authoritative. Wharfedale Diamond Finishes: Black, white, walnut, light oak.
Reasons to avoid - Doesn't have the scale of a floor stander system. Q Acoustics i 5. Finishes: Grey, walnut, black, white. Reasons to avoid - Not the most sophisticated looking. Q Acoustics' i bookshelf speakers form the basis of this beautifully balanced speaker package. Reasons to avoid - Subwoofer lacks outright impact. Monitor Audio Silver AV Finishes: Black, white, walnut, rosewood, oak, black gloss. Reasons to avoid - Requires extensive running in. Elac Debut 2.
We swapped it out for the Jamo S package because the Jamo system delivers better overall performance for the money. That said, the Focal remains a solid buy. This is especially true if you want a more compact system with smaller satellite speakers. It's also convenient that the up-firing Atmos drivers are built right into the left and front speakers so you don't need to buy add-on modules. If you're buying a home theater speaker package that requires a separate receiver, there are a few key factors you should look for when choosing a model.
First, you'll need to confirm how many speakers you plan to use in your setup. More speakers require more terminals on your receiver, so you'll want to make sure your AV receiver includes the necessary connections and processing support. To figure this out, you'll need to take a look at the "channel" specification on your receiver.
The number of channels a receiver supports correlates to the number of speakers you'll be able to set up. Channel designations are listed as a string of up to three numbers separated by decimal points. The first number refers to standard ear-level speakers left, right, center, surrounds.
The second number indicates how many subwoofers are supported for dedicated bass. The final number describes how many height speakers you can connect for Dolby Atmos overhead audio. For example, if you have a standard 5. If you have a 5. Dolby Atmos setups will also require a receiver with Dolby Atmos processing support. This feature is pretty standard on most receivers sold today, but the more advanced Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats aren't always supported on entry-level models.
Some receivers even support the latest HDMI 2. However, many first-gen HDMI 2. Though manufacturers have mostly sorted this out, we recommend hooking up next-gen consoles directly to your TV to avoid any issues. Finally, many receivers also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities for easy music streaming from mobile devices. Some receivers even include voice control support via separate Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices.
Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, and DTS Play-Fi protocols are all supported on select models as well, so you'll want to make sure that your receiver supports whatever format works best for your ecosystem. Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. You can purchase logo and accolade licensing to this story here. Disclosure: Written and researched by the Insider Reviews team.
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Best home theater system overall. Best budget home theater system. Best mid-range home theater system. Best high-end home theater system. Best wireless home theater system. What else we considered. How to choose a receiver. Steven is a Tech Editor for the Insider Reviews team, where he oversees streaming and home entertainment product coverage. Over his nine years of experience covering the audiovisual industry, Steven has reviewed numerous TVs, headphones, speakers, monitors, streaming players, and more.
He was one of a select number of journalists invited to get a hands-on first look at LG's first 8K OLED TV in , and is always excited to check out the newest and biggest displays on the market. Based on his extensive experience in the home theater industry, Steven served as one of the expert judges for the TV Shootout, the premier annual display competition that crowns the best TVs of the year. Steven also has a background in film criticism, having reviewed over movies and TV shows.
He uses his movie industry knowledge to help inform his coverage of the streaming and home entertainment markets. Steven's own home theater setup makes his passion for entertainment clear, complete with a inch HDR display and the biggest Dolby Atmos speaker system he can fit in his apartment.
And though he often spends his free time binging new series on every streaming service under the sun, he remains proud of his huge collection of Blu-ray discs. Floorstanding speakers are mainly used for the front left and right speakers in a home theater system, and maybe the surrounds if you have enough space — and money!
As these speakers are designed to reproduce low frequencies well, you may not even need a subwoofer as part of your system — many people will set up the room with a 5. The floorstanders will be great for music, but you might want a subwoofer to reproduce really low movie sound effects. Subwoofers are designed to produce all the really low-end bass rumble and come in various shapes and sizes. Most subwoofers are active, which means they have their own built-in amplifier — so all you need to do is connect a cable from the LFE or pre-out channel on your AV receiver.
Or, you may be able to connect speaker wire from your AV receiver and manually set the crossover on the subwoofer. For more details on the wiring options, take a look at my guide on how to connect a subwoofer. Unless you have experience in these matters, I would suggest you go with a powered subwoofer as it will make your life much easier. Smaller subs will be fine for filling out the bottom end in your room, but if you want to shake the room with movie effects, you will need a larger model.
A sealed sub is known as an acoustic suspension subwoofer, and these will tend to be more compact and provide a more dynamic and controlled lower-end. Whereas a ported subwoofer, also called a bass-reflex subwoofer, will have an open port to radiate the low frequencies.
Another design difference you might find is a down-firing subwoofer vs a front-firing or side-firing model. Although you will find varying opinions on this, the practical difference between the two is relatively small. A down-firing subwoofer may sound different depending on the type of floor surface, and it may have a more controlled sound if you need to place it near walls or corners.
However, the position in the room will make more difference than the direction the driver is firing. For more on this, you may find my guide to surround sound speaker placement useful. With its hidden cone, a down-firing subwoofer might have less chance of damage by inquisitive fingers and claws! Satellite speakers are small speakers used in surround systems, and they are common to find as part of a 5.
They can fit discretely into your room without the need for removing bits of furniture to fit them all in! While they are often used as the rear speakers in a 5. You can get compact ones for hiding around the room and larger ones for better frequency response. There are also cheap satellite speakers for those on a budget and high-end audiophile models — you just need to find the right balance for you, your room and your system. I have some of these dinky Cambridge Audio Minx Min 22 satellite speakers — I actually use them for Dolby Atmos height speakers — but they will work fine as surrounds.
They will even work as front speakers if you want something discrete — although you would probably want a subwoofer with them. The main disadvantage of a small speaker is the range of frequencies it can reproduce, and while it can sound great for mid and high frequencies, it will struggle to reproduce the lower end. However, if your satellites are in a speaker system with a subwoofer, this can work well — the subwoofer is used to handle the lower frequencies where the satellites will struggle.
If you have a problem, look at the article: Surround Sound Not Working? Check Out These Solutions. They both have a unique design with two speakers enclosed in one unit. These dual speakers fire in different directions simultaneously to create a less directional sound, which is ideal for surround speakers that are not meant to focus on your attention — just fill out the sound field.
In a bipole speaker, the audio is in-phase, meaning both speakers push and pull at the same time, while in a dipole speaker, the audio is out of phase by degrees. So, when one of the speakers is pushing, the other is pulling.
This creates a phase-cancellation effect which results in a very diffuse sound. Dolby recommends that you use either in-ceiling speakers, Dolby Atmos-enabled elevation speakers or soundbars. However, you can use pretty much any speaker for Dolby Atmos if you wish. Dolby Atmos elevation speakers are engineered to direct sound upwards so that the sound reflects off the ceiling.
They come in two types:. The main advantage of this type of speaker is that it will often be easier to install in your room. For example, Atmos-enabled modules can simply be placed on your existing speakers, so no wall brackets ruin your decor. Depending on your layout requirements, you can place these on the front left and right speakers — plus the surrounds too if you wish. The downside is they may not work effectively in all rooms as they need a flat and reflective ceiling to work their magic — and the ceiling needs to be relatively close.
Many users say they prefer the sound of standard direct-firing speakers mounted high in the room — rather than Atmos-enabled elevation speakers. So, you may be able to use some existing speakers that you already own and use these as your height speakers. They are an option that may be the best choice for you — or not.
Or, they can be wall-mounted high up and used to direct the Atmos effects down into your listening area. I prefer having this type of speaker mounted high and pointing down. But, try both and see which works best in your room. In-ceiling speakers might be the perfect solution if you want to keep your speakers out of the way.
You can get speakers that lie flat along the surface of the ceiling, or you can even get motorized speakers that move out of the ceiling at the touch of a button. Now that is cool! If you wish, you can use in-ceiling speakers for most of the speakers in a 5.
However, in my opinion, they work best as the surrounds, with standard direct-firing speakers creating the soundstage at the front. One ideal feature to look out for in an in-ceiling speaker is a tweeter that moves. With this, you can point the tweeter towards the listening position to improve the sound. This is useful because the high-frequencies that tweeters reproduce are more directional than lower frequencies. The Micca M-8C 8-inch in-ceiling speaker pictured below has a pivoting tweeter and is a popular good-value choice on Amazon.
The big downside of ceiling speakers is they can be more difficult and expensive to install than ordinary speakers. For a start, you would need to cut holes in the ceiling for the speakers, and you would need to run the cabling from the amplifier. Unless you are pretty nifty with a toolbox, it may be wise to pay a specialist installer to do this work for you, which would also be an added expense.
However, the results can be fantastic, and you really would have a system that resembles a cinema or theater. In-wall speakers are like ceiling speakers — but are fitted vertically into a wall instead. The decision on using either wall or ceiling speakers mainly comes down to the room you have, and it will depend on the shape of the room and the position of your home theater seating.
One option would be to use wall speakers for the surrounds and in-ceiling for your Dolby Atmos height speakers. Other than that, in-wall speakers have similar advantages and disadvantages to those in your ceiling. But, they can be more difficult and expensive to install, and the sound quality may not match the best bookshelf or floorstanding speakers.
As consumers, we have become used to wireless devices and would like that convenience in our home theater too. The most common application for wireless speakers in a home theater setup is the surrounds and the subwoofer — you can place the sub anywhere in a room, so it is great to have the freedom of a wireless subwoofer. The surrounds have always been the most difficult to run a length of speaker cable to — simply because they are furthest away from the AV receiver.
Buy an all-in-one system that comes with wireless speakers. I have listed a few possible choices in the guide to home theater systems. Buy a wireless speaker kit that is suitable for any powered speaker or subwoofer. Buy a Sonos Amp to power your passive speakers. Note, this can only be used for surround speakers as part of a Sonos surround sound system. Buy an AV receiver that supports wireless speaker technology. However, Yamaha MusicCast is the first system to allow wireless surround speakers in a 5.
Audiophiles have long questioned if a wireless connection can offer the same sound quality and reliability as a trusty old cable connection. And, while there have been significant improvements in wireless technology, that debate still continues. WiSA wireless technology is making significant progress in defining standards for high-resolution audio over wireless connections. In my opinion, the simple answer is no.
You can have whatever speaker layout you wish in your home theater. So, you can buy a simple stereo soundbar , a 2. Now you have a better understanding of the different types of home theater speakers, you should have a good idea of what you are looking for. Every speaker will have a sensitivity rating, and you may also see this referred to as efficiency.
Sensitivity is one of the most critical speaker specifications, which tells us how good a speaker is at converting the power it receives into sound. You can find more information here: Understanding Speaker Sensitivity and Efficiency. A speaker will be given a rating for the power it can handle, which is the power that it receives from the amplifier or AV receiver.
Also, when you read the numbers given for the amplifier and speaker, make sure that you compare like-with-like values. Your amplifier is designed to work with a specific impedance range, so check your amplifier specs, and make sure it supports the impedance of your speakers. A speaker is designed to reproduce specific frequencies, and the frequency response tells us this range. For example, a subwoofer may only reproduce frequencies between 20Hz and Hz, while a bookshelf speaker, which should sound good on its own, will be more in the range of 60Hz to 20kHz.
The chart of a speaker can also help give an idea of how it will sound in your room, and, ideally, a speaker will have a flat frequency response. A flat response means it can reproduce all frequencies equally given a fixed level input signal, although, in reality, it will never be perfectly flat. The chart above shows a typical frequency response chart for a speaker from an excellent article about understanding frequency response by Alesis.
You should go and read that if you want to understand more — plus, you can then go and bore your friends and family with your incredible knowledge. You need to see the chart for a particular speaker to know how well it reproduces the entire range, and the sound of the speaker is mainly determined by how well it reproduces the audible frequencies. Many speakers are designed with multiple drivers that reproduce specific parts of the frequency range. A crossover filters the incoming audio signal and passes specific frequencies to each driver in the speaker cabinet.
In general, a small speaker will be used for reproducing high frequencies and is called a tweeter, and they will usually have a dome-shaped diaphragm of around 1-inch in diameter. A bigger driver with a cone-shaped diaphragm will be better at reproducing low frequencies, and this type of speaker is called a woofer. A midrange driver fits somewhere between a tweeter and a woofer — it is like a woofer in design but is smaller in size — say, 5 to 8-inches in diameter.
While some speakers might have a single full-range driver, it is more common for a speaker cabinet to have one tweeter and one midrange driver or a woofer. This is where it gets subjective, and a good-sounding speaker for one person might not sound great to another. You can use all the specifications above to get a rough idea of the quality of a speaker, but the only proper way is to hear them. You do get what you pay for, so it should come as no surprise if the more expensive speakers sound better.
However, most of us have a limited budget, and only you know how important great sound is to you. When looking for home theater speakers, there are so many different options that it is impossible to have a complete list on one page. My aim here is to explain surround sound speakers and highlight the essential issues to look out for. However, I will now go through the different types discussed above and select my favorite for each category — in other articles, I will review more home theater speakers for each style.
SVS speakers are a solid choice for all types of home theater sound, and they are a favorite of mine. Just to be clear, this is a set of surround sound speakers without an amplifier, and you will need to connect them to a suitable AV receiver. One of the main features that will make this 5. Unless you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home theater room, it is always a difficult balance to find.
Most of us use a shared living space, so it is sometimes necessary to compromise on the equipment we install. They measure at 4. If you prefer, these Prime Satellite speakers can also be purchased separately and just used for surround speakers.
With a nominal impedance of 8-ohms and recommended amplifier power of watts, you will be able to run these perfectly with any AV receiver. They are rated with a frequency response of 69 Hz to 25 kHz. So, if you set your crossover at a typical 80 to 90 Hz in your receiver, you will get a nice transition between the satellite and subwoofer. If you are looking for a compact surround speaker system with a touch of class, you should think about the SVS Prime Satellite 5.
But they also have several wireless speaker solutions that can be used individually around your home — or connected to create a complete sound system. If you have used their products before, then you will know Sonos provide well-built and stylish speakers. It builds on the excellent performance of the older Playbar — and adds a few extra features that bring it right up to date. The Arc is a high-end soundbar with eleven Class-D amplifiers, and these power eight mid-range drivers and three silk-domed tweeters.
The speakers are arranged across the front, side, and top of the soundbar to create a more expansive sound field. The tweeters create the crisp high-frequencies — and the mid-range woofers deliver the rest of the audio for music, sound effects and dialogue.
Although this soundbar provides a full sound on its own, you can also pair it with the Sonos Sub to get even more bass from movies and music. I do prefer having the bass delivered from a dedicated subwoofer. If not, you can use the supplied adapter and use the optical audio output on your TV instead.
This article explains more about how to connect a soundbar to your TV. This will cover most of the audio formats delivered by your TV. However, you should be aware that there is no support for any form of DTS audio. This is most likely to be an issue if you are trying to watch a movie from a DVD or Blu-ray player connected to your TV.
If your TV is sitting on a stand or cabinet — and there is enough room — then you can simply place the Arc below your TV. It is usually best to position a soundbar just below the TV. Sonos has also developed room optimization software called Trueplay. It is common for AV receivers to have auto room optimization tools that allow you to analyze and balance the sound in your room. However, Sonos has now introduced this feature in a soundbar with Trueplay.
This is a positive development that will allow more people to get the best from their speakers. If the Sonos Arc is too big for your room, then the smaller Sonos Beam soundbar might work better for you. They sit above the cheaper Reference Series speakers in the pecking order. This means that, although you will need to pay more for RP speakers, you will get higher-quality engineering and components.
As with all home theater equipment, you need to decide what level of investment you are prepared to make for better sound quality. But you will get better all-round performance with the RP speakers. The two 5. This provides a lightweight and rigid cone and will match perfectly any other Klipsch speakers in your system. This is a magnetic fit for easy removal if required. The tweeter is placed in a proprietary silicon composite Tractrix horn which ensures the high frequencies are directed at the listening area.
Any center speaker needs to offer a balanced sound — with voices sounding full and clear at the same time. The RPC has no worries on that front. You have a choice of finishes with this speaker. Available in Ebony and Walnut finishes, you have a choice of color to match your room.
Of course, ideally, you will also match this speaker with the front left and right speakers in your system. Klipsch has a number of bookshelf and floorstanding Reference Premiere speakers which will work well with this center speaker. Whilst not the largest center speaker that you can buy, you should be aware that it is a fair size. But, as with all good speakers, the physical size does help to get the full sound that you might be missing from smaller models.
You could step down a level to the Reference series and try the Klipsch RC center speaker for size. Some of the materials used vary from the RPC, but you will still get an excellent performance. There were so many great bookshelf speakers I could have included here.
Models that produce an excellent sound at a range of prices. However, I have chosen a speaker from one of my favorite brands.
This is an entry-level audio solution designed for buyers on a budget with smaller rooms. In that context, it delivers great value, but it's not suited for audiophiles. The Jamo S Home Cinema package delivers big, immersive sound and an elegant design for a reasonable price. Pros: Bundle with 5. Cons: Requires a separate AV receiver, Dolby Atmos modules not included in bundle, cabinet material is a bit fragile. If you're looking for a middle ground between our best overall and best high-end picks, the Jamo S Home Cinema bundle is the perfect fit.
This beautiful 5. In fact, this is the system I use in my own living room, and I couldn't be happier with it. The S floorstanding speakers even feature a specially designed fastening system to seamlessly connect Jamo's 8 ATM Dolby Atmos modules.
These up-firing speakers add overheard audio effects to your room by bouncing sound off your ceiling. Though sold separately, I recommend purchasing a pair to complete a full 5. Standard 5. Adding the Atmos modules opens things up even more, creating a dome of sound. On the downside, the exterior finish on the speakers is delicate.
One of my floor-standing models came with slight cosmetic damage. It wasn't enough to warrant a return, but the material is a bit more fragile than I'd like. It's also important to note that Jamo's Atmos modules have been in short supply, but restocks do pop up at retailers like Crutchfield. If you're interested in a mid-range Atmos system and don't want to hunt down extra add-on speakers, you should consider the Focal Sib Evo 5.
For the money, I prefer the sound quality of the Jamo system, but the Evo is more compact and has Atmos built-in. If you can afford it, Klipsch's Reference Premiere 7. Pros: Incredible 7. Cons: Very expensive, large speakers require more space, needs a receiver for power and processing. All of the other home theater packages included in this guide are great performers in their own right, but Klipsch's Reference Premiere 7.
Designed for true enthusiasts, this is the speaker package to buy if you want a full movie theater experience in your living room. Though there are a few different Reference Premiere speakers you can mix and match together, this particular 7. In total, the system offers nine speaker channels so you'll need a 9-channel receiver to enable the full 7. Klipsch is well known for its proprietary Tractrix horn-loaded technology, and that audio tech is put to good use here. Performance is simply stunning, with range, clarity, imaging, and bass that outclass all of our less expensive recommendations.
Of course, not everyone is going to have a room large enough to accommodate a setup like this, and only the most serious home theater enthusiasts will want to spend several thousand dollars on speakers. For those willing to make the investment, however, the Reference Premiere series is hard to beat. Expert reviews rave about the performance.
High-Def Digest gave the speakers a 4. There really isn't a completely wireless home theater on the market yet, but the Enclave Audio CineHome II is about as close as it gets, allowing you to set up a surround sound system without any speaker wires. To be clear, each speaker still needs to be plugged into a power outlet or strip, and you do still need to run an HDMI cable to your TV. Instead, the speakers all use WiSA Wireless Speaker and Audio Association technology to wirelessly connect to the included transmitter.
Together, the five speakers and 8-inch subwoofer offer solid audio performance, but sound quality won't match comparably priced wired home theater systems. This means you can't get full lossless audio from Blu-ray discs, but you'll still get surround sound using standard Dolby and DTS processing. The updated model features a more modern design, along with some new connectivity features, like eARC and support for adding even more speakers via modular upgrades that the company plans to offer.
Focal Sib Evo 5. This 5. We swapped it out for the Jamo S package because the Jamo system delivers better overall performance for the money. That said, the Focal remains a solid buy. This is especially true if you want a more compact system with smaller satellite speakers. It's also convenient that the up-firing Atmos drivers are built right into the left and front speakers so you don't need to buy add-on modules.
If you're buying a home theater speaker package that requires a separate receiver, there are a few key factors you should look for when choosing a model. First, you'll need to confirm how many speakers you plan to use in your setup. More speakers require more terminals on your receiver, so you'll want to make sure your AV receiver includes the necessary connections and processing support.
To figure this out, you'll need to take a look at the "channel" specification on your receiver. The number of channels a receiver supports correlates to the number of speakers you'll be able to set up. Channel designations are listed as a string of up to three numbers separated by decimal points. The first number refers to standard ear-level speakers left, right, center, surrounds.
The second number indicates how many subwoofers are supported for dedicated bass. The final number describes how many height speakers you can connect for Dolby Atmos overhead audio. For example, if you have a standard 5. If you have a 5. Dolby Atmos setups will also require a receiver with Dolby Atmos processing support. This feature is pretty standard on most receivers sold today, but the more advanced Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats aren't always supported on entry-level models.
Some receivers even support the latest HDMI 2. However, many first-gen HDMI 2. Though manufacturers have mostly sorted this out, we recommend hooking up next-gen consoles directly to your TV to avoid any issues. Finally, many receivers also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities for easy music streaming from mobile devices. Some receivers even include voice control support via separate Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices. Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, and DTS Play-Fi protocols are all supported on select models as well, so you'll want to make sure that your receiver supports whatever format works best for your ecosystem.
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The iLive 5. The system has a stunning sound output that will ensure that you enjoy media in an immersive mode like never before. If you prefer to connect the home theater to your gadgets wirelessly, the iLive 5. If you want to use Bluetooth, it comes with the latest version, and the audio will not suffer from any latency. The flexibility means that you will not have to go back to the store to buy dongles or extra cables.
You are better off spending that money elsewhere. With these six speakers, you will have no problem throwing a party on the weekend or just enjoying some Netflix on Saturday night. Connectivity on the iLive 5. The range includes the distance that you can control the speaker from with the remote as well. If you are considering the home theater for quiet home entertainment, you will be thrilled to know that the satellite speakers and soundbar are designed to be wall mountable. It comes with the perfect speakers for your weekend outdoor parties and similar events.
When it comes to sleekness, the Klipsch HD speakers are a great pick. The home theater system comes with four satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a matching center speaker. All these features aim to provide you with a complete compact system that incorporates crisp dialogue and excellent musical touch. Klipsch uses the Klipsch Micro Tractrix horn to provide tweeter in its speakers.
The technology is also evident in the Klipsch HDT The innovation enables increased audio output and provides a superior detailed reproduction. To make it more powerful, the brand used the technology in each of the five speakers. The speakers expand midbass bandwidth, ensuring that the sound blends ideally.
The bass enhancement design in the speakers also provides enough sound to fill a room. Overall the sound system of the HDT is top-notch, providing an excellent audio listening experience. As stated earlier, the HDT is sleek in design. The manufacturers went out of their way by providing a color that strikes any choice of style.
Apart from the color, the overall design of the speakers is not conventional. Apart from that, setting up the system is easy, and a manual is available. Overall, the HDT guarantees efficiency and apt functionality. If you are after robust and detailed sound for your home theater space, Philips HTSB is a worthy pick. This system exceeds your expectations by offering an immersive listening sound experience.
These home theater speakers come with a rich bass sound that captures low frequencies and recreates them into audible ranges. In return, you get to listen to uncompromised quality sounds with more boom and panache. With a 90W RMS output power, these speakers take your home audio to the next level.
You get to play games, listen to music, and watch movies with a vibrant sound. The speakers feature sleek and stunning speakers that blend well into your home decor. The home theater is Bluetooth enabled. This efficient wireless technology allows you to connect to other Bluetooth devices and play your best tunes; it could be from your phone, tablet, or laptop. Inboard is also an FM tuner that lets you catch up with your favorite radio stations for some engaging topics, music, or news.
With a 5. Additionally, the 5. You get to enjoy the convenience of accessing more digital music and photos. The home theater includes a remote control to pause, increase, or reduce volume at the comfort of your couch. The market is saturated with a plethora of sound systems, and getting the best home theater speakers can be a daunting process.
You will find multiple variations, so it is essential to determine aspects such as the size of your room, the design, material, sound quality, connectivity, and more. A slew of people prefer large sound systems because they believe that huge speakers produce loud and quality resonance. However, with improved technology, you can find quite portable home theater systems producing quality sounds.
The size of your living room is the best determination element when choosing your speakers. A large and open sitting room with curved ceilings will require different sound systems compared to a small or medium-sized space. If you have small children playing around, you might opt for speakers that can be mounted to the wall.
If your space is a dedicated theater room, you can get floor-standing loudspeakers. You can also find suitable theater seating designed with the right fabrics to improve the audio quality. It is vital to consider the sound of the speakers, and elements such as the manufacturing materials.
You can look out for speakers that have a moderate enclosure design. Speakers that have a broad enclosure style tend to produce a sound that is reverberating inside. Such speakers offer reduced sound output or quality. The surround sound can help you pick excellent home theater speakers. A sound system with a 5. Some speakers offer surround sound quality lower than 5.
It is crucial to note that not all home theater speakers provide amplified speakers. You can look out for a system with amplified speakers to improve your listening experience. You can also select a system with a subwoofer to help stabilize the total sound output generated by the speakers.
Additionally, some home theater speakers come with equalizers, but if they do not, you can get an external one. Equalizers enable you to fine-tune the resonance to fit your preference and environment. When selecting home theater speakers, look for durable ones. Speakers manufactured using polished wood or aluminum are long-lasting compared to those made from plastics.
The market is currently flooded with a wide range of home theater speakers. Choosing the best can be quite confusing. However, with this detailed review of the best home theater speakers, there is no doubt that you will make a great choice. So, now that you've finished this guide, you'll be able to revisit our list of the best home theater speakers! The number of speakers to get for your home theater entirely depends on your needs and the amount of space you have.
A traditional setup has five home theater speakers. The center speaker might be a soundbar that you place under the television. For example, they may add two Atmos speakers on each side. The use of big speakers for home theaters is a relatively new phenomenon. A few years ago, most families opted for a high-quality subwoofer and a bunch of smaller speakers. As the number of people identifying as audiophiles increased, more and more people started opting for bigger speakers with similarly-sized drivers.
Power delivery will largely determine the performance of your home theater speakers. Higher power home theater speakers will sound better than their low power equivalents. Ensuring that you at least hit the minimum recommended wattage for your speakers will guarantee you clean sound at average listening volumes. For example, if you have 80 watts per channel, go for watts to boost the sound level without distorting the audio quality.
Going for watts for each channel will produce decent sound for most people regardless of the setup. You may have heard about 5. Simply, these numbers refer to the speaker-woofer configurations. Atmos speakers are used to create a 3D sound experience, which increases immersion when watching movies or live music concerts.
For example, 7. Yes, you can. The concept of wireless home theater speakers is relatively new. The obvious question is, how are wireless speakers powered? There are two ways. Some have rechargeable batteries, while others come with a cable you can connect to a power source. Connecting a cable from the individual speakers to the power outlet also means that you lose some of the esthetic benefits of a wireless connection.
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Editors choice. Acoustic Audio AA Monoprice 5. Best value. Summary List 9. Editors choice: Acoustic Audio AA 8. Logitech Z Surround Sound 9. Logitech Z 9. Onkyo HT-S 8. Klipsch HDT 8. See on amazon. Read More. Key Features Bluetooth-powered Sleek design Integrated audio amplifier for connecting to different devices. Pros Easy to install Produces good audio quality Provides multiple channels for connection Comes with an enhanced bass system.
Buy This Product. Key Features Comes with 5 speakers Supports 5. Pros Powerful sound Clarity even at high volume Lots of connection modes. Cons Some settings are difficult to understand.