There are different types of home theatre shoppers. Some want a high-power audio system with earth-shaking lows that can replicate theater audio. Others don’t care about the audio and details – they just want something that can complement their home decor. And then there is the biggest group – those who want a decent system that will improve their movie- and TV-watching experience without spending much.
The problem is, when it comes to choosing the best home theatre for our needs, we’re spoiled with options. From the elegant-looking Bose speakers to the deep bass Klipsch speakers to the high-end $90,000 Bowers & Wilkins home theater systems, there is really no shortage of options. In this article we’ll introduce you to the best home theater systems for every need.
The Best Wireless 5.1ch Home Theatre System
1. Bose Soundbar 700 with Bass Module 700 & Surround Speakers
Bose speakers are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to quality audio, and the Bose Soundbar 700 surround system speakers are no exception. Every component in this home theatre system is part of the new Bose family of smart wireless speakers.
The soundbar offers an unmatched combination of elegant design and exceptional sound. Featuring a perforated wraparound metal grille, tempered glass top, and clean lines, the Bose Soundbar 700 is truly a beauty to behold.
But the true power of the Bose Soundbar 700 system is seen in what lies under the sleek exterior. From clear dialogue to deep bass, the wireless speakers pump out rich, spacious sound that brings depth and crisp and thrilling audio to everything you hear.
And with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, you couldn’t ask for anything more in a wireless home theatre system. You can play anything you want, anywhere at home, and from any device. The soundbar 700 is also Alexa-enabled, so you can enjoy music, news, and many other services without lifting a finger. At a price of nearly $1,700, this home theatre system is also very expensive.
The Smartest Home Theater System
2. Sonos 5.1 Home Theatre Surround Set
Sonos speakers are well-known for their depth and crisp sound. The Sonos 5.1 Home Theatre Surround Set is the perfect home theater for the “smart home” enthusiasts. The surround set includes a PLAYBAR, two Sonos One speakers, and a subwoofer.
The Sonos One delivers crisp surround sound with no obtrusion while the PLAYBAR delivers powerful, realistic sound and dialogue thanks to its nine amplified drivers. The heavy, yet stylish sub pushes out deep punches without rattle.
When it comes to connectivity, nothing does it better than Sonos. Even a 5-year old child can set it up thanks to its plug-and-play design. But their key selling point is the voice-controlled wireless speakers. Sonos One speakers seamlessly connect with Amazon Alexa over Wi-Fi.
The seamless integration with Alexa allows you to play music, turn the volume up, get news and weather forecasts, manage your smart devices and enjoy the same things that Alexa can do. And when you combine voice with the Sonos app, you’ll be able to manage all your music in one place – Spotify, Amazon Music, Internet Radio, Apple Music, etc. At a price of $1,685, the Sonos 5.1 system is on par with the Bose Soundbar 700.
The Best Budget Home Theatre System
3. Yamaha YHT-4930 UBL
The Yamaha YHT-4930 is a decent 5.1ch home theater system for your budget. At a price of $459, the YHT-4930 offers exceptional features you might not find elsewhere.
Since Yamaha makes many AV systems, this home theater system is essentially an AV receiver bundled with five satellite speakers and a subwoofer to make a complete surround system. The small speakers add unobtrusive sound to your living room while the sub adds quality depth to the sound.
The subwoofer is rated 100 watts and has a six-and-a-half-inch cone. It should offer enough bass for movies and TV without occupying a large space. All the speakers are wired, but that is acceptable considering the price of this system. While the YHT-4930 is great for movies and TV shows, it tends to distort when pushed to the limits.
The Best Audio & Video Streaming Home Theatre System
4. Sony BDVE3100 ($690)
The Sony BDVE3100 is an affordable, yet powerful 5.1ch home theatre system that comes with a wealth of attractive features.
The system includes a full-range bass reflex center speaker, surround, and front speakers, rated 250W, 125 W and 125W respectively, while the sub is rated 250W. Combined, they push out an overall output power of 1000W RMS.
The system is capable of streaming music from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones with just a single touch. It also supports video streaming and can stream content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, etc., as long as it’s connected to the Internet. The system also plays DVDs and Blu-ray discs without issues. The high power rating coupled with support for DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD ensures you get high fidelity sound without obstruction.
The Best High-End Home Theater System
5. Aperion Audio Verus 3 ($5,844) Paired with the Nad T 777 V3 ($2,499)
If you want an extremely powerful system with a sound that replicates a movie theater, the Aperion Audio Verus 3 7.1ch sound system is the way to go.
Aperion Audio makes extremely powerful gear. Their new Verus 3 range of speakers are the real deal. With this system, expect crisp sound with earth-shaking bass. The speakers you get are also out of this world and come with hefty, yet classy cabinets with rich audio that can satisfy even the most jaded audiophiles.
To power these speakers, you’ll also need a beast of a receiver, and the Nad T777 V3 is the best match for it. On the downside, the company doesn’t provide the speaker specifications. Also, at a price of nearly $8,000, this home theater system is not for the average consumer.
This our list of the best home theater systems you’ll find on the market today, based on different user needs. We hope you’ve found the home theater of your choice and learned something new. Feel free to comment and share.