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These Are the Home Theater Speaker Systems That Amp Up the Surround-Sound Experience

Bestproducts.com Logo By Stefan Vazharov of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 8: A good home theater speaker system is the difference between watching TV and completely immersing yourself in the onscreen action. You're just not going to get cinematic sound quality with a soundbar alone. Surround-sound setups usually consist of five speaker units and a bass module, or they comprise a soundbar, two satellite speakers, and a wireless sub. But there’s more to a home theater system than just the hardware. The Best Home Theater Speaker Systems:Best Overall: Yamaha YHT-5950UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater SystemA Runner-Up With a Soundbar: Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR Home Theater SystemBest Budget: Vizio SB3651ns-H6 Home Theater SystemBest for Small Spaces: JBL Bar 5.1 Wireless SoundbarThe Bose Pick: Bose Soundbar 700 Home Theater SetThe Most Immersive Sound: JBL Bar 9.1 Home Theater System with Dolby AtmosThe Sonos Pick: Sonos 5.1 Home Theater Surround Sound SystemWe spent many hours researching the best home theater audio systems. We read reviews from other industry experts, as well as user feedback about the products. The products that we selected are all highly rated and from well-known audio brands. The majority of the home theater systems that we picked have a soundbar as their centerpiece. They are easier to install, and they don't require an audio receiver. Multi-speaker systems, on the other hand, require more space and time to get running. Thankfully, the sonic experience they deliver is worth the additional efforts. To get the best sound possible, home-theater speakers have to support audio formats from Dolby Audio and DTS. Today’s streaming content is often enhanced by them, so we ensured that all products on this list offer at least basic compatibility. Wi-Fi connectivity, just like support for enhanced sound, is an essential feature to look for in a home theater system. It will allow you to effortlessly stream audio content from a phone, a laptop, or a tablet. Save for our budget pick (which still has Bluetooth connectivity), all products on this list have onboard Wi-Fi. Like most things in tech, the more money you spend, the better the quality will be. We recommend going all in for the best at-home audio experience, rather than settling for a subpar system that you'll immediately want to replace. Available in a multitude of configurations, these are our top seven home theater speaker systems that are well worth the investment.

A good home theater speaker system is the difference between watching TV and completely immersing yourself in the onscreen action. You're just not going to get cinematic sound quality with a soundbar alone.

Surround-sound setups usually consist of five speaker units and a bass module, or they comprise a soundbar, two satellite speakers, and a wireless sub. But there’s more to a home theater system than just the hardware.

The Best Home Theater Speaker Systems:

We spent many hours researching the best home theater audio systems. We read reviews from other industry experts, as well as user feedback about the products. The products that we selected are all highly rated and from well-known audio brands.

The majority of the home theater systems that we picked have a soundbar as their centerpiece. They are easier to install, and they don't require an audio receiver. Multi-speaker systems, on the other hand, require more space and time to get running. Thankfully, the sonic experience they deliver is worth the additional efforts.

To get the best sound possible, home-theater speakers have to support audio formats from Dolby Audio and DTS. Today’s streaming content is often enhanced by them, so we ensured that all products on this list offer at least basic compatibility.

Wi-Fi connectivity, just like support for enhanced sound, is an essential feature to look for in a home theater system. It will allow you to effortlessly stream audio content from a phone, a laptop, or a tablet. Save for our budget pick (which still has Bluetooth connectivity), all products on this list have onboard Wi-Fi.

Like most things in tech, the more money you spend, the better the quality will be. We recommend going all in for the best at-home audio experience, rather than settling for a subpar system that you'll immediately want to replace. Available in a multitude of configurations, these are our top seven home theater speaker systems that are well worth the investment.

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