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Speakers of the House: 4 Surround Sound Systems Under $500

SPY logo SPY 3/19/2019 Brad Smith
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* Up your home entertainment system with a good speaker set

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* Choosing the right speakers can turn any mundane flick into an auditory masterpiece

* Check out our top four picks for best surround sound systems under $500

Movie aficionados know that the real trick to a good home theater setup lies in the audio. That’s why we’ve found the best home video speakers under $500. For movie nights when you’re looking for a little more bump in your sound system, here are our top four picks.

1. Pioneer SP-PK52FS Home Theater Speaker Package

For when you really want to make a good first impression, the Pioneer includes two extra powerful bookshelf speakers, two floor-standing speakers and a beautiful center speaker that includes two four-inch woofers and a reinforced molded cabinet to help smooth out excess audio waves. The Pioneer gives new meaning to the term ‘surround sound’, which enables extra balanced lows and insanely audible highs. If you’re in the market for a top-tier speaker set that doesn’t break the bank, this one is it.

Buy: Pioneer SP-PK52FS $396.41   

2. Sony 2.1-Channel Soundbar System

This powerful speaker set includes Sony’s patented S-Force Surround Sound technology that simultaneously produces clearer sounds while keeping audio levels in check. With Bluetooth connectivity, you’re able to sync your Sony to any device in your home — transforming your plain old smart TV into a home theater powerhouse.

  

3. Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System

With more than 530 glowing reviews, the Onkyo is one of the few speaker systems out there to offer premium high-quality audio for less than $400. With a two-way bass reflex front, surround speakers that offer an impressive 130W of audio output and a powerful 230W center subwoofer, the Onkyo makes an ideal accomplice to any home theater system.

Buy: Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System $239.00   

4. Samsung – 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 7″ Wireless Subwoofer – Black

As the second Samsung included in this list, the Channel Soundbar is the most budget-friendly speaker set you’re likely to find. With 320W of power output and an impressive 7-inch wireless subwoofer, this economical surround system brings the bass in more ways than one. The sound quality here is anything but cheap.

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