Home theaters are all the rage nowadays, with the components getting cheaper and better with every release and actual cinema tickets getting seemingly more expensive every month. Aside from the TV screen, which is the most important part of a home theater setup, the audio system also plays a very important role – in fact, it accounts for half of the experience – after all, the goal is to have a full immersion experience, and you can’t have that if you only have the integrated TV speakers to provide the sound.
The 5.1 format is the most popular nowadays, but choosing an audio system may be a bit difficult, especially if you’re new to this. Sure, you could go for the most expensive Home Theater In a Box (HTIB) solution if you have the money, but if you’re constrained by the budget, it’d be wise to make a good choice and get something affordable, yet still high quality – it’s not worth getting a cheap system that can’t provide the sound quality you need, after all. With that in mind, here are just a few mid-to-high range audio systems that have a high quality sound and would work well with any home theater setup, yet are still relatively affordable for most people and would make a good investment:
Definitive Technology ProCinema 600
The Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 5.1 audio system is widely recognized as the best in its class – it doesn’t cost too much, yet provides the same sound quality and volume as a lot of the more high end solutions. The magnetically shielded speakers provide up to 150 watts of clear, loud volume, and the 65 Hz to 30 kHz is enough to satisfy even the most demanding music listener and movie lover (obviously, it’s not a $3000 system, but it’s more than good enough). The 250 watts RMS subwoofer is almost too powerful for most living rooms, so you’ll probably never run it at full volume.
Klipsch Synergy Quintet 5.1
the Klipsch Quintet 5.1 is a hard system to find, actually, and you’ll most probably be better off with purchasing the 5 speakers and the subwoofer separately, but once you have the whole system up and running, you’ll be glad you went through the trouble (unless you found the full 5.1 setup right away). The aluminum dome tweeters provide very bright highs, which are perfect for action movies and games, as well as any kind of music, and the 200 watts subwoofer will definitely take care of the low end of the spectrum with ease. The mid ranges are nothing short of extraordinary, as clean and clear as they can be, which makes the Synergy Quintet a must have on your check list.
LG’s HTIB solution is easily one of the best if you want an all-in-one setup that is ready to go out of the box. The LHB536 includes not only a 5.1 surround sound speaker system, but also a Blu-Ray player and a remote, maximizing your return on investment and minimizing the time you have to spend looking for all the components for a home theater. The audio quality is pretty high, especially for the price – LG’s mass production capabilities are really good, and with 1100 total watts of power, you won’t have any problems filling any living room with clean, powerful sound.
The BTT770 from Panasonic also includes a Blu-Ray player, in addition to a very nice 160 watts RMS 5.1 audio system that is compact, has a very high sound quality and is powerful enough for most living rooms, although not enough for extra-large rooms. The main front speakers are floor standing and look very nice, while the center and rear can easily be installed anywhere.
There are a lot of great 5.1 audio systems out there; however it’s pretty difficult to find one that combines a great sound quality and volume with a decent price. The 5 models listed above seem to be the best choice in this case, and you’d be hard pressed to find anything higher quality for the price, so be sure to check them out if you’re in the market for a new home theater audio system.