For many people, the best home theater systems provide an excellent balance of good quality sound and easy installation. In 2019, a top home theater system can give you a great audio experience. There might be some complications in buying individual components. This article will help you and give you the low-down on all the best home theatres out there you need to know to get yourself up and running.
First, you will get a general overview of what an all-in-one system is, and some of the features you should be looking out for. After that, we will give a short review of some of my favorites, and finish by giving you a conclusion to the best systems around at the moment.
Best Theater Systems for Your Home!
1. Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074
ProsThe system’s two energy-saving “ECO Modes” will drop levels down to more accurate sound quality, and shut off functions when they’re not being used.
ConsThe subwoofer isn’t very loud or powerful
Pioneer has been leading this space for years when it comes to home audio beasts. This set comes with a 5.1-channel AV receiver, five compact speakers and a subwoofer. You can connect your TV and Blu-ray or DVD player and enjoy loud, dynamic, high-powered sound throughout your room. Each speaker provides 150 watts. The system’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities let you pair your devices for easy streaming. There’s also a USB input that lets you connect via a memory stick or flash drive as well.
The HTP-074 supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
surround sound, which is standard for most high-definition Blu-ray discs. It
also allows for 4K/Ultra HD pass-through, letting you see more details and more
vivid colors than if you just plugged your Blu-ray player into your standard TV.
2. Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System
Bose Lifestyle 650
- Six 4K/60 video sources (HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2)
- Console:15.98 W x 2.56 H x 10.16 D inches
- Premium glass and brushed anodized aluminum(4K/60p/4:4:4)
ProsModern, compact designPlenty of input connectionsWireless surrounds and bass module
ConsNo option to add extra speakers for 5.2 or 7.1It’s not cheap!
When it comes to AV technology, there’s no doubt that Bose
has many enthusiastic fans. Unlike many AV companies, the look of their product
is as important as the performance. The Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment
System is their current home theater system. The Bose Lifestyle 650 is a 5.1
surround sound home theater system aimed at the top-end of the market. The
speaker for the center comes in the form of a 21″ soundbar which houses
five precision speakers.
The speakers are small speakers with a 360-degree sound
field and are designed to be smart in your room. The rear speakers are also
wireless. Another wireless speaker which, at 12.8″ high, is also designed
to complement your room. The brain of the system is the console. This is where
you connect the front wired speakers and any external hardware.
There is a useful number of 5 HDMI inputs on the rear (plus
another on the front), and one HDMI output to connect to your TV. All the HDMI
ports fully support 4K/60 video sources with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.
With this sound system, you will also have 2 optical digital
audio inputs, 2 coaxial digital audio connections, and 2 stereo analog inputs.
That’s a decent number of connection types that should cover most requirements.
3. Yamaha YHT-4930UBL Home Theater System
- YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker set up
- 5.1-Channel compact Black gloss speaker package
- 6-1/2” 100 watt powered subwoofer
ProsYamaha makes quality AV receiversFull 4K Ultra HD supportHDR10/Dolby Vision/HLG pass-throughBluetooth connection for wireless streaming – both in and outCompact speaker package for smaller roomsReasonable power specificationGood value for money
ConsNo wireless speakers for 5.1 surround sound
The Yamaha YHT-4930UBL Home Theater is aimed at the mid-range
of the market, so might be a good choice if you want to keep the cost down a
little. As Yamaha makes many high-quality AV receivers, this system is
essentially an AV receiver bundled with a 5.1 compact speaker package. The home
theater speaker package that comes with this system comprises of compact black
gloss speakers. The center channel and satellite speakers have 2 ¾”
full-range cones. This smaller size will provide unobtrusive speakers that
won’t take over your room.
The subwoofer has a 6 ½” cone and is rated at 100
watts. All the speakers are wired. If you set the crossover frequency at the
right point, you can still get a fairly full sound from smaller speakers. The
subwoofer will handle the lower frequencies that the small front/surround speakers
might not do justice to.
If you want to stream audio from your handheld device into
the sound system, then this unit has Bluetooth support. The YHT-4930UBL system
will also connect to Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Something that not all devices
with Bluetooth will do.
4. Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless Audio Home Theater System
Enclave Audio CineHome HD
- 360 degrees of 24 bit HD wireless audio
- 5.1 channels of LPCM 24 bit uncompressed audio
- Enclave Audio app for Android/iOS to stream music
ProsA fully wireless home theater speaker systemAttention to audio qualitySmart, modern designUpgradeable to 5.2
ConsHDMI is only 1.4b. For the 4K video, you will need to connect your Blu-ray to the TV and use the HDMI ARC to send audio to the speaker system.
If you are looking for the best wireless surround sound
system, then you will be excited by this option. The Enclave Audio CineHome HD
Home Theater System has no wires to connect the speakers to the main unit at
all. Moreover, it delivers 24 bit/96kHz audio, which should satisfy many of the
audiophiles out there.
The CineHome HD Smart Center Channel speaker is not just the
center channel speaker for the system, it holds all the system controls,
inputs, and outputs. There is a reasonable amount of inputs, three HDMI inputs,
1 optical audio input, and analog 3.5mm.
Heck, there’s even an assistance lamp on the rear for those
times you are fumbling around in the dark. There are two solid-looking front
speakers with dual 80mm drivers. The surrounds are smaller but have a bipole
design that will create a wide sound field at the rear.
The 8.5″ subwoofer is great. The system is upgradeable to 5.2 with the addition of another sub if you wish. Each speaker must be connected to the mains power with the included AC power adaptors. Apart from that, the only cable required will be the HDMI output to your TV. There is an Enclave Audio app that allows for the streaming of music from your mobile device or local network. It also supports Bluetooth and Chromecast.
5. Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System
- One SL (2 Items), Beam (1 Item) and SUB (1 Item)
- Bold bass, and voice control for your TV
- Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built in
ProsNo wiresThree front speakers merged into one compact deviceAble to add extra Sonos speakers in other roomsUpgradeable. Can start with a 3.1 system and add rear speakers later
ConsInput connections limited to a single optical port. However, that may be all you need to get movie surround sound from your TV and DVD/Blu-ray player.
Sonos is a multi-room wireless speaker system for the whole
house, isn’t it? There’s no receiver (as such). Where do you plug everything
in? Where are all the wires? For an old so and so like me, this is way out
there! However, once we thought about it, we concluded that it fits exactly
here. This is the future. Well, part of it at least and, it does many of the
things any other home theater system does. So, why not?
The Sonos wireless speaker system can double-up as a 5.1
surround sound system. You can get a basic 3.1 setup using either a PLAYBASE or
a PLAYBAR, which you can pair with a SUB. The PLAYBASE/PLAYBAR will act as the
center, front left, and front right speakers. The SUB will act as the
subwoofer. You just need to make sure the two surrounds are of the same type.
Once the app has created your surround setup, you are good to go.
One thing you should be aware of. You need to make sure that
your TV can output 5.1 DD from the optical output. Some can, and some can’t.
You might find this article on 5.1 surround sound pass through on TVs helpful.
6. Onkyo HT-S9800THX Home Theater System
- Supports 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos
- Supports HDR10, hlg, Dolby vision
- Ready for Chromecast built-in and DTS Play-Fi
ProsDolby Atmos / DTS:XDolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master AudioTHX certificationNumerous input connectionsPowered Zone 2
ConsThe included speakers are designed for a 7.1 configuration. Dedicated Dolby Atmos speakers aren’t included, you must buy these separately. However, you can use the extra surrounds as your height speakers in a 5.1.2 configuration.
The Onkyo HT-S9800THX is from the top-end of the Onkyo home
theater system range. Onkyo is highly-regarded for its AV receivers. They are
also one of the few receiver manufacturers that produce a dedicated home
theater system. This is a 7.1 channel system, with support for Dolby Atmos and
7.2 and 5.2.2 surround layouts are supported as it has a 2nd sub output, but you will have to buy another subwoofer. Dolby Atmos’ support is rare for a dedicated home theater system. One of the best features is the new audio format.
Onkyo uses standard power ratings so we can be sure it will
pack a punch. In some systems, connectivity can be limited, but there will be
few issues here as it is a normal AV receiver. It has 6 HDMI inputs on the
rear, one input on the front and 2 HDMI outputs. There are several inputs on
the rear for connecting a range of different devices. You will find component
and S-Video inputs, optical and coaxial digital audio inputs, and several
analog stereo inputs.
7. Onkyo HT-S7800
- Deep Color, x.V.Color, lip-sync, Dolby Atmos
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz–100 kHz/+1 dB
- 2-way bass reflex front left and right speaker
ProsReasonable price, great sound, wireless features, support for added speakers, 4K support
ConsIt’s still a lot of money
Onkyo has been a pretty serious name in the home theater
business for quite some time now. It is a home theater system that always offers
excellent quality for a very decent price. The Onkyo HT-S7800 is no different.
We think it’s one of the best home theater systems for the price. There are several reasons why this is such an excellent home theater system, but perhaps the most important is that the speakers sound great. Often HTIB has sub-par speakers that simply don’t perform as well as they could. The system also has a wealth of inputs and outputs on the back of the receiver. You’ll get a whopping eight HDMI inputs, and there’s also a ton of analog inputs and outputs.
Last but not least, the system does have some wireless capabilities,
so you can connect your phone or tablet to the system to play your favorite
tunes when you’re not watching the latest season of “Game of
Thrones.” We’re not the only ones who love the Onkyo HT-S7800, either.
High-Def Digest gave the system a hefty 4.5 stars, and it boasts an average of
4.2 stars on Amazon.
8. Klipsch – 3070 Home Theatre System
Klipsch - 3070
- Pair of Klipsch R-26FA Dolby Atmos Tower Speaker
- Klipsch RP-250S Surround Speakers
- Klipsch RP-450C Center Channel Speaker
ProsA big, bold presentationStereo pairs knit together wellA reasonable level of detail
ConsThe center is overly brightSub is woolly and impreciseDisappointing timing and dynamics
There is a brightness to the treble, ranging from irritating
to piercing, which makes the whole package difficult to listen to at anything
like high volumes. This package might have stood little chance of beating Q
Acoustics’s 3050i Cinema Pack for entertainment or enthusiasm anyway.
The R-34C isn’t atrocious by any means, but it appears to
have been designed and tuned for an entirely different package, by an entirely
different and less capable manufacturer.
Giving the Klipsch Reference Base 2018 Home Cinema Package a
star rating isn’t a straightforward task. In many ways, this is respectable if
not a sparkling system. Although it has been let down by two of its components,
it could still make the basis of a decent Frankenstein-Esque 5.1 package.
9. Pioneer VSX-832 Home Theatre System
- 165 W/Ch. (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10 %, 1Ch Driven)
- DTS Play-Fi and Fire Connect
- Reflex Optimizer and Phase Control
ProsSatisfying power for both two-channel and multi-channel modes3.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup option with phantom surroundsSurprisingly responsive home-network streamingBasic auto-setup/EQ onboard
ConsFive-channel power requires a choice between height or rear channelsNo analog multi-room capabilityNo audio outputs other than HDMI
It contains a top-bracket power of 120 watts per channel or more, with nine, 11, or even 13 channels ready for latest-generation surround technologies like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as high-tech auto-setup routines and DSP on board. And then there are the deluxe extras, such as extensive multi-room capabilities, 4K/HDR pass-through and 4K scaling, and plenty of internet- and computer-audio streaming options. But what can you expect from the other end of a brand’s AVR fleet? Not so much, right?
10. SAMSUNG HT-J5500W Home Theatre System
- 5.1 Channel 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray
- Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround
- 1 USB, 1 HDMI Out, 1 Digital Audio (Optical)
ProsTrueHD and upscalingVaried connectivitySmart features
ConsPoor surround soundFront speaker limitationLow bass
The SAMSUNG HT-J5500W prides itself with the TrueHD include. It upkeeps content at a significant level of quality in both the sound and video offices. It has the best Dolby tech which aides in verifying the sound front. After this, you can appreciate HD and top-notch pictures on the video side of things through things like the HDMI association.
This category will host the problems or issues previous
consumers have had, as well as known things that aren’t exactly stellar about
the SAMSUNG HT-J5500W. Here is the dark side of this review, where we expose
the reasons you might want to pass on this home theater system.
While this system is capable of surround sound, it’s not the
best iteration of the feature that you will find. While it does a decent job
with regular sound, surround sound seems to be a little too much for the
Samsung HT-J5500W. Playback from external sources like a DVD, the radio or even
from the TV will occur through the front speakers, while the rear speakers are
not used. This can be a massive deal-breaker if you’re looking for a universal
surround sound system.
So, as you can see, buying anyone of the best home theater systems can be a perfect way for you to get the surround sound experience. As you probably know from visiting this site – you have read every page, haven’t you? I think surround sound is fantastic.
So, if these systems are the best way for you to get sound
all around your living room, then go for it. You won’t regret it. If you want
to keep the cost down. If you don’t want to bother with too much setting up and
configuration. If you don’t want the headache of trying to choose matching
amplifiers and speakers. Then, you’re in the right place. An all-in-one home-theater-in-a-box could be
perfect for getting a home theater setup that you will love.