10 Best Home Theater Systems

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!

# Model Channels Wireless Speaker? Blue-ray Player? Price
1 Pioneer HTP-074 5.1 No No $449
2 Bose Lifestyle 650 5.1 No No $3,999
3 Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1 Yes No $759
4 Enclave CineHome 5.1 Yes No $749
5 Sonos 5.1 Yes No $1,678
6 Onkyo HT-S9800THX 7.2 No No $1,399
7 Onkyo HT-S7800 5.1 Yes No $522
8 Klipsch- 3070 11.2 Yes Yes $936
9 Pioneer VSX-832 5.1 Yes Yes $5,928
10 SAMSUNG HT-J5500W 5.1 Yes Yes $295

1. Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074

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.

Pioneer 5.1 Best Home Theater Systems HTP-074

Pros

  • The 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.

Cons

  • The subwoofer isn’t very loud or powerful

2. Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System

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.

Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System

Pros

  • Modern, compact design
  • Plenty of input connections
  • Wireless surrounds and bass module

Cons

  • No option to add extra speakers for 5.2 or 7.1
  • It’s not cheap!

3. Yamaha YHT-4930UBL Home Theater System

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.

Yamaha YHT-4930UBL Best Home Theater Systems

Pros

  • Yamaha makes quality AV receivers
  • Full 4K Ultra HD support
  • HDR10/Dolby Vision/HLG pass-through
  • Bluetooth connection for wireless streaming – both in and out
  • Compact speaker package for smaller rooms
  • Reasonable power specification
  • Good value for money

Cons 

  • No wireless speakers for 5.1 surround sound

4. Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless Audio Home Theater 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.

Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless Audio Home Theater System

Pros

  • A fully wireless home theater speaker system
  • Attention to audio quality
  • Smart, modern design
  • Upgradeable to 5.2

Cons

  • HDMI 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.

5. Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System

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.

Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System

Pros

  • No wires
  • Three front speakers merged into one compact device
  • Able to add extra Sonos speakers in other rooms
  • Upgradeable. Can start with a 3.1 system and add rear speakers later

Cons

  • Input 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.

6. Onkyo HT-S9800THX Home Theater System

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 DTS:X.

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.

Onkyo HT-S9800THX Home Theater System

Pros

  • Dolby Atmos / DTS:X
  • Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio
  • THX certification
  • Numerous input connections
  • Powered Zone 2

Cons

  • The 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.

7. Onkyo HT-S7800

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.

Onkyo HT-S7800

Pros

  • Reasonable price, great sound, wireless features, support for added speakers, 4K support

Cons

  • It’s still a lot of money

8. Klipsch – 3070 Home Theatre System

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.

Klipsch - 3070 Home Theatre System

Pros

  • A big, bold presentation
  • Stereo pairs knit together well
  • A reasonable level of detail

Cons

  • The center is overly bright
  • Sub is woolly and imprecise
  • Disappointing timing and dynamics

9. Pioneer VSX-832 Home Theatre System

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?

Pioneer VSX-832 Home Theatre System

Pros

  • Satisfying power for both two-channel and multi-channel modes
  • 3.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup option with phantom surrounds
  • Surprisingly responsive home-network streaming
  • Basic auto-setup/EQ onboard

Cons

  • Five-channel power requires a choice between height or rear channels
  • No analog multi-room capability
  • No audio outputs other than HDMI

 10. SAMSUNG HT-J5500W Home Theatre System

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.

SAMSUNG HT-J5500W Home Theatre System

Pros

  • TrueHD and upscaling
  • Varied connectivity
  • Smart features

Cons

  • Poor surround sound
  • Front speaker limitation
  • Low bass

Conclusion

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.


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