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The best home audio sound system can turn watching movies, TV, and sports at home into an immersive, powerful experience. It can also mean the difference between simply playing a game and becoming completely immersed in it. Anyone who takes their home theater experience seriously, or wants to up their hosting game, needs a great audio system.
Room size plays a big role in determining how much power and wattage you’ll need for your speaker setup, and other details should help you choose the right devices. Consider whether or not you would like surround sound, for example. Take a look at our list of the best home audio systems without further ado.
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Most Popular: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 DTS:X Soundbar
This massive Nakamichi 7.1-channel 600 Watt soundbar () provides a powerful home audio experience for those who don’t want to commit to the hassle and space of a full receiver system. While it lacks the power and sound quality of a true system, it provides a rich and immersive surround audio experience that is ideal for people who live in apartments or other small spaces. Bill Loguidice, one of our reviewers, was especially taken aback by the immersive surround sound simulation with elevation. He discovered that it played all of his media flawlessly, from music to TV shows and movies.
The bar has five sealed speaker chambers and a quad-core DSP chipset, creating an acoustic wideness that uses DSP EQ modes to bring your media to life. There are 13 tuned speaker drivers in the system, as well as an eight-inch downward-firing subwoofer for deep, rich bass. The satellite speakers are also wireless, and the HDMI-connected bar supports 4K passthrough and Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital plus audio.
Channels: 7.1 | Wireless: Yes | Inputs: 3in/1 out (ARC) | Digital Assistant: None | Number of Speakers: 2
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Best for Small Rooms: Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System with Bluetooth and NFC
The Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System () is a bookshelf-style device with 50 watts of power, a built-in CD player, AM/FM radio, a USB input for your music playlist, Bluetooth connectivity, and one-touch NFC, allowing you to stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
The CMTSBT100 has a retro look thanks to the brushed metal and old school style. While there is no native iPod dock, the USB port has a 2.1 amp charging capability in case you want to charge your smartphone while listening to music.
However, don’t expect a lot of raw power from the device’s USB port, which can only read up to 250 songs and powers down after a short period of inactivity due to its power-saving functionality.
Channels: N/A | Wireless: Bluetooth and NFC | Inputs: 3.5mm | Digital Assistant: None | Number of Speakers: 2
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Best Intro: Logitech Surround Speakers Z506
The Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 (), our most affordable recommendation, is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system with six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean, booming bass. Despite the lack of Bluetooth connectivity compared to our other recommended Best Home Audio Systems, the Z506 still has 75 watts of balanced power, which is enough to fill a room with sound and rattle a few windows. A control dial on the speaker bass allows you to easily adjust bass levels.
You aren’t limited to connecting the system to your computer; the package includes a 3.5 mm or RCA audio out that can be used to connect to video game consoles, iPods, or any other external source. While the speakers are compatible with game consoles and televisions, they only produce 2.1 audio quality without surround sound when connected.
Channels: 5.1 | Wireless: No | Inputs: 3,5mm, RCA | Digital Assistant: None | Number of Speakers: 4
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Best for Large Rooms: Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theater 5.1 Bluetooth System
The Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theater 5.1 Bluetooth Speaker System 700W ( ) with Powered Sub represents a sweet middle ground of booming power and affordable price. The system includes six speakers that provide excellent coverage in any room.
The system comes with an amplified subwoofer, five discrete independent channel input/output speakers for surround sound, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile streaming, an SD card input, a flash drive MP3 player for assorted music playlists, an FM tuner to play your favorite radio stations, and 3.5 aux to RCA wires so you can start listening right away.
The Acoustic AA5170 Home Theater uses only 700 Watts and has a power frequency of 20Hz to 20KHz, making it an ideal speaker for any home theater system (although static can occur if played too high). The AA5170 integrates seamlessly with your computer/laptop, gaming system, digital media player, or any other audio/video device with Bluetooth, RCA, or 3.5mm auxiliary inputs.
Channels: 5.1 | Wireless: Bluetooth | Inputs: 3.5mm, RCA | Digital Assistant: None | Number of Speakers: 5
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Best 5.1-Channel: Klipsch Reference Theater Pack
The Klipsch Black ()is a home audio system that delivers high-quality, room-filling sound without the use of bulky speakers. This audio system includes five speakers and a single subwoofer, all of which have a small footprint and can be tucked out of sight. Klipsch’s proprietary tractrix Horn technology is used in each speaker to deliver clear, natural sound when watching movies or listening to music.
Each speaker comes with a keyhole mount and a threaded insert, allowing for a variety of mounting options. A down-firing driver is used in the subwoofer to create deep bass ranges by utilizing the floor. It’s also wireless, giving you more options for placement. For long-term strength and durability, as well as reduced distortion, the entire system is made of injection-molded graphite.