You’ve got the best and newest television on the market! The screen is huge, the picture is crystal clear, but the sound, well, let’s just say it leaves something to be desired. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could hear your favourite movies and shows, the way you hear them at the movie theatre? You can do that if you complete your home entertainment system with a home theatre sound system. There are many different brands for you to choose from. This article is a guide for picking the best one for your needs. Let’s look at some of the terms you should know, and then go over the specific brands we think are some of the best on the market.
Components of A Home Theater System
You can buy your home theatre system as a package deal, or buy each piece individually. For this article, we’re going to make recommendations based on package deals for specific brands. That being said, it’s still good to know what different components come within those packages. So here’s what you will typically get with your home theatre system:
Speakers: The number of speakers depends on the level of system you’re getting. The 7.1 systems have two more speakers than the 5.1 systems have. There will be two speakers that you can mount on walls, put on shelves, or stand on the floor. There will be a subwoofer and a central speaker. And there will be two rear speakers.
AV receiver: The receiver is, basically, the brain of your system. The audio and visual signals come through the receiver to be processed and then sent on to, either your speakers or your television. Also, some receivers serve as a Blu-ray or DVD players.
Soundbar: This isn’t something that comes with all home theatre systems, but is an option. It’s a long box with speakers within it. Its purpose is to produce a sound that gives the surround sound effect.
So, now let’s get to it. These are our picks for the best brands of home theatre systems.
1. HEOS AVR Package
First, and foremost, Denon is known for their very high-quality receivers. So there’s your first check mark for this system. Second to that, is this company falls into a tiny group of receiver manufacturers that make an entire, dedicated home theatre system.
This package is a 5.1- channel which means that the two front speakers have two speakers in each. The bottom speakers within the housing point forward, while the top speakers within the housing point upward. This is meant to produce a better all-around sound effect.
The Heos Home Theatre is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, has Bluetooth capability that allows sharing tunes from your smartphone to all your rooms. You’ll be able to stream what you like through the HEOS app and connect with any of your other devices. The receiver is Dolby Atmos compatible, a rarity in home theatre systems, thus far. There are seven HDMI inputs, and two HDMI outputs rated for 4K/60Hz. Heos also offers multiple set options for a truly wireless experience, and help turn your device into a remote for your home theatre system.
2. Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System
If you’re looking for a home theatre system that provides quality surround sound, but also adds style to your home, looking like a sleek accessory, then Bose is an excellent choice for you. Bose produces great quality products, but they pay a lot of attention to the way the pieces look, as well.
The speakers consist of front wired speakers and wireless rear speakers that are designed to be discreet in the room. The surround speakers are called OmniJewel. These are satellite speakers that produce sound in a 360-degree manner. The central speaker is a soundbar. There’s a combination of five speakers within the 21-inch bar.
The Bose Lifestyle 650 is a 5.1 system. It has six HDMI inputs, five in the back and one in the front. The one HDMI output is in the back. All the HDMI ports are rated for 4K/60Hz.
3. Yamaha YHT-5920BL Home Theater System
Let’s talk money. Yamaha packaged this home theatre system as their higher quality range system. The price you can get this for, though, makes it good for people looking for a middle of the market value. You’ll get your money’s worth with this system.
The Yamaha YHT-5920BL is another 5.1 system. The speakers are relatively small and are a glossy black colour. Keep in mind that all of the speakers are wired for this system. If you’re working with a huge room, you may want to consider a system that offers wireless speakers, but your average sized room will be fine for this package.
This Yamaha has six HDMI inputs, with one HDMI output. One cool thing about this system is it works with MusiCast, the wireless multi-room audio system Yamaha has. This means you can get your audio to any of the MusiCast speakers you have throughout your house.
4. Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Ch 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System
Convenience is the strong suit for this Samsung 5.1 Blu-Ray Home Theater System. This package gives you everything you need to make your entertainment system complete. You get the surround sound you’re looking for, but also a built into the receiver. This system is Wi-Fi capable, and Bluetooth capable, so you can stream all the content you want from the internet and your other devices.
One thing to like about this system is it has the capability to take content that is not in HD, and convert it to almost HD quality. That’s a pretty cool feature. The price for this home theatre system is very reasonable. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one.
5. Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless Audio Home Theater System
Do you hate the look of wires? Well, it’s time to get excited. The Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless system could be perfect for you. The speakers for this home theatre system are entirely wireless. No wires to hide for connecting the speakers to the receiver.
The brain of this system is the central speaker. It’s called the CineHome HD Smart Center Channel speaker. You’ll find the three HDMI inputs here an optical audio input. The output is also here.
There are little convenience features that make this system pretty appealing. It has Bluetooth capability and works with Chromecast. Enclave also has an app so you can stream music from devices, through your surround sound.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a home theatre system to fit your needs. The biggest thing is to find what’s most important to you. These five home theatre systems are made by some of the best in the industry. We’ve made our recommendations with the needs of a diverse audience in mind. Whether you’re looking for sleek and unobtrusive, or super-high quality with all the bells and whistles included, or a great value for your money, we’ve added something that could be the best for you.
Time to immerse yourself in your home entertainment! Get to it and happy shopping!