Best Home Theater System

Best Home Theater System

If you’re wanting better sound quality from your entertainment system, chances are you need to add a home theater system. The truth is that even the best high-def TVs are seriously lacking when it comes to speaker capability since they’ve become so slim over time. At the end of the day, they simply can’t deliver the clarity of voice in the softest whisper, or those deep, explosive lows that’ll bring your favorite action movies to life. The same goes for the full-range sound effects that only surround sound speakers can deliver. Before deciding on which home theater speaker system is right for you, here are four things to consider: 1. The Perks of All-In-One Setups Some of the best home theater speaker systems are considered “in the box” setups. All this means is that the manufacturer has taken the time to pre-package the essential equipment you really need. A good system will include a pair of floorstanding speakers or bookshelf speakers, a center channel speaker, two rear surround sound speakers and a subwoofer. This system set up is also known as a 5.1 system (five speakers and one subwoofer). As you’d expect, higher quality systems typically include two additional speakers for superior surround effects (making it a 7.1 system). Perhaps the biggest benefit of an all-in-one setup is convenience – simply make one purchase and you’re done. Going the pre-packaged route is also easier to install and usually more cost effective than buying pieces individually. The good news is that many of the best in the box setups are crafted with furniture aesthetics in mind, so your system won’t be an eyesore. If you need help choosing speakers, check out the Klipsch Reference Speaker Selector. 2. Building Your Own System While a pre-packaged setup is ideal for some, others may prefer to build their own system from the ground up. (We’re looking at you, audiophiles.) It may be a bit more involved, but taking a do-it-yourself approach comes with some perks. For starters, you can tailor your system to meet your individual needs. One hardcore movie buff may be more choosy about their center channel speaker, for example. But another music lover might just be looking to customize their entertainment center with a pair of killer floorstanding speakers. Building your own system a la carte gives you the freedom to mix and match products as you see fit. 3. Understand the System Layout Center speaker should be place directly under the TV screen and facing listeners. However, you can get creative with your subwoofer placement. Before choosing your home theater speaker system, take a minute to assess your living room. In order to optimize your new system’s sound quality, it’s important to understand how to physically lay it all out. The center channel speaker should be placed right below or above your TV screen and positioned to face listeners. If you choose to position it on a stand, rest the speaker’s edge on the end of the stand. This will help prevent dialogue from sounding wonky. The floorstanding/bookshelf speakers should then be positioned on either side of the TV (at least six feet apart). Just be sure to keep them at an equal distance from the screen for the best sound delivery. As for the surround speakers, place these guys slightly above and behind the viewing position – about three feet above the listeners’ heads should do it. They should also be placed equally on each side. Things are a little more flexible when it comes to the subwoofer. While corners make for a good location, feel free to give it a try along a wall or next to a front speaker. If you haven’t already, check out our Klipsch WA-2 Kit that makes your subwoofer wireless, allowing more flexibility to find the perfect spot for your subwoofer. 4. A Killer Sound Bar Might Be All You Need A sound bar, while not as powerful as a full-out surround sound system, still represents a step up from your TV’s default speakers. For the electronically challenged, a sound bar’s super simple installation is enough of a draw. What’s more is that they actually do produce pretty killer sound in a compact, single-speaker device (which is perfect for small spaces, by the way). For one thing, the right sound bar can deliver strong virtual sound. What’s that, you ask? It basically simulates surround sound. A benefit to this system is that it’s sleek, not bulky and comes with minimal wires. If you snag one with Bluetooth connectivity, it’ll also seamlessly play your favorite music right from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Despite it’s crowd-pleasing features, some may prefer to add a subwoofer to their soundbar to add low bass frequencies. Plus, a sound bar’s easy plug and play function does not limit the system to your living room’s home theater setup. You can easily move it to the bedroom, kitchen or covered porch. Check out our Klipsch R-10B and R-20B models. Tell us how you plan to or have set up your home theater speaker system in the comments section below. We’d love to see some pics too!
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Best Home Theater System

The main reason most people would purchase a home theater in a box system is because of its all-in-one approach to home theater and easy set up. You’ll want to pay attention to whether or not the manufacturer has included all the parts needed to get your home theater in a box set up. Most probably don’t include HDMI cables, but they should have a remote control, FM antenna and batteries. These are just some of the criteria we took into account when evaluating home theater in a box systems.
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Best Home Theater System

For your living room system, unlike in a dedicated theater room, you have to deal with more than just theater performance and theater aesthetics when selecting your speakers. It’s your living room, after all, and there’s a good chance that you or other people in the house have a say in how it looks. If you want your living room to still look like a living room but sound like a home theater when you press play, the Paradigm Cinema 100 CT 5.1 system is the speaker package to buy. Pair it with one of our receiver picks (depending on your budget) and you’re set with a true-surround-sound setup that sounds great and isn’t too intrusive.
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Best Home Theater System

07 of 07 Best Compact: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro Courtesy of Amazon.com Can you get 7.1-channel surround sound in your small studio apartment? Absolutely. While a sound bar system will never quite rival a traditional theater setup, those living in small spaces will be more than happy to sacrifice for fully functional home theater system.Nakamichi offers one of the best sound bar surround sound systems on the market. It includes a wireless subwoofer, two rear satellite speakers, as well as a soundbar with Surround Effects Tweeters, five individually sealed speaker chambers and five DSP chipsets. Small spaces will come to life with 400 watts of sound delivering up to 104dB, while the eight-inch subwoofer provides ample compensation for this unit’s small size.Your theater starter kit will keep up with the times, thanks to the latest firmware updates that deliver compatibility with Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital plus, bringing high fidelity audio resolution to your system. The sound bar connects to your screen with HDMI 4K passthrough, and even is compatible with Bluetooth. Buy from Amazon

Best Home Theater System

Sometimes you want to enjoy your home theater while other people are asleep (or maybe even just doing something that requires quiet). Unless your theater room is soundproofed (which is really difficult and expensive), wireless headphones are the way to go. If home theater after bedtime is part of your habit, get the Power Acoustik Fahrenheit HP-902 RFT wireless headphones. After researching 32 models and putting 14 through extensive testing, we concluded that the HP-902 RFT were the best home theater headphones for most people because of their combination of sound quality, value, and user-friendly features.
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Best Home Theater System

A good home theater screen should reflect the right amount of the projector’s light back at you, but not create hot spots, shimmer, or blind you. It should also accurately reproduce the colors coming out of the projector, and can act as an enhancing element for the movie’s black levels and contrast. That’s not always an easy task, as our home theater screen tester Chris Heinonen discovered when he tested 10 screens and screen paint systems in his home theater. He also found that price isn’t necessarily a predictor of performance and concluded that the bargain-priced 100-inch Silver Ticket screen (in a 16:9 aspect ratio—the shape of an HDTV) was nearly as good as the very expensive Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek 130—a go-to screen for a lot of professional home theater designers.
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Best Home Theater System

It doesn’t matter how large your television screen is, or how impressive the resolution. If you don’t have great sound, then you’re only getting half the experience. Some TVs have built-in speakers that can pack a decent punch, but anybody serious about their entertainment should be looking at a home theater system. Fortunately, similar to TVs, prices have come down significantly and you can find a great home theater system starting at around $500. The market has a good range of options, ranging from 5.1's to 7.1 monsters with a serious presence in your room of choice. No matter what your budget, below you’ll find a great home theater system to fit your price range.

Best Home Theater System