If you are shopping for a system to match with your receiver there are a few technical issues that need to be resolved. The first being, what is the wattage rating of your receiver? It is important to know this to get the best quality sound out of your system; you want to make sure the speakers you choose can handle the output of the receiver. If your receiver handles 1000 watts, you divide that between the speakers; your speakers should be no higher than 200 watts each to prevent damage to the system.
Another important factor is impedance rating, this is the number of ohms your receiver puts out and how many ohms your speakers can safely handle without distortion. Most receivers are rated at 8 ohms, with that in mind you would want to match that as closely as possible; the lower the ohms of the speakers relative to the receiver can result in more distortion. If you are unsure consult your receiver manual, it usually says what range of ohms it can handle.
Best Value Home Theater System
This system by Energy comes as a set of six wired speakers in gloss black. The speakers – Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System are rated at 200 watts for the subwoofer and 100 watts for the satellite and center, with an 8 ohm impedance.
The Take Classic is designed with Energy’s Ribbed Elliptical Surround Technology which provides an almost completely distortion free experience. You can be sure you are getting a good system. Energy guarantees a five year parts and labor warranty.
Many customers who reviewed this system consistently stated how surprised they were by how high the quality of sound was at such an inexpensive price point. One top comment was how smooth and clear they were across a wide range of tones. Users had great things to say about the Take Classic after over five years of ownership.
Best Affordable Speaker Package
Under $200, the Yamaha NS-SP 1800BL 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System is a number one bestseller.
The set is wired, comes in black, and all the speakers have a 100 watt rating and a 6 ohm impedance. Expect crisp, clear, and balanced sound from this set from Yamaha. Impedance is not a huge issue with the NS-SP 1800BL due to Yamaha’s Advanced YST (Yamaha Active Servo) Technology, which helps the receiver and speakers to cancel it out.
Many users were genuinely surprised by the quality of sound for the price they were getting from this home theater system. One feature commonly stated was the quality of the speakers themselves. Many customers recommended buying 16 AWG wire to replace the wire that came with the product. Overall, reviewers gave consistently high ratings to the Yamaha NS-SP 1800BL.
Best Speakers for the Money (under $400)
This Bose system – Bose Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment Speaker System is one of the higher priced on our list but still very affordable. This wired system in black is exactly what you would expect from Bose with small speakers designed to fit seamlessly into any type of decor or room.
The speakers are suitable for receivers rated to handle 10-100 watts with a 4-8 ohms impedance. With Bose technology supporting the Acoustimass 6, you can experience high-end sound and clarity without the high-end price. The perfect sound system for music or movie watching.
Many reviewers found this system easy to set up and loved how it was not bulky or extremely noticeable in their room. Consistent comments about how crisp and clear the sound was while listening to music and how the quality of the bass while watching movies made for a great theater-like experience.
Customers having many different concerns when purchasing a surround sound system. Is the system wired or wireless? Will it work well with the size and shape of my room? Will it look well with my decor?
Do I want wall mounted, stand, or speakers that can sit on a shelf? Some shoppers would also like a color or style that goes with their decor. Whatever your requirements there are a wide variety of systems at a reasonable price point to choose from.