While today’s outstanding high-definition televisions offer a great viewing experience, you won’t have the best complete experience without a great audio system to go along with it. Whether you enjoy watching sports, movies, TV programs, or playing video games, home theater packages can greatly enhance your viewing experience and make your time at home much more rewarding for you, your family, and your friends. If you are considering buying a new home theater system, here are 10 we think you ought to consider.
#1 LG Home Theater LHB336
The LHB336 Home Theater by LG retails for about $400, contains an integrated Blu-ray player and can play many media formats, including Blu-ray, DVDs, and iPhone and iPod content. The system readily streams online content, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Vudu, CinemaNow, and more. Its audio component includes a center speaker, a subwoofer, two front speakers, and two satellite speakers. The system plays current-format 5.1 channel audio formats, but also is capable of playing the more advanced 7.1 channel audio format, and it makes excellent use of Dolby Digital and other surround-sound formats.
#2 Pioneer SP-SB03
If you live in a small apartment or condo, or otherwise are cramped for space and want a relatively simple home theater system that is compact while delivering a roomful of outstanding sound, the Pioneer SP-SB0 is for you. The SP-SB03 is a pedestal-style speaker base with all of its speakers contained within a single box that you can fit beneath your TV, but it still delivers outstanding room-filling sound, even at low volume. Best of all, it only costs a bit more than a couple hundred bucks!
#3 Philips Blu-ray Home Theater
Another budget-friendly system that will cost you less than $300 is the Philips Blu-ray Home Theater, which just might provide the best bang for your buck. It has Blu-ray capabilities and seamlessly can stream online content while providing outstanding sound. The sleekly-designed system has a subwoofer and five speakers and provides an outstanding high-definition picture on your favorite television or home theater screen.
#4 Bose CineMate 520
If you don’t mind spending more for your home theater but still want to keep costs under relative control, the $1,500 Bose CineMate 520 is right up your alley. The system uses typically excellent Bose audio components and a small control console to provide exceptional sound quality and a great theater experience. The system contains the Bose ADAPTIQ calibration system, which allows you to perfectly adjust it for perfect sound reproduction in any room and features five direct-reflecting speakers and a subwoofer for great surround-sound.
#5 Samsung Smart Home Theater HT-D6730W
If you like tall speakers and great sound quality for less than $1,000, the Samsung Smart Home Theater HT-D6730W has a lot to offer. It plays Blu-ray and streams online content with ease, and its twin speaker towers with satellite speakers and subwoofers fill a room like no other system. You’ll get sharp video and outstanding 5.1 channel surround-sound that even includes 3D capabilities. Samsung’s website also provides a “Feng Shui Your Setup” page so you can learn how to get the most out of the Smart Home Theater system.
#6 Magnavox Blu-ray Home Cinema MRD410B
Another great bang-for-your-buck system, the Magnavox Blu-ray Home Cinema sells for less than $200 but plays like a much bigger and costlier system. An integrated Blu-ray player provides true high-definition when playing Blu-ray content and converts standard-definition programming DVDs into high-definition formats with its upconversion technology. Five small speakers and a subwoofer create great sound presented in a 5.1 channel surround-sound format.
#7 Onkyo HT-S8400
For a little more than $800, you can enjoy the Onkyo HT-S8400 and its seven speakers and subwoofer. Prominently featuring two tower speakers, a center speaker, front speaker, and satellite speakers that define its room-filling sound, the system offers outstanding sonic qualities. Its AV receiver works with virtually any Blu-ray or DVD player, and it can play media-saves on your iPhone or iPod. The system is a great complement to high-definition televisions and streams Internet content with ease.
#8 Panasonic SC-BT330
Another system featuring twin tower speakers, the Panasonic SC-BT330 contains an integrated Blu-ray player and streams online programming. The less-than-$500 home theater package offers 7.1 surround sound audio and upconverts DVDs into high-definition signals. Packaged simply but effectively, the SC-BT330 looks great, sounds great, and is easy to install and enjoy. An onscreen interface allows you to program the system with your remote and TV screen so you can choose your favorite programming, regardless of its format.
#9 Yamaha Home Theater YHT-495
Another system that retails for less than $500, the Yamaha Home Theater YHT-495 has a potent subwoofer, five excellent speakers, and provides great 5.1 channel surround-sound. Its Blu-ray player has wireless capability, and it can play iPhone and iPod content. A compressed music enhancer enables you to restore digitally compressed MP3 files so you can listen to them and hear them the way the recording artists intended, and the system includes a very convenient AM/FM receiver and tuner for additional versatility. No matter what connection system your TV might use, the YHT-495 likely supports it as it is enabled with HDMI, coaxial, composite, and component connectivity options.
#10 LG LHB953
Another great deal for less than $300, the LG LH 953 offers exceptional quality at a relatively affordable price. The systems uses a 5.1 channel surround sound format to reproduce sound through four small speakers, a large central speaker, and a subwoofer. The LHB953 has a relatively simple design that users find easy to use, and an integrated iPod dock provides a convenient way to play your favorite music. The system has easy-to-use controls that are intuitive, while being capable of streaming Internet content, including Netflix, Pandora, CinemaNow, and YouTube. You also will find its remote control to be one of the best in the business, which adds to the comfort level.
Great Options and Smart Choices
No matter what your budget might be for a home theater package, you should be able to find an excellent system that is cost-effective and provides an exceptional viewing and listening experience. A little research combined with a good idea of what you want from your home theater will help you choose an ideal system that will give you years of great use.