Top Kits For Home Theater
If you love watching movies at home and would like to get the best movie or TV experience then purchasing a quality home theater system is a must for you. To help you choose the right equipment that will ensure the superb audio experience we have compiled this list that includes the best home theater starter kits, or home theaters in a box (HTIB), available for sale now.
Best Overall: Onkyo HT-S7700
The first on our list is the HT-S7700 featuring an A/V receiver, speaker cables, five satellite speakers, one subwoofer and one subwoofer cable. All these deliver a full 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos experience. The system is designed for TV and video projection with no swap cables required due to its multiple HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. It also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet connectivity, plus using Onkyo’s free mobile app you can easily manage the system from your smart phone or tablet.
In addition, this Onkyo system will let you stream music from your computer and has many features that you might find useful in the future as well. For example, the Onkyo supports multidimensional sound for the brand new 4K/60Hz games and movies, along with HDCP 2.2 for coming premium 4K releases from Hollywood, satellite broadcasters and Internet video streaming services. So if now your TV is not 4K-ready, your Onkyo system is.
The S7700 is easy to set up as all pre-cut wires match the color on the receiver’s rear panel and the color of the cables. The system will enable you to enjoy the full specter of sound and video capabilities of the Dolby Atmos immersive system. If you are purchasing a home-theater for the first time, the Onkyo is the best option then.
Best Design: Klipsch RP-260F Home Theater System Bundle
Typically, the most stylishly designed electronics is also the most expensive. And the Klipsch RP-260F Home Theater System Bundle is not an exception. The system not only sounds great but it does look great as well due to stylish black and copper accents. The Klipsch RP-260F bundle comes with two tower speakers, two surround speakers, a center channel speaker, a subwoofer and a Yamaha RX-A850 surround receiver. Klipsch speakers have a compressed molded rubber construction that ensures a clean and natural sound.
Best Splurge: Klipsch Gallery G-16
If you are determined to get the best sound system money can buy the Klipsch Gallery G-16 is what you are looking for. This is a 7.1 system with seven flat panel LCR speakers, a SW-310 900W subwoofer and a Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 Channel Network AV.
Each of the sleek speakers can be configured as a left, right or surround speaker. The 13-inch cube subwoofer boasts a BASH Digital Hybrid amplifier and non-resonant woven fiberglass drivers that ensure strong bass no other system can deliver. In addition, the package comes with an AVR-X2100W Denon receiver for all home theater system features you can only think about: it has Wi-Fi so you could connect to your home network fast, Bluetooth for easy playback from your devices, support for next-generation 4K Ultra HD 60Hz sources and displays, extensive input and output options, to name just a few. The system is really advanced and it will take some time for beginners to master it.
Best Sound: Bose Acoustimass 6 Series V Home Theater Speaker System
It is hard to find a manufacturer that would excel Bose in the sound quality and consistency. If you are looking for a home theater system delivering top notch sound quality the Bose Acoustimass 6 Series V is the option to consider.
This system is ideal for average-sized rooms thanks to five compact speakers that deliver unsurpassed sound. You can set up the speakers to completely surround you or consider mounting them on the wall next to your mounted television. Make sure you use the included Bose cables to connect the unit to your TV. The system provides lifelike effects at any volume level with no audible distortion.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Enclave Audio CineHome HD 5.1
This wireless audio home theater system is just superb. The Enclave set features one center speaker/receiver, a pair of front speakers, a pair of rear speakers and a subwoofer. To set it up all you need to do is just connect the center speaker to the TV via HDMI and plug each satellite speaker into a wall outlet. Since each wall connector for the satellite is 2x3 inches plugging something else into an outlet can be a problem. Another thing you might be disappointed with is the delayed startup time from the moment you press the power button.
The price of the set is quite affordable which means that it doesn’t offer the highest audiophile quality. However the system competes with the Onkyo for overall sound reproduction. The advantage of this set is that you can add extra speakers and listening to wireless audio is easy using a phone or tablet via Bluetooth.
Best Compact: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro
If you live in a small studio apartment you can choose this compact set delivering 7.1-channel surround sound instead of splurging on a fully functional home theater system. Nakamichi is known for offering great sound bar surround sound systems. The compact set consists of a wireless subwoofer, two rear satellite speakers, a soundbar with Surround Effects Tweeters, five individually sealed speaker chambers and five DSP chipsets. Despite its small size the device is capable to produce 400 watts of sound delivering up to 104dB.
The kit can be updated later to enhance audio resolution of your system. The sound bar connects to your screen with HDMI 4K passthrough, and is compatible with Bluetooth.
Best Budget: Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074
If you want to experience great sound staying on the budget you need a modern receiver that is compatible with all your devices, plus a set of speakers and a subwoofer that will ensure good sound quality when getting loud. The Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 offers all that at a very affordable price. The kit features a 5.1-channel A/V receiver, five compact speakers and a subwoofer. The receiver includes four HDMI inputs and Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4) pass-through with HDCP 2.2. It also supports Bluetooth, enabling you to stream music from your phone or laptop. The system has already had lots of positive reviews and is characterized as an excellent device for connecting TVs and game systems.