Are you creating or updating a home theatre in 2021 and looking for the best home theater sound system to invest in? It may not be as simple as you first thought, as finding the perfect system for you depends on such factors as room size and layout and, obviously, budget.
While many people tend to think first of the TV screen/ projector when they hear “home theatre systems” we are actually referring to the sound. Speakers built in to your TV will get the job done if you are watching in your living room or while lying in bed, but when you go to the expense of creating a home theatre with a large, beautiful picture and custom-built seating, then you really need to go all-in and get the immersive audio experience that a home theatre system provides.
Using multiple speakers and support for surround sound formats, home theater sound systems let you experience your movies and shows the way they were meant to be experienced, with amazing sound coming from all parts of the room.
Typically, systems also include subwoofers to provide the extra bass that gives action movie explosions more boom. An AV receiver may also be required. This is used to power and process the various speakers.
Knowing which system to invest in can be a bit tricky. You will want the best sound possible, but also want to be sure that you are getting your money’s worth. To help you decide, here are some home theater sound systems worth investing in for 2021:
• Sonos Surround Set with Arc Sound Bar, Subwoofer, and One SL Speakers
Offering clear highs and powerful lows, the Sonos Surround Set comes from the world’s leading wireless audio company (according to CEPro Magazine), something that you appreciate when you don’t have to deal with a tangle of wires. It is not totally wireless, mind you; but you will only have to contend with the power cord and HDMI cable.
The Sonos app, used for setting up and controlling Sonos products, is possibly the best in the industry, as well as the smartest. You will not only have rich, immersive 5.1 surround sound to enhance your viewing pleasure, but you will also have the included Apple Airplay 2 and access to more than 50 music services, making the system perfect for listening to your favourite music. Create a voice-controlled system with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
• Bose Soundbar 700 with Bass Module 700 and Surround Wireless Speakers
This Bose Home Theater Sound system offers some of the best sound available in a wireless home theatre system, offering an exceptionally wide sound field. The system provides crystal-clear sound, even for soft-spoken dialogue. No more struggling to understand whispering characters. Another great advantage that the systems offer is excellent sound no matter where you are positioned relative to speakers and the sub woofer provides heavy bass without distortion.
This system is part of the expanding family of smart wireless speakers and can be combined with components in other parts of your home, such as speakers in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Like the Sonos Surround Set, the Bose system can be voice-controlled, as it comes with Amazon’s Alexa built right in.
• SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package
Once known primarily for their excellent subwoofers, SVS has grown to become a highly respected brand and the SVS Prime Satellite demonstrates why. A small, compact unit that makes it a perfect fit for smaller rooms.
Despite the size, this system packs a solid punch. Unlike the systems above, it is wired, not wireless, but in terms of performance of the price, it’s a great bet.
In addition to being an excellent choice for your movie and TV viewing, it is also a great system for those who have a gaming setup in a small bedroom or spare room. Put yourself in the middle of your games without having to spend an arm and a leg.
• Yamaha YHT-4950U
When you are looking for good home theater sound that won’t break the bank, the Yamaha YHT-4950U may be the right choice for you. An inexpensive system that still delivers crisp and impressive sound, it has proven quite popular for those who are looking for good performance that remains budget friendly.
The compact speakers perform admirably with movie audio, but if it has a weakness, it’s that sound can distort somewhat at high levels. So, if you tend to enjoy your movies at a volume that shakes the foundations of your home, this may not be your ideal choice.
Bluetooth connectivity allows for easy music streaming and Yamaha’s YPAO room calibration will help you achieve the best possible sound in any room you choose to use it in.
• Polk Audio 5.1 Channel Home Theatre System with Powered Subwoofer
An all-around excellent choice, this is one of your best bets for a great, immersive sound experience. Using two floor-standing towers, a central speaker, two bookshelf speakers in back, and a powered 10-inch subwoofer, the Polk Audio has 15 multi-directional speakers feeding you excellent sound including crystal-clear dialogue. Add to that the 100-watt sub and you have a sound system that will continue to impress whether you are listening to music or watching the latest action films. In addition, it offers support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
Even if you have a limited budget, there is a home theatre system available for you. If you’ve already got a great picture, you are only partway there. of course, the team at Elite would be happy to recommend custom home theater seating crafted to your own specifications. Either way, don’t overlook the role that a great home theatre sound system plays in bringing you into the movies and shows you are watching.