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What Makes The Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?

What Makes the Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?

Bestseller No. 1
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel 1000W Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Dual 10" Subwoofers...
  • New retail price will be $1399.99 starting 3/24. Experience the absolute best audio no other soundbar can replicate. Feel the room shaking bass with industrys only Dual Wireless Subwoofers & 360 9.2 channel audio from every direction with our soundbar + four modular surround speakers. This plug and play solutions designed to bring the acoustics of a high performance cinema into your living room in 30 minutes. Winner of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar battle (hosted by Brian Tong, Ex-Cnet host)
  • Our DUAL 10" WIRELESS SUBWOOFERS (industry's 1st!), the new soundbar reference standard for bass, produce ground-shaking rumbles that turn your living room into an epicenter of adrenaline-pumping action. They merge to distribute bass evenly throughout the room with zero localization. The sound bar, surrounds and subwoofers replicate the perfect theater experience, reaching cinema-level volumes with no distortion. Agreed among experts, TWO subwoofers are a must for ultimate home theaters.
  • FOUR 2-WAY SURROUND SPEAKERS (industry's 1st!). Each of them (connected to sub via RCA wires) is constructed with a tweeter that reproduces high frequencies with captivating clarity, and a full-range driver that delivers surround effects with power and precision. MODULAR in form, they are designed to work perfectly for any room size or shape. Attach them as dipoles to disperse expanded surround effects or detach as 4 individual speakers (signature setup) to deliver our 360 surround sound
  • Redefine soundbar expectations and surround performance with our exclusive SSE Technology. Featuring 3 advanced audio processing engines working in harmony to enhance directionality, enlarge spaciousness and unlock extra details of any audio soundtrack. Envelop your home theater with up to 9.2.4 channels of Dolby Atmos or DTS:X object based multi-dimensional audio that flows around, above and through you. Unleash the full dynamics of your audio experience with 110dB of room-filling sound
  • All units sold since Aug '19 can receive Dolby Atmos surround via TVs eARC when streaming with TVs smart apps like Netflix (Note: not all TVs can output Atmos. Refer to your TV brands audio output specs). Enjoy advanced connectivity with Dolby Vision, 4K UHD pass-thru and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Connect up to 6 devices via 1 HDMI ARC, 3 HDMI, 1 Optical and 1 Coaxial inputs. The 52-key backlit remote allows seamless control of sources, DSP modes, individual channel and room size optimization
Bestseller No. 2
Orb Audio: Mod1 Mini 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System - Surround Sound System - Includes 5 Orbs and 9...
  • A custom 5.1 Speaker System from Orb Audio offered exclusively by Amazon.com includes Five Award Winning Orb Audio Mod1X Speakers (each speaker 4.25x4.25x4.5), one Orb Audio subMINI Powered Subwoofer (9x9x9) and all wiring required to connect the speakers and subwoofer to your Home Theater System.
  • Doubles as an audiophile grade stereo system for music listening transparent soundstage and brilliant imaging. The Mini 5.1 Home Theater features the same speakers found in Orb Audios high-end surround sound and stereo systems. All Orb Audio systems are modular and upgradeable making this system a great foundation for building a larger system over time.
  • Versatile and stylish speaker system Orb Audio speakers are available in 6 stunning finishes and are complemented by a full suite of optional mounting hardware for wall or ceiling as well as optional table and floor stands.
  • Fast, easy set up and award-winning Orb Audio customer service. All wiring and step by step instructions included with FREE unlimited lifetime support provided by Orb Audio.
Bestseller No. 3
Aperion Audio Planar-Ribbon Super Tweeter Pair for Home Theater Stereo Speaker HiFi Audiophile Ultra...
  • The Aperion Audio Super Tweeter is a high-fidelity compliment to any home audio system
  • Designed to reside on top of your existing speaker, the Super Tweeter can be used from 8,000Hz to 30kHz.
  • With 5 preset crossover points
  • The Aperion Audio Super Tweeter provides customizable bright and detailed sound, enhances the stereo sound field width & depth and accentuates ultra-high frequency extension
Bestseller No. 4
250ft 14 Gauge Speaker Wire - Copper Cable in Spool for Connecting Audio Stereo to Amplifier,...
  • 14 GAUGE THICKNESS: This 14 gauge copper speaker wire offers very easy connection for speakers to amplifiers or receivers. The thickness is just enough for resistance and electrical flow without the risk of overheating
  • CUT AS DESIRED: The wire can be cut as desired for specific installation needs. If the plastic jacket is removed, the wire can be left bare or use wire crimp accessories to connect to stereo and speakers
  • UNDISTORTED SIGNAL: Made with plastic jacket surrounding the speaker wire to help deliver high-quality undistorted signals to and from all of connected audio equipment. This also helps with insulation
  • POLARITY MARK: Theres a red mark outlined on one side of the cable wire. Its purpose is to easily distinguish the polarity and help properly set up any audio stereo, surround sound system, TV home theater and even a car
  • 250FT CONVENIENT DISPENSE: This very long 250ft speaker wire is neatly wrapped around a hard plastic spool for easy and convenient dispensing. It can be used without hassle and instantly too
Bestseller No. 5
Floor Standing Bluetooth Tower Speaker, Floor Speakers for Home Stero System, Floor Standing...
  • Revealing and Engaging SoundThe speaker sound quality of stereo is incredible with crisp highs, highly detailed midranges and decent bass response. The integrated mid-bass woofer in this floor standing bluetooth tower speaker produces a great bass response that is hard, giving your music that extra kick that you desire.
  • Easy to UseThe bluetooth connection of this floor standing bluetooth tower speaker is quick and easy to do, and wont be interrupted by objects in the signal path. The remote of this floor standing bluetooth tower speaker is also stylish and will help control every function of this floor standing bluetooth tower speaker.
  • Versatile ConnectionsThe floor standing bluetooth tower speaker features wireless Bluetooth streaming, 3.5mm AUX wired input, FM digital radio,SD or MMC memory card, and an MP3 player mode to play music files. The floor standing bluetooth tower speaker is sefl-powered. It 's an active speaker. You don't need amplifier.
  • Compact and RefinedThe floor standing bluetooth tower speaker looks great and has a slim, room-friendly profile, easily blends with the home furniture because of the beautiful wooden design of this floor standing bluetooth tower speaker, deliver audio comparable with high-end performance drivers in a much more affordable package.
  • Optimum Long-lasting ConstructionThe floor speaker is made with top quality MDF wood and chrome speaker ring accents. Together with the modern LCD display, the floor standing bluetooth tower speaker looks decent and beautiful. The first-class components and sturdy material also makes it reliable and strong enough to hold up to daily use.
SaleBestseller No. 6
Klipsch RC-62 II Center Speaker Black - Each
  • A high-end choice in center channel design
  • Delivers realistic, balanced home theater sound
  • Highly efficient design produces more output using less energy
  • Magnetically shielded drivers prevent TV interference
  • Enhanced 1 titanium horn-loaded tweeter, dual 6.5 high-output woofers
SaleBestseller No. 7
ApexJoy High-End Desktop Sound Bar, Dual Speakers Wired & Bluetooth Wireless Surround Sound Home...
  • Powerful Baritone Sound 2.1 Channel 2 way compact speaker with dual passive radiator system; The dual passive radiator system is used to strengthen mid/low frequency bass sounds to produce a rich baritone sound beyond the maximum output (12W). You can install the system directly in front of a HD flat screen TV/PC monitor to enjoy the real dynamic stereo movie sound and music.
  • Multimedia & Multi-SourcesWork with various multimedia devices including iMac, desktop personal computer, laptop, TV, mobile phone, tablet/iPad and game accessories. Support LINE IN, RCA, and Bluetooth wireless connections.
  • Built-in Mic On top of the sound bar center, allows connected smartphones talking hands-free.
  • Elegant Designed with Simplicity Metal majority housing presents a modern look. All-in-one Control Touchpad (see picture demo) Simple touch & hold to Power On/Off, Change Mode & Volume, etc.
  • OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE. 12 MONTHS WARRANTY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US. EMAIL ADDRESS: [email protected] WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MEET YOUR SATISFACTION.
Bestseller No. 8
Polk Audio Blackstone TL1 Speaker Center Channel with Time Lens Technology | Compact Size, High...
  • CREATES A SOUNDSTAGE COMPARABLE TO ANY LARGE SYSTEM. Features two (2) 2.5" drivers, a 0.5" silk dome tweeter & injection molded cones. The APERIODIC-TUNED REAR PORT delivers bass extension and boosts the audio on a shelf or mounted against the wall
  • UNIQUE CURVED SHAPE BASED ON "TIME LENS TECHNOLOGY" It is specially designed to align the acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass in the same plane, reducing diffraction & distortions, and ensuring the right sounds reach you at the same time!
  • BUILD YOUR OWN 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 HOME THEATER SYSTEM According to you room size & requirements, create an immersive surround sound system by adding four to eight satellite speakers and a subwoofer of your choice to this center channel
  • EASY TO CONNECT AND OPERATE No matter how you choose to set it up, the center channel easily connects to a receiver, just like any other speaker
  • POLK'S UNMATCHED QUALITY AT A SURPRISINGLY LOW PRICE. With this value-priced center channel, you can now enjoy premium audio, expert engineering, solid construction, and a spectacular theater experience right at home
Bestseller No. 9
Fluance Signature Series Hi-Fi 5.0 Surround Sound Home Theater Speaker System Including Three-Way...
  • Perfectly timbre matched 5 speaker system including tower speakers, surround sound speakers and a center channel all designed to encapsulate you with every sound effect the way the producer intended
  • Mastering precision and sonic accuracy, the Signature Series uses only premium components that ensure high fidelity sound transporting the concert into your living room
  • Powerful 8" woofers provide optimal linear movement resulting in a low frequency bass performance that is clean, deep and controlled; Ultra high-end Neodymium tweeters produce high frequencies with captivating clarity
  • Unique midrange pointed dome allows sound waves to travel directly from the center of the woven glass fiber cone for an enhanced soundstage so every song is indistinguishable from the original recording
  • Acoustically inert, the cabinets are precision crafted with audio grade MDF wood to create a warm, distortion-free sound; A solid front baffle bears chamfered edges to significantly decrease sound diffraction
SaleBestseller No. 10
Goldwood Sound GW-8028 Rubber Surround 8" Woofer 190 Watts 8ohm Replacement Speaker
  • 1 Goldwood Sound GW-8028 butyl rubber surround 8" woofer, 100 watts RMS and 190 watts Max, 25 - 6000Hz frequency response, 90dB SPL, 8ohm
  • 1.5" aluminum voice coil, 20oz magnet with bumper plate and vented pole piece, poly mica cone with butyl rubber surround
  • Stamped steel frame, overall size is 8", fits enclosure hole size of 7.25", mounting depth is 3.25", designed and engineered in the USA
  • Use for pro DJ speakers, pro PA speakers, pro karaoke speakers, live sound speakers, fixed installation speakers, studio monitors and home audio speakers
  • This listing and price is for 1 Goldwood GW-8028 pro audio woofer

Choosing a high-end speaker system for your home theater setup can be challenging, especially if you're not familiar with speaker technology and what to look for. After all, the best high-end speakers will come at a hefty price, so you don't want to find yourself disappointed or wishing you would have chosen something else after spending thousands on a speaker setup. Luckily, you don't have to be a speaker expert to do a bit of research before making your selection. With that said, here are some of the top factors, features, and tips to consider when comparing high-end speakers for your home theater.

Understand the Importance of Using a Good AV Receiver

Although there are many speakers on the market that are “self-powered” most of them can't stand up to the sound produced by the more robust speakers, most of which require external power. An Audio/Video (AV) receiver includes several amplification channels that drive power to each individual speaker in your surround sound setup. While many speaker systems will include a receiver as part of a comprehensive package, purchasing a standalone newer model AV receiver separately will allow you to reduce the cost of the speaker purchase, while also ensuring that you have access to the latest and greatest signal processing technology. Thus, while comparing different speakers for your home theater, it's also a good idea to compare AV receivers as well – you can read about it here.

Look for Wide Frequency Range

The human range of hearing spans from about 20Hz (super deep bass) to 20kHz (high pitch beep). Bass frequencies lower than 20Hz can be felt and are, therefore, incorporated into movies and games to reproduce vibrations, explosions, and other tactile stimulation that helps to create a more immersive experience. For this reason, it's best to look for speakers with the lowest possible bass frequency range. However, it should be noted that to take advantage of a speaker's lowest possible bass frequency, you'll need to use a subwoofer.

Compare Frequency Response Deviation

It's also a good idea to check out the +/- deviation of the frequency response. Ideally, you'll want to choose a speaker that has a response deviation of +3 dB or lower. The closer you can get to +0 dB, the closer the sound reproduction will be to the actual source. However, most home theater speakers add some “coloration”, which simply means that the sound is intentionally brightened and made more entertaining rather than left in its original state, which some listeners may find to be bland and boring.

Other Key Speaker Specs to Consider

Aside from frequency reproduction range and signal response deviation, other key specs to examine include sensitivity and impedance. The sensitivity of a speaker doesn't affect the sound quality, but it does affect the overall volume and sound pressure capabilities. A typical speaker might have 80dB sensitivity rating, whereas a higher end model would be closer to 90dB or higher. The impedance rating also does not affect sound quality, as it is a measurement used to indicate how much power a speaker requires from an amplifier to function. A higher impedance number means that it requires less power from the amplifier. For example, a speaker with an 8-ohm impedance rating would require less power than a speaker with a 4-ohm impedance rating – something to consider when choosing an amplifier or AV receiver.

How to Test and Compare Speakers by Ear

Although your ears can do a pretty good job of telling you what sounds good without any fancy knowledge, when comparing speakers, you mainly want to look for sound accuracy and spatial realism. Do acoustic instruments sound natural? Are the sounds extremely clear or are they muffled by excessive bass instead? Are words crisp and easy to understand? Do the speakers make you feel like you've been taken into a whole new environment? These are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself while comparing high-end home theater speakers.

Incorporate a Variety of Speaker Types Into Your Setup

It's important to consider the unique advantages and applications of each speaker type when designing a home theater speaker system. Most experts recommend starting with a center-channel speaker like a soundbar and then branching out from there. A good subwoofer is a must if you want to experience the rumbling sub-bass frequencies that make movies and games feel more realistic. The furniture in the room will also play a role in which speaker types are best. For example, if you already have an entertainment system or shelves on both sides of your display, bookshelf speakers might be ideal. Floor speakers are generally recommended for rooms with hard floors that don't produce a lot of additional resonance. Finally, surround speakers are the finishing touches that complete an enveloping and immersive home theater audio experience.

Look for Good Reviews and Recommendations

Aside from the technical specs, it's also a good idea to double check the popular opinion about a setup before making your final decision. Sometimes a system can look great on paper, but after examining the reviews you find that there are certain shortcomings that you'd rather avoid. Since home speaker systems can be quite expensive, it makes sense to do your research and look for as much experience-based guidance as possible before committing to the investment.

Testing Speakers at Local Electronics Outlets Before Buying Online

This is a great bonus tip to consider before making your purchasing decision. Although you'll probably find better deals online, looking at pictures of speakers won't tell you much about how good they sound in person. Fortunately, most of the models you'll find online will also be available at local shops (albeit typically at a higher price), so it's a good idea to test them out locally before buying online.

Ensuring the Speaker Setup is Ideal for the Room

In closing, it doesn't make sense to spend a bunch of money on a fancy speaker setup, only to throw it into a room that's acoustically unfit for the system itself. Room design and size can have a major impact on sound reflections, absorption, and resonant frequencies that affect the accuracy of bass. Thus, while the above tips are certainly the primary aspects to consider, it's important to choose a speaker setup that is ideal for the room it's going to be installed in.

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