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What Makes the Best High-End Home Theater Speakers – 2022 Guide

What Makes the Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?
SaleBestseller No. 1
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2.4 Channel 1000W Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Soundbar with Dual 10" Subwoofers...
  • With 70+ years of audio excellence, experience the absolute best audio no other soundbar can replicate. Feel the roomshaking bass with industry’s only Dual Wireless Subwoofers & 360° 9.2 channel audio from every direction with our soundbar + four modular surround effects speakers. This plug and play solution’s designed to bring the acoustics of a high performance cinema into your living room in approx 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 TV’s eARC when streaming with TV’s smart apps like Netflix (Note: not all TVs can output Atmos. Refer to your TV brand’s 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
Aperion Audio MKII Planar-Ribbon Super Tweeter Pair for Home Theater Stereo Speaker HiFi Audiophile...
  • The Aperion Audio Super Tweeter is a high-fidelity compliment to any home audio system. They add a subtle touch to the high frequency range and blend seamlessly with many brands of speakers.
  • Designed to reside on top of your existing speaker, the Super Tweeter will slightly boost the frequency range of 8,000 Hz to 40,000 Hz and employs a high pass filter with 5 preset crossover points.
  • Unlike a horn tweeter, the Super Tweeter delicately handles high frequencies, bringing a new dynamic to your sound field. The Planar Magnetic Super Tweeter works best with speakers having 85 to 93 dB efficiency.
  • Please do not expect this tweeter to be extremely loud. This is a special tweeter which adds a subtle boost to the upper register frequencies. Please note the efficiency of your speakers to ensure the Super Tweeters are compatible with your existing speakers. If you have any questions, please contact the customer service team at Aperion Audio.
Bestseller No. 3
Sound & Vision
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • AVTech Media (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/01/2011 (Publication Date) - AVTech Media Americas Inc., (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio
  • Harley, Robert (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 592 Pages - 10/01/2021 (Publication Date) - Acapella Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
Klipsch Reference R-26FA 5.1 Home Theater Pack, Brushed Black Polymer Veneer
  • Klipsch R-26FA Dolby Atmos Speaker (Pair) - Klipsch R-41M Bookshelf Home Speaker (Pair) - Klipsch R-25C Center Channel Home Speaker - Klipsch Reference R-12SW 12" 400W All-Digital Powered Subwoofer (Brushed Black)
  • Built-in Elevation Channel for Dolby Atmos
  • 1" Aluminum Diaphragm Compression Tweeter
  • Dual 6.5" Copper Spun Magnetically Shielded IMG Woofers
  • 90 x 90 Square Tractrix Horn
Bestseller No. 6
Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System
  • The Klipsch reference theater pack delivers a superior acoustic performance while keeping an incredibly minimal footprint
  • Klipsch's exclusive Tractrix Horn technology and aluminum Tweeters deliver the cleanest, most natural sound possible. The down-firing wireless subwoofer is designed to deliver room-filling low frequencies without requiring too much floor space
  • To complement the easy placement of the wireless subwoofer, each satellite speaker has a keyhole mount and a threaded insert for maximum mounting flexibility
  • The reference theater pack brings the Klipsch cinematic sound into your home with an incredibly minimal footprint
Bestseller No. 7
Moukey Passive Bookshelf Speakers (Pair), Peak power 110 Watt 3-way Home Theater Bookshelf Speakers...
  • 3-WAY FREQUENCY: This passive bookshelf speaker is composed of 5‘’+2‘’+1‘’ three speakers, responsible for deducing every detail of the 20-20000Hz frequency band. The high frequency is bright but not harsh, and the details are well processed; the middle frequency highlights the human voice and restores the real voice of the singer; the low frequency part is strong and powerful, and full of shock.
  • INTELLIGENT CROSSOVER: In order to optimize the quality of music, this passive speaker is added a high-end crossover developed by Moukey inside the product, so that 3 different audios of high, middle and low are sent to the corresponding speaker unit for interpretation.
  • HANDMADE WOODEN ENCLOSURE: The passive speaker used handcrafted wooden boxes, accurate to every 1CM level and structure, to achieve the best enjoyment of sound quality.
  • WALL-MOUNTABLE: In addition to the normal placement of the speakers, we also designed independent hooks on the back panel to facilitate you to hang the speakers on the wall.
  • MULTI-SCENE APPLICATION: Moukey's passive bookshelf speakers can be applied to family, karaoke, small bar, study, bedroom, etc. Note: Passive speakers cannot play music alone, you can it use it with Moukey MAMP1 amplifier.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Polk Audio PSW10 10" Powered Subwoofer - Power Port Technology, Up to 100 Watts, Big Bass in Compact...
  • POWERED SUBWOOFER FOR EXTRA BASS & PUNCH – A 10-inch Dynamic Balance woofer & a uniquely configured directed port provides accurate bass with added depth that brings your music and movies alive. A perfect solution for your small-to-mid size room
  • LOUDER CLEARER SOUND EVEN AT HIGH VOLUME – Enjoy a thrilling yet balanced music experience with rich, deep sound, even at low frequencies. BLENDS EASILY WITH ANY SPEAKER and plays the most demanding nodes effortlessly without any distortion
  • DOUBLE THE AMPLIFIER POWER TO 100 Watts of Dynamic Power with its in-built 50-watt RMS amp. Sophisticated engineering with best in class resonance-free driver materials make this sub highly durable and FIT FOR EXTENDED USE
  • EASY TO INTEGRATE WITH EXISTING SYSTEMS – Hook up this sub to the receiver and upgrade your music sound instantly. Features continuously variable 80-160 Hz crossover and 40-160 Hz (-3dB) frequency response
  • A sleek detachable grille on the front, speaker and line-level inputs as well as speaker-level outputs on the back, and a Phase Toggle Switch for multiple subwoofers, make this sub cohesive and complete
SaleBestseller No. 9
Donner Passive Bookshelf Speakers Pair, 2-Way Stereo Speakers for Home Theater/Surround Sound...
  • Excellent Treble Performance: Donner passive bookshelf speakers adopts HIFI-level tweeter, combined with aerodynamic guardrail design, so that the treble distribution is even, the penetration is good, and the expressiveness is strong. The high resolution of the speakers can restore the details of the human voice, making the music sound soft and comfortable.
  • 4-inch Mid-low Frequency: The 4-inch long-stroke woofer of Donner passive bookshelf speakers adopts a polymer material diaphragm, which makes the speaker have excellent damping characteristics, low distortion, high efficiency and fast transient response.
  • Precise Frequency Divider: The second-order frequency divider with high-precision mid/woofer unit installed in the speaker makes the sound quality of the whole system fully play to the extreme level. It also optimizes the time domain consistency between each sound unit, which makes the sound field highly restored.
  • High Density Wooden Box: The cabinet of the passive bookshelf speaker pair is made of MDF with a thickness of 0.7 inches. Hand polishing completes every detail of the speakers.
  • Wide Range of Applications: The speakers can handle RMS 40W MAX power (Note: a power amplifier is needed to match with it). It can be used as a stereo bookshelf speaker for playing music, or it can be used for home theater, and it can be combined with other speakers to form a surround sound speaker system.
Bestseller No. 10
Rockville Cube Black Pair of 3.5" Black Home Theater Wall Speakers+Swivel Brackets
  • Cube by Rockville Pair of 3.5" Black home theater wall speakers and swivel brackets
  • Cube by Rockville - Pair of black 3.5” speakers with swivel mounting bracket. Rms power: 30 watts each/ 60 Watts per pair. Peak power: 75 watts each/ 150 Watts per pair. Impedance: 8 ohm. Easy wall mount brackets with 360 degree swivel rotation for optimal sound staging.
  • 3.5” woofer with paper cone has natural sound reproduction with clear midst and bass. 0.5” black pei tweeter delivers crystal clear highs. True 2 way speaker system delivers way better sound quality than famous brands who make these in a 1 way design. Sensitivity: 86 dB +-2dB (1m/2.83V). frequency response (3dB): 130Hz - 20kHz.
  • Cabinet material: ABS. Color: Black. Shielded grill offers additional protection from dust and damage. Audiophile grade sound quality. You can use these along with a subwoofer for an amazing home theater experience. Great for use as surround speakers.
  • Euro block speaker terminals with Quick disconnect. Our mini design with big sound make these perfect for a living room, bedroom, Kitchen, restaurant, and more. Product Dimensions: 4.13" x 7.3" x 4.74" inches. Product weight: 1.32 lbs. (Per speaker)

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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