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

What Makes the Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?
Bestseller No. 1
Rockville TM150C Cherry Powered Home Theater Tower Speakers 10" Sub/Bluetooth/USB
  • Rockville TM150C Complete Powered Home Theater Tower Speaker System With Dual 10" Subs. Built In Bluetooth with 150 foot range and perfect interference. Built in USB playback. Built in SD card playback. Built in FM radio with crystal clear reception.
  • 2)10" subwoofers with incredibly loud and deep bass response.6)Full range drivers: 4" full range drivers with polypropylene cones, rubber surrounds, and bullet dust cap to give you incredible loud and clear sound.2)silk dome tweeters for incredible highs!
  • Peak Power: 1000 Watts. RMS Power: 250 Watts. Built in 8 band equalizer with preset equalizer curves. Adjustable bass and treble. Built in high and low pass crossovers professionally tuned by audio engineers for top performance.
  • Cabinet material: Top quality MDF (0.472" inch thick high-grade MDF). (2) pairs of RCA inputs. (1) 3.5MM aux input. (1) Optical input. Front panel UB and SD inputs. (2) ¼" Mic inputs for karaoke. (2) RCA outputs make the system expandable.
  • Digital display on front panel with brightness control. Incredible design with silver plates surrounding each speaker and modern furniture style look. Built in class A/B amplifier with audiophile grade sound quality.
Bestseller No. 2
Fluance Elite High Definition Surround Sound Home Theater 5.0 Channel Speaker System Including...
  • Expertly timbre matched 5 speaker system that will surround you with every brilliant nuance from the greatest soundtracks that define your life
  • Premium 1" neodymium balanced silk dome tweeters, ferrofluid cooled for vibrant high-frequency response; 4" poly-coated midrange drivers with butyl rubber surrounds for rich, clear sound performances
  • Powerful dual 6.5" woofers produce high definition sound and optimal low frequency response (fronts)
  • Precision-crafted audio-grade MDF wood construction for reduced cabinet resonance and reproduction of natural sound
  • Full lifetime parts and labor manufacturer's direct warranty with lifetime customer support
Bestseller No. 3
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. 4
Theater Solutions TS50C in Ceiling Speakers Surround Sound Home Theater Pair, White, 5.25-Inch
  • Theater Solutions TS50C in ceiling speakers, recommended power is 10-200 watts per speaker, efficiency is 92dB, frequency response is 50hz-20 kHz, 8ohm, 2-way design and functionality
  • 5. 25" Woven fiber bulletproof Cone woofers with Butyl rubber Surrounds, 1" Pei dome tweeters, 2nd order 6dB per octave crossovers, spring loaded raw wire connections
  • Paint-able frames and grills, low profile housings designed for easy installation, unique wall locking mounting system, no mounting hardware needed, Cut out templates, full instructions included
  • Cut out Size is 6. 875" Per speaker, overall size is 8. 375" Per speaker, mounting depth is 2. 25" Per speaker, Designed and engineered in the USA
  • Use for in wall or in ceiling home entertainment, surround sound, home theater, offices or commercial, This Listing and price is for 1 pair/ 2 in Ceiling speakers
SaleBestseller No. 5
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.Mounting Type: Floor Standing
  • 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. 6
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio
  • Harley, Robert (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 592 Pages - 10/01/2021 (Publication Date) - Acapella Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Klipsch R-41SA Powerful Detailed Home Speaker Set of 2 Black
  • Conforms to Dolby Atmos specifications
  • 4" spun-copper woofer
  • 1" Aluminum lets tweeter mated to a 90x90 square Tractrix Horn
  • 100 watt power handling
SaleBestseller No. 8
Sonos Play:3 - Mid-Sized Wireless Smart Home Speaker for Streaming Music, Amazon Certified and Works...
  • Delivers richer and deeper sound than play:1, making it perfect for spots where you have more room
  • Connect your play:3 to any Amazon echo or Alexa enabled device, then just ask for the music you love
  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time; Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home
  • Set up in five minutes using your home wifi; Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you’re ready
  • Wirelessly stream all your favorite music services like Amazon music, Pandora, Apple music, and Spotify
Bestseller No. 9
Sound & Vision
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • AVTech Media (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/01/2011 (Publication Date) - AVTech Media Americas Inc., (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Sonos Play:1 - Compact Wireless Smart Speaker - Black (Discontinued by manufacturer)
  • Small yet powerful speaker for streaming music and more. Get rich, room-filling sound with Play:1, and control it with the Sonos app.
  • The compact design fits just about any space. Put it on your kitchen countertop, or tuck it away on your office bookshelf.
  • Go from unboxing to listening in minutes with just 1 cord and step-by-step guidance in the Sonos app.
  • Pair 2 Play: 1's in the same room for stereo separation and more detailed sound.
  • Easily connect Sonos speakers in different rooms over Wi-Fi to create a home sound system that brings every room and everyone together.

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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