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Home Sound Systems

Find deals and discounts on home stereo systems and home theater equipment on Newegg with the tools on this page. Here you can search and sort home stereo speakers and receivers by budget, brand, and product specifications. Unsure about how to gauge value for audio equipment? Read on to learn how to properly compare home theater systems. We will be decoding jargon to understand how cross-brand performance determines prices for Polk Audio, Klipsch, Samsung, Vizio, Bose audio equipment — and other top names in sound systems. Are you ready to reveal the best home theater system for your space? Let’s get started! Choose speaker systems by room size Most of the time, the home audio conversation starts with speaker recommendations. If you are a brand loyalist–say you want to find deals on Bose speakers, or discounts on a Klipsch surround sound system–that’s easily done using the site tools in the left navigation. Check the box next to your brand of choice to view only items by that brand. More important than brand, however, is choosing speakers that fit your home theater dimensions. Bigger is not always better for speakers, especially in a small room due to the physics of soundwaves. Do not try for massive subwoofer systems where a little wireless Bluetooth speaker is appropriate. Vendors do not make fitting speakers to a room an exact science. In fact, it might seem that brands deliberately muddy the water for sizing your stereo and speakers. Follow these common sense rules when picking the best home audio speakers for your room and you will be on the right track: Tower speaker height should not exceed half of your ceiling height. You have eight-foot ceilings? Speakers over four feet are overkill. In fact, unless you’re doing pro audio a four foot speaker is probably the largest you should consider. If you want big bass, you need a big space. The physics of sound is such that a 30 Hz frequency (a bone-rattling low tone) sounds best at 37 feet away. A 60 Hz low-end is more appropriate for listening from 15-20 feet. Use bookshelf speakers for music; this isn’t a hard rule, but in general, most genres don’t require ultra-low frequencies subwoofer unless you want to violate a noise ordinance. Subwoofers seal the deal for a movie-theater experience. Bass is for explosions and dinosaurs. If you’re going to spring for 5.1 or 6.1 surround sound it’s a good idea to invest a little extra into the subwoofer. You want to feel low frequencies in your solar plexus.

Home Sound Systems

In a surround sound setup, a box-like stereo receiver sends unique signals to two or more speakers, with an onboard amplifier providing power to the speakers. The quarterback of the home audio system, a good stereo receiver orchestrates sonic frequencies and volume levels for the home audio system to create the effect of sitting right in the middle of an action film. This refinement of audio signal is called equalization, or (EQ). Home surround sound receivers offer precise EQ settings that fine-tune audio best suit the media and the room. The more speakers you have, the more precise you can get. A surround sound numbering system quantifies various speaker setups and configurations: 2.0 – A stereo setup with two speakers, a left and a right channel, situated in front of the viewer. 3.0 – Stereo setup plus a dedicated, powered subwoofer, also called a LFE (low-frequency effects) bass channel. 5.1 – Standard surround sound. Five channels total; four speakers placed around the perimeter plus a LFE. 6.1 – Adds a third channel called the back surround speaker. It is located behind the viewer in most cases and enhances the effect of sonic movement. It is commonplace for studios to release 6.1 DVD and Blu-ray titles nowadays. They are compatible with 5.1 systems.

Home Sound Systems

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The simplest way to get your home theater up and running is looking at Home Theater in a Box solutions, which bundle together all the components to get a stereo up and running. The advantage on this type of system is simple compatibility—the AV equipment in each home theater box is built for compatibility. Box solutions include various combinations of audio and theater equipment; 5.1 surround systems are the most popular bundles on Newegg. Cobbling together a DIY home audio system usually spreads purchases over time. A savvy customer perhaps waits for deals or discounts on stereo systems and speakers to pop up and find savings. The DIY home theater method takes an understanding of sound, electronics, and product compatibility to achieve. Not every stereo receiver works with every speaker or subwoofer; make sure to have a handle on Ohms, impedance and dB sensitivity before purchasing a home audio system part by part. See the next tab for more on this.

Home Sound Systems

02 of 08 Runner-Up, Best Overall: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 400W 45” Sound Bar Buy from Amazon This massive 7.1-channel 400 Watt sound bar from Nakamichi delivers a powerful home audio experience for those who do not want to commit to the hassle and space of a full receiver system. While it might not rival a true system in terms of power and sound quality, it gives a rich and immersive surround audio experience that is perfect for people living in apartments or other small spaces.The bar has five sealed speaker chambers and six DSP chipsets, creating an acoustic wideness that brings your media to life with DSP EQ modes. The system is complete with 11 tuned speaker drivers for 104dB of sound, as well as an included eight-inch wireless subwoofer for deep rich bass. The satellite speakers are wireless as well, while the HDMI connected bar has 4K pass through and plays Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital plus content.  

Home Sound Systems

The placement of the speakers, size of the room, type of flooring and furniture or other objects in the room can affect the acoustics. Hard surfaces, such as wood paneling, hardwood floors and windows, tend to reverberate sound, which creates audio distortion. In contrast, soft surfaces, such as carpeting, rugs and drapes, absorb the sound. Other irregularly shaped surfaces diffuse the sound or cast it in various directions rather than focusing it right on you. Carefully consider the placement of speakers and other furniture in the room to create the best sound.

Home Sound Systems

05 of 08 Best Under $75: Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 Buy from Amazon The most affordable on the list, the Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system that includes six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean booming bass. Though the system lacks Bluetooth connectivity like the other audio systems listed, it comes with 75 watts of balanced power, enough to fill a room with sound and also rattle a few windows. The speaker bass comes with a control dial that lets you easily adjust bass levels.You’re not limited to only hooking the system up to your computer, as the package induces a 3.5 mm or RCA audio out allowing for an easy connection to your video game consoles, iPods, etc. Though the speakers may work with game consoles and TVs, when connected, the audio produces only 2.1 audio quality without the surround sound.

Home Sound Systems

The most affordable on the list, the Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system that includes six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean booming bass. Though the system lacks Bluetooth connectivity like the other audio systems listed, it comes with 75 watts of balanced power, enough to fill a room with sound and also rattle a few windows. The speaker bass comes with a control dial that lets you easily adjust bass levels.You’re not limited to only hooking the system up to your computer, as the package induces a 3.5 mm or RCA audio out allowing for an easy connection to your video game consoles, iPods, etc. Though the speakers may work with game consoles and TVs, when connected, the audio produces only 2.1 audio quality without the surround sound.

Home Sound Systems

This stunning home audio system from LG combines wireless Bluetooth connectivity with a stylish standing design, resulting in an elegant and totally functional package that focuses on aesthetics and sound. The system has 5.1-channel surround sound, including a specially designed Bass Blast of tuned matrix for deep bass and engrossing sound effect. The 1000 watts of power will fill large or small rooms with crisp and lively audio, and the towers can be tuned for optimal effect in any home theater.

04 of 08 Best Design: LG LHD655 Bluetooth Multi Region Free 5.1-Channel Speakers Buy from Amazon This stunning home audio system from LG combines wireless Bluetooth connectivity with a stylish standing design, resulting in an elegant and totally functional package that focuses on aesthetics and sound. The system has 5.1-channel surround sound, including a specially designed Bass Blast of tuned matrix for deep bass and engrossing sound effect. The 1000 watts of power will fill large or small rooms with crisp and lively audio, and the towers can be tuned for optimal effect in any home theater.The aesthetic towers are synced with Bluetooth and play audio streaming or via USB, CD or radio stations. This package comes with an HDMI Cable, DVD player, four 36-inch towers and a subwoofer, all in a sleek glossy black that will match any interior design. The system is even set up with LG Audio’s karaoke, making this the perfect complement to a house party.

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