Soundbar Alternatives

5 Great Entry-Level Home Theater Systems

September 5, 2017 Tech By

A home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) system is the perfect compromise between a high-quality soundbar and a full-fledged surround-sound system. It boasts multiple channels — and thus true surround sound — like a home theater system, yet it’s smaller and more affordable, like a soundbar. (And the truth is, unless your home theater is in a spacious living area, it’s probably not necessary to have a 7.1-channel system with floor-standing speakers and a massive subwoofer.) Below are our favorite HTiB systems for true surround sound.

Onkyo HT-S3800

The Onkyo HT-S3800 is a 5.1-channel home theater system, complete with a subwoofer, that’s easy to set up. With its built-in Bluetooth, it can wirelessly stream music from any compatible smartphone or tablet.

System: 5.1 channels
Speaker Drivers: 3-inch cone
Weight: 38 pounds

Klipsch HDT-600


The HDT-600 comes with four satellite speakers, a center channel and one powerful subwoofer. Each speaker, with the help of the proprietary MicroTractrix horns, is able to create the high-out, true-sounding audio that Klipsch is known for.

System: 5.1 channels
Speaker Drivers: 8-inch fiber-composite cone
Weight: 25 pounds

Yamaha YHT-4930UBL

Yamaha’s YHT-4930UBL is equipped with Bluetooth functionality, supports 4K ultra HD pass-through (meaning it works exceptionally well with 4K Blu-ray players and 4K TVs), and features YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which optimizes sound specifically for the size of the room the speaker is in. It also includes a powerful 100W subwoofer.

System: 5.1 channels
Speaker Drivers: 2 3/4-inch full-range cones
Weight: N/A

Sony BDV-N5200W


Pumping 1,000 watts of total power, this 5.1-channel system has all the boom you want in a home theater system. Additionally, with its built-in Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity, streaming from Netflix, YouTube and Spotify is super simple.

System: 5.1 channels
Speaker Drivers: Full range
Weight: 34.5 pounds

Onkyo HT-S7700

The Onkyo HT-S7700 has been widely praised as one of the best home theater speaker systems you can buy. It supports Dolby Atmos and the latest 4K/60Hz games, and Blu-ray, as well. If you want to stream music over Bluetooth or wi-fi, you can do that too.

System: 5.1.2 channels
Speaker Drivers: Full-range
Weight: 36.4 pounds

Buy a Soundbar Instead


Want surround sound? A soundbar is an affordable alternative to a multi-channel home theater system. These are the six best on the market. Read the Story

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