Top Home Theater Speakers

Your guide to the top TV speakers on the market

Watching your favorite movies, TV shows and sports events in full surround sound is a luxury you deserve if you’ve already invested in building a quality home theater. There are four components to a complete surround sound package: a center channel speaker, front left and front right speakers, peripheral surround speakers, and a subwoofer.

You should also know the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound speakers. 5.1 speakers are configured for standard six-channel surround sound, while 7.1 speakers are designed for eight-channel technology. Some people feel that 7.1 speakers deliver a better listening experience, while others can hardly notice a difference between the two technologies. It is a matter of preference and, of course, budget.

If you are looking for quality TV speakers to enhance your home theater experience, start your search with these products:

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Klipsch HD Theater 500

If you are looking for surround sound speakers with a long lifespan and a proven track record for maintaining excellent audio quality, then Klipsch products will appeal to you. The company’s HD Theater 500 package offers one of the top-performing subwoofers on the market, which produces rich, even and smooth bass tones. They are priced in the middle of the market range, and come with a generous five-year warranty.

While the sound will impress the casual listener, serious audiophiles may have some issues with the system’s sound reproduction. These home theater speakers have also taken knocks for substituting durable binding posts for basic clip connectors, but that should hardly be an issue if you don’t alter speaker placement once you set up the system.

On the whole, these speakers deliver optimal value for the price, which lands them at the top of our list.

Specifications:

  • Frequency range: 36 to 20,000 hertz
  • Crossover max: 160 hertz
  • Sensitivity: 90 decibels
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power input maximum: 100 watts
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Blackstone TL1600

If it’s great looks you’re after, you can’t beat Blackstone’s TL1600 surround sound system. These sleek black speakers add style to your home theater, and they also produce high-quality sound for a very reasonable price. Blackstone has also drawn raves for its engineering ingenuity, and these speakers offer a full frequency range.

On the down side, the subwoofer doesn’t offer as rich a bass tone reproduction experience as some products on the market. While the bass is even and well-blended, it isn’t as powerful as some might like. However, if you’re looking for an introductory surround sound package that still delivers excellent performance, this is certainly a product you should look at.

Specifications:

  • Frequency range: 40 to 22,000 hertz
  • Crossover max: 160 hertz
  • Sensitivity: 89 decibels
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power input maximum: 125 watts
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ProCinema 600

ProCinema’s 600 surround sound package is priced at the higher end of the systems we reviewed, but it does produce some of the most detailed and nuanced sound we encountered. However, be warned: this surround sound package isn’t easy to get up and running. It is connected with a complex web of wires and cables, and if you don’t have much experience with electronics, you may need to enlist help to get these speakers set up correctly.

Specifications:

  • Frequency range: 22 to 30,000 hertz
  • Crossover max: 160 hertz
  • Sensitivity: 89 decibels
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power input maximum: 175 watts