If you find yourself spending more time in your home theater room, it’s maybe time to consider making an upgrade to improve your viewing experience for the entire family.
A report from Grand View Research last year found that the global home theater market is projected to have an annual growth rate of 8.8% up to 2025. However, market analysts emphasize that this prediction might actually be too “conservative”, as home theater equipment sales increased significantly last year.
And while there are plenty of upgrades you can make for your home theater, its sound system is the best place to start. After all, with the right amount of bass or a surround-sound feature, the right system can help you feel more immersed in whatever you’re watching.
So without further ado, here are some of the best home theater sound systems to get in 2021.
For the best sound quality: Klipsch RP Home Theater System
Many of Klipsch’s products, like the LightSpeaker and wireless speakers, is made up from multiple award-winning hardware — and the Klipsch Reference Premiere (RP) Home Theater System is no different.
The RP speakers have two notable technologies in their build: the Klipsch Linear Travel Suspension and the Dolby Atmos. The first leverages the titanium diaphragm to lower sound distortion, producing an almost real-life sound. The second involves a modified channel with the use of PCB net ties to promote signal coupling. By specifying the components’ properties in the type field, the system can naturally produce loud sounds without needing any external hardware. Dolby Atmos technology can also “sense” where a particular sound should be projected, creating a more immersive movie experience.
For small rooms: SVS Prime Satellite 5.1
The SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 is made up of five patented Prime Satellite speakers, which are some of the smallest speakers available (these are roughly the size of a bread loaf), and the SB-1000 Pro subwoofer, which is the lightest subwoofer in the industry. The latter, in particular, is very impressive, as it packs a 325 watts RMS and 820+ watts peak power, making it sound very expansive for its size. Of course, the Prime Satellite is equally powerful. Not only does it have a 12-inch driver, but it also has an aluminum dome tweeter, too, so it’ll produce a sternum-vibrating sound. It’s the perfect home theater sound system for small to mid-range sized entertainment rooms.
For budget users: Wharfedale DX-2
Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a flimsy soundbar. The Wharfedale DX-2 provides everything you need to replicate the cinematic experience at home — such as four satellite speakers, a center speaker, and a WH-D8 active subwoofer — for a little under $500. The speakers are 19cm tall, just a bit bigger than the Prime Satellites, so they can fit in most rooms. You can even mount them on a wall as they have brackets. The speakers are equipped with a silk dome tweeter and a mid/bass driver, so they’re able to produce good bass despite the softer audio. The driver can also handle dynamic shifts perfectly, making epic scores like Hans Zimmer’s Inception sound expansive — a massive feat for the speakers’ limited hardware features.
For smart users: Sonos Surround Set
The Sonos Wireless Surround Set is made up of three separate sound systems: the Arc Sound Bar, a subwoofer, and a Sonos One surround-left. All of them can be controlled via the Sonos app. The app can do more than just turn speakers on and control the volume; it can also play music and podcasts because of its Amazon and Apple integrations.
The sound systems are impressive as well. For example, the Arc Sound Bar has been dubbed as “the biggest flex” of Sonus in terms of engineering and technological properties. Much like the Klipsch RP, it’s equipped with Dolby Atmos for extra immersion. It even has a neat feature called “eARC” which synchronizes the audio and video signals, therefore avoiding lip-sync issues present in most wireless sound systems. The Sonos One surround-left, while mostly an ordinary speaker, is equipped with integrated voice control. You can give it commands as you would to an Amazon Echo.
No matter how big your room is or the kind of features that you’re looking for, there’s a home theater sound system out there that’s tailored to your needs and preferences. You just have to do some research.