Best Home Theater System Reviews 2017

Finding the best home theater system in a box is certainly not an easy thing. There are hundreds, if not thousands of models out there, making your purchase process even more daunting. Luckily for you, we have compiled five of the best brands, each with great features and in a mixture of price ranges, so there is something for every budget.
Overview
PROS
CONS
Our Top Choice
Onkyo HT-S7700 5.1.2-Channel Home Theater System
Powerful AV receiver allows it to produce a strong output. Best suited for movie enthusiasts. Delivers theater-like experience. A remote app for streaming services.
Dolby Atmos enabled. Built-in Wi-Fi. High Current discrete amplification. AV receiver with Dual 32-bit DSP engines. Suitable for any room space.
A bit pricey but has features to match.
Best Value
Samsung HT-J4100 5.1-Channel Blu-ray Home Theater System
If you want to enjoy great audio and near HD videos then this surround sound system to go for. Delivers enriched sound and videos for your music, movies and games.
Enhanced sound richness, video details and clarity for both. Perfect for watching old movies. Easy set up. Easy to operate.
Lacks Bluetooth connectivity, but compensates with multiple other useful features.
LG LHB655 5.1ch 1000W 3D Home Theater Sound System
Seamless listening experience. Bluetooth for wireless streaming of music from any device that’s compatible with the home theater.
Impressive range of capabilities. Enhanced sound. Stream music files directly from various devices. Remarkable listening and visual experience. Blu-Ray DVD included.
You have to buy 3D separately, but many systems don’t even have the capability for it.
Yamaha YHT-5920UBL Bluetooth Home Theater System
Conveniently connect to your iPhone and iPad. Subwoofer trim to deliver a strong output. Best value for your money.
Improved sound imaging. Easy installation. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. AirPlay app for easy streaming. Extensive format and audio codec support.
No Blu-ray player. A bit pricy, but that comes with features to go with the cost.
Sony BDV-E2100 Blue-ray Home Theater System – 5.1 Channel
Home theater system that provides powerful surround sound performance. This is affordable entertainment at its best.
Great audio and video quality. Outstanding listening experience. 3D capable BluRay Player included (Super-fast disc loading). Affordable home theater system.
Simplistic design. Some users called it an “uninspiring look.” But it certainly doesn’t affect the sound quality!

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How Do I Choose the Best Home Theater System?

Before we can look at the consideration factors for a home theater system, let’s first understand what this type of system really is to avoid any confusion. Simply put, a “home theater in a box” contains all you need for the surround sound audio part of your home theater system. Minimally, it will come with the following components:
  • Satellite speakers for around the room placer, usually at least 5,
  • A subwoofer, and
  • An A/V receiver.
Some home theater systems also come equipped with blue ray players, so you won’t even have to purchase that separately.

In today’s film industry, you will find that movies come with interesting soft-to-loud dynamic range. Dialog seems to be mixed right at the center of the channel while the sound effects may be point-sourced or ambient. Sometimes the deep-bass demands can go to extremes. On the other hand, you will find that a lot of music recordings have deep bass, while in others it is none existence. To get an outstanding sound experience -- one that offers room-shaking effects and a pitch-accurate, tightly-controlled bass -- whether listening to your favorite music or watching a good movie, you must invest in a good home theater system. Now this is where we come in. We know that finding a great home theater system is not a walk in the park, especially considering that most models do not live to their promises. We are offering you a detailed review of top 5 best home theater systems that are worth your investment

Our review covers a wide range of home theater systems so that you can find a perfect fit. From affordable surround sound theater systems to high end brands, you will certainly get what you want. Remember that if you are looking to invest your dollars on a serious sound experience, you can check out our review on best high end surround systems that come with better features.

By the way, while we were doing research on “home theater in a box systems,” we also looked at other types of sound systems that provide both excellent music and home theater sound. If you don’t find what you want in this review, check out our reviews for the top 5 high end surround sound systems for the ultimate in ultimate immersive sound experience. Or if you have a tighter budget (or less space), then our reviews for the top 5 entry level surround sound systems or the top 5 surround sound bar systems might be the place for you to look.

Now that we understand what comes in the box, let’s take a look at the things you need to consider when choosing the best home theater system for your needs.
Price
So, how much should you spend on your home theater system? Well, good question. There’s no doubt that home theater surround systems come with different price tags, with some going for a few hundred dollars and other costing as much as your car. While it is true that the highly priced ones may guarantee better sound experience, this does not, however, imply that you cannot enjoy good sound if you are on a tight budget. There are good models out there that have proven to be as valuable as their expensive counterparts, delivering high quality deep bass and balanced treble.

The models that we are featuring in this review are priced from about $200 to $800, an affordable price range for most people who are looking for good quality surround sound. We did come across ones that cost less, but our research showed that cheap home theater systems tend to not provide as good of an immersive experience, and are not constructed as well – so for the most part, not worth the money you are paying.
Features
The home theater systems you find on the market today come from various brands and obviously, they all have something that makes the completely unique. For example, some home theater systems come with a receiver while others are taken a notch higher, incorporating a Blu Ray DVD player -- but not all receivers and created equal. For example, among Blu Ray players, there are ones that offer Dolby Sound technology and/or 3D capabilities. Systems that come with a designated receiver, tend to give you more control over the sound output, and of course can have an external DVD player connected to them.

In terms of added convenience and functionality (not to mention ease of set up), wireless options also play a big role. If you want your home to remain as neat as it is, you don’t have to settle for a home theater system with cords running all over to connect the speakers- you can choose the wireless options and still enjoy matchless sound quality. Better yet, there are systems that incorporate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities into the receiver so to make your listening experience seamless from multiple devices.
Construction and Design
To get a clear picture of the construction of a typical audio system that has been put together by the manufacturer, here’s a breakdown of the parts you should expect with standard home theater in a box package.
  • Front Speakers -- These are the classic right and left speakers. In most cases they go on either the side of your projector screen or TV. Their work is to play special effects audio.
  • Center Speaker -- The center speaker happens to be the workhorse of the home theater system. Whether you get a 5.1 surround system or larger one, this center speaker will play the dialogue part.
  • Rear Speakers -- Typically smaller and lighter than the front speakers, the rear speakers play that ambient sound you here in film soundtracks. And yes, they are responsible for placing the sound to the side and back of your theater setting. They make every spot in your home a perfect seat when watching movies.
  • Subwoofer -- The sub makes the sound much more interesting. It makes the bass go boom. It basically adds rich tones to your music or movies, making you feel what you are listening deep in to your bones.
  • AV Receiver / DVD Player / Blu Ray Player -- Whether you choose a system with just an AV receiver or one that is equipped with a blu ray or DVD player, this piece of equipment works as the center control of your home theater system. This is where the sound is inputted, and sent out to the speakers. They are made to amplify sound signals as well, decoding them for the surround system.
Standard surround speakers of a home theater system typically come in three types – floor standing towers, bookshelf style and wall mounted. There are also ones that come with a sound bar, but for the purpose of this review, we did not include any of that type – they are in a review of their own because they have features that are unique, as compared to a system that typically has 5 individual speakers. In terms of flexibility, there are some models that have speakers that can either be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf, next to your TV, or wherever want to sit them.

When it comes to the actual look of your system, there are simple, basic style speakers and ones that have a modern feel to them. There are different color options as well, but the standard ones are typically either black (both flat and glossy) or wood finishes. And like with any product, you want to choose a system that is made with a study construction as well to guarantee good longevity.
Performance and Ease of Use
Before you go ahead and select good home theater systems, it is only wise that you first take a look at your space so that you pick one that will give you the optimum immersive sound experience. If it is big -- say about 700 square feet -- and you yearn to have an intuitive sound experience, you should certainly invest a few more dollars on a sound surround home theater system with a powerful amplifier. On the other hand, if your space is small -- say about 12 x18 feet, you will get to feel the shake by just getting a less expensive option with a receiver. In addition, the size of the speakers will also be impacted by the size of your room. The good news is that there are many compact home theater speakers that put out awesome sound in tiny packages. All in all, what we are trying to say is that the room size is an indispensable factor when it comes to the performance of your home theater system.

Another factor that impacts performance is HOW you will use your sound system most often, because one system might be great for one person, but not so much for another. Let’s say maybe you love watching movies more than you do listening to music. If this is the case, then you should consider investing your money in a home theater system that has a better center-channel, a blue ray player and of course the best possible subwoofer. For music enthusiasts, you might want to choose an option that has good right and left speakers and a subwoofer with a deep output.

Ultimately it’s a matter of preference but one thing we know is that one of the major benefits of choosing a “home theater in a box” is that whatever one you purchase, your system will include exactly what you need, and most are really easy to install and set up.

What is the Best Home Theater System?

Home theater systems come in all shapes and sizes. Before you go shopping for such products, make sure that you set your budget right from the start and note down your preferences/needs. Afterwards, take a look at our 5 excellent contenders. The following home theater systems come from reputable brands and they have different price tags.
Our Top Choice
The Onkyo HT-S7700 offers Bluetooth with DSP technology and built-in Wi-Fi for better sound experience. Onkyo also makes a great high end home theater system in case your budget is flexible and you want even better quality sound.
Onkyo HT-S7700 5.1.2-Ch Dolby Atmos Ready Network A/V Receiver/Speaker Package

Onkyo Home Theater HT-S7700


Features
The HT-S700 home theater system by Onkyo makes it to our top choice position and for a good reason. It comes with impressive features and delivers matchless sound experience to make your listening on point. This model goes beyond just offering you an intuitive sound experience -- it allows you to stream high-resolution videos and music via the built-in Wi-Fi. Better yet, a remote app lets you access a good selection of streaming services. The system also comes with as phono input that allows you to connect it to your turntable, as well as a USB port for a better experience.

We cannot cover the features of the Onkyo HT-S7700 surround sound system in box without looking at the AccuEQ Room Calibration. This is a new technology that allows your surround sound system to suit your space perfectly. You just need to connect the speakers and plug-in the provided mic. The system automatically starts measuring aspects such as output, crossover, type and speaker distance, taking into account sonic reflections emanating from your floor and walls. It then optimizes the sound to deliver an amazingly balanced sound. Brilliant, right?
Construction and Design
When it comes to the construction and design, we must say that a few, if any, home theater systems can beat a surround sound system of its caliber – and that includes ones in this price range, as well as many more expensive ones. This is what you get with this system.
  • The center channel - features one balanced dome tweeter and two 3 1/4 -inch speakers
  • The left and the right speakers - Each features 1-inch balanced dome tweeter and a 5-inch speaker
  • Atmos Modules/ Right and Left Speakers - each includes an angled 3 1/4-inch speaker
  • Subwoofer - 10-inch subwoofer li>

At a quick glance you will note that the A/V receiver has HDMI and USB ports. The HDMI port supports 21:9 and 4K/60Hz format, as well as the latest Digital Rights Management copy protection compatibility. Even if your TV does not support these formats, it is good you are aware that when you decide to upgrade, the receiver will be ready for future video and gaming entertainment.

The speakers on the other hand may not be “serious” audiophile-grade speakers, but they deliver surprisingly good sound for the price. It is good to note that the speakers (of course except the subwoofer) can be wall mounted.
Performance and Ease of Use
The HT-S7700 home theater system package comes with all you need. Unlike many other home theater systems in the market today that require you to do the connection with different speakers, this system has all parts for the next-generation home theater in a box. Paired with the brilliant high-current discrete amplification by Onkyo is a Dobly Atmos enabled speaker package that’s perfectly designed to add a better multidimensional sound to your movies, games and music.

Listening to the sound of your movies can never be this interesting with this Onkyo home theater system. Imagine getting to hear the rumble of a speeding car behind you as it grows louder, and a booming roar of another vehicle’s engine in the midst of a street with honking horns on the left. This is true majesty of a good home theater system. You get to experience theater-like entertainment right there in your home. The compact and solid speaker system in the package includes a subwoofer that’s capable of driving a cool 120 Watts through a 10-inch cone, guaranteeing you a totally immersive sound experience.

The HT-S7700 comes with an A/V receiver that features powerful Dual 32-bit DSP engines so that it can decode and deliver Dobly Atmos format. It uses exclusive mixing techniques in order to deliver independent sound objects to make your movie watching experience even better. This home theater system will fill up spaces, moving the sound everywhere in the room through the surround and height channels.
Best Value
The Samsung HT-J4100 is designed to deliver not only powerful audio but also exceptional video quality thanks to the blu ray player. If your budget is a little higher, you might also want to check out the Samsung’s HT-J5500 model which comes with additional features such as built in Wi-Fi.
Samsung Home Theater System in a Box - 5.1 Channel, 1000 Watts, Blu-Ray DVD Player Included

Samsung Home Theater HT-J4100 (2015 Model)


Features
Sound quality is an indispensable factor when it comes to home theater systems. The Samsung HT-J4100 is made to deliver exceptional sound quality with its pack of high end speakers. Once you are done setting up, the speakers surround your space, combining their functions to fill your room with a plethora of theater-quality sound.

The incorporated Blu-ray player breathes some life into your DVD collection, letting you to enjoy your classic films with impeccable clarity. It is, however, good to note that the system does not come with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi – if you want that, we recommend checking out the Samsung HT-J5500.
Construction and Design
Whether it’s listening to your favorite music, watching shows and movies, or playing video games, there’s no doubt that the Samsung HT-J4100 surround sound system will offer you the kind of sound quality you need. The package comes with a center channel speaker, 2 rear satellite speakers, 2 front speakers, a passive subwoofer, Blu-ray player, remote with battery, and of course a user manual to make the set up seamless. All the speakers work in synergy to deliver enriched sound for your games, shows, movies and music. The system gives you a unique experience, allowing you to feel like you are right at the center action.

The blu ray player comes with various ports. One of the most notable is the HDMI, which is provided to let you connect your home system to your TV. You just need a cable to transmit both video and audio to your television at impeccable quality levels.
Performance and Ease of Use
For many, the work of a home theater system is thought to be just delivering impeccable sound quality. Well, today’s technology has proven that the functions of surround sound systems can go beyond this. This particular model is a testimony that a home theater system can as well allow for near-HD visual quality. That’s right; with the blu ray player you get quality visuals in addition to quality sound. All your non-HD videos will be converted to near-HD, which is done through a video scaling process. And what does this do? It allows you to enjoy watching old movies and shows with better quality picture!

Just like our top model, Samsung HT-J4100 blu ray home theater system optimizes your listening experience thanks to the Dolby Digital audio technology incorporated. You are sure to enjoy not just video clarity but also sound richness.
The LHB655 1000 W Home Theater System by LG is a smart system with enhanced sound capability and features both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections for streaming from your favorite devices. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, we recommend LG’s 500W Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System.
LG 5.1 Channel Home Theater In a Box, 3D Surround Sound System w/ Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity

LG Home Theater System LHB655 (2015 Model)


Features
The LG LHB655 is a smart Hi-Fi-compatible surround home theater system that will simply take your breath away! Hi-Fi compatibility is a feature that enhances its versatility as you will be able to connect via Wi-Fi and transmit directly to the home theater’s speakers. Once connected, all your content will easily available at your fingertips making everything easy to control. A dedicated HDMI port is available for connectivity to LCD or LED televisions. There is also a USB port so you can watch movies and listen to music through Thumb drive or External HDD.

This home theater system allows you to assemble all your preferred TV shows, films, music files and sports together to make your experience tangible. Because of the added bass on the 5.1 channel surround sound, your home theater sound is enhanced. Once suitably connected using any adaptable device such as a Smartphone, the system allows you to stream music and video files directly for a remarkable listening experience. Also has tall front and rear speakers, USB direct recording, a Smartphone remote app, and LG TV Sound Sync (Bluetooth).
Construction and Design
There a number of very good reasons why the LHB655 home theater system is finding itself among the top home theater systems on our review. Most people are of the view that you have to break the bank to own a top of the line home theater system. If you have a tight budget and are looking for an outstanding home theater system, you need not worry about affordability. The LG Electronics LHB655 is a professional-grade system that will provide you with superlative and immersive channel steaming.

The construction and design of this system is unmatched especially when compared to others in its segment. This home theater sound system is a powerful 1000 watt system that includes a 3D Blue-ray player and an amplifier. It has two frontal speakers, two speakers in the rear and an external subwoofer that’s passive. The sound system is durable, and has been engineered quite well with a design that covers a wide area. It also contains an integrated Bluetooth which can be used to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth ready device such as a Smartphone or a tablet. It has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity which enables you to stream any free or subscription based audio or video content. Numerous audio and video formats are available as well as an FM tuner.
Performance and Ease of Use
The LHB655 It is a high performance system that will make your entertainment experience quite memorable and rich. It is one of the most super easy home theaters to operate and there is no outstanding concern as far as usability is concerned. Because the system wirelessly streams music from any device, it provides you with functionality. What this means is that you have versatility in your listening experience.

With Bluetooth® Streaming, you have easy access to premium internet content at your fingertips. You are also able access movies, customizable apps and videos without the need for a computer. Overall, the LG LHB655 Home Theater System is easy an easy on the pocket system that is definitely worth investing into.
The YHT-5920UBL surround home theater system lets you to conveniently get access to music from your Bluetooth devices or Wi-Fi. If you are flexible with your budget, you can get a high end Yamaha home theater system with more enhanced features.
Yamaha MusicCast 5.1ch Home Theater in a Box – Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Comnnections. AirPlay

Yamaha Home Theater System YHT-5920UBL


Features
The Yamaha YHT-5920UBL home theater system in a box is an audio masterpiece as it comes with four surround speakers, a center channel speaker, a subwoofer, and an AV receiver. This professional product features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to conveniently stream music from other devices or from the net. You will get access to high resolution audio files, including FLAC, WAV and DSD. Some people may worry about the quality of sound they get while streaming music from their smartphones via Bluetooth. Well, it is true that the streaming results from many systems are of poor quality, but this is not the case with this one. It is optimized for audio transmission to ensure you enjoy lively sound quality every time.

A home theater system of the caliber of the Yamaha YHT-5920UBL has to have something unique for a better sound experience. Just like our other top models, this particular surround sound system is compatible with a wide range of audio formats. These include DTS-HD and Dolby True HD technologies which allow you to enjoy excellent theater-like sound.
Construction and Design
The Yamaha YHT-5920UBL is focused on delivering extraordinary sound quality and it also incorporates a receiver. This receiver is actually the star of the show! Its amplifier may not be a powerhouse (80 watts), but it delivers some decent output for sound enthusiasts. It actually features more might for its price tag.

This home theater system supports the latest standards of HDMI. It is able to transmit 4k video at an incredible 60 frames per second. This basically means that you can enjoy HD video quality with all your films and shows, in addition to impeccable sound quality. The system also has a USB port right at the front panel. This port allows for connection from your iPhone and iPod, or any other smartphone device – as well as flash drives.
Performance and Ease of Use
Your space size is a major determinant when it comes to the performance of your home theater system. With the Yamaha YHT-5920UBL, you don’t have to worry whether your room space is small or large. It is made with Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer, a technology that’s meant to analyze your room, measuring speaker characteristics in order to calibrate audio parameters for optimum sound.

If you are someone who is intimidated with complicated connections, especially for setting up wireless networks, Yamaha makes it extremely easy with this particular model. In addition to the USB ports for devices, the system comes with an app exclusively for iPhone and iPod devices (sadly it’s not compatible with others). If you are an iOS user, all you need to do is follow onscreen prompts from your iPhone or iPad and the home theater system will copy your network settings. It is that easy. Setting up the connections with other operating systems and devices is also a piece of cake using the USB ports!
The Sony BDV-E2100 Home Theater System features both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and comes with a Blu-ray player for better visual and audio experience. If you like the idea of a more detailed design, then you might want to check out the BDC-E2100 model within this line.
Sony 5.1ch Home Theater System in a Box w/ 3D Capable Blu-Ray Player, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity

Sony Home Theater System BDV-E2100


Features
Sony’s BDV-E2100 is one of the latest entrants into the home theater market and is definitely worth a review as one of the top home theater sound systems. With the E2100 Sony home theater, you can actually enjoy immersing yourself into what you are watching! The play back of photos, movies and music is a wonderful feature and the fact that you can share the music from your NFC Bluetooth enabled Smartphone is fantastic. You can also stream music from just about any device, a PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod. What’s more, you have the digital music enhances that helps to clean up the sounds for you.
Construction and Design
If you love exceptional picture quality and sound that draws you in, you will love the BDV-E2100 Home Theater System from Sony. This prestigious manufacturer has stuck to the simple box design although there is much more to the home theater because of the availability of updated software.

This is a cost effective home theater system, that gives you great value for your dollar – offering the Wi-Fi and connections you need, at an affordable price point. This system also has a sub-woofer that’s very responsive but will not produce the type of sound that appears to be artificial or too accentuated. Here’s what you get with this Sony Home Theater System:
  • 1000W RMS 5.1ch satellite home theater
  • NFC, Bluetooth®, and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Football sound mode that amplifies the live stadium environment
  • Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback
  • USB playback of photos, movies and music
This 5.1 home theater has four satellite speakers and a subwoofer that is incorporated with state-of-the-art Bass Boost to provide you with definitive and powerful sound that completely envelops the room. Jammed into the box is the central control that’s integrated with the Blu-ray player and 850W 5.1-channel amplifier. You will find a lot more at the rear panel with a 1.4 version of the HDMI that’s compatible with Full HD 3D video signals as well as component and composite outputs. There are two digital audio inputs with one being the input optical and the other one coaxial input. There is the analogue stereo input and you will also find the Ethernet port at the rear, as well as a second USB port. Two colored speaker plugs are available that dovetail with matching cables thus making installation a simple affair.

The front and rear speakers are quite solid, attractive and not too difficult to install even if you have space that’s a little tight. The gloss glass black finish is wonderfully classic and matches just about any décor. The center speaker looks quite discrete with its long and thin casing and the cube shaped subwoofer in plain black is quite solid and way above most subwoofers we have seen.
Performance and Ease of Use
The BDV-E2100 has a spectrum of on demand content via the Bavaria internet video feature. When you go through the video section in the home menu, you will see a list of TV services. There’s lots of web content that’s quite rich and you will be spoilt for choice both in terms of quality and quantity.

One of the best things about the BDV-E2100 is that you don’t have to be a tech guru to enjoy its numerous features. The sleek and straightforward onscreen displays make everything easy for you. You will set it up quite easily and will have it connected to your Wi-Fi in no time. The speaker setting is not at max when you get the system out from your box and you will easily do that using the menu. The E2100 Sony offers great audio and movie quality, is inexpensive and mostly, it is uncomplicated as far as usage is concerned.

Get the Best Home Theater System of 2017!

We hope that this information has helped you to find a great home theater system for your needs. We know that all of our recommendations are guaranteed to offer you an impeccable sound experience - one that makes you feel like you are part and person of what you are listening to.

Our Top Choice
Onkyo HT-S7700 5.1.2-Channel Home Theater System
Best Value
Samsung HT-J4100 5.1-Channel Blu-ray Home Theater System
LG LHB655 5.1ch 1000W 3D Home Theater Sound System
Yamaha YHT-5920UBL Bluetooth Home Theater System
Sony BDV-E2100 Blue-ray Home Theater System – 5.1 Channel