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Transform your living room with these impressive speakers

Transform your living room with these impressive speakers

When was the last time you saw a movie in the theaters? 

If it’s been a while, it’s for good reasonMovie theater attendance dropped some 80% in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. And while some analysts predict a rebound, we don’t blame you for being skittish.

The good news is if you invest in a good set of speakers (and a bag of popcorn, of course!), you can definitely create your own little home theater. Before you invest though, there are some important factors to consider to fit your preferences and needs.

Stereo vs. surround sound

The first thing you’ll notice when shopping for speakers is this distinction. Stereo sound is created with a pair of speakers and is often the best option if space is limited in your home. Stereo is also a good starting point if you’re on a budget because you can always add to your speaker system later to create more of a surround-sound experience. If this is the case, give considerable thought to the quality of your center speaker — it plays about 60% of a film’s dialogue and much of its soundtrack. Read more…

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BEST WIRELESS OPTION

Sonos Beam 5.1 Surround Set

This wireless surround system is pretty much the best you can get.

  • Drivers: Two force-canceling drivers, four full-range woofers, and one tweeter
  • Stereo or Surround: Surround
  • Set includes: One soundbar (beam), two speakers, and one subwoofer
  • Color: Black or White


$1,359 from Sonos

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BEST STEREO OPTION

Q. Acoustics 3050i

These powerful, floor standing home stereo speakers look great in your living room.

  • Drivers: Two 6.5 inch woofers, 0.87 inch tweeter
  • Stereo or Surround: Stereo
  • Set Includes: 2 speakers
  • Color: Black, white, gray, or English Walnut


$839.99 from Amazon

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BEST SURROUND SOUND

Focal Sib Evo 5.1.2 System

Small and compact, this speaker system delivers incredible surround sound.

  • Drivers: 5” speaker driver and ¾ dome tweeter; 4” driver and subwoofer
  • Stereo or Surround: Surround
  • Set Includes: 3 satellites, 2 loudspeakers and 1 subwoofer
  • Color: Black


$1,490 from Amazon

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BEST OVERALL FOR HOME THEATERS

ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speaker

These large speakers are an excellent choice if you’re setting up an epic entertainment system.

  • Drivers: 5 1/4 -inch woofer, 4 inch midrange cone, 1 inch tweeter
  • Size: 10.8 x 7.9 x 12.8 inches
  • Weight: 35.9 lbs
  • Color: Black


$579.98 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET OPTION

VIZIO M-Series™ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

The most affordable home theater surround sound system we could find.

  • Drivers: Nine total (Three mid-woofers and three tweeters in the soundbar, one midrange driver in each of the satellite speakers, six-inch driver in the subwoofer)
  • Stereo or Surround: Surround
  • Set includes: One soundbar, two satellite speakers, and one wireless subwoofer
  • Color: Charcoal gray


$349.99 from Vizio

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BEST SOUNDBAR

Sennheiser 5.1.4 AMBEO Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

This soundbar delivers amazing, realistic, emulated surround sound.

  • Drivers: Thirteen high-end drivers on the front, sides, and top of the unit (five tweeters, six longthrow woofers, two fullrange top-firing drivers)
  • Stereo or Surround: Emulated Surround
  • Set Includes: 1 soundbar
  • Color: Black


$2,500 from Sennheiser

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