The Best Home Theater Systems For 2020-2021
The Best Home Theater Systems For 2020-2021
You can probably tell from the title what we’re going to be going over here; The Best Home Theater Systems For 2020.
When it comes to choosing a home theater, it can seem like there’s almost infinite options out there. So to help you out, we’ll briefly go over a few ways to do just that.
But if you just want to skip ahead, you can do so by clicking here.
Go With A Premade Setup If You Want To Do Less Work
First you’re going to want to consider the type of system you’re actually going after.
Do you want a premade home theater system, or do you want to make your own? With a premade system, everything you need in the way of speakers is already inside of the box, so all you’ll need to do essentially is plug it on. The benefit with this setup is that it’s a lot faster and easier to do.
The downside is that there are a lot of less than stellar quality ones out there. With making your own, obviously the benefit lies in being able to customize it. Basically you’re deciding what speakers, what subwoofer, and what receiver you personally want.
This can yield some awesome results with some really great sound. The downside with this though, is that a lot of speakers can end up not sounding so great with one another. You would really have to do your research beforehand.
Not only that, but you’re also responsible for making sure that they’re compatible, so that could be a lot more work than someone might have time for.
(Though if you’re only interested in creating your own from scratch, I did do an article that should definitely help you out.)
Deciding On The Type Of System
Once you decide on that, you’ll then want to figure out if you’re after a sound bar, a 2.1, 5.1, or even 7.1 system. A soundbar is basically just that, a long strip of speakers in one casing.
This can be beneficial for the people who don’t have the most space in the world.
I talk about that more here if curious.
On the flip side, you can lose that surround sound aspect, since it would technically be coming from one single location. In the more typical setup, (the numbered systems up above) separate speakers are used.
So for example when you see 5.1, that just means there’s 5 separate speakers.The 1 stands for the included subwoofer.
Fairly simple right?
Hopefully that helps some. Now with regards to this article, we’ll be going of over 10 of the top premade home theater systems for 2020-2021. (A safe bet is that you’ll need speaker wire and pin plugs for some of these on the list to work by the way, so I personally would).
But these are all solid choices, so you really can’t go wrong with any of these; meaning don’t stress too much ?.
Onkyo HT-S3900 5.1 Channel Home Theater Package
The first one up was actually one of my personal firsts. There’s a lot of bang for your buck with this one hence why it’s on the list. But what does it offer and why might you want one? Well there’s actually a lot of reasons so let’s get into them.
The first big feature that it has is Bluetooth capability. What that means for you is the ability to play music without the worry of being tethered by an auxiliary cord. I’m pretty sure there’s those of you out there who know first hand how annoying that can be, so it’s really awesome that it’s here.
All you have to do is turn on Bluetooth on your phone, pair it via the receiver, and voila you have sound. So then you could play whatever you want without having to sit next to your speakers. Another really cool thing to note about this is it supports 4k.
A lot of times, when playing a video in 4k, a receiver will be incapable, leaving you relegated to using an optical cable. Luckily, this isn’t the case here at all. It’s also really easy to connect as well. It has 80 watts a channel, which basically means that output will not be an issue here.
What’s reassuring to see Is the support for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD. For those unaware of what those are, they’re two formats which support lossless audio. That equates to things sounding exactly the way the director intended. Really impressive to see that offered here honestly.
So what are people saying? Some of the pros of the system are that the sound is exceptional and it gets loud. It also seems like the subwoofer is pretty good as well. The Cons are that some people are stating that there’s only one HDMI port supporting 4k.
However that could be remedied via an HDMI Splitter if one were concerned about that. Another thing is that this is a system for smaller rooms, so if you’re looking for output in gigantic spaces, you may want to reconsider.
- This is for people with smaller rooms that want a better sound than their TV offers.
- Good for people who don’t want to offer an arm and a leg to get a true quality sound.
- It’s for the people who want everything they’ll need in a single box, without the added hassle of not knowing how to hook it up.
- It’s probably not for the people with large rooms looking to fill that entire space.
- Not for people who absolutely need the lowest bass possible.
Overall though, this is a fantastic system and is definitely worth your time.
Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
The Logitech Z906 is a system that’s built on the premise of quality. It’s in a 5.1 configuration which is pretty standard. However what’s not standard is the punch this thing packs. With a 1000 Watt peak, you can tell it means business. Dolby DTS makes an appearance so you’re getting to hear every sound as intended.
A really cool fact about this one in particular is that it’s THX certified. THX certification is one of the hardest media accreditations to get, so the fact that it has it speaks volumes about its performance. An emphasis on making things easy is also a theme here with a remote that isn’t cluttered like similar ones can be.
Set up is also a breeze with a very straightforward process. The one thing that really stands out is its 3D stereo capability. What is that?
Basically if you were to play a movie or game that came before current standards, the sound would only be available in regular stereo. However with this, it can turn that normal stereo into surround sound, making you feel like you’re right there in the action. You can read more about that here if curious. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/3D-audio-three-dimensional-audio
- Easy to setup
- It has a lot of power to provide a fun experience.
- Great sound quality (that’s an understatement).
- Subwoofer gives a nice bass output.
- Will still have trouble in overly large rooms.
- The remote loses signal after a few feet causing you to stand closer for it to work.
Still a great system that’s worth a closer look.
Acoustic Audio LED Bluetooth 2.1-Channel Home Theater Stereo System Black
The Acoustic Audio 2.1, like the name suggests, is a smaller sized system. With it being 2.1 rather than the more common 5.1, its focus is on smaller listening areas.
But don’t let it’s size fool you, as big things can and do come in small packages. Why might you be interested in this one? Well for starters Bluetooth is alive and well here. Being able to effortlessly stream music from your phone to a dedicated system is invaluable, and it’s really awesome that it’s offered.
That means a lot less fiddling with wires on your end. Another thing to note is it’s appearance. It comes in a slick glossy black, and really adds to that premium feel. You would have to see it in person to truly appreciate it.
- A very attractive exterior that’s easy on the eyes.
- Bluetooth abilities, meaning all your favorite music can be used.
- Surprisingly powerful given it’s small stature.
- The audio quality is very good.
- This is definitely one for very small rooms.
- For places like college dorms and one bedroom apartments, this is perfect. Anything larger than that and I wouldn’t suggest it.
- It’s a 2.1 system meaning the focus is on stereo sound and not surround. If that’s what you were looking for then this won’t do that.
- It doesn’t have a lot of output which is why I stressed this being right at home in very small in environments.
Still, I personally found it to be very good so if none of this bothers you, then this may be another choice to consider.
Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Subwoofer
The Monoprice 10565 is a 5.1 system with a big focus on quality. With 100 watts per channel, you’ll definitely have more than enough output in the average listening area. The subwoofer is an 8 inch down firing model.What this means for you is a lot more boom for your room.
It also has 4 rubber feet on the bottom. This is great for minimizing the amount of unwanted sound that might travel through things like walls and floors; meaning you can go louder without annoying your neighbors!
Hooking it up is simple, with all you needing to do is connect external speaker wire. This is one you definitely love. You can also wall mount so you won’t have to worry about a lack of options.
- A lot of power with 100 watts per channel.
- Sound quality is something you don’t need to worry about.
- Wall mounting is also an option.
- You’ll need external speaker wire and pin connectors.
- Doesn’t come with a receiver
Overall there’s really not too many bad things to say about it.
Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System
This is a system that bleeds quality. This setup gives you all the surround sound that you need to add that extra layer of depth to your content. The interesting thing here is that it includes Klipsch’s unique trademark horn technology.
To make it simple, most traditional speakers include something called a silk dome tweeter. This is the part that’s responsible for the treble and higher end sounds. A horn tweeter however is able to reproduce higher level of accuracy compared to the other types.
The result is a more realistic presentation. What that means for you is that movies and games come to life like never before. You’ll be amazed with it honestly.
They come with wall mounting brackets so you can put them up on a wall, or on a shelf; the choice is yours. Even better is the fact they also come with floor stand mounts meaning they can be placed on a stand. As far as audio overall goes, you won’t be disappointed as this is a really high fidelity system.
- Like I’ve said, the audio here is top notch so you’ll really appreciate it.
- Multiple mounting options gives you a myriad of choices.
- Horn tweeter offers a much more realistic presentation with media.
- It doesn’t come with a receiver.
- You’ll need separate wire and connectors
If you don’t mind the exclusion of a receiver, this is an excellent choice as well.
VIZIO SB4451-C0 SmartCast 44″ 5.1 Sound Bar System
This will be a system that’ll easily carry you into 2021, and beyond. This one is also different because rather than being the typical 5.1 surround setup, the left, right, and center are in the sound bar.
This saves space while still giving you the same amount of immersion. But what is it that’s so good about this one. Well for one, it can go as high as 103 DB. To put that perspective, that’s about the volume of a live band.
Yeah, output won’t be an issue with this one. But all the output in the world means nothing if the sound isn’t great. Luckily, that’s not an issue here. Another surprising aspect of this system is the subwoofer, as it’s advertised to go down to 40 Hz (hertz).
Basically, the lower this number, the better. Why? Because you’ll get a better bass over all. Even better is the fact that it’s wireless.
- A low bass response means it’ll sound just like the movies.
- Wireless capability means you won’t have to fiddle with wires.
- You don’t need an external receiver.
- Comes with all of the wires.
- Amazing sounding.
- There can sometimes be pairing issues with the app.
- The remote can also have connectivity issues sometimes.
Ultimately this is just a solid performer all around.
Well these are undoubtedly, in my opinion, the best home theater systems for 2020-2021. With all of the options out there, I know that choosing can be a little difficult.
However for the current year, I feel like these are all solid choices for you to decide between.
I have no doubt that you’ll love the choices offered here. But hopefully, this should all help to make it a little easier. Still, If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask!
Until then, take care ?
Hey everyone it’s nice to meet you. I’m Jasmere, the founder of Easy Home Theater. I’ve been with this hobby for many years now, and decided to create this site to share everything that I’ve learned from personal experience with you. I also happen to be a huge gamer, lover of all things tech related, and a major fitness buff. Feel free to say hey!