It might be a while until you return to the movie theater, but with the wealth of home entertainment options now at your disposal, why not turn your living room into your very own cinema?
With the right speaker system, you can enjoy theater-quality surround-sound in your own home. And you don’t have to strain your budget to do it! Here are our picks for the best budget home speaker system options for under $200 (and one exceptional deal for under $500).
Acoustic Audio by Goldwood, AA5171 5.1 Speaker System
Amazon* offers three different options for this home theater starter kit, each under $105. Installation is simple on this 6-piece system, which includes one subwoofer and five, full-range satellite speakers. And at 700 watts, this starter pack will give you the audio power you want, without blowing out the windows. The Goldwood speakers are also setup for Bluetooth, which means you can play music directly off your phone.
Monoprice 10565 5.1
The Monoprice set is ideal for small homes or apartments, due of its compact size. Still, that doesn’t mean it lacks on sound quality. This kit includes four satellite speakers, a center channel speaker, and an 8-inch injected cone subwoofer, all of which offer clear, immersive sound. One downside is that these speakers do not support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity. Still, for $150 on the Monoprice website (link below), this bundle is one of the best surround-sound deals out there.
If you’re looking to keep to your budget without sacrificing power, consider this Rockville home theater bundle, which packs 1,000 watts. The starter kit includes an 8-inch subwoofer with built-in receiver, a center channel speaker, and four additional front and rear channel speakers. All for $165. Plus, the Rockville speakers come with colorful and adjustable LED lights, which makes for fun party décor. One downside is that these speakers only offer RCA cable connection points, not USB or HDMI.
JBL Bar 5.1 4K Ultra HD 5.1-Channel Soundbar
These days, the wireless Soundbar definitely wins in the style department — and in this case it may be the best budget home speaker system for the price.
The sleek, rod-shaped speaker fits easily just underneath your television screen, without taking up space or becoming an eyesore. JBL has a history of reliable products, and their Soundbar provides awesome audio quality by Dolby Digital. Plus, the JBL Soundbar is completely wireless, which means you can hook it up to any device without getting tangled up in cords. Of course, all of these perks come at a price. You can buy the full kit off Amazon for $499.95, or 5 payments of $99.99.
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