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Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System

$229.95

Home Theater Speaker Systems (5.1, 7.1 and more)
The other main element that makes a trip to the movie theater so memorable is the enveloping audio, in which sound elements come at you from all directions. At home, the most basic surround sound speaker system consists of 5.1 channels. The "5" stands for speakers in the front left, center, front right, rear right, and rear left positions, while the ".1" belongs to a subwoofer that helps flesh out the bass for explosions and other low-end effects. Some home theater installers recommend to help deliver smoother bass response across a wider listening area. It's also popular to go with a seven-channel speaker system, which uses two side-channel and two rear-channel speakers for a more complete surround experience. The latest trend is 3D audio, in which formats like and add an overhead sound element that provides an even more immersive audio experience.

Bluetooth
You'll want to make sure that your home theater in a box system supports Bluetooth. This way, you'll be able to use your home theater speaker system to stream music from afar. You should be able to connect your smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or computer to your home theater wirelessly over Bluetooth to play all your favorite music. Fortunately, if a unit doesn't support Bluetooth, you can use the auxiliary input for a wired audio connection, just make sure you have a 3.5 mm male-to-male cable, since they aren't included.

Reviews

SCS145.5 | 5.1 Home Theater Speaker with Realistic Surround Sound

This is an inexpensive way to add home theater speakers to your house, but the subwoofer is sub-par. It does not have the same single subwoofer cable hookups as with other subwoofers (ie requires a splitter) and is hardly audible once it is hooked up. The surround speakers are ok, just a bit tinny.... but I guess that you get what you pay for. Long term I will replace the subwoofer with a better one, but for now these will do.