10 Best High End Home Theater Speakers in 2020
This week we were highly selective in our requirements as a larger structure can be put piece by piece together and there are nigh-on infinite choices out there. The speaker market is super-saturated with devices, and there are some very creative space saving solutions when it comes to surround sound.
View The Best High End Home Theater Speakers Below
1. Pyle Home PIC8E 300 Watt High-End 8-Inch Two-Way In-Ceiling Speaker
We have a premium content pair from the pros at Pyle Audio to get the ball rolling on today's analysis portions. A well-manufactured pair of high-quality 2-way stereo speakers with a 300-watt power output consists of the Pyle 8' PIC8E In-Ceiling speaker.
Every UFLC (Urethane Film Laminated Cloth) 8-inch poly cone woofer is manufactured and operated by a very capable driver. It is possible to change the silk dome 1" tweeters to take the high-performance sound where you want it to go due to their directional pivots.
The built-in mounting hardware for quick installation is another useful feature of the speaker system; the template and instructions that come with it are very easy to follow, and anyone can do it.
Every speaker also has adjustable treble controls for the perfect tone and they are very lightweight, weighing in at just over 3 lbs a piece, as if the quality sound at this price point is not enough. This is obviously quite a comfort as the space-saving 'In-Ceiling' design has to be their very best feature, you can fit them in any room without taking up the slightest bit of floor space.
- + In-ceiling space saving package.
- + High quality construction, including white covers that are stain resistant.
- + Integrated hardware for mounting.
- + Priced competitively.
Why We Liked It :They feature decent sized woofers and a fab crossover that enables EQ tailoring to suit the person. Given that they have no footprint, they are a perfect way to go in a larger home system set-up, provided you are happy to instal inside your ceiling.
2. Orb Audio: Mod1 Mini 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System
We have a very cute high-end orb audio entry here that features lightweight spherical satellite versions. They are very attractive and make for a very capable 5.1 device option that saves the hassle of figuring out the channel choices, leaving just the location to think about.
They are a compilation of audiophile quality, the sound is practically incomparable, but they are also one of the highest priced selections today.
The complete device consists of 5 'orbs' and a 9 'subwoofer, which work harmoniously to handle a wide range of frequencies for wide audio soundscapes, rich with textures and crisp detail, efficiently.
The components selected are very high-quality inside the various driver delegations and are assembled here in the USA extremely well by hand.
Thanks to their convex shape, the orbs have very broad dispersion. They have gold terminals and need cabling to the system's heart. To complement your home décor and collection of brackets, they come in 6 different finishes to provide flexibility in terms of mounting techniques.
Dual underside ports are available in the dedicated subwoofer, giving it the same capabilities and distribution as larger cabinets. It has a carefully calibrated enclosure with sufficient dampening in place and strong protection for rubber to lift it from the floor itself.
- + Whole System 5.1.
- + Charming aesthetically.
- + Excellent dispersion.
- + Handcrafted.
Why We Liked It -:They are visually cool and very flexible, provide excellent dimensional surround sound, have zero distortion for the subwoofer, and are a reasonably priced solution considering the need for no additional speakers.
3. Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System
When you build a home surround device, it can stack up to a very large investment, so here we have hand-picked a sensible kit solution.
At a fair price, the Take Classic Home Theater System offers high quality sound, and it is easy to mount.
5.1 Surround Sound, which benefits from over 4 decades of engineering experience, was recognised by Power.
With all six of its components consisting of high-quality MDF cabinets and its Convergent Source Module (CSM) intelligent tweeter/woofer orientation in each, it is classy and beautiful in its glossy black finish.
Thanks to its Flat On-Axis response, the sound is produced in a uniform manner across a wide range of frequencies and the sound is crisp and clear, as each one has been optimally engineered to keep all distortions at bay.
Both woofers are situated in a proprietary elliptical ribbed surround that dampens distortion and maximises performance. To accomplish this the 200W subwoofer (if carefully sited) will not conflict with the mid or high ranges and has a directional front port and an 8-inch driver.
For ease of installation, each of the satellites and the centre speaker have a removable front grille and feature wall mounts.
- + Compact size in contrast to its nearest rivals.
- + Big audio dispersion, reliable, and constant.
- + High-quality music, clean.
- + Bass with strong effects.
Why We Liked It -:All in all it is a high quality surround sound system that is much more affordable than products from other manufacturers, and in anybody's front room they will look good.
4. Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker
This set from Klipschs CDT series is another great in-ceiling option, you can have sound anywhere you want it and will take up no floor or surface space whatsoever.
The high-quality titanium tweeters inside are fitted with a flared TracTrix horn opening that we have addressed in several other Klipsch reviews in detail. The horn shape provides powerful dispersion and decreases internal reflections, expelling air away from the tweeters, allowing them room for an ultimately more detailed sound to work optimally.
As they come with white SlimTrim magnetic covers that simply snap into place, leaving a seamless finish and can be painted to match their setting, the CDT-5650-C IIs blend in with any decor.
It is easy to mount and can be accomplished in any ceiling, even suspended ones (using a piece of plywood to minimise unnecessary vibration) and the cones then simply swivel to 'point' the sound where you want it to go in the optimum position.
In any room, they work well in pairs for stereo music, the cerametallic finish is also heat and moisture resistant so that it can be installed in a bathroom or kitchen and can be multiplied for a surround system of very high quality.
- + SlimTrim covers and space-saving style combine these loudspeakers with your decor.
- + Monitor Dispersion Technology (CDT) Swiveling Gimbals guides the sound
- + Crisp, informative sound from titanium tweeters of high quality
Why We Liked It :We are major fans of Klipsch's TracTrix horn technology, which makes it possible to manage high frequencies very effectively and thus to boost audio dynamics.
5. Polk Audio 265RT (Ea) 3-way In-wall Speaker
Another exciting easy-to-mount model from the famous Vanishing series of Polk Audio, appropriately named for their extremely low profiles. This is a single speaker option that can be mounted on the ceiling wall.
As a 3-Way speaker, to complete your audio experience, the 265-RT covers a much broader spectrum of frequencies. The series consists of dual 6.5" woofers and a very hard-working 1" silk-dome pivoting tweeter, all made of a high-grade composite polymer. They offer a great frequency response that provides deep bass, informative mids, and crystal-clear highs, along with the aid of Polks' proprietary Power Port bass venting system.
The venting system helps reduce distortion risks and manages nominal turbulence, but it is important to remember that to have the best bass handling, this set should be hooked up to a dedicated sub.
In essence, the Reflective Room feature allows you to schedule the wall distance settings and configure the frequency response regardless of room shape.
For a product so relatively expensive, they are well-built and extremely durable. When joined by the other Polk speakers in the range, the magnetic grilles fit extremely close to the wall and work perfectly.
In a surround system, they can be used as main, front or satellite modules or operate in pairs for a high-quality stereo sound.
It features built-in switches that allow users to customise their sound to suit their particular room and installation.
Via their simple assembly design which includes twist clamps attachments to catch the drywall, they are easy to mount and their sheer grilles can be painted to match the colour of your wall.
- + Handling with high efficiency.
- + Pair of 3-way groups.
- + Simple installation.
- + Tech Reflective Room.
- + Bass venting Power Outlet.
- + Designed well.
Why We Liked It :Before we were impressed with Polk Vanishing series products, they are very well built to provide a large frequency response, and even sound pretty good as a stand-alone pair.
6. Fluance Signature Series HiFi Two-Way
Now for Fluances' fabulous 3-way class centre channel alternative, the appreciated signature series that has quickly become a real powerhouse in home audio realms.
They feature acoustically inert cabinets made of precision engineered wood that eliminate wave cancellation and have a natural dampening effect. They are finished with a veneer of black ash and are very attractive to look at visually.
They bear dual 5-inch mid-range drivers with cones that are woven with glass fibre under their classy exterior. The rigidity, combined with the lightweight nature of the manufactured materials, decreases secondary motion, allowing them the ability to reliably cope with higher outputs.
The mid-range drivers are complimented by a special ultra-high-frequency point-dome tweeter that has been specially engineered to work impeccably as a result of years of dedicated testing. It has neodymium magnets and is capable of handling the largest amounts.
A very formidable mid-range, with highs that have absolute precision, is what culminates from the chosen driver combination. They have some of the most natural sound reproduction around, mounted in a bigger system.
- + Precise highs, outstanding voice consistency.
- + Outstanding aesthetics.
- + Wood cabinet engineered acoustically inert.
Why We Liked It :Stunning appearance, with or without the soft magnetic front grille (we prefer without).
7. Fluance XLBP Wide Dispersion Bipolar Surround Sound
We have another model from Fluance here that has a lot to boast about. In reality, they are sold as a stand-alone alternative to a full surround device, since due to their bipolarity, they can provide a compelling representation of a much larger set-up.
The drivers operate in opposite directions, at an angle of 45 degrees from one another, seated back to back in their car. This offers a much broader, more omnidirectional dispersal than a conventional speaker. They are designed to model a cinema surround device set up and intended to be positioned for 3-dimensional, auditory captivation beside or even behind the listener.
The dual combination offers a large frequency response with a rather generous crossover covering both ends of the spectrum, which in turn gives a much more dynamic feel to the mids (which are often overlooked). With superb definition and warmth, the audio created is deeply layered.
Neodymium magnets drive the speakers and they are well-designed and executed. They are installed in a sleek MDF enclosure with precision engineering that has minimised natural resonance.
- + Ultra high dispersion Bi-Directional.
- + Identical audio to the 5.1 system.
- + Enclosure constructed with precision.
Why We Liked It:Having two full-range loudspeakers in one enclosure, practically back to back, produces excellent soundscapes.
8. Polk Audio Signature S35
If you want to set up a surround sound system, but are pressed for room, then a sound bar might be a good option for you for the centre channel.
This slimline choice from the signature series of Polk Audio is only 4" tall and 24.4" long and is intended to conveniently tuck away allowing excellent use of the otherwise unused space under your TV or display screen.
Compared to other sound bar options in a similar price area, the enclosure is well designed, along with acoustically inert materials to help dampen unwanted vibrations and has a large amount of depth.
The series consists of 7 separate drivers in a total of 6x 3" cones, combined with a small 1" Terylene tweeter. Each is dedicated to a particular frequency range and to provide a perfect L/C/R combo, they work harmoniously.
It has a great frequency response that allows modern high-resolution audio to be played. Currently, the signature series holds a high-res certification and has really set the standard for its rivalry even higher.
- + Central speaker with sound-bar.
- + Saving space.
- + Combination of 7 different speakers.
- + High Audio Resolution.
Why We Liked It:Even the lower regions seem to impress, but this is still a very capable central choice. We are true fans of Polk's goods.
9. Fluance Signature Series Hi-Fi Bipolar Surround
Another of their revolutionary bipolar beauties is our third and final Fluance alternative, this time a very capable but more conventional mid-range woofer tweeter set-up. As the name suggests, they sport Fluance's unusual angular arrangement for super-wide audio dispersion, effectively giving the sound a surround feel.
They are more simplistic than the first model we reviewed back to the back package, but offer high definition impactive sound. As the larger surface cone, they are actually the next step-up model to allow for a more responsive response and to cope better with higher performance tasks.
The cones consist of a blend of very rigid fibreglass cotton that is an idyllic sounding-board. The mid-range pointed dome offers an additional surface area within and creates some of its class's best cinematic sounds.
They have the same highly calibrated enclosures made of MDF wood treated with pressure that helps to reduce excessive resonant frequencies inside the chambers.
- + Set-up Bi-polar.
- + A larger dispersal.
- + Excellent feature for enclosures.
- + Drivers who are hardworking.
- + Materials Premium.
Why We Liked It:It offers a more premium sound and is not a big step up from its flagship model where money is concerned.
10. Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 5.1
We are finishing with another 5.1 full set-up list of our best home theatre surround sound reviews.
It offers a dedicated low-frequency bass radiator, a wide centre channel speaker, and four similar BDSS tech and pressure coupling satellites for left and right front and rear positioning. To produce room-filling cinematic surround sound, they share the audio workload.
With distinct dynamics, the audio is rich. For the ultimate jump scares on movie night, the low-frequency sound effects are aimed at the radiating 10" subwoofer. The cone is densely rigid and is seated in a flexible, snug environment in order to avoid distortions at optimum outputs.
A 250-watt amplifier for impactive sound is built into its SuperCube. The centre channel is exclusively built to handle the brunt of the job and, thanks to the assistance of mid-range side firing radiators, is quickly successful. They have great dispersion and they top it all off with the pure aluminium dome tweeter, keeping the treble frequencies at their highest.
- + Well-equilibrated.
- + Planned and built expertly.
- + Incredible speaker for the central channel.
Why We Liked It:It is a clear example of a package deal where the quality of and of the components is evenly balanced.
High End Home Theater Speakers Buying Guide
Your typical modern TV is typically made with the design elements leaning rather than the sound towards a great visual resolution, the main explanation being that an amplifier and speaker system can handle the audio.
And a 2.1 set-up sounds much better than the regular stock television set. It may seem a little overwhelming if setting up a surrounding area is new to you, so here is some helpful relative information.
What to look for in High-End Home Theater Speakers?
Your main requirements for consideration are the size and power usage of your room (movies/audio, or both?).
Your amplifier skills will decide the power allowance and indeed the channel configuration. With switchable channel impedance suitable for higher or lower watts, many amplifiers have a bit of wiggle room.
You want to source a solid centre channel option, whether it's 5.1 or 7.1 that you are looking for.
In any device, the centre channel loudspeaker is a key component and arguably one of the most important components since it handles the majority of a soundtrack. It is important for consistent communication and offers the most directional sound since it is fundamental.
To cope with the lower frequencies that really tax the other speakers, it is imperative to have a dedicated woofer or subwoofer that makes your mids even less visible. The frequencies of the middle range are where most of the information lie and it makes them much more effective to let a sub relieve them of their lower response.
In a smaller room, positioning is a very important consideration that you might want to opt for an in-wall or even an in-ceiling instal. Installation is much simpler than you would expect, but in our 10 best in-wall speakers in the 2018 post, there are things to remember that we go through in more detail.
In the current market, there are a host of solutions available that perform extremely well in their expected surrounding areas. Each is built to be a team player, and although some have the potential to function on their own, how they perform to the best of their abilities is part of a larger set-up.
It is important for your channel choices to consider your amplifier capabilities and where to position them is also of vital importance.
It should be reasonably straightforward to find the best answer for your needs and does not have to cost the earth in modern times either.
We have reviewed a decent range of models of home theatre and we hope that the advantages of each form, the duties required of it, and whether or not it is right for you as a person would have helped to be revealed.
Before you buy, our tips combined with our buyer's guide details should leave you ready with everything you need to know, but feel free to search our other articles for extra reassurance.
We recommend going for a package deal set-up if you are totally new to setting up a surround device, also referred to as a home theatre in a box or HTIB. They can work with one another seamlessly.
Did you Know
If you like it loud, have an ample amplifier and you may want to add a floor-standing model.