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NO SOUNDBARS  If you are considering soundbar speakers, with or without a separate subwoofer, you will need to find another website to continue your investigation. To experience actual 5.1-channel surround sound audio effects from a home theater system requires good stereo separation of individual front left and right speakers located at each side of your television, and a dedicated center channel speaker beneath your TV to anchor the dialogue. This is simply not possible from a sound bar system.

Home Theater Audio System -- IN ONE BOX

Home Theater In A Box  It's mind-blowing how much surround sound audio magic can be conveniently crammed into, shipped inside, and unpacked from a single large box! Retail prices of the audio systems mentioned below on this page range from $499.95 to $3,999.95. A 5.1-channel home theater audio system includes a total of six "timbre-matched" speakers -- front left, center channel, front right, left rear, right rear, and subwoofer -- which work together to reproduce amazing, immersive surround sound effects in your home theater similar to your local cinema when set up properly.

Onkyo Receiver and Speakers  Perfect for a home theater where you will be seated six to eight feet from your TV screen, the THX Certified Integrated System 7.1-channel Onkyo HT-S9800THX (pictured below left) adds an additional pair of speakers to take advantage of the space both at the sides of, and behind your home theater seating area to experience all eight channels of stunning, spine-tingling Dolby TrueHD lossless high definition audio from Blu-ray Discs. (Or, you could instead set it up for 5.1-channel surround and wire the additional pair of speakers to send stereo sound to Zone 2.)

Onkyo HT-S9800THX 7.1-channel Home Theater In A Box Onkyo HT-S7800 5.1.2-channel Home Theater In A Box

The 5.1.2-channel Onkyo HT-S7800 (pictured above right) includes front left and right speakers that are Dolby Atmos Enabled which can add a surprising "Height" dimension to your 5.1-channel home theater experience by reflecting vertical effects off your ceiling.

Yamaha Receiver and Speakers  If you are on a very limited budget, there are a couple of inexpensive 5.1-channel Yamaha surround sound audio systems available. The Yamaha YHT-5950U package includes the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth enabled RX-V485 receiver, and the entry-level Yamaha YHT-4950U package includes the Bluetooth-enabled RX-V385 receiver, each with a compact six-piece "conventionally-wired" speaker system.

"Wireless" Home Theater In A Box Systems

Why "Wireless" Is In Quotes  Could you imagine IF six individual home theater speakers each functioned like portable Bluetooth speakers (or six phones) which regularly need to have their batteries recharged? What a fiasco that would be!

Home audio manufacturers realized that the best way to eliminate the "hassle" of running and concealing individual speaker wires (which transmit both electrical energy and the audio signal) from the back of a home theater receiver to each of five passive surround sound speakers scattered throughout your room, plus a subwoofer cable from the back of the receiver to a powered subwoofer, is to instead engineer active speakers with a built-in amplifier that individually need only to be plugged into an AC outlet for power because they each receive their audio signal through the airwaves via wireless transmission.

So, the tradeoff for "wireless" home theater technology versus "conventionally-wired" home theater systems is that "wireless" requires an AC outlet near the location of the transmitter and each speaker for power. Depending on your specific room layout and situation, you might need to also purchase a new surge protection power strip with additional AC outlets available on it for behind your television and/or extension cord(s).

Bose Home Theater In A Box  The tagline on their website states "Performance. Craftsmanship. Simplicity." The beautiful Bose Lifestyle 650 (pictured below) includes four matching omni-directional OmniJewel speakers, a sleek twenty-one inch wide center channel speaker packing five drivers, and a "wireless" Acoustimass bass module to handle the low frequencies. The cables are included for connecting the front left, center, and front right speakers directly to the back of the included console, and you also get a pair of wireless receivers which connect to two of the OmniJewel speakers to make your rear speakers "wireless".

Bose Lifestyle 650 5.1-channel Home Theater In A Box

The Bose Lifestyle 600 includes four matching redesigned Jewel Cube direct/reflecting speakers, and a much more compact six-inch wide center channel speaker. (All of the speakers and bass module of the Lifestyle 600 connect in the same way as the Lifestyle 650.) This is the most "affordable" complete 5.1-channel surround sound system offered by Bose.

The NEW WiSA Choice? The Enclave CineHome PRO CineHub Edition is the world's first WiSA Certified and THX Certified Integrated System "Wire-Free" 5.1-channel Home Theater In A Box audio system! Connect the compact CineHub wireless transmitter/processor to the ARC port of your TV using the included HDMI cable and make sure that your television's sound output setting is set to HDMI ARC. The slim two-foot-tall front left and right speakers and center channel speaker each pack a pair of three-inch drivers and a one-inch tweeter, the two shorter surrounds each feature a single three-inch driver and one-inch tweeter, and low frequencies are supplied by the ten-inch front-firing subwoofer. Of course, you also get six power cords!!!!!!

Don't need THX Certification and/or prefer smaller speakers? The Enclave CineHome II CineHub Edition includes shorter 16.4-inch-tall left and right speakers each with a single three-inch driver and one-inch tweeter, a center channel speaker with dual three-inch drivers and a one-inch tweeter, a pair of bi-pole design surrounds with dual two-inch drivers, and an eight-inch down-firing sub.

***Rest Of The System  A home theater audio system is designed to work together with your existing "smart" television and other "smart" home audio/video components such as a Blu-ray Disc player (which also plays your music CDs) and/or video game console(s). Of course, you will definitely also want/need high-speed Internet connectivity to take full advantage of the best streaming and interactive entertainment. Depending on the specific system you buy and what you've already got, HDMI, Ethernet, digital audio, and/or other cables including speaker wire and a subwoofer cable may be required to properly connect it all, as well as a power strip surge protector with plenty of AC outlets. After you've done some experimentation and trial runs and decided the absolute best locations in your room for each of your speakers, you may also want to buy some floor stands or wall mounts for some or all of the surround speakers. Please seek professional home theater installation and setup assistance if necessary.

 

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