Best Home Theater Speakers

Lookin’ For Best Home Theater Speakers?

When you’ve got a kick ass home theater, you’re also going to require a set of awesome speakers to go with it.

How else are you going to maximize your theater’s potential?

Good audio is absolutely essential. But it’s nice if it comes at a good price.

And I am talking REAL audio here, not some simple TV soundbar. These are full on systems.

So without further ado…here’s the top 10 list of best discount home theater speakers!

1. Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System

Yamaha NS-SP1800BLYamaha never lets you down. This particular speaker set comes with 2 way satellite speakers, 2 way center speakers, all of which have woofer support.

All speakers are magnetically shielded as well in order to keep outside noise interference down to a minimum.

They are also wall mountable and make a great ceiling speaker. And if you grab these through Amazon at the moment, Amazon is actually giving away a 100 feet or speaker wire with your purchase.

2. Onkyo SKS-HT870 Home Theater Speaker System

Onkyo Home Theater SpeakersOnkyo is one of the best home theater producers in the world.

They are well known for delivering high quality equipment with every new release.

This 7.1 home theater speaker set is going to blow you away.

These floor standing speakers are bound to look good in just about every interior.

The 130 watt power output will guarantee you, as well as your neighbors, are going to enjoy the audio from these speakers for a long time to come.

3. Polk Audio RM705 5.1 Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)

polk audioThis is a complete 5.1 channel surround sound speaker set.

It’ll give you one woofer, one center channel and four satellite speakers.

These magnetically shielded speakers can be put next to the television and they’re guaranteed not to suffer from the television’s signal interference.

You can place them wherever you want, or mount them on the wall.

Whichever option you pick, these speakers are guaranteed to look good in your home.

4. Sony SS-B1000 5-1/4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

Sony Bookshelf SpeakersSony never lets you down. When you’re not ready to shell out big time on speakers, these two bookshelf speakers would be a good option.

You can hook’em up to any device you like, including your home theater system.

Don’t expect the best of sound from these. But at this price, you really can’t complain. Good value for money.

5. Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506

Logitech is a well known player on the hardware market. These guys produce a wide variety of affordable, high quality hardware.

This 5.1 speaker set is going to blow you away with its 3D sound.

And look at the price. At less than $100, there is simply no way of going wrong with Logitech!

6. Onkyo HT-S3900 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

Onkyo HT-S3900This home theater speaker/receiver package from Onkyo won’t let you down.

If 5.1 sound is good enough for you, then this Onkyo package might be a good option for you.

You get 2 years of warranty on this Dolby TrueHD system, which you can also hook up to your iPod, iPhone, or any other mobile device that supports a USB connection.

7. Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)

Energy 5.1This complete Energy 5.1 Take home theater system complete with speakers is good bang for your buck.

Not only do you get mind blowing 200 watt power from these speakers, but they also look totally rad in any interior.

Whether you’ve got lots of space or not that much… you’ll be able to stuff this baby into your room. The speakers are also wall and ceiling mountable.

8. Klipsch HD Theater 1000 5.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System

Klipsch HD Theater 1000This speaker system from Klipsch really takes the cake. I admit, it’s got quite the price tag. But you really do get what you pay for.

The 10″ subwoofer is powered at 200 watt and are able to produce sounds from low to high without any problems.

As far as quality goes, this is about as good as it’s ever gonna get.

9. Leviton AEH50-WH Architectural Edition Speaker System

If you’re not sure whether your’d like a 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 setup… this is the speaker set for you because it is expandable.

It starts at 5.1 and can be expanded to 6.1 or 7.1 at a later time.

It’s white design is as stylish as it’s ever going to get.

The 100 watt subwoofer will be powerful enough to satisfy the average person’s audio needs, just add a great TV and you’re ready to go.

10. Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System

Onkyo strikes again with this totally rad 7.1 channel home theater speaker system.

Just looking at it makes me foam at the mouth.

Onkyo SKS-HT540

Not only does Onkyo guarantee both quality as well as stylish hardware… they also deliver 230 watt subwoofers.

And you’re getting one with this speaker system!

If you don’t just want to listen to audio, but also feel it… then you can’t find a better deal than this 7.1 Onkyo speaker system!

And there you have it, our list of the best home theater speaker systems that are affordable and not going to cost you a small fortune.

Which speaker system are you using? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Sonos Playbar Review – Is it the best for TV?

SONOS PLAYBAR for TV – It was Love at First Sound

It was a rainy day in February. We had just brought home our very first large flat screen TV.

Excitedly, we ripped open the box, got it all set up, turned it on and selected a movie. WOW – what a picture – huge screen – almost like being at the movies except…except…for one crucial thing – THE SOUND.

It was awful, I mean, really bad. Not that this came as such a surprise, but still it was just about intolerable. We already had a tangled mess of wires from all our components and didn’t want to add to the mess with the typical receiver and speaker system.

We’d heard about TV soundbars and wondered if that might be the solution.

We stumbled upon a company called Sonos that was about to release it’s own version.

There was a lot of excitement on the web about this product release and we wanted to know: what’s all the buzz about?

We soon found out when we purchased the Sonos Playbar shortly after its release in March. It was literally love at first sound.

I have created this article so you, too, can fall in love – not with some product –
but with the sounds of the universe: not just in movies, not just your personal music collection, but all the music happening NOW – across this planet.

Music from across the planet?

Sonos PLAYBAR for TVHow does it do that? The Sonos Playbar has allowed us to stream into our home any music available through the internet.

In addition to our iTunes library, we can now listen to hundreds of thousands of Internet radio stations, plus free and paid subscription music services.

That’s a LOT of music!

We don’t even have to turn on our computer.

We are able to control the volume with our TV remote and simply use our iPad* to access our iTunes or Pandora, our favorite portal to free internet radio.

This TV sound bar also provides us with great sound for any of our devices we have attached to our TV, like Directv and our Nintendo Wii.

And of course you can use any MP3 you can download. We download all of ours from zippyaudio and then just let it play for hours and hours. Great for doing housework or other mindless tasks!

* Works with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device

Where is the Best Place to Get the Sonos Playbar?

We bought ours from Sonos. Here’s why:

Sonos offers a 45 day no questions asked return policy on all their products.
This gave us plenty of time to really check this soundbar out.

We knew that if we didn’t like it, we could just pay the return shipping a get a full refund. In comparison, Amazon offers a 30 day return policy, and Best Buy gives you 15 days.

I searched and finally found one savings deal.

You can get Free 2 Day Shipping on all Sonos Products. At checkout, first select Fedex 2Day and then enter code FREESHIPG.

5 Reasons We Chose This TV Soundbar

Photo Courtesy of SONOS1. One of the things we love most about using our soundbar is that FINALLY we can always make out the dialogue no matter how intense the action is, plus once we adjust the volume at the beginning of watching a movie or TV, we never have to adjust it again.

The Sonos Playbar has technology that allows it to automatically adjust instantaneously to the various sounds happening on our TV.

2. I often have insomnia and there’s a special feature called Night Mode that compresses the volume so I can hear all the details without having to wear earphones and without waking the family (or the neighbor’s dog).

This has been a real blessing.

3. Another reason we chose this sound bar over competitors is that we knew over time we could expand it into a whole house music system using the wireless speakers from Sonos.

We’d once wired a whole house for music using “miles of speaker wire”. We knew we never wanted to have to do that again and this system could make that possible.

4. It’s super easy to set up. We connected the Sonos Bridge to our Internet router, pressed a couple buttons on the equipment plus our iPad and we were good to go. Took about 15 minutes.

If we ever wanted to add a subwoofer or additional speakers, it would be that simple, too.

5. The Sonos Playbar is different from other soundbars in that all products from Sonos are Smart Technology.

This means that as the technology improves over time, you don’t need to buy a new playbar or speaker.

You can simply upgrade the software for free. This can mean a big savings over time.

We were on the fence because of the price, but this last point cinched it for us.

Expanding our Home Audio System

When we ordered the playbar, we wondered if we would be satisfied with just a TV soundbar, versus having a full 5.1 surround sound system.

We were delightfully surprised just how well the Sonos sound bar could simulate an experience of surround sound, especially if we sat between 2 and 12 feet from the TV.

After about a month, curiosity got the better of us and we wondered what it would be like to also have the Sonos subwoofer and two Play 3 wireless speakers to create a true 5.1 home theater.

Having the two wireless speakers also meant we could move them any time we wanted to into another room in the house. Since we could return it all within 45 days we decided to take the risk.

Wow! We were (almost literally) blown away by the sound.

To inaugurate our new system, we invited our friends over to watch the entire Matrix Trilogy.

It was amusing to see how many times we all ducked for cover – the sound was so alive – it was hard to tell certain scenes weren’t really happening in our living room.

As time passed, we had to admit – we had become hooked on Sonos.

We ended up getting a Sonos Play 5 speaker for the kitchen and two more Play 3’s to move around, including on our back porch. (While the speakers don’t require speaker wire, they do have to be plugged into a wall outlet for power – so they can go anywhere there’s access to electricity.)

4 Fun Things To Do With This System

  1. Have a world music theme party. Pick a country and serve food from that country too.
  2. Expand on idea number 1 by playing music from different countries in different rooms. And don’t forget to match up the food with each country you’ve picked. To end the evening, choose the same song to play in-sync (ie. BLAST) in every room –
    like We Are The World, or whatever is your favorite.
  3. Create your own movie marathon weekends and invite your friends.
    Some good picks are The Matrix Trilogy, Lord of The Rings, Die Hard or Star Trek series.
  4. If you are fortunate to have a back yard pool or even a backyard,
    you can listen to your favorite playlist out there.

Commonly Asked Questions about the Sonos Playbar:

Question: Will I need the Sonos Bridge?

Answer: That depends on where you plan to put the playbar. If the playbar is in a room not far from your internet router, then you can run an ethernet cable between the playbar and your router. However – for most people, their internet router will be in another room.

In this case – get the Bridge and connect that to your router. The Bridge will then be able to “talk” to the playbar and any Sonos speakers you have, wherever they are located.

In other words – all speakers will then have access to the Internet without any wires.

Question: My television does not have a digital optical port. Will the playbar work with my TV?

Answer: Unfortunately, no it won’t. The playbar has to be connected to your TV via a digital optical cable.

Some people have claimed you can use a toslink converter to convert coax to digital optical but Sonos says this will not work.

Question: What’s this I hear about the playbar not being able to do the DTS format of certain Blu-Ray movies?

Answer: The Playbar lacks support for DTS, a type of surround sound format, which means there will be some blu-ray movies that won’t play audio in a 5.1 surround sound format even with an optical (S/PDIF) switch. However, assuming your Blu-Ray player is connected to your TV and your TV is connected to your Sonos Playbar, the TV will convert the sound into PCM format when it goes through the digital optical cable to the Playbar.

It will play fine and you’ll still get the virtual surround sound effect – it just won’t be the true 5.1 surround sound.The Playbar does support 5.1 Dolby Digital.

Question: I already own two Sonos Play:5 speakers. Can I use them with my playbar to create a full surround sound system?

Answer: You can only pair the Play:3 speakers with the Sonos Playbar and not the Play:5 speakers.

Sonos explains:

“PLAY:5 wireless hardware does not support surround sound functionality and firmware cannot be updated to support it. PLAY:5 was designed to be our best all-in-one music player and is perfect for use as a standalone unit or combined in stereo pair mode.

PLAY:3 was designed to deliver great sound as a stand-alone music player – it also has electronics that are optimized for surround sound, which, coupled with a smaller form factor and mounting hardware makes it/them convenient to use as surround speakers.”

The Best smart TV Box for 2019 (Top 3 Reviewed)

What are the best smart TV boxes?

Smart TV Box Introduction

We all began from somewhere in the TV generation. Back in the days when are when we used the black and white televisions in our homes. They were one of the best and if you never had one then you would get beat up by your parents for going to your neighbors to watch.

Those were the old days. We then moved on to colored television sets that had a video quality of 720p. These were among the bright days that one had to adjust from the black and white for the colored television set.

Now technology has come up with the digital set boxes and there is now a smart TV box.

These boxes have come with a bigger and better resolution compared to that of the colored TV and the Black and white TV. They use digital frequency signals to communicate. Their resolution is that of 1080p and even bigger to some.

This has revolutionized the television technology to a whole other level.

Smart TV boxes are one of a kind as their manufacturers are dedicated to making the world of entertainment bigger and more involving.

Some have come up with even better smart TV boxes that have access to the internet and also have different operating systems that are more involving.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SMART TV BOX

COST

This is one of the key factors that one should look at before settling on the smart TV box to buy. This is because the price ranges depending on the services and channels available. The features of the devices are also determining factors on the cost.

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

This is where a new technology hits the market and shapes up the whole industry. Do you trust the company that came up with that technology? Is it as effective as the one you wish for?

HOW EASY IS IT TO INSTALL

Different smart TV boxes have different ways of installation. First, you need to know what is required for the installation.

Some will need external antennas in order for them to perform with at most satisfaction while others depending on your location will have some issues.

HOW EASY IS IT TO USE

Some boxes are complex in their use and many distinctive features. These boxes are at times very complex and hence one should choose from the easy to use depending on their abilities.

ITS FEATURES

Does the smart TV box have all things you need for your home? Every box has different features from the other.

Technology is the main media that is running today’s world. People are coming up with bigger and better innovations and inventions on a daily basis. The smart TV boxes are a great invention and are one of a kind.

Picking from the available smart TV box might be tricky. Knowledge on what you are really looking for is important and advisable.

TOP 3 SMART TV BOX REVIEWS

1. ROKU Ultra SMART TV BOX

Roku UltraThis has been one of the leading smart TV boxes for over two years now. This has been one of the smart TV boxes that have made a lot of impact in technology as it has an app that can be used to operate it. It also has a fast wired and wireless connection as compared to others and also has a fast dual core broadcast chipset.

It also has the latest Roku player as well as a remote control, mic and a built-in search button to search for channels and also the internet. It is much loved by people because of the earphone plug on the remote control for private listening.

It has a dual band WI-FI access point, a wired Ethernet plug option, a micro SD expansion slot, HDMI and USB for local media playback.

It does not have a power off option as it remains online and has a very low power consumption of 3.5 watts. It stays online all time and also updates itself when necessary as the updates are automatic.

The Roku smart TV box is one of a kind and it is really loved by the user. For the first time users, there might be some issues as the Roku Ultra smart TV box will need you to create an account in order to go on with its functions.

Another alarming feature in this smart TV box is that when you buy it, you cannot use if even for offline purposes leave alone the fact that you cannot even access the main menu before updating its firmware.

Its price is reasonable and worth it and many people like it as their choice in smart TV box.

2. GOOGLE CHROMECAST SMART TV BOX

Google Chromecast UltraTheir creator is the Google organization just as the name suggests. It is a small device but yet very powerful. It is liked by many due to its size and it has very many features that are appealing to anyone who likes home entertainment.

It is plugged in the HDMI slot of the TV and integrates with all the apps and services as well as paid services offered under their rainbow.

It has a wireless access point that one can connect to using the tablet or phone for internet purposes. It also comes with the 4K streaming capabilities and using its app, you can stream videos from your phone or tablet at a click of a button.

It is easy to use, fast and also has the remote control. It has a screen resolution of up to 1080p which is much clear than the set-top boxes.

The Google chrome cast smart tv box is a good choice in smart TV selection. It is very cheap and easy to use at it integrates with your phone using an application.

The device gives the user the ability to stream video from the phone or tablet direct to the big TV screen using the cast command on the app.

3. ROKU STREAMING STICK

This is a portable device with the shape like that of a USB stick and has great capabilities. It can broadcast up to 1800 channels in order to watch your favorite movies with a screen resolution of 1080p.

roku streaming stick

It is also connected through the HDMI slot at the back of the television set and can be carried anywhere. It has a wireless access point for internet use as well as a remote control.

It has a quad core processor that is eight times faster than the original Roku streaming stick. It is the smallest yet very powerful device in the world of technology.

REVIEWS

The device has the mirroring services similar to that of the Google chrome cast smart TV box and can connect to many devices and even satellite cable from companies like Dish Networks. It has the lowest price even than the Google chrome cast and much more.

Before you can get to use this device, you will need to first open a Roku account.

The difference is that this will not need any credit card details.

Set up Smart TV Box

A smart TV box is a multimedia device that has the power to convert any TV into a smart TV. It gives the users the permission to access TV shows, Live music, Sports, games and any other form of entertainment with just one click.

The beauty of TV boxes is that you can add almost any media you want to them. You can browse the internet, watch YouTube videos, Netflix, you name it.

You’re also able to add services like Sling, Satalite TV from different cable companies (see some Dish Network Reviews here) and even stream media from your phone!

It is very important to understand how this device works before purchasing it.

Most manufacturers give a warranty of at least a year in case there is something wrong with the unit you purchase. If the user is not able to get the full information on how the box works, they can contract the manufacturers.

The user needs to know all about the smart tv box it is different from other TVs.

With a smart TV box, you need to browse from one channel to the other to get the content you need. The user also needs to know all about the precautions and how to handle the device.

All the user’s manual should be followed to later. Misuse or misinformation on how to use these devices may lead to the device not working in a proper way. It also gives the user a complete know how on how to handle the device.

Users Guide:

How to connect the Hardware.

Connect the device to a power supply. Attach the smart tv Box to your TV using the HDMI cable. Switch on the Box and go to the settings. Connect to the internet. If your TV and router are close to each other, you can connect using your broadband router using the ethernet cable.

How to connect to Wi-FI.

  1. To set up wi-fi to your smart box, you need to have an open internet connection.
  2. To connect the wi-fi to the smart box, look for ethernet port that is found at the back of the TV.
  3. Connect the ethernet cable from the router to the port on the TV.
  4. Choose the menu on the TVs remote and choose network settings.
  5. Then select the option to enable wired Network.
  6. Key in your wi-fi password using your remote control.

How to install Software

  1. Go to Program add-ons.
  2. Select program installer.
  3. Select install.
  4. The software is now installed. You are now able to browse easily.

How to use the keyboard.

The wireless keyboard which also has a touch mouse is used instead of a normal remote control. It is more when efficient when browsing and easier when entering media data on the tv box. They have rechargeable batteries inserted.

Turn on the keyboard and a light will then show. The keyboard is now ready to use.

How to access Google Play Store

Smart tv models with HDMI receivers and TV tuners have access to google play store where the users can be able to gain access to games, play stations, and other streaming services.

Reviews about Entertainment.

With the smart tv connected to an open internet, the users have unlimited access to all the tv shows, movies, games, live music, sports world, tv series and much more. this is all we need in this era where technology is on the rise.

Kymera Magic Wand IR remote

Kymera Magic Wand IR Remote – Our Review

Provides: Universal remote control capabilities
Developer: The Wand Company
Minimum Requirements: IR gear (TV, Mac, DVD player etc)
Price: Under $80
Availability: Now

The idea behind the Kymera Magic Wand is really quite novel; the ability to control your TV with just the flick of a wand. Wands are synonymous with control, making them perfect for working a TV or other IR device.

It doesn’t hurt that most of us have been entranced with them since childhood with entertainment from Disney all the way to Harry Potter.

And in practice, it’s truly magic, or at least the kind of magic that your standard magician would perform, making it perfect for kids and the young at heart.

Kymera Wand

All you have to do to realize this wand is cool is open the box. It comes packaged inside of a wand case, which probably could be nicer, but still makes you feel like you aren’t playing with a child’s toy (though it really is).

Magic Wand Remote

Inside the box is the wand and a thick and colorful map-like instruction manual. The manual details all of the steps necessary to get you from muggle to magician in no time.

You can really get a sense of how much attention to detail is put into this product just by visiting The Wand Company’s web page (link above). I love how their website is different from most, because their product is, too.

Kymera Wand instructions

Using the wand is as simple as performing one of the predefined gestures. These including things like: flicking up/down/left/right, rolling, tapping a finger on the top or side, pushing forward/backward etc.

Obviously, there aren’t enough gestures here to encompass everything that you could do with a normal remote control. But then again, your remote doesn’t seem very magical does it?

I would have liked to see a “change remote” gesture to increase the number of IR codes you could have stored, but perhaps I’m wanting too much from this thing.

Programming this remote is fairly simple, but will require that you can actually perform the gestures you’d like to use, which will take some practice.

Basically, you put it into programming mode by pointing the wand up and tapping. Now, perform the gesture you want to program and press the button on the remote while pointing it at the tip of the wand.

Great, that’s it.

Now do that again, like 15 times. And don’t be tempted to leave any of the gestures unassigned. If you do and then accidentally make that gesture, it will vibrate numerous times to tap out the number of the gesture performed.

 

This gets annoying if you accidentally do one of the higher numbered gestures often, which I did.

After that’s all done, using the wand is a breeze. The most satisfying thing you can do is shout a “magical phrase” while using a long swipe to turn your TV on or off.

And while most of the people to whom I showed this wand initially thought it was lame or extremely nerdy, all found it necessary to do exactly what I just detailed.

We all know it’s just a remote shooting out IR codes after a gesture has been performed, but it still somehow feels magical. It’s worth noting that navigating Front Row with this device would work perfectly since you can assign the right IR codes to the same left/right/up/down gestures in the wand. You could use the same gestures to change songs on your Mac from across the room.

And honestly, if you’re going to say that a certain computer works with a little bit of magic, it really should be a Mac.

You can even find apps that will extend the usability of the Apple remote, and thus the Kymera Magic Wand to other apps on your Mac. Still, replacing an Apple Remote with this wand could be pretty fun.

Now that I think about it, this would make for a really fun and entertaining way to run through a PowerPoint or iPhoto slideshow. Just hook your MacBook up to a TV and then “flick” through the slides with your wand.

There are a ton of fun ideas for this wand. Yes, nearly all of them are fun just for novelty’s sake, but hey, sometimes you have to stop and just have fun.

You can’t always do things just because they are the fastest or most efficient. If you’re interested in just how much you can get an Apple remote or Kymera want to do on your Mac, check out Sofa Control. It’s an app like what I mentioned above that expands the usability of a remote on your Mac. It’s $15.

Unboxing

But ultimately, the novelty of this product will wear off unless you’re really into magical stuff. That’s kind of to be expected though. I’m doubting anyone is thinking that this device is superior in functionality to a regular remote (unless maybe it’s an Apple remote with only 6 buttons).

Yes, it’s a universal remote, and you could use it to control all of your gear, provided that 16 or so gestures/IR codes could encompass everything that you do.

But the wand a little clumsy, and it doesn’t always do what you intend for it to do. So. you might find yourself reaching for the original remotes when you can’t get this wand to recognize your flailing arms.

But you have to remember that this is a novelty product, not a replace-all univeral remote. This is for hardcore Harry Potter fans and kids. The kind of people who want to add a little more magic to their lives and don’t mind spending some money in the process (especially if it’s their parents’ money).

I wish it was more affordable, but it is pretty fancy and that’s not cheap. And I guarantee you’ll have the coolest universal remote in town if you buy one of these, though you will be accused of being a nerd.

You should only buy one of these to have fun, not to replace remotes, because you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting to do the latter.

I think this product would make a great gift for any kid who’s a Harry Potter fan or just has a general wonder towards magic.

And honestly, what kid doesn’t? Could you imagine getting one of these things when you were ten? That would have been awesome.