Best budget home theater speakers of 2016


Home theater sound requires matching speakers for the best experience, but finding complementary individual speakers can be a pain--especially in the wallet. Complete home theater speaker packages take out the guesswork since they include a full set of matching surround speakers. Pair any of these speaker sets with a good AV receiver and Blu-ray player, and you'll have a home theater system that's a step above all-in-one HTIBs. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.

Pioneer SP-SB03 Speaker Base

The hulking Pioneer Sound Base delivers some of the best sound we've heard from an affordable pedestal-style sound stand.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Pioneer SP-PK52FS

If you've got the space for it, the Pioneer SP-PK52FS is simply the best-sounding, budget-price home theater speaker package you can buy.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Energy Take Classic 5.1 Home Theater System - speaker system - for home theatre

The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors' Choice Award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.

5 stars Spectacular Energy Take Classic 5.1

Vizio S4251w-B4

Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.

4 stars Excellent

SoundWare XS 5.1

The Boston SoundWare XS 5.1 is an exceptionally compact system and sounds great for its size--although larger systems sound even better.

4 stars Excellent

Monoprice 8247

The Monoprice 8247 does the impossible by offering a competent 5.1 speaker system for less than $100, setting a new standard for ultrabudget speakers.

3.5 stars Very good

Fluance SX-HTB

You can't beat Fluance's rock-bottom pricing, solid construction, and sound quality, which rivals that of more expensive speakers.

3.5 stars Very good

Fluance AV-HTB 5

This five-piece home-theater speaker package offers shockingly good sound for a mere $199.

3.5 stars Very good