Best home audio products of 2014


Home audio encompasses a wide array of product categories, including everything from AV receivers to surround-sound speakers to iPod speakers and tabletop radios. We've selected five standout products that represent some of the best values in the home audio arena. For even more selections in specific product categories, check the top products lists linked to the left.

Best-sounding affordable sound bar

Pioneer SP-SB23W

The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations.

Price: $396.99 - $399.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound

Best AV receiver value

Sony STR-DN840

The Sony STR-DN840 is by far the best AV receiver value of the year, offering tons of wireless connectivity and six HDMI inputs for well under $500.

Price: $449.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best AV receiver value of the year

Sonos Play:1

The Sonos Play:1 finally brings the company's wireless audio magic to the masses, in a fantastically designed compact speaker that's just $199/AU$299.

Price: $199.00 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Gorgeous Sonos Play:1 hits the sweet spot

Best budget speakers for the money

Energy Take Classic 5.1

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.

Price: $379.99 - $398.00 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular Energy Take Classic 5.1

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.

Price: $299.95 - $549.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding
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