Best home audio products of 2016


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.

Onkyo TX-NR646

Considering the Onkyo TX-NR646's generous feature set and superlative sonic skills, it's one heck of a value.

Price: $482.50 - $599.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $299.99 - $349.00 Check prices

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

Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2

The Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 stand-mount speakers promise better treble response and a more understated design than found in the previous model.

Price: $699.98 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

SVS Prime Tower

The SVS Prime Tower's highly transparent sound will appeal to audiophiles hankering for big-speaker sound at a price they can afford.

Price: $499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $299.99 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular Energy Take Classic 5.1

Best full-size budget 5.1 system

Pioneer SP-PK52FS

Pioneer's budget 5.1 speaker package performs nearly as good as systems that cost twice as much, making it one of the best values in home audio.

Price: $619.94 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding
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