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.

Price: $549.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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 - $503.29 Check prices

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.

Price: $198.00 - $320.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $229.00 - $499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Fluance SX-HTB

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

Price: $399.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fluance AV-HTB 5

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

Price: $249.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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