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Best budget home theater speakers of 2016

Low-cost speakers for true home-theater setups.

  • $279.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Sound
    • 10 Value
    ELAC Debut B6

    The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers offer stellar, best-in-class sound quality that no other speakers can match at this low price.

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  • 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.

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    $399.96 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 10 Performance
    • 10 Value
  • $549.99 at Amazon Marketplace See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    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.

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  • 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.

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    $499.99 at Brookstone See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
  • $129.95 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Sound
    • 9 Value
    Polk T50

    The Polk T50 is a remarkably decent-sounding tower speaker for not a lot of money, but it faces stiff competition.

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  • Fluance SX-HTB

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

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    $399.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance

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