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$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar

We put together a budget friendly 5.1 recommended home theater system for $750 that will crush any HTIB or soundbar, especially for music. Get

$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar
$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Looking to get a killer 5.1 home theater with UHD capability with expandability for immersive surround sound? Check out our recently updated

$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System
Towers of Power: A Look at the Best Super Speakers

This article is a small roundup of some big speakers with good design and high quality components though not inexpensive. But, life-like sound

Towers of Power: A Look at the Best Super Speakers

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$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar

$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar

You like home theater systems but don't have the cash on hand to really go all out? Check out our budget friendly 5.1 recommended home theater system for under $750! Our goal was to offer a system rivaling a sound bar while also doing justice to critical music listening too. In the end we ended up with a 5.1 system complete with everything you need except for the display for your new home theater system. Read on to see how we accomplished this mission.

We put together a budget friendly 5.1 recommended home theater system for $750 that will crush any HTIB or soundbar, especially for music. Get this if you're an audiophile on a budget.

— August 08, 2019 19:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$2,500 is the sweet spot where things start to get interesting when building a 5.1 home theater system. Unlike the $1,000 5.1 system we built recently, there aren't any glaring compromises to speak of. With top name speaker manufacturers offering all in one 5.1 speaker systems for around $1000, you can get into some serious peripheral equipment with the ability to expand into immersive 3D sound with a small future purchase of additional speakers. Curious to see what equipment we picked? Keep reading.

Looking to get a killer 5.1 home theater with UHD capability with expandability for immersive surround sound? Check out our recently updated $2,500 recommended system.

— July 03, 2017 10:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Towers of Power: A Look at the Best Super Speakers

Towers of Power: A Look at the Best Super Speakers

There is no replacement for displacement” is an adage among automobile enthusiasts that holds up just as well in the audio world. Big sounds, in both amplitude and frequency wavelength, need big speakers to be properly reproduced. And for high-fidelity big sound, size alone will not do; a speaker will also need good design and high-quality components, which brings up the cost. And if you want it to fit in with your home decor, the speaker will need a reasonable footprint and nice finish, which also adds to the cost. This article is a small roundup of some big speakers, and not inexpensive ones either, but a life-like sound demands life-size speakers.

This article is a small roundup of some big speakers with good design and high quality components though not inexpensive. But, life-like sound demands life-size speakers. Check out what made our list.

— February 03, 2016 09:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Rise of the Super Subwoofers - A Comparison Guide

Rise of the Super Subwoofers - A Comparison Guide

There are those among us who crave an epic level of bass performance that an 8" micro-subwoofer from a big box electronics store cannot even hope of beginning to meet. Happily, some of the subwoofers which have recently become available look poised to meet many of the most demanding bass fanatic's demands for subwoofer performance. In this article, we take a look at a selection of these new 'super subwoofers' and the different approaches they use to achieve bass nirvana. They are big, they are heavy, and they are expensive. But, for those who do not want to compromise on both the quality and quantity of bass that meets or exceeds our own Extreme Bassaholic rating, the cost is well worth the reward.

This guide of super subwoofers designed to deliver epic levels of clean bass output meeting our Extreme Bassaholic rating. They are big, heavy and expensive but that’s the price to pay for the best!

— November 18, 2015 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$6,500 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$6,500 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

The Audioholics $6,500 recommended home theater is a bit different from some of our other systems. This time, we wanted to build a setup where attention to aesthetics went beyond the usual "well...it's not THAT ugly." Needless to say, there are no towers in this system, nor is our first choice of subwoofer a ported, refrigerator sized behemoth. Does that mean performance went out the window? Not at all. Interested to see our component choices? Click to keep reading.

Recommended System: The Audioholics $6,500 home theater is a slight deviation from our norm: instead of running big tower speakers, we're aiming for high WAF without compromising performance.

— June 22, 2014 12:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$1,000 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$1,000 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Do you want to build a respectable home theater, but have $1,000 to spend on the whole kit and caboodle? Forget that HTIB system from your local big box: while the prices of such setups are usually attractive, their performance typically leaves a lot to be desired. Instead, take a peak at the Audioholics $1,000 5.1 recommended home theater system. We built a setup on a shoestring budget that will leave any HTIB in the dust, as well as compare favorably with systems costing much more. Curious to see what components we picked? Click to keep reading.

Recommended System: Drop that home theater in a box. Today the Audioholics build a high performance home theater system on a $1,000 budget. Click to find out which components we picked.

— June 16, 2014 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The Audioholics High End 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

The Audioholics High End 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Today we're going to have a little fun building a high end home theater system. That whole business about budgets and making compromises to meet a price? That's going out the window. At the same time, we're not looking to burn money just for the sake of doing so. We're not wasting time on magic cables, nor are we recommending ultra-exotic gear because of the intangible cool factor. Simply put, we're building a system that looks and sounds like a million bucks, without going out of our way to actually try and spend seven figures.

Recommended System: The Audioholics High End 7.x Home Theater ditches the idea of a budget, but not value. We build a top of the line speaker setup, without flushing money down the toilet.

— June 10, 2014 20:15 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$6,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

$6,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

For many people, listening to music on a great two-channel system for the first time is like rediscovering their music collection. There are innumerable combinations of equipment that one could choose and it can be a very daunting task for anyone to sift through the options and put together a well rounded system. In our recommendations, we decided to focus on proven brands and equipment that most people can find or order at a local HiFi shop. We also wanted to allow you to play all of the music you can find, so we included SACD and USB functionality. Each piece in this system is matched in quality with the other components, and a couple of alternatives for each piece of equipment are provided. This is certainly not a budget system, but rather a system that will allow someone to take a leap into high-end audio with confidence that the end result will be sonic bliss.

Two-Channel: A Solid Hi-fi audio system is a sonic treat. Rediscover your music collection and have a long lasting system with this $6k stereo system featuring MartinLogan, Yamaha, Marantz and more.

— June 04, 2014 00:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$5,000 5.2 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$5,000 5.2 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

If you've ever been on our forums, you'll have run into a post (or made one yourself) along the lines of "I have $XXXX to spend, please help me build a home theater." If $5,000 happens to be your magic number, to you we say: have no fear, the Audioholics are here! Today we're put together a killer 5.2 channel system that combines affordability, high performance, and respectable WAF. Curious to see our component choices? Click to keep reading.

Recommended Home Theater System: The Audioholics build a killer 5.2 channel setup for $5,000. Curious to see what components we picked? Click to find out.

— May 27, 2014 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$4,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$4,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

If your first impression after reading our $10,000 two channel system recommendations was "maybe when I hit the lotto", never fear, the Audioholics have you covered. This time around, we drop the price down to the $4,000 mark, with an aim to retain as much performance as possible. Needless to say, there are a few compromises; niceties like dual SB13-Ultras and $1,200 CD/SACD players aren't happening on this budget. However, no apologies need to made for the end performance of the resulting system. This is one killer combo that will provide many fine years of service with upgrade paths to the future.

Recommended System: Audioholics puts together a killer two-channel hifi system that doesn't sacrifice aesthetics on a modest $4,000 budget. Click to see the choices we made.

— May 22, 2014 20:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$1000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$1000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

Trying to be an Audioholic when you have a cash flow problem can be a challenge. But we all started somewhere and we aren't so far removed from those heady days of college that we can't remember what it was like to scrape together all your change to buy a new speaker or component. We asked ourselves a question - "If we only had a grand and wanted to buy a brand new $1000 stereo system, what would we get?" Here is the answer.

We think the best thing you can do when you are buying an entry-level stereo system is to think about the future. We help you do that with our $1000 2-channel recommended system.

— May 21, 2014 09:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$10,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$10,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

Are you an audiophile? Do you happen to have $10,000 laying around? Do you need a new two channel system? Even if you answered no to any of these questions, you'll want to check out our equipment choices for building a top of the line hifi stereo system in the $10,000 price class. With a focus on achieving exceptional performance without sacrificing good looks, this is a system both you and your interior decorator can appreciate.

Interested in building a top notch hifi stereo system with a $10,000 budget? Click to see what components the Audioholics recommend to achieve audiophile nirvana.

— May 19, 2014 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Audioholics $2500 Recommended System

Audioholics $2500 Recommended System

The $2500 system represents extreme value and emphasis on audio performance. At this price its not typical to get such high performance and beautiful aesthetics all wrapped in one package. Harman Kardon provides all of your amplification needs with solid power delivery and decoding of all the latest HD formats. EMP provides the beautifully constructed and acclaimed speaker and subwoofer solutions to transform your living room into a mega cineplex. Get ready to entertain family and friends often as once they find out you've assembled a system of this caliber they will be visiting more frequently. Make sure they bring they supply of popcorn and beer as well as the occasional Blu-ray rental.

This system represents extreme value and emphasis on audio performance. At this price its not typical to get such high performance and great looks all in one, with some of the most trusted brands.

— February 01, 2013 12:45 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$2,500 Recommended 5.1 Surround Sound System

$2,500 Recommended 5.1 Surround Sound System

If you have $2,500 to spend on a 5.1 surround sound we can't think of any better system to buy than this one. $2,500 is absolutely everything you will need, including cables, power protection, and Blu-ray player. Just add a TV and you will have a completely new home theater. We hand picked every product in this system because of their extremely high performance vs price ratio. You will be hard pressed to find better equipment for the money, and often times for even double the money. For $2,500 you will end up with a home theater on a budget that will make your friend's "home-theater-in-a-box" or expensive "cube" system look like toys.

If you have $2,500 to spend on a 5.1 surround sound we can't think of any better system to buy than this one. It's the best bang for the buck out there.

— December 13, 2012 07:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems