Best Home Theater Speakers Under $500 (Top 7 Reviewed)


Best Home Theater Speakers Under 500

Whether you are a hardcore gamer, a movie buff, a guitarist, or a music freak you need a good set of speakers to give you good taste in the comfort of your home. But finding the best home theatre speakers under $500 is a Hustle.

Combining quality and affordability into one set is very difficult for many brands. But like you, I love the quality on a budget. That’s why don’t worry.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you already know that I have a group of friends that are enthusiastic about home theatres. In fact, they were the ones that introduced me to the home theatre.

But after this lockdown, I too got enthusiastic about entertainment at the comfort of my home.

Because of my friends, I am fortunate to test a lot of products and write helpful reviews for you guys.

The following reviews are based on the experience of testing speakers at my friends’ houses and buying speakers for myself.

Home Theater Speakers SetsChannelsPowerConnectivity With ReceiverConnectivity Of SpeakersRatingRead The DetailsToday’s Best Deals
Goldwood HD728 – No.1 For Pro & Intermediate Home Theater Owner,  & 6th For A Newbie7.2700 WattsWiredWired5/4.9Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Logitech Z906 – Best 5.1 Surround Sound System Under $5005.1500 WattsWiredWired5/4.7Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Acoustic Audio AA5400 – Best 5.1 Surround Sound Under $2005.1300WirelessWired5/4.6Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Klipsch Reference – Best For Medium Size Home Theater Rooms5.1150 WattsWirelessWired5/4.5Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Polk Audio TL1600 – Best Mid Range 5.1 Surround Sound5.1100 WattsWiredWired5/4.5Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Acoustic Audio AA5172 – Best For Transforming Small Living Room With Professional Cinema Hall Like Audio5.1700 WattsWirelessWired5/4.3Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
Monoprice 5.1 Channel – Best Cheap 5.1 Surround System With Powerful Subwoofer5.1125 WattsWiredWired5/4Read HereCheck Price On AmazonOpens in a new tab.
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Goldwood HD728 – No.1 For Pro & Intermediate Home Cinema Owner, & 6th For A Newbie

Specification

Channels: 7.2 | Whole System Power: 700 Watts | Amp: Not included in the subwoofer. You need an amp for each subwoofer | Connectivity Among The Speakers & With The AVR: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. The system is capable of 7.2 Channels surround sound
  2. The sound is blanched and of great quality
  3. It can give real Dolby Atmos sound at the comfort of your home
  4. Looks beautiful and stunning in the home theater room
  5. Two in-ceiling speakers included
  6. Two subwoofers for stunning bass

Reasons To Avoid

  1. Requires two amps separately for each subwoofer
  2. Requires an AVR that is capable of preamp outs for passive subwoofers
  3. Requires advance support for installation, like wire management and drilling of drywall

Who it’s for?

For those who love Dolby Atmos surround sound and can be comfortable with all the advanced options that I described in the reasons to avoid section.

This is the best 7.2 channel home theatre speaker set if you are a pro or an intermediate home theatre owner. If you fall in these two categories then I will recommend you to go for this speaker set.

But if you are a newbie and want to build your home theatre on your own without any help from professionals then it would be better for you to choose any other speakers from this list.

This speaker set has 6 Satellite Speakers and one center speaker with a pair of subwoofers.

These numbers of speakers are the best fit for the real Dolby Atmos sound experience.

The central speakers go in front with the front left and right the and the two rear speakers will go behind the sitting area.

The other two will be installed in the ceiling and that will enhance the sound experience and will give you a real true Dolby Atmos audio quality.

Why did I say true Dolby atmos? because you get two speakers physically in the ceiling for the Dolby Atmos rather than just relying on the Dolby Atmos height virtualization feature of some AV receivers.

When I set up this system in my friend’s house and played music on it. I was feeling like I am standing on some sort of a huge stage. The sound was fantastic and balanced across all the levels of the sound.

Why am I saying that it is the best fit for Pro, intermediate, and 6th for newbies?

  1. Because this system doesn’t come with amplifiers for its subwoofers. Each subwoofer requires Amplifier separately. The amplifier is needed to power the subwoofer. But there is another difficulty as well. The subwoofers are passive and require an amplifier that’s why you need that type of AV receiver that will provide Preamp outs for passive subwoofers but a lot of AV receivers provide for active subwoofers. This thing has to be put in mind while purchasing this speaker set.
  2. Another thing that is required for the speaker installation is the speakers are in-ceiling and others are with the mount/in-wall option. that’s why you will have to drill enough spaces in the drywall to fit it in. 
  3. The third point is that you will have to take care of the wire management because you will have to run wires from one end of the room to another and also from the bottom to the ceiling. You can read my speaker wires management guideOpens in a new tab.. I have talked about 15 ways to hide them for cleaner and pro looking theater room.

Build

The build is amazing and the color of the system is giving a nice touch to my friend’s theater room.

Sound

After installing it in my friend’s house and started playing music on it. I was feeling like I was on a big stage. The Dolby Atmos sound is truly there with the 7.2 surround sound layout.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The ability to provide real Dolby Atmos with the 7.2 channels surround sound.


Logitech Z906 – Best For 5.1 Surround Sound System Under $500

Specification

Channels: 5.1 Whole System Power: 500 Watts | Connectivity with the audio source: Optical | Connectivity Among The Speakers: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. The Sound is clear and rich
  2. Dialogues from the center channel are clear
  3. Subwoofer bass is great
  4. Optical and coaxial connectivity
  5. Remote is minimalist and not with a lot of confusing buttons
  6. This is THX certified
  7. Very affordable

Reasons To Avoid

  1. No Bluetooth connectivity
  2. The controller and remote feels cheap
  3. Not 1000 watts but in reality it is 500 watts

Who it’s for?

Those who want a good sound system on a budget.

This is the best speakers system by Logitech. It is THX certifiedOpens in a new tab.,(Quick Link To The Certification Detail) so the best sound is guaranteed but we will come to the sound later.

This is the 5.1 surround system with one subwoofer and 5 speakers. The amplifier is included in the subwoofer and you also get a separate controller for the whole system and a remote.

In the box, you get a user manual, cables, and batteries for the remote. The satellite speakers are having holes at the back to mount them to the walls and also have rubber pads at the bottom to be placed on any surface without scratching the speakers.

At the back of the subwoofer, you get 6 channels input, optical input, Coaxial input, RCA Input, and one port for the controller to connect it. No HDMI  port is included. But many smart TVs support optical connection and you can also use HDMI to the optical converter if your TV is not having optical connection capabilities.

You can keep the controller at the top of the subwoofer for better speaker management.

The controller is small and easy to carry. It is simple and to the point but feels like it is made up of cheaper material than the whole system.

On the controller, you can change the layout of the speakers and can control the volume.

The remote is minimalistic and easy to use but again it also feels cheap.

The sound is rich and clear And the sound cannot get distorted on the highs and lows. The bass is rich and really good at this price range. At the full volume, I was feeling the vibration in my room.

The dialogues from the center channel were clear and gave me a premium feel. 

I enjoyed movies, sports, music, TV shows, and games a lot on this system.

But one thing disappointed me. On the box, it is clearly written that this is a 1000 watt speaker system but in reality, it is only a 500 Watt speaker system.

Logitech has advertised that it is 1000 watts in specific situations. I emailed them to confirm what those specific situations are but I never got any reply from them at the time of writing this review.

So the final verdict is that it is a 500 Watt speaker system but the sound is good.  It is not as good as the HiFi speaker system that costs more than $1500 but you can’t find better than this system under $500.

 Logitech customer support is not good for this product.

With the best affordable speakers, you can choose the best receiver under $500Opens in a new tab. to go with your speakers. I have picked for review those receivers which have modern features.

Build

The build quality of the subwoofer and satellite speakers is good but the controller and the remote feel cheap.

Sound

The sound is rich, clear, and can go loud. At above 80% it can even vibrate my photo frames on the wall. The bass is great and the dialogues from the center channel are good.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The affordability. The rich, clear sound and bass are at a very affordable price.


Acoustic Audio AA5400 – Best For 5.1 Surround Sound Under $200

Specification

Channels: 5.1 | Whole System Power: 300 Watts | Amp: Yes in the Subwoofer | Connectivity with the audio source: Bluetooth | Connectivity Among The Speakers: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. Rich sound and great bass
  2. Bluetooth connectivity
  3. Good Bluetooth range
  4. Beautiful LEDs light display subwoofer
  5. The sound of each speaker and subwoofer can be managed separately

Reasons To Avoid

  1. Fit only for small room
  2. Not good for rock or metal music

Who it’s for?

For those who want a decent surround sound for a small room on a budget.

This is another affordable unit by Acoustic Audio and it is really amazing.

You can connect it to your Smart TV and Fire TV stick through Bluetooth and you can instantly start enjoying the 5.1 surround sound. if your smart TV is having Bluetooth connectivity then it is the most convenient option for you to have.

Also having 6 channels RCA inputs allow you to enjoy the full surround sound but nowadays it is an outdated connectivity option.

it is also having SD card reading capabilities and USB device reading capabilities. You can plug them both directly into the Provided amp within the subwoofer. 

It is having cool LED lights with many colors and colors changing patterns.

The best thing that I liked about this system is that you can control each component volume individually in the unit. You can change the front, left, or any other speakers’ volume along with the subwoofer level separately.

The sound is clear and the bass is great. The Bluetooth connectivity range is pretty good. The built-in FM radio is good and functions fine.

The Sound is good but not great. Because for a great sound, speakers come with a great price.

 It is the best sound only under this $200 price range.

In the box, you get wires for the speakers, remote, batteries for the remote, and of course the whole system.

With these speakers, you can choose the best affordable receivers under $300Opens in a new tab.. Few receivers in my this reviews will shock you. Few brands have included very cool features in it.

What is different in the AA5400 than the Acoustic Audio AA5172?

  1. Greater range for Bluetooth.
  2. Greater bass and more rich sound
  3. SD card and USB devices readers

Build

The build quality is good and each satellite speaker is having screw holes at the back for wall mounting. The screw holes add up to convenience for the users

Sound

The sound and bass are greater than the Acoustic Audio AA5172. It is the best to fit for small home theater rooms.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The LED lights and the SD card and USB reader options.


Klipsch Reference – Best For Medium Size Home Cinema Rooms

Specification

Channels: 5.1 | Whole System Power: 150 Watts | Amp: Yes in the Subwoofer | Connectivity with the audio source: Through a transmitter with the receiver | Connectivity Among The Speakers: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. Powerful subwoofer
  2. The sound is clear that I have clearly noticed the mid, lows and highs of the sound
  3. On 50 volume it literally shakes my theater walls
  4. The subwoofer is wireless can be kept in many areas

Reasons To Avoid

  1. Audiophile guys might not like the bass very much
  2. Audiophile guys might notice drawbacks at mid and high levels of the music.

Who It’s for?

For those who own small to medium size theater rooms. Normal people will love this system but audiophile people may find drawbacks in the bass qualities and also in the mid and highs of the sound. But still, they will say it is good, not bad.

This is the 5.1 surround sound speaker system by Klipsch.

It has an amplifier in the subwoofer and the subwoofer is wireless. Only the subwoofer is wireless and all other speakers will have to be connected through a wire with the subwoofer.

The subwoofer comes with the transmitter. The transmitter has to be plugged into the LFE out of the receiver. The transmitter is pre-paired with the subwoofer. You will have to turn on the subwoofer and the transmitter will start the audio sync from the receiver with the subwoofer. 

If the sync is not successful or there is some issue in the audio then you have a button on the transmitter and one button on the subwoofer for syncing.

The connection is pretty easy. But the installation of Satellite Speakers will take time depending on the size of your theatre room.

All speakers have holes at the back for mounting. With these holes, the mounting process is easy and convenient. 

But the holes that are created for the speaker’s wires at the back of the speaker are very tiny.  Even with the 16 gauge wire, you will have a lot of struggle fitting in the wires.

The grill of each satellite speaker is removable.  it is attached to the speaker through the magnet.  That’s why to keep this in mind,  While picking up the speakers, don’t try to pick the speakers by holding them on their grill. The speaker will fall from your hands.

Try to hold the left and right sides of the speakers while picking them up.

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Build

The build quality is good and the whole system looks premium. The subwoofer can integrate into the transmitter seamlessly.

Sound

The sound and bass are very good. Above 50, it was able to shake photo frames on the wall and rattle walls and even at this stage it was not annoying to my ears but I quickly ran to the subwoofer to down the volume below 50. Because my neighbor would be uncomfortable with that vibration and high volume.

The overall song quality was good. I was able to notice the low, mid, and high levels of the sound.

The Sound was so clear that I was able to hear the dialogues of the actor clearly and the sound of fast-moving objects behind the actor.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

For the wireless subwoofer and the overall sound quality.


Polk Audio TL1600 – Best Mid Range 5.1 Surround Sound

Specification

Channels: 5.1 | Whole System Power: 100 Watts | Amp: Yes in the Subwoofer | Connectivity with the audio source: Through a wire with the receiver | Connectivity Among The Speakers: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. Natural sound
  2. Speakers are very convenient for mounting
  3. Each speaker is having tweeter built-in
  4. Nice design

Reasons To Avoid

  1. Not for audiophile and music freaks
  2. No wireless connectivity

Who it’s for?

For those who want to enjoy, TV shows, movies, and gaming with natural sound and good mid-range bass that truly aids up to the whole sound.

You can avoid this if you are a music freak and audiophile that needs a speakers system that can bring in Highs, mids, and lows of the music flawlessly along with all levels of the bass.

This is the best mid-range sound and 5.1 surround speaker system. The bass is not for audiophile people but it is the best fit for a normal theatre owner.

The bass is not fit to experience high-end music quality but it is the best to enhance the experience of movie watching, TV shows, and playing video games. At this stage, it can really add up to the whole system’s sound.

The system is capable of delivering mid and high levels of music very well. The sound feels natural and realistic and the bass is Cherry on the top.

The sound is the best at mid-range and does not produce harsh dribbles like high-end speakers that feel harsh to the ears.

The subwoofer is to be connected to the receiver through a wire and the satellite and Centre channel speaker connectivity with the subwoofer is wired. The subwoofer is having an amplifier built-in.

The subwoofer is down-facing and the bass is good for enhancing the home theatre experience.

The speakers come with removable grills that can be detached from them easily. 

The back of each speaker is having holes to mount with the wall and also it is having positive and negative terminals for the wired connectivity with the subwoofer.  Each speaker is having a tweeter with itself and this is good to enhance the sound quality.

At the back of the subwoofer, you get a control panel and speaker connectivity options.

You have to connect the speakers at the back of the subwoofer. You can also control the bass and volume from there.

Build

The build quality is good and can truly enhance the beauty of any home theater and the speakers can integrate seamlessly with each other and with the subwoofer.

Sound

The sound and bass are the best fit for the mids and lows of the sound. Movies and TV shows feel natural with this system.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The ability to streamline movies and TV shows in their natural sound.


Acoustic Audio AA5172 – Best For Professional Cinema Hall Like Audio In Small Room

Specification

Channels: 5.1 | Whole System Power: 700 Watts | Amp: Yes in the Subwoofer | Connectivity with the audio source: Bluetooth | Connectivity Among The Speakers: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. Available in three colors
  2. Sound is clear and good without static and unwanted noise
  3. The magnetic shield is truly erasing the interference from the sound
  4. Affordable price

Reasons To Avoid

  1. Few connectivity options are outdated. Needs converter or transmitter in many cases
  2. The included wires or not of good quality

Who it’s for?

Those who want good sound at an affordable price for their small living room or small apartment. Not the best fit for medium or large living rooms.

This is another best surround sound speaker system that is available at an affordable price.

It is having some outdated and updated connectivity options available for you. In the updated category it is providing Bluetooth connectivity and all other connectivity options are outdated but don’t worry we can use a converter for that.

You can instantly connect your mobile phone with the Bluetooth of this speaker and with its enhanced technology it can convert the stereo music of your phone into a full surround sound system. It is very needed to feel the music of your phone at full 5.1 surround sound. It can convert other media sources stereo too.

My friend was able to connect these speakers with his TV through a Bluetooth audio transmitter.  He plugged in the jack of this transmitter to the headphone jack of the TV and the speakers paired themselves with the Bluetooth audio transmitter and he was good to go and enjoy the audio.

If there is no Bluetooth connectivity option with your TV then you can also connect it through RCA cables but many new smart TVs don’t have this RCA connectivity for that you can use RCA to optical converter. With the help of this converter, you can connect it to a modern TV via wire.

But if your TV supports Bluetooth connectivity then you can connect it directly to the TV without any need for a converter or transmitter.

In the box, you get a user manual, cables for the connectivity, an antenna for the FM tuner, and the speakers and subwoofer.

It comes in three colors grey, gold, and silver. I love the grey one because it looks simple and also costs less than the other two.

The sound was good. My friend and I never felt any unwanted noise, static noise, or interference with other electronic devices.

My experience with this device was good but it would be best if they have included updated connectivity options like optical and HDMI but we were good with the Bluetooth audio transmitter.  It cost a little more bucks but it was convenient.

Build

Build quality is good and this speaker system comes in three options, Gold, Grey, and Silver. The remote is of good quality too.

Sound

The sound is good and I never felt any unwanted and static noises during the test and also the magnetic shield is protecting it from interference quite well.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The magnetic shielding from interference and affordable price for transforming small living rooms into the cinema hall.


Monoprice 5.1 Channel – Best Cheap 5.1 Surround System With Powerful Subwoofer

Specification

Channels: 5.1 | Whole System Power: 125 Watts | Amp: included in the subwoofer | Connectivity Among The Speakers & With The AVR: Wired

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Reasons To Buy

  1. Good quality of bass
  2. Clear sound
  3. Good mid and high range music levels
  4. The C brackets are good for wall mounting

Reasons To Avoid

  1. No speaker wires in the box
  2. Outdated connectivity options

Who it’s for?

Those who want good quality sound at an affordable price and can go with the outdated connectivity options.

This is a very affordable 5.1 surround sound by Monoprice. The subwoofer is having a built-in amplifier and it is a downward-firing subwoofer

The overall sound of this system is crystal clear and the bass is very powerful. The speakers of this system are capable of catching on to the mid and high levels of music and the subwoofer is capable of catching on in the low.

The sound is good and can even rattle windows when the volume is at its highest.

They come with no speaker wires in the box. Each speaker is having holes for mounting it to the wall. 

At the back, you also get a negative and positive terminal for the wire connection.

 The subwoofer has to be connected through a wire with the AV receiver and is not wireless.

You get the control panel and speaker wires connectivity options at the back of the subwoofer.

The movie experience was very good on this along with gaming. The dialogues were clear and the fast-moving objects sound in the background of the characters were clear and the fight scenes were enhanced by the booming bass provided by the subwoofer.

The Sound is good but cannot match the high-end speaker systems. Of course, it cost less too.

Build

The build quality is good and with a beautiful finish. The speakers can integrate with each other correctly.

Sound

The sound is clear and the bass is powerful.

Feature That Keeps It Apart

The sound quality can match mid-range speaker systems.


FAQs

Where to put speakers in the home theater?

Let’s tell you about the 7.1 channels speakers First

In the 7.1 layouts. You will have to place the center channel speaker in the front center area. Place the front left and right speakers at the front.  Accommodate the center channel speaker at the middle of these front left and right speakers. The two rear will go at the back of your seating areas. They too have to be installed in the left and right manner.

To get Dolby Atmos, you will have to install the two other speakers in the ceiling. Otherwise, you can place it on the left and right sides of your seating area if you don’t want DTS or Dolby Atmos.

The subwoofer has to be placed between the front left and right speakers and a little away from the wall and should be facing you.

How to set home theater speakers 5.1 in the room?

When you remove the two in-ceiling/or the left and right side speakers of your seating areas, the whole layout will become a 5.1 surround sound system. The subwoofer, rear, center, and front left and right will stay at the same place.

This was what I have set up in my theater room. Read from DolbyOpens in a new tab. about their speakers’ layout recommendations for Dolby Atmos audio.


Where to connect home theater speakers?

If the amplifier is in the subwoofer as most of the speaker systems in this list then you will have to connect each speaker to the subwoofer. You will get connectivity options for your speakers at the back of the subwoofer. After that, you will have to connect the subwoofer to the AV receiver and the connection is complete.

If your speaker system subwoofer is not having an amplifier. Then you will need an amplifier to power up your subwoofer and then you will have to connect each speaker directly to the AV receiver.

If your speakers in the system are not relying on the subwoofer built-in Amp and require a separate connection for each speaker then follow this connection guide by SonyOpens in a new tab..


Which sound system is best for home theater?

If you are an audiophile or just a fan of DTS or Dolby Atmos then go for the 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 channel otherwise for normal home theater owners the 7.1 or 5.1 surround soundOpens in a new tab. (Link to Dolby to understand surround sound) is the best to enjoy cinema-like surround sound audio at the comfort of their house.

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