Home theater systems are not just a luxury of rich households anymore. You can easily convert your living room into a home theater for less than $500.
There are several components of a home theater system: a TV, audio system and consoles like DVD players, mp3 players can gaming systems. When stores sell “home theater system,” they usually sell the audio system. That’s because most people buy TVs, DVD players and such separately.
Audio is the secret to creating that theater-like experience at home. Home theaters need more powerful sound systems because movies, music and sometimes games require different types of audio playback.
Modern high-tech movies often employ a dynamic sound range that requires specific types of speakers for best quality. You need a great system to get that booming playback, but without spending thousands of dollars for it.
Yamaha YHT-3920, the best home theater system under 500 in my opinion, is one of these budget systems that offer what you need. If you couple audio with a high-def TV, that’s all you need to convert your living room into an IMAX theater (without the crowds).
Read below for a list of the best home theater systems under $500:
7 Best Home Theater System Under $500 – 2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1Ch 400W 45" Sound Bar with 8” Wireless Subwoofer & Rear Satellite Speakers
Tips for Buying a Budget Home Theater System
When shopping for a home theater system under $500, keep the following in mind:
- First, consider the side of your room. If your room is big (it is if it’s more than 700 square feet), you will need full range and full-size speakers to get that immersive home theater feel. You will also need systems with longer wires, or wires that can be extended. Make sure the dimensions of the system you purchase are adequate to fit in your room as you like.
- Budget home theater systems are best suited for smaller rooms (12×15 feet for example). Even if you have a bigger room, containing the home theater area with curtains or furniture will create the immersive experience.
- You can get a richer sound with systems that separate audio with an amplifier rather than with a receiver.
- Music and movies require different types of audio playback. If you want to watch movies more in your home theater, buy systems with powerful central speakers with timbres matched to satellite speakers. A really good subwoofer is important as well. For music, you need good front satellite speakers and specs that allow booming bass playback. Tower speakers are good for both.