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Home Audio System: What to Buy

Many users prefer to create their own home audio system instead of using the TV speakers or small speakers that can be purchased on the Internet for a few euros to listen to favorite music or to amplify the effects of a movie. We have decided to create a special guide in which we list the best audio systems available on Amazon, in addition to the main features to consider.

Home Audio system: Features

Before seeing specifically the audio systems selected by us for this guide, it is necessary to know the characteristics to be examined in order to proceed with the right purchase. Here they are listed below:

  • Environment : this is one of the most important parameters to be taken into consideration in order to realize a sound system for a performing home. It would be rather useless, for example: to buy very powerful speakers and place them in a particularly small room.
  • Frequency response : this value should be between 16 and 20,000 Hz, so frequency distortions should not occur.
  • Dynamic range : the ideal value should be between 0 and 130 dB.
  • Signal to noise/ratio : this data should be infinite.
  • Distortion : this must be low, more precisely less than 1% over the entire width of the audio band. Consider an average efficiency of between 87 and 90 dB.
  • Sensitivity : this must be high to be able to guarantee a sufficient volume based on the dimensions of the amplifier to which they are connected.
  • Build quality : it is necessary that the speakers, and the subwoofer are sufficiently heavy and made with high-quality materials.
  • Omnidirectional speakers : the speakers must be omnidirectional so as to position them anywhere in the listening space.
  • RMS power : it is a particularly important value that indicates the sound power of the speakers. In this case, the higher the value, the greater the audio output of the product.
  • Connection mode : to use the audio system with any device in your possession, then evaluate the presence of all (or part) of the available connection modes, ie RCA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, S/PDIF, Toslink, NFC and the classic 3.5 mm jack.
  • USB ports and SD slots : if you need to play your favorite songs from an external storage device (such as USB sticks, external hard drives or SD cards), then consider buying an audio system with these inputs.
  • Subwoofer : this is an essential component if you want to amplify the bass tones. Without this the sound will be flat and with a higher prevalence of highs and mids. Passive and active subwoofers can be found on the market.
  • Multi-channel audio : one of the most important features to consider is the amount of speakers in the home audio system. In particular, we have 2.1 systems composed of a pair of speakers and a subwoofer, 5.1 with two-front speakers, two rear, a subwoofer and a central front speaker and 7.1 in which two speakers are added to the previous setup.
  • Remote control : even if it is an unnecessary feature, it is a really convenient option as it allows you to manage the audio system from the sofa.

Home audio system: What to buy

After having listed the main features to consider when buying an audio system, we can now see the main solutions available on Amazon.

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Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers – Easy-access Volume Control, Headphone Jack – PC, Mobile Device, TV, DVD/Blueray Player, and Game Console Compatible
752 Reviews
Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers – Easy-access Volume Control, Headphone Jack – PC, Mobile Device, TV, DVD/Blueray Player, and Game Console Compatible
  • 80 WATTS OF BOLD SOUND -80 Watts Peak/40 Watts RMS power delivers maximum...
  • STRONG BASS - The front-facing subwoofer produces rich bass, adding another...
  • VERSATILE SETUP – Connect up to two compatible devices via the 3.5 millimeter...
  • SIMPLE CONTROLS - Easily access power, volume and the headphone jack using the...
  • Headphone jack - Listen to your music privately via the headphone jack located...
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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker System for Computers, Smartphones and Tablets
205 Reviews
Logitech Z337 Bold Sound Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker System for Computers, Smartphones and Tablets
  • Stream all your favorite playlists and soundtracks wirelessly from any Bluetooth...
  • 80 watts of peak power blasts rich, clear and bold sound via satellite speaker...
  • Front facing subwoofer pumps out deep bass you can hear and feel from your...
  • Home speaker system connects seamlessly to your Bluetooth devices with one press...
  • 3.5 millimeter and RCA inputs for a plug and play wired connection to audio...
Trust Tytan 2.1 Speaker Set
565 Reviews
Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 PC Computer Gaming Speaker System with Subwoofer and Customizable RGB Lighting - 51MF0470AA001
91 Reviews
Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 PC Computer Gaming Speaker System with Subwoofer and Customizable RGB Lighting - 51MF0470AA001
  • Extend Your Entertainment Options - Use the dual RCA-to-stereo adapter and...
  • Audio Controls at Your Finger Tips - Control volume conveniently through the...
  • Experience enhanced levels of audio realism with immersive virtual 7.1 surround...
  • Experience to true audio fidelity on PC or Mac like never before. Simply connect...
  • Built entirely out of wood for better resonance damping, the Kratos S5...
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Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth
146 Reviews
Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth for wireless music streaming with compressed music enhancer
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support. Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch...
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker set up
  • 5.1-Channel compact black gloss speaker package
  • 6-1/2 100 watt powered subwoofer. DSP Programs: 17
25%
Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System - THX, Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Certified - Black
1,371 Reviews
Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System - THX, Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Certified - Black
  • 5.1 digital surround sound: Hear every detail in your Dolby Digital and DTS...
  • THX certified home theater speakers: Your assurance of true cinema quality...
  • Delivers a continuous 500 watts of power, with the ability to deliver a peak of...
  • Flexible setup: Connect upto six devices : Computer, music player, TV, game...
  • Easy sound control: Compact control console and wireless remote let you...
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Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth
146 Reviews
Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth for wireless music streaming with compressed music enhancer
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support. Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch...
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker set up
  • 5.1-Channel compact black gloss speaker package
  • 6-1/2 100 watt powered subwoofer. DSP Programs: 17
Harman Kardon HKTS 16BQ 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Package (Black)
116 Reviews
Harman Kardon HKTS 16BQ 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Package (Black)
  • Complete 5.1 channel home theater surround sound system
  • Voice-matched, two-way, 120W satellite speakers
  • Powerful, down-firing, 200W subwoofer
  • Bass-boost controls and phase switches for subwoofer
  • Upgradable to 7.1 channels
Bose Acoustimass 5 Series V Stereo Speaker System - Black - 741131-0100
53 Reviews
Bose Acoustimass 5 Series V Stereo Speaker System - Black - 741131-0100
  • Spacious stereo performance from a sleek system
  • Redesigned Direct/Reflecting Series II speakers fill the room with clear,...
  • Deep low notes from a hideaway Acoustimass module
  • Cables and connectors included and clearly marked for easy setup with a stereo...
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Bose Acoustimass 10 Series IV Home Entertainment Speaker System (Black)
120 Reviews
Bose Acoustimass 10 Series IV Home Entertainment Speaker System (Black)
  • 5.1-channel home theater speaker system for large rooms
  • Includes Acoustimass bass module, four Direct/Reflecting Cube speakers, and a...
  • Powered Acoustimass module adds drama to music and movies
  • Direct/Reflecting cube speaker arrays blend reflected and direct sound to...
  • Horizontal center-channel speaker array visually complements flat-panel TV...

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