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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.

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
  • 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...
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
17%
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
47%
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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