While they are a space-saving design, the Pioneer SP-T22A are also heavy and stable, so they won’t slide around when the subwoofer hits. Their curved cabinets are engineered to minimize internal standing waves that can negatively impact a movie’s soundtrack.
- Professional-quality connectors
- Don't match most non-pioneer setups
- Need some tweaking for best results
Sold as a single unit at a reasonable price, the NHT Mini is an affordable option for improving atmospheric sound in movies. It has a nominal impedance of 5 ohms, a sensitivity rating of 87 decibels, and an input range of 25 to 100 watts.
- Roughly 5-inch cube
- For front or rear use
- Goes only as low as 120 hertz
Home theater fanatics like the Klipsch RP-500SA because of their above-average sensitivity and accurate reproduction, although that kind of quality does come at a high cost. Nonetheless, they’re some of the best on-wall units you’ll find for object-based audio.
- Available in three finishes
- Linear-travel tweeters
- Not ideal for upward-firing use
SVS Prime Elevation
If you want to get the most out of your immersive home cinema setup, the SVS Prime Elevation can help you do so. They work well as upward-firing units, and even better when mounted to the wall just near the ceiling and angled toward the floor.
- Wide spectrum response
- Acoustically tuned cabinets
- Relatively expensive
Anyone who’s especially serious about home audio may already have heard of the KEF Q50A , because aside from providing premium reflective sound, they’re also great as main stereo speakers. To take full advantage of them, however, you’ll need a top-of-the-line receiver.
- Available in black or white
- Fully sealed construction
- Great for music and movies
With a response range of 70 to 32,000 hertz, the Sony SS-CSE promise to recreate even the most subtle parts of a soundtrack. They’re designed to blend in with units from the same product family, but they make good add-ons to a lot of other systems as well.
- Relatively compact
- No mounting required
- Peak power of 100 watts
The Klipsch RP-140SA offer reference-level sound reproduction in both music and movies, and they work as well in a standard satellite position as they do providing ambient effects. Both of their drivers are accompanied by durable and responsive cones.
- Square 9-centimeter horn
- 4-inch spun-copper subwoofer
- 8-ohm impedance
Constructed with Dolby-approved internal circuitry, the Onkyo SKH-410 are great in an up-firing configuration or perched on top of your front stereo channels to deliver height effects. They have high-quality wooden cabinets, and are rated to accept 25-watt inputs.
- 10-foot speaker cables
- Also suitable for wall mounting
- Reasonably priced
Elac Debut 2.0 A4.2
Built with a 4-inch aramid-fiber subwoofer and a 2-inch tweeter, the Elac Debut 2.0 A4.2 provide as much atmospheric detail as anything else on the market. They’re certified for use with high-end surround sound, and won’t protrude too far from the wall or ceiling.
- 5-way binding posts
- Corrosion-resistant gold contacts
- Moderately priced
A slim construction, unobtrusive design, and a variety of mounting angles make the Polk OWM3 among the most versatile around. Depending on how your home theater is arranged, they work well on the wall, on the ceiling, or placed atop your existing left and right channels.
- Offered in black or white
- 100-hertz floor
- Don't cost very much