Dayton Audio SAT
They may be small and inexpensive, but the Dayton Audio SAT punch well above their class, with a 100-watt RMS rating that’s easily sufficient for side or rear channels. They’re have a generally flat sound profile and won’t distort at high volumes.
- Great upper-range detail
- Very lightweight
- Minimal low-end response
Available in black ash, natural walnut, and white, the Fluance SXBP2 s should fit into almost any home’s decor. They’re one of the least expensive pairs to utilize bipolar radiation, which makes for a convincingly realistic sound stage.
- Four drivers per cabinet
- 4000-hertz crossover
- Inactive below 130 khz
Polk RCi Series
Offered in four sizes from 5-1/4 to 8 inches, the Polk RCi Series are designed to mount inside the wall. They work at frequencies all the way down to 32 hertz, and their bass response is vastly enhanced by the empty space around their drivers.
- Grilles can be painted to blend in
- Built to last a long time
- A lot of work to install
BIC Acoustech PL-66
A woofer and horn offset by 90 degrees allow the BIC Acoustech PL-66 to provide the reflection that helps make the most of a Dolby-enabled surround sound system. Their average power handling maxes out at 175 watts, and they’re relatively sensitive with a 96-decibel rating.
- Work in a 40-hz to 20-khz range
- 5 by 7-inch passive bass radiator
- Are somewhat heavy
Polk FXI A4
Engineered to work well with any of the company’s vast lineup, the Polk FXI A4 bring an advanced off-center design into the mix. They can be switched between bipolar and dipolar modes, so you really feel like you’re part of whatever you’re watching.
- Built with long-lasting butyl rubber
- Ferro-fluid cooling mechanism
- Not ideal for listening to music
SVS Prime Elevation
Designed to live closer to the ceiling than the floor, the SVS Prime Elevation feature an angled face that’s ideal for reproducing object-based audio. They have an 8-ohm impedance and are suitable for amplifiers ranging from 20 to 150 watts.
- Come in 3 colors
- Respond as low as 55 hertz
- Versatile multi-angle bracket
While they excel when mounted above or behind listeners, the Polk S10 is a versatile pair that will do well no matter where they’re placed. In fact, they sound much larger than they really are, making them capable front stereo channels in medium-sized spaces.
- Four-inch primary drivers
- Mica-reinforced polymer cones
- A brown or black walnut finish
Klipsch Reference 14S
Suitable for rear or side use, the Klipsch Reference 14S utilize injection-molded graphite woofer cones and aluminum tweeters to help improve response and clarity. They’re especially immersive when mounted just above head height in medium-to-large rooms.
- 50-watt rms rating
- 8-ohm nominal impedance
- 89-decibel sensitivity
Proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune for high-fidelity sound, the Polk T15 cost well under $100 and are a great complement to a powerful set of towers. Thanks to their light weight, they’re relatively easy to install.
- Inspired by high-end studio monitors
- Use simple keyhole mounts
- Quality 5-way binding posts
Fluance Signature Series
If you’re in search of a realistic cinematic experience, the Fluance Signature Series may be your best solution. Their bipolar design results in a remarkably wide sound stage that’s as good for listening to music as it is for watching movies.
- Dual neodymium tweeters
- Woven-glass mid-range cone
- Premium build quality