Air Audio Pull-Apart
If you are looking for a portable option to create surround sound anywhere, the Air Audio Pull-Apart is the way to go. As the name suggests, it is comprised of five individual units that detach from one another and can be placed around a room or outdoor area.
- Held together magnetically
- Water-resistant construction
- Very little bass
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400
The Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 supports both Alexa and Google Assistant, and it allows you to easily link multiple compatible units to create a whole-house sound system. In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, it can also be hardwired via the Ethernet port.
- Optical and analog inputs
- Components have a small footprint
- Lackluster in the mid range
Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR
You can purchase the various components of the Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR separately or as a bundle, though the latter method offers the best value. The subwoofer has an 8-inch downward-firing driver, while the bar has seven tweeters.
- Independent control of voice levels
- Hdmi arc output
- Sometimes suffers from interference
Enclave CineHome II
All it takes to set up the Enclave CineHome II is plugging it in and attaching a single cable from the hub to your TV, so it is simple enough for even the most technologically-challenged individuals. Those with old components will appreciate the 3.5 mm analog jack.
- Bipole rear units
- Threaded and keyhole mounting
- Companion app has no eq
A premium pair that pulls out all the stops, the Kef LS50 is available in three attractive colorways, produces pristine audio quality and, admittedly, comes with a price tag that may scare away the faint of heart. They manage to provide detailed bass without a sub, too.
- Dual-band wifi and aptx bluetooth
- Touch sensitive control panel
- Very well-balanced sound
Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q90R/ZA
Boasting a total of 17 speakers, four of which fire upwards, the Samsung Harman Kardon HW-Q90R/ZA can really enhance the movie watching experience and make it seem like sounds are coming from all around you. Also, it utilizes adaptive technology to improve voice clarity.
- Game pro mode with compatible tvs
- Works with hdr 10 sources
- Only has two hdmi inputs
For the sake of convenience, the Sony HT-Z9F offers five preset modes: Movie, Music, Gaming, News, and Sports. However, those who prefer more nuanced control can still manually tweak the equalizer settings on this 7.1 channel system.
- High-resolution audio streaming
- Detailed and crisp dialog
- Includes wall mounting accessories
Aside from its slick, well-designed hardware that has a very small footprint, the Sonos 5.1 boasts Trueplay software, which measures your room and optimizes the acoustic output accordingly. It can be controlled in several ways, including by voice and the company’s app.
- Force-canceling drivers in the sub
- Good for building multi-room system
- Available in black or white
JBL Bar 5.1
The JBL Bar 5.1 proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get impressive audio. Its soundbar features two battery-powered detachable speakers that offer up to 10 hours of playback time per charge, and it is equipped with Bluetooth for streaming from mobile devices.
- Includes a 10-inch subwoofer
- Compatible with many tv remotes
- Supports dts and dolby digital
Bose Lifestyle 600
Coming from a company long-known for its ability to produce audiophile quality from very small speakers, it should come as no surprise that the Bose Lifestyle 600 is a top contender. All the components have a sleek, compact form, and the sub offers deep and clear bass.
- Alexa compatible
- Supports 4k passthrough
- Optimizes acoustics for your room