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The Best Surround Sound

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Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System

Simply The Best
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When it comes to surround sound, we at CinemaBlend don't mess around. We want all encompassing sound that makes you feel like you're floating in a river of bass and treble, where you've never heard anything so crisp and you can't imagine having to go back to regular sound ever again. That is why this offering from Logitech is our number one option. With five speakers and a subwoofer, you've got the flexibility to be totally surrounded. These are THX certified, meaning that the sound coming out is precisely as the audio engineer intended while mixing it.

With the ability to delivery up to 1000 watts of power, these speakers have the strength to deliver the volume clarity of anything you through at them, including the immersive audio experience that is The Hurt Locker.

Additionally, we were impressed by the multiple digital and analog connection options as you can have up to six audio sources connected at a time. No more subpar sound on those YouTube videos now. As a cherry on top, the signal-to-noise ratio of over 95dB will drown out any traffic or construction noise that dares interrupt your viewing pleasure.

Key Features

  • Five speakers plus subwoofer
  • 1000 Watt peak power
  • Signal-to-noise ratio of over 95dB

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JBL Bar 5.1 4K Ultra HD 5.1-Channel Soundbar

Best Wireless
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When designing your surround sound system, it's hard to skip past wireless technology. The ability to place speakers all over your living room and adjust at will is often worth the extra cost. This offering from JBL is no exception. The 5.1 surround sound system with a 10" wireless subwoofer gives you a strong, deep bass with a crispy mid range. With Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS, you'll hear the soundtrack to your favorite film exactly how it was mixed and experience the full impact of this set's surround sound capabilities.

Some people might not like having to charge speakers, but the detachable speakers can be reattached to the main soundbar without sacrificing too much of the surround sound feel. Once charged, they are good for up to 10 hours of playback time. They can also be charged via micro USB ports.

With a frequency response ranging from 35Hz to 20KHz, the JBL is able to reproduce almost all the audible frequencies featured in your favorite soundtracks. Additionally, the JBL boasts three HDMI inputs to connect 4K devices, so you can have both high quality audio and visual during your next movie night.

Key Features

  • 5.1 surround sound with a 10" wireless subwoofer
  • Frequency response of 35Hz to 20KHz
  • 4K connectivity for high quality audio and visual

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Leviton AEH50-BL Architectural Edition

Best Budget Friendly
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This system from Leviton is perfect for people on a budget that still want all-encompassing sound. We absolutely love the small, discreet speakers that you can place anywhere in your living room or home theater. Five architectural-grade adjustable mounting brackets are included, which allows for easy placement on walls, giving you a professional look and feel.

The system can be expanded to 6.1 or 7.1 surround sound operation––6.1 meaning there are six speakers and one subwoofer and 7.1 meaning there are seven speakers and one subwoofer. Each system comes with an optional matched AESS5 Expansion Satellite Speaker, allowing you to place additional speakers around the room to get an even more immersive experience. We surely aren't going to judge you for adding extra speakers.

Something that many people aren't aware of is that older TVs can malfunction when placed near speakers, so for those with an older TV, these speakers are ideal as they come with built-in magnetic shielding. This shielding to allow them to be placed next to CRT-style televisions without causing any interference.

Overall, this is a fantastic, budget friendly option for people looking add this system to an older TV or want the option to easily upgrade to larger systems.

Key Features

  • Magnetic shielding for zero audio interference
  • Strong and stylish design for easy mounting
  • Option to add speakers

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Fluance SXHTB-BK High Definition Surround Sound

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Sometimes, you want something that looks as impressive as it sounds. It's the equivalent to a flashy super car––you want people to know how fast it can go just by looking at it. That is the vibe we get from this offering from Fluance. The set-up just looks like it can produce great sound. The two floor standing speakers are big, not enough to be an obvious flex, but they're not not a flex.

Their impressive sound is delivered by a silk tweeter. Because the frequency response of a silk tweeter is generally smoother than their metal counterparts, your audio is going to come out sounding similar to the theater.

The 4" poly-coated midrange drivers with butyl rubber drive a fantastically crisp sound in midrange, where the dominant energy of the human voice is found. This makes these perfect for films, even ones where the soundtrack is the focus. Additionally, the dual 6.5" woofers the give you a lower end bass that we all crave.

The audio-graded MDF wood construction limits any shaking and cabinet resonance, even at the higher volumes we all enjoy. With two wall mountable speaks, two floor speakers, and floor based driver center, you'll have plenty of options for placement to ensure you get the ultimate experience.

Key Features

  • Silk tweeter for smooth sound
  • Audio-grade construction for reduced shaking
  • Impressive appearance matches the sound

We at CinemaBlend want you to make the most informed decision when buying your new set of surround speakers. That's why we put together this handy buyer's guide of all the technical jargon you'd ever need to know about audio, so you can spend less time wondering what subwoofer is and more time picking out the next film for your next movie night.

Decibel

A decibel (dB) is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound. A conversation in a restaurant is normally around 60dB.

THX Certification

THX Certification is a globally recognized assurance of a product's audio or visual fidelity.

DTS VS Dolby: What's The Difference?

DTS and Dolby are different formats of surround sound. DTS surround sound is usually encoded at a higher data rate than the corresponding Dolby formats. But there is debate around which is better, so it is normally a personal choice.

Signal-To-Noise Ratio

Signal-to-noise ratio is a measure used in science and engineering that compares the level of a desired signal to the level of background noise. Long story short, this is how much louder the system can get compared to background noise. A ratio higher than 1:1 (greater than 0 dB) indicates more signal than noise.

Tweeter

A tweeter or treble speaker is a special type of loudspeaker (usually dome or horn-type) that is designed to produce high audio frequencies. They are paired with woofers and subwoofers to produce and overall sound.

Subwoofer

A subwoofer (or sub) is a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low-pitched audio frequencies.

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