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The Best Home Theater Amps

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Fosi Audio BT20A Amplifier Receiver

Editor's Choice
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Fosi Audio's home theater amp knocks it out of the park with its reliable, high quality audio in a small package.

There are several ways to connect devices to the amp. We found that you can go old school and connect speakers through the speaker jacks or you can use a PC-RCA connector for laptops. Plus, the amp uses Bluetooth technology that can pair devices like phones, tablets, and laptops in little time at all.

Some amps are known for blaring an unfortunate popping sound when a Bluetooth connection is established. Thankfully, this won't be a problem with Fosi Audio's amp. When the amp pairs with a device, there's no audible sound at all.

We also love that devices can stay connected in a range of up to 50 feet that guarantees low signal delay, so you can keep watching your favorite films without interruption.

There are three knobs on the amp for treble, bass, and volume control. In addition to RCA and speaker inputs, there's also a spot for a charging cable.

This amp has a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz––an industry standard. It also needs to be plugged in and charging in order to work, so make sure an available outlet is nearby.

Once you're plugging in, prepare for high quality audio in the comfort of your own home.

Key Features

  • High-fidelity sound quality
  • Bluetooth connectivity works up to 50 feet away
  • Output power of up to 100 watts for each channel

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Pyle Home Audio Power Amplifier System

Honorable Mention
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This sound amplifier has three knobs for treble, bass, and volume control, so you have a say over the exact audio quality you're listening to.

The amp allows you to connect to audio sources like a tuner, disc player, camcorder, VCR, and even an iPod (granted you have the right converter). It also works with newer technology like an RCA line used for connecting a laptop device.

The amplifier has an LED light indicator above the power switch that will turn on when the device is in use. Plus, the short circuit and power surge protection adds an extra buffer of protection for safe usage.

This amplifier provides up to 40 W of power for each channel—there are two—at 4 ohms each. We found that it has a frequency range of 20 Hz-40 kHz, which has a higher frequency than other competing amplifiers. Lastly, it runs on 110 or 220 volts.

Key Features

  • LED light indicator shows when the device is on
  • Connects to a wide range of sources
  • Amplifier provides up to 40 W of power on each channel

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Pyle Power Home HiFi Stereo Amplifier

Most Portable
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Pyle's Power Home amplifier is incredibly small, but that's not the only reason we're a fan of it. We found that it delivers low distortion and acoustically accurate sound, partially due to the manual adjusting treble and bass controls. It has 2-8 ohm speaker impedance and frequency range of 20 Hz-20 kHz.

The amplifier takes a 3.5 mm stereo jack input or stereo RCA.

It has an LED-lit volume knob that indicates when its on, which functions as one of two safety features. Another is the overload and overheat protection mechanism. There's also a built-in speaker protection circuit that ensures high volume audio won't hurt your speakers.

Not only is it compatible with your home entertainment system, but also various locations like your car, boat, RV. The sky is the limit with where you can use this amp, so you can take it with you wherever you go and stream your favorite content no matter how far you are from home.

Key Features

  • Only weighs 1.3 pounds and is shorter than a wooden pencil
  • Up to 90 watts of power
  • Can be used in various spaces like a car, RV, or home entertainment system

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Sunbuck Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier System

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Sunbuck's amplifier is the perfect addition to any home theater set up. It packs a punch with a two channel Bluetooth stereo receiver. It has an amplifying mixer device with a slot for USB. The amp also has an SD card input that works for flash drives as well as SD cards that carry your data, which we really liked.

There are three rotary knobs—one for treble, one for bass, and one for microphone volume. This allows you quite a bit of control over audio levels and the audio experience you want to have.

The amp has Bluetooth connectivity, so connecting your phone to your amplifier should be really straightforward and easy. The master volume knob illuminates in an LED blue color showing when the device is up and running.

There's also an FM option so you can listen to the stereo if you're in the mood to listen to some tunes.

Key Features

  • 180 watts of power
  • SD and USB card inputs to amplify more content
  • Six inputs with two microhone inputs

During your search for home theater amps, you'll probably run into the following terminology.

Ohms

Ohm is a term used to define a speaker's impedance. Impedance refers to the amount of electricity that flows through the speaker. For theater amps, you'll probably see amps at 4 to 8 Ohms.

High-Fidelity Sound

This term pops up frequently. High-fidelity sound, sometimes shortened to hi-fi, is basically just a generic term referring to high-quality, audiophile-approved sound.

Frequency

A speaker's frequency response refers to the vibrations the speaker can produce. This is measured in Hz to kHz, which stands for hertz to kilohertz (1000 hertz).

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