Hi Fi home system, the 10 best models

Hi Fi home system, the 10 best models

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Summary

  • The most popular: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 DTS: X Soundbar

    “For those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of a bulky system”

  • Best ever: Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Music System

    “Capture every little sound, even the drop of a pin, from your playlist”

  • The best under € 100: Logitech Surround Speakers Z506

    “Includes 6 black speakers and a subwoofer with down-firing port for powerful, clean bass”

  • The best under € 200: Sonos Play: 1

    “Excellent choice if you are looking for something simple to use without spending too much for a huge system”

  • Best wireless: Bose Wave SoundTouch IV

    “Combine the audio system with Amazon’s Alexa to use voice commands and choose what to listen to”

  • The best sound: LG CM4550

    “A sound that breaks hard at an exceptional price”

  • Best for spacious rooms: Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theater 5.1 Bluetooth System

    “The lovely compromise between powerful bass and an affordable price”

  • Best for small rooms: Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System with Bluetooth & NFC

    “A bookshelf speaker with 50 Watts of power”

  • Second place for small rooms: VIZIO SB4451-CO Smartcast 44 ”5.1 Sound Bar System

    “Guarantees an immersive acoustic experience in a compact size”

  • The best ceiling / wall: Acoustic Audio High Definition Series HD 5.1

    “It integrates perfectly into the room, with an elegant and minimalist look”

Our top ten in detail

Most Popular: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 DTS: X Soundbar

This solid 7.1-channel 600 Watt soundbar from Nakamichi is perfect for those who don’t want to have the hassle of a bulky full rig. While it can’t compete with a real system in terms of power and sound quality, it can deliver an immersive audio experience in small homes or small rooms.

Equipped with five sealed acoustic chambers and quad-core DSP chipset, it creates an acoustic amplitude that makes sounds very vivid thanks to the EQ DSP modes. The system includes thirteen drivers and an 8 ”down-firing subwoofer for rich, deep bass. The satellite speakers are wireless, while the HDMI-connected bar has 4k pass-through and Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital encodings ensure excellent sound.

Best Overall: Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Music System – See price or buy

Thanks to its patented technology the Bose SoundTouch 30 series III will capture every sound, even the drop of a pin, from your playlist. Designed for rooms of any size, it gives a deep, robust sound, and as it is a one-piece system, mounting it is a breeze. It is enabled for Bluetooth and wireless connection, with the possibility of adding additional Bose speakers, so as to make your home a kind of concert hall.

Bose also works with your home Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth devices so you can acquire audio sources from any device, such as your computer or smartphone, through the SoundTouch app. You can access services such as Spotify, Pandora and SiriusXM with a simple touch and thus have Internet radio and your music library available.

The Bose company has advertised this product describing it as their “best performing single block wireless audio system”.

Best under 100 €: Logitech Surround Speakers Z506  – See price or buy

The cheapest on the list is a two-channel 5.1 system and 3D Stereo Surround System, equipped with six black speakers and a subwoofer with down-firing port for powerful and clean bass. While it doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity like others on this list, its 75 Watts of balanced power is enough to vibrate the windows of a small room. The bass reflex speaker has a graduated control scale to adjust the bass levels.

In addition to being hooked to the computer, the system comes equipped with an RCA connector for connection to video game consoles, iPods, etc. However, when connecting to a TV or game console, the system uses only 2.1 quality without surround sound.

Best under $ 200: Sonos Play: 1  – See price or buy

Not exactly attractive in design, with a base of 12 cm and a height of 16 cm, light and handy, it is however not a portable instrument. In fact, we have to deal with the fact that it can only be used via Wi-Fi, which can be a positive or negative thing depending on your point of view.

It sets up in the blink of an eye, then just download the free Sonos app for Android and iOs, install it, follow the instructions and start listening to music. Since it does not support bluetooth, music must be acquired through the appropriate application, however Sonos Play: 1 works with a wide range of streaming services such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Prime Music. Unfortunately Apple Music does not work with this Sonos, but the iTunes library can be accessed through the application.

The 3.5 ”woofer and the two amplifiers are powered by a power cable and spread the sound very well. For its price, the Play: 1 is a great choice if you are looking for an affordable and easy-to-use system.

Best wireless: Bose Wave SoundTouch IV  – See price or buy

Luxury manufacturer Bose combines cutting-edge wireless technology with its world-renowned speakers in the Wave SoundTouch IV, creating a home audio system that makes it easier than ever to listen to CDs, radio and streaming music. The great application connects you to all streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music through Bluetooth or WiFi. Speakers with WaveGuide technology deliver the full, lifelike sound you expect from high-quality speakers. You can also integrate the system with Amazon’s Alexa to use voice controls and choose the music to listen to. While a single Wave SoundTouch IV is enough to fill a room with melodies, you can also connect more than one to bring music throughout the home.

The best sound: LG CM4550  – See price or buy

Sound engineers and amateur audiophiles agree that the CM4550 delivers rock-solid sound at a great price. This is not just any system as there are thousands of them, and it is for you if what you are looking for is sound quality and price is a minor detail. It delivers 700W of power, while maintaining rich bass and crisp, clear sound even when the volume is turned up. Other nice features are the Bluetooth connectivity, to easily connect to your playlists, and the Audio DJ that eliminates the gaps between songs, which is a great gift in case of parties or practice sessions where you are super-focused. The system features two speakers and a subwoofer, creating immersive sound with precision EQ that brings out all the sonic elements of a song.

Best for spacious rooms: Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theater 5.1  

You might think that powerful multimedia audio systems cost a fortune, but that’s not always the case. The Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theater 5.1 Bluetooth System with Powered Sub is the ideal purchase for beginners looking for the right balance between powerful bass and an affordable price. It is equipped with six speakers, so you can easily scatter them all over the room.

At an incredible price under € 100, it includes an powered subwoofer, five discrete speakers with independent input / output channels suitable for surround sound, Bluetooth connectivity for listening to music from other devices (although some users have complained of some instability), a SD card input, MP3 flash drive for assorted playlists, FM radio, and AUX 3.5 to RCA cables so you can plug it in and start listening to your music immediately.

With its 700W and a frequency of 20Hz to 20kHz, it is a compact and powerful system suitable for any home theater system, although interference may occur at too high a volume. It works excellently connected to your PC or laptop, to game consoles, digital media players, Apple devices and any other audio / video device via Bluetooth, RCA cables and 3.5mm auxiliary interfaces.

Best for small rooms: Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System  – See price or buy

With its 50W of power, integrated CD player, AM / FM radio, USB input, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for streaming music via smartphone, tablet and laptop, the Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System is perfect for small spaces. The polished metal and old-school style give it a retro feel, and while it doesn’t have an iPod dock, the USB port allows you to charge your smartphone while using it to listen to music.

However, the USB port is limited to reading 250 songs at most, and due to its power saving function it turns off if the music is paused for too long.

Second place for small rooms: VIZIO SB4451-CO Smartcast 44 ”  – See price or buy

Designed to fit comfortably in small spaces, the VIZIO SB4451-CO includes a 44 ”5.1 sound bar, a wireless subwoofer and two rear speakers, ensuring an immersive audio experience in a small space. The subwoofer delivers punchy bass with a range from 40Hz to 90Hz, while the main system offers a frequency range from 40Hz to 20kHz, with a maximum volume of 103dB and less than 1% of Total Harmonic Distortion. The VIZIO supports both WiFi and Bluetooth and has Chromecast built in, so you can access playlists and movies on any platform. It is also equipped with many inputs, for USB, HDMI, WiFi, Ethernet, analog and digital.

The best ceiling / wall: Acoustic Audio High Definition Series HD 5.1 

You can turn your living room into a real home cinema with Acoustic Audio High Definition Series. Seamless installation is very simple, with the four rectangular front wall speakers and two round ceiling speakers, perfectly integrating the system to the wall, with an elegant and minimalist look. Two 10 ”wall-mounted subwoofers make movies and video games truly lifelike, while titanium tweeters bring out the dialogue scenes. All components are white but can be repainted to match the color of your walls. You can count on vivid high definition sound from all speakers and relax with your favorite entertainment.

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