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The best surround sound speakers are the best way to create an utterly immersive home theater experience. While the overall sound quality is obviously important, there are other considerations when picking out surround sound speakers. Depending on your particular home theater arrangement you may want to consider a wireless vs. wired setup. Wireless speakers are generally more expensive but cut down on the amount of necessary cable management.
Connectivity can be a huge issue when trying to connect up to seven speakers to a single source, so make sure your chosen setup comes equipped with a receiver or features other connectivity options. If not, make sure to take a look at our top picks for the best stereo receivers to round out your setup.
Read on to see our list of best surround sound speakers.
Room size – Before you look at the power output of a set of speakers, consider the size of your room. If it’s on the small side, you might not need too much power and you can save a bit of money by buying a compact system. If, however, you have an expansive room to fill, don’t hold back. Go for a full-size, full-range system with an amplifier instead of a receiver.
5.1 vs 7.1 – A 5.1 channel setup consists of five small speakers and a subwoofer, while a 7.1 channel setup includes two additional speakers — obviously. The additional speakers provide richer sound, but can get pricier. In most cases, a 5.1 channel setup is more than enough, but if you’re looking to splurge, a 7.1 channel setup can be very impressive.
Wired vs. wireless – A wired setup will have an edge when it comes to sound quality, but if you don’t mind sacrificing sound in the name of design, go for a wireless setup. (For tips on hiding those unsightly wires, read this.)