Even though we can take our entire music library, and have access to literally hundreds of thousands of songs, on our smartphone and tablet, there’s still nothing like coming up, turning on our stereo, and cranking our favorite song so loud that the walls vibrate and the neighbors move away. But with so many options for home entertainment, what should you choose? Here are the top 5 stereo systems available today.
1. Monoprice 9774
Reasonable price and a compact and sleek design make the Monoprice 9774 a serious contender in the stereo system market, without breaking your bank. CNET called the sound quality of the 9774 “exceptional”, and rated the whole setup “spectacular”, with five stars out of five. Like its close relative, the Energy Take Classic 5.1, the Monoprice 9774 comes with six-piece speaker sets, comprised of four satellite speakers (identical), a subwoofer and a center channel.
2. Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System
There’s nothing compact about the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Entertainment Speaker System. This one is for serious audiophiles. The subwoofer comes with ribbed elliptical surround; Convergent Source Modules provide crisp, clear audio for movies, TV and music, the wide dispersion and low distortion promising to fill every nook and cranny of your house; and front and rear venting gives owners a gut-shaking bass attack.
3. Pioneer SP-PK52FS
Whether it’s movies, games of music that’s your poison, the Pioneer SP-PK52FS will be your hemlock. Two tower speakers deliver 5.1 sound, helped in no small part by the powered subwoofer (10 watts and 8 inches worth). CNET called the Pioneer the best home speaker set you can buy, and gave it 4 and a half stars out of 5 for an “outstanding” rating.
4. Pioneer Elite SX-A9 Stereo Receiver
But if your game is exclusively music, then Pioneer have something special, just for you: their Elite SX-A9 Stereo Receiver. Designed for two-channel audio, the system improves the overall quality of the music being played, thanks to the dual-mono construction with twin transformers and accompanying amplification circuits.
5. Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1
For both its size and agreeable price, the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 packs a solid punch. People who want to simply enjoy one of the best stereo systems without letting the entire neighborhood know about it will get the most out of the 100-watt subwoofer and five small (but powerful) satellite speakers, replete with ergonomic and dynamic design.