No home entertainment system is complete without speakers to provide top-of-the-line sound. The most common type of speaker is the loudspeaker, with the most widely-used type of loudspeaker being the dynamic speaker, invented in the 1920s. Speakers are typically housed in an enclosure, which is most often a box made of plastic or wood. They operate on the same basic principle as a dynamic microphone, but produce sound from an electrical signal, as opposed to the other way around. There are also miniature loudspeakers, which are found in devices like TV and radio receivers and music players.
There are hundreds of different brands and models of speakers, so you may need to do some research and shopping around before you find the model that is perfect for you and the sound system you are trying to create. The Aperion Audio AllAire Bluetooth Bookshelf Speaker is arguably the best Bluetooth speaker on the market. Bluetooth speakers have a reputation for emitting poor sound, but this is not the case with this model. They are ideally used as desktop speakers, sitting at 8.5 inches tall, 6.75 inches deep, and 6.0 inches wide. They have a beautiful white finish and are extremely durable. Performance wise, they are exceptional. The bass is not overwhelming but they are powerful enough to fill an entire room with sound. If you are looking for a subwoofer, you can’t go wrong with the SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer. It is large and intimidating, but nonetheless offers tremendous performance. It is an exceptional choice for listening to both films and music, with very deep bass and excellent sound quality. For a complete system, the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 is an incredibly stylish and compact system. While this isn’t a system to show off to your friends, it offers a true surround-sound experience, and is incredibly affordable. It comes with a subwoofer and five identical cube satellite speakers, and speakers are available in both white and black. If you are working on a budget, you may want to go with the Fluance SX-HTB. It is incredibly affordable but still offers great sound quality that can hold its own with the most expensive speakers.
Pros & Cons
One of the main decisions you will have to make when you are buying speakers is whether you want to go wired or wireless. The biggest advantage of using wireless surround speakers is that there won’t be any wires to hide from sight. Wireless speakers are the newest and latest technology. The sound quality can suffer, though, because signals from microwaves, WiFi equipment, and cordless phones can interfere with the speaker system. The cost can also be high. Lastly, “wireless” speakers are rarely actually wireless, as most require an AC power supply to function.
For those people who are looking to save some money, the Monoprice 8247 does the impossible: it offers a great speaker system for less than $100. For a bit better quality, you can go with the Fluance SX-HTB. It costs around $400, which is incredibly cheap considering the level of sound quality. If you have some extra money, you may want to try the B&W 685 S2. Coming in at $650, it is one of the more expensive systems available, but offers excellent sound quality that is incredibly versatile, handling both movies and music.