Introduction to Surround Sound Speaker System Reviews
Because any conventional speaker can also be used for surround-sound channel, speakers designated as surround sound models are characterized as being design for the role and are often not practical for any other purpose. Most dedicated surround sound speakers distinguish themselves by being multi-pole designs, either di-polar or bi-polar, though some novel tri-pole designs are available. These speakers are elected as good for surround sound channels as they aptly emulate the sound produced by not just one but an array of conventional speakers which is the basis for surround sound in commercial and professional facilities.
Surround Sound Speaker Systems
The ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System is a stylish and well-designed speaker line whose components can deliver resounding performance when used either individually or as a complete system. Designed by acclaimed speaker engineer Andrew Jones, ELAC’s Uni-Fi line is available in two versions. We are reviewing the “Slim” versions, which were originally designed for the European market and have narrower front baffles with deeper overall cabinets and two satin paint finishes. The “Standard” versions have wider front baffles, are not quite as deep and have a different brushed vinyl finish. Both versions are said to sound identical although the “Slims” command a higher price due to the aesthetics. Be assured though, the price-to-performance ratio of either version is quite exceptional. Thank you ELAC. It’s good to have options!
Overall, the Emotiva BasX Home Theater Audio System is a good deal for the price, vastly superior “home-theater-in-a-box” systems and similarly-priced AVRs in sound quality! The system consists of: MC-700 Surround Sound Processor ($599), TA-500 5-Channel Power Amplifier ($499), LCR Loudspeaker ($149/ea.), SAT Loudspeaker ($199/pr.), and S-12 Subwoofer ($399).
Judging from their appearance, the GoldenEar Triton Two+ speakers look unassuming, just like the average slim-tower speakers. But as the saying goes, do not jud...
The Onkyo HT-S7800 is a mid-level Home Theater System designed to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound in an affordable package. It couples a HT-R695 receiver with an HTP-693 5.1.2 speaker package, and will easily fit small to medium sized rooms.
Long known for making products that are as appealing to the eye as they are to the ear, Sonus faber has released their new Olympica line of speakers. I have a full surround system on hand for review, starting with the flagship Olympica III towers for the front mains, the matching Olympica Center for center channel duty, and a pair of the Olympica I bookshelf speakers for use as surrounds.
Whether you have a need for height channels for that Dolby Atmos upgrade you are considering, or just great sounding in-ceiling or in-wall speakers for any room in the house, it can be a daunting challenge to find something that doesn't compromise on quality for convenience. The GoldenEar Invisa HTR-7000 speakers aim to meet that challenge.
The Revel Performa3 Series speakers offer a terrific blend of performance, quality, and value. In this review, I used the Performa3 Series speakers in a 5.1 configuration. The review system was comprised of a pair of Performa3 F206 floorstanding speakers, a pair of Performa3 M105 bookshelf speakers, a Performa3 C205 center-channel speaker, and a Performa3 B110 subwoofer. The speakers themselves are absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful lacquered finish, pleasing lines, and modest physical sizes that should fit into most listening rooms.
There is no question that soundbars are a "hot item" for home theater enthusiasts. The soundbar category grew a whopping 68% over all of 2012, with a monumental surge in Q4 2012 alone. Unit sales for Q4 versus Q3 were up 158%, even better, the category of soundbars with a companion subwoofer increased 126% in 2012 versus the prior year. This according a new report from Quixel Research. I can't think of any major speaker manufacturer that does not offer at least one soundbar in their line up.
I think it's best in reviewing a modular-style 5.1 sub/sat speaker system to get the obvious of out of the way. These systems will not rival large boxes for scale, dynamic range, or efficiency no matter how much power you feed them. Nevertheless, they will do one thing that the big 5.1 speaker systems can't: they will fit in any room. Such is the case for the B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) MT-60D.
Axiom Audio based in Ontario Canada, is a long standing internet direct speaker manufacture. They have been designing and building loudspeakers for over 30 years. Taking a look at their website reveals multiple configurations in both size and appearance of their wide variety of speakers. In this review, we test their Epic Grand Master 350 Home Theater Speaker System.
The Klipsch name has been present in the speaker industry since the second World War. Started in Hope Arkansas, Founder Paul Klipsch devoted much of his life's work to the improvement of horn-loaded tweeters and integration of them into audiophile speaker enclosures. The world of audio has come a long way since then, and Klipsch has been there, year after year. Here, we review their Gallery G-28 home theater speaker system.
The history of Aperion Audio goes all the way back to the turn of the Century, the 21st Century that is. That is a fairly long history for an Internet-Direct audio company. Staying in business that long, selling direct on-line, implies that the products are good. And, they are. Reviewed here is the Aperion Verus Forte speakers, which are in a home theater configuration.
Ok, I'll admit it. I was not expecting much from this diminutive 5.1 budget speaker system that arrived at my house in a single box. The entire system fits inside the shipping box for my reference subwoofer (MartinLogan Descent i). Granted it is massive and costs more than three of these 5.1 systems...