Watching TV and movies is truly a three-dimensional experience, and getting immersed in their world without the proper equipment can be extremely difficult. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of excellent surround sound speakers to enhance your viewing experience from simply good to hard-to-tear-yourself-away-from awesome.
1. Our Pick: KLH Beacon
The KLH Beacon are a two-way surround sound speakers with two 1″ aluminum tweeters and two 5.25″ bass drivers on each side. The KLH Beacon is constructed with low resonance MDF cabinet construction and additional internal bracing for durability and stability. The KLH Beacon can be mounted to speakers or walls threaded inserts on the back of each speaker.
One Crutchfield reviewer calls the KLH Beacon “easily the best surrounds I’ve heard,” later adding “’m hearing more detail out of these than my previous system and the surround effect seems more encompassing than the surrounds of my old system that were aimed directly at the listeners ears.”
The Polk Audio FXI A6 features two opposed 1″ tweeters, as well as a 6.5″ woofer on one side, and sound great with their tapered crossover to eliminate comb filtering and beaming. The Polk Audio F/XiA6 also employ Polk’s Acoustic Resonance Control to suppress cabinet resonance that causes distortion. Mounting is a snap with the Polk Audio F/XiA6’s keyholes.
Amazon user JWINK says the “speakers sound is clear and works very well at providing accurate rear surround sound,” and “Overall, these are good quality rear surrounds that give clear and accurate sound.”
The Definitive Technology SR9080 features two 1” tweeters and two 4.5” woofers, and can be hung on any wall with its two keyhole hangers. The Definitive Technology SR9080 is designed to provide enveloping surround sound for your home theater.
Amazon user bonedoc says “if you’re looking for a powerful, room filling bipolar speaker for your def tech system I highly recommend these speakers,” while additionally praising their ability to bring a home theater to life in the review’s title.
The SVS Prime Elevation feature a 1” and 4.5” woofer, as well as a 1” bass port, and are designed to also help the reproduction of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D formats. The SVS Prime Elevation can be mounted to walls and ceilings with their Multi-Purpose Wall Bracket.
Amazon user Timothy M says the SVS Prime Elevation “gave me fuller over sound field and the illusion of having sound over head and with out any speaker’s place there,” later mentioning that after testing with friends, they’ve all bought their own pairs as well.
Don’t let the name fool you – the MartinLogan Motion 2i bookshelf speaker will give you surround sound. The MartinLogan Motion 2i feature the brand’s own 1” Folded Motion tweeters to minimize distortion and control dispersion, while a 3.5” driver handles the lower frequencies. The MartinLogan Motion 2i are good for on-wall installation and can also mount upside down.
Amazon user Ivan C. says “These speakers sound wonderful, especially detailed in the higher frequencies. They are light enough to mount on small stands.”
The ELAC Debut 2.0 OW4.2 is a 2-way bass reflex speaker with a 1” tweeter and a 4” woofer, as well as a dual flared port for additional bass handling. The ELAC Debut 2.0 OW4.2 is specifically designed for tight spaces, which also makes wall mounting a breeze.
Home Theater HiFi says about the speakers, the “little OW4.2 on-wall surrounds were the surprise “giant-killer” for me. They don’t look like much, but boy do they deliver the kind of sound quality and sense of immersion that shames larger and more elaborate on-walls that I’ve had here. It’s really rather unbelievable!”
The Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250S features dual 1” titanium tweeters, and dual 5.25” spun copper cerametallic cone woofers. The Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250S can be wall-mounted and also features a removable grille.
Sound And Vision Review, in a full system test, says “the entire 5.1 setup plays as one cohesive unit and puts the audience, not least thanks to the RP250S, in the acoustic middle of the action – total immersion!.”
The BIC Acoustech PL-66 are three-way speakers that feature a 6.5” high efficiency aluminum horn tweeter, a 6.5” screen pressed long fiber woofer, and one 5”:x7” passive radiator for extended bass output. The speakers come with flush wall mounts.
Amazon reviewer Lane Roathe says the BIC Acoustech PL-66 “work really well as surround speakers, having full dynamic range and even enough bass to supplement the system’s subwoofer and “action movie” volume levels. They are also very attractive with the nice surfacing and unusual shape.
The Fluance SXBP2 Bipolar Surround Sound Speakers are a two-way speaker with dual 1” tweeters and dual 4” polymer-treated woofers with butyl rubber surrounds. The Fluance SXBP2 Bipolar Surround Sound Speakers are designed for a convincing 5.1/6.1/7.1 surround sound, and work with Dolby Atmos systems. The speakers can be wall mounted via keyholes.
Amazon user SpykeZ says “These speakers disappear. It’s a really weird but satisfying experience. It sounds like there’s no wall behind me. Just sound coming from behind/side of me, but you don’t hear the speaker, you just hear sound. They BLEND in. Exactly what I was hoping for.”
The Bose 161 Speaker System feature Bose’s Twiddler driver to generate more air movement from a small enclosure for rich low-frequency sound, and come with custom mounting brackets included for additional placement options. Combined with Bose’s Articulated Array speaker design, the Bose 161 Speaker System is a great addition to any home theater.
Amazon review Rosey 1 says “These are a quality speaker system for home and home theater use. Priced right with the flexibility to position them where you want. Also no need for speaker stands and mounting is included.”
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