The best home theaters: our buying guide for 2021

Do you want to install a new model of home cinema in your living room? You are in the right place. For most consumers, the main criterion will be value for money. And who speaks of quality for this kind of device alludes above all to the sound rendering. We have selected for you the best home cinema of the moment located under the bar of 1000 euros.

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Home cinema, Sony image

Whether you often watch movies or series at home or are a hardened music lover, a good sound system is essential to make the most of your downtime. Several choices are available to you: you can go on a good soundbar, or on a home cinema classic, with the necessary characteristics (connectivity, connectivity, sound quality, etc.) to enjoy your films as if you were really in a dark room. here is our selection of the best consumer home theaters for 2021.

What elements are essential to have a good home theater?

To watch your favorite films and series in the best possible conditions, you will obviously need to select a television or video projector first. If you imagine your future home theater as a Broadway play, then television will be the stage and sound everything from music to pageantry. With the image, the other magic behind home theater systems is audio, an element not to be overlooked.

Typically, a home theater includes the following:

  • A television or projector and screen;
  • One or more video sources (a Box, a TNT decoder, a Blu-ray player, a computer, etc.);
  • Speakers including (but not limited to): a center speaker, front right and left speakers, rear right and left speakers, special effects speakers for Dolby Atmos and one or two subwoofers. Be careful, however: it is sometimes better to use excellent speakers or quality 5.1 sound than dozens of poorly adjusted speakers.

there are literally dozens of speaker combinations which can create real home theater sound. Traditional home cinema generally includes 5 speakers : a center speaker, a left speaker and a right speaker, two rear left and right speakers and a subwoofer.

What are the channels (5.1, 7.1, etc.) in a home theater?

There are 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, 11.2, 5.1.2 and so on. But what is it all about? If you think of channels as speakers, the first digit (7 in a 7.1 system for example) is equal to number of speakers, or seven speakers in this example. The second number, for example the 1 of 5.1, refers to the number of subwoofers. The last digit, for example .2 in a 5.1.2 system, is equivalent to number of Dolby Atmos speakers present in the configuration. So, a 5.1.2 home cinema means 5 speakers, 1 subwoofer and 2 Dolby Atmos speakers.

Selection of the best home theaters available for purchase in 2021

Here is our home selection of the best home theaters of the moment. All are sorted by price (from the cheapest to the most expensive) and all will target the general public.

Logitech Z607

Logitech Z706
Logitech Z607

Here is the smallest home cinema of our selection, the one that will also suit smaller spaces. It delivers true 5.1 surround sound with 160 watts of peak power and 80 watts of RMS. There are five satellite speakers and a subwoofer that houses the electronics. The set is quite compact – 17cm high by 11cm wide for each speaker – and the cables supplied are quite long (2.2m for each speaker, 6.2m for the surround) allowing for flexible installation. and easy in your living room, playroom, office, bedroom or any room you want. You can connect via Bluetooth, USB or wired (3.5 mm mini-jack or RCA). However, no HDMI or optical input. Recommended for small budgets and small spaces.

  • Dimensions : 17,8 x 110 x 93 (enceintes) 293 mm x 281 mm x 319 mm
    (box)
  • Weight : 3,33 kg
  • Output power : 500 W (RMS)
  • Channel configuration : 5.1
  • Price : 100 €

Logitech Z906

Logitech Z906
Logitech Z906

The Logitech Z906 is a complete home cinema, dedicated to replace the Z-5500. It features THX-certified surround sound and Logitech 3D stereo speakers that deliver rich sound and roaring bass with 1000 watts of peak power and 500 watts RMS. The Logitech Z906 comes with four satellite speakers, a center channel, a subwoofer, a six-channel direct cable, a control console, a wireless remote control, all guaranteed for 2 years. The system supports multiple inputs simultaneously, with up to six devices on 3.5mm, RCA, six-channel direct, digital coaxial, or optical inputs. Recommended for lovers of deep bass.

  • Dimensions : 166.3 mm x 100.3 mm x 93.5 mm (satellite speakers) 19.3 x 26.7 x 29.7 cm (box) 100.3 mm x 166.3 mm x 93.5 mm (center)
  • Weight : about 11 kg
  • Output power : 1000 W (peak) 500 W (RMS)
  • Channel configuration : 5.1
  • Price : 399 €

Pack Home Cinema 5.1 Yamaha YHT-1840 Noir

Pack Home Cinema 5.1 Yamaha YHT-1840 Noir
Pack Home Cinema 5.1 Yamaha YHT-1840 Noir

Here is an all-in-one 5.1 home cinema pack offered by FNAC. This is not a top-of-the-range product, but a rather good value for money package, especially if you don’t want to worry about your choice of home theater. There is 5-channel surround sound, with discrete amplification and a classic design suitable for any environment. The AV amplifier makes sure that the powerful and dynamic soundtracks of the action movies are well received and the whole fits rather well in a TV room. This home theater is also compatible with a slew of audio and video technologies such as Dolby Digital Plus or Compressed Music Enhancer, in addition to an eco mode. Recommended for those looking for an all-in-one kit.

  • Dimensions : 276 x 111 x 118 mm (central) 112 x 176 x 116 mm (enceintes avant) 112 x 176 x 116 mm (enceinte surround) 290 x 292 x 315 mm (caisson)
  • Weight : 7,3 kg
  • Output power : 135 W (peak)
  • Channel configuration : 5.1
  • Price : 499 €

⭐️ Editorial selection: Cabasse Eole 4

Cabasse Eole 4 5.1 (white)
Cabasse Eole 4 5.1 (white)

For those who wish to favor the aesthetic aspect without neglecting the audio, here is this 5.1 Eole 4 system from Cabasse, a complete and efficient set that is easily integrated. There is a pack of five spherical speakers and a design and modern subwoofer, offering satin colors and some chrome elements. The set offers great freedom of placement and will have no trouble reproducing the soundtracks of your favorite films. Great value for money that will suit many different uses and environments.

  • Dimensions : 130 mm in diameter (Eole 4 satellite) 390 x 390 x 150 mm (Lipari 21 box)
  • Weight : 9 kg for the box, 1.3 kg per satellite
  • Output power : 5 x 70 W per satellite, 200 W for the subwoofer
  • Channel configuration : 5.1
  • Price : 799 € (white) 899 € (black)

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2
Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2

Sib Evo by Focal consists of a 5 ″ Polyflex speaker and a fabric dome tweeter. The Dolby Atmos loudspeaker is additionally equipped on the top with a 4 ” full-range loudspeaker. The Cub Evo subwoofer takes the design of the brand’s hi-fi subwoofers. There is also an 8 ” speaker and a 200 W class D matte black amplifier. The particularity of this speaker is its ability to reproduce, at home, Atmos effects from the world of cinema. Sib Evo is an excellent, compact and structured system with a hard-to-beat price-performance ratio.

  • Dimensions : 16.2 x 25.2 x 16.2 cm (speakers) 37.7 x 40 x 36.7 cm (housing)
  • Weight : About 8 kg
  • Output power : 200 W
  • Channel configuration : 5.1.2
  • Price : 850 €

That’s it for this selection of the best consumer home theaters available in 2021. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive: you are free to search the Internet to find the system that best suits your needs and your budget. To accompany your audio system, do not hesitate to watch our selection of the best TVs for Euro 2021.

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