Every home should have a stereo system – this is a fact. The question is: do you want the best? Since it can be a difficult decision to make, we’ve made a top-three list for the best home stereo system.
Each of the reviews are in-depth and explain why we chose each product. The goal is to emulate the experience that you would get from the local theater, and with modern technology, it’s certainly possible to do that.
However, stereo systems aren’t limited to movies – you can use them to hear music in the way it was meant to be heard. Let’s dive right into it.
The #1 Pick
We had a difficult time going through all of the different models, but we eventually chose this one. It happens to be the Panasonic SC-BTT195 Energy Star 5.1-Channel 1000-Watt Full HD 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System with Tall Boy Speakers, and we really think it’s worth every penny of the purchase price.
This specific type of system is made to reproduce sound in almost the same way that the movie theaters do it. There is advanced technology that produce enhanced, clearer sound than most competing products.
The sound is also produced in a way that makes it fit perfectly to the 3D movie you’re watching. This model has smart networking functions, and it even has a smartphone remote control. It can connect to an iPod or iPhone, plays digital music and has wireless LAN and DLNA capabilities.
We really like that it can be connected to a traditional stereo system if the need arises. With a whopping 30 different speakers, this product aims to produce 3D-cinema surround sound.
The proprietary perception control makes sounds come from the exact location that you would think they should be coming from when you’re watching a movie. There are also many other features, like anti-jitter, which reduces sound distortion and improves audio clarity.
This particular model also has something called VIERA connect, which gives you a wide range of online content to choose from. There is a smartphone remote control app that allows you to operate the entire system from your phone.
The compatibility with NTFS lets you connect external hard drives, and you can enjoy music files in the form of MPE, FLAC and others. There are too many other features to list here. We ended up choosing this system because it offers the best value for the money.
It’s not like your typical stereo system – it goes above and beyond in terms of sound quality. Yes, you’ll have to pay a higher price, but when it comes to value for the money spent, we think this model is the #1 product. You can buy it here.
The #2 Pick
We ended up choosing the Sony MHCEC619iP 120 Watts Music System as our second choice. It’s much cheaper and less complex than our top pick but has A LOT to offer. It’s powered by roughly 120 watts, and it’s an RMS music system.
It has a 2-way bass reflex speaker system, which is very enjoyable for those who like good-sounding bass. You can control, playback and charge your iPhone and iPod music with it. What we really like about this product is that it doesn’t make a home feel cluttered.
Although we recommend the more expensive, surround-sound systems for the best experience, they can easily make a room feel cluttered. This product is a compact, simple and powerful system. It allows you to listen to music from audio apps, radio stations, CDs, top playlists – you name it.
We really like that this product rivals the sound quality produced by more-expensive, amplifier stereos, and it’s MUCH smaller. The integrated dock for an iPhone or similar device is a nice bonus. There is also a front USB input for additional functionality.
It lets you connect older generations of iPhone and iPod products and even Walkman players. It can play CD-R and CD-RW discs and more. For local broadcast channels, there is an FM tuner.
The LCD display is great because it shows the time, volume level, sound settings, volume level, playback information and more. We also like the built-in timer functions, which make it possible to wake up and fall asleep to music.
There are too many other features to list, but you should be able to get an idea of why we chose this product. Overall, it’s an EXCELLENT model for the price. It looks good, offers unmatched functionality and delivers from a compact design.
The only minor issue is that it would be better if it had a 3.5mm audio jack. The overall audio quality is why people buy stereo systems, and if that is what you’re after for an affordable price, you can purchase this product here.
The #3 Pick
With all of the effort of finding products #1 and #2, we had an easier time choosing this one. Almost everything about this product screams ‘great audio quality’. It’s the cheapest on the list, but it still has amazing sound quality, features and good looks to offer. Yes – we really just said good looks!
Although features are also important, we really believe a stereo should look good to. There is no point in buying an expensive or cheap stereo if it doesn’t look the part. We really like this model because it has a convenient wireless remote and LED volume control.
The digital display is one of the best we’ve EVER seen on a modern stereo system. It makes the listening experience that much more enjoyable. This system has slightly less power than our #2 pick, with about 95 watts. However, it still packs a punch.
The blue LED visuals make the display VERY enjoyable. We also really like that it gives a very deep bass sound because it has amplified MDF subwoofer enclosures, which is short for wood. It has SD and USB audio inputs and can play MP3 and WMA files. This is a 2.1 system and is fairly new.
Although it does have a wide range of features, it has a neat, compact design. It has bass control, a microphone input and much more. When compared with similar products, it produces higher quality sound.
The sound is clean, crisp and consistent, and you can hook this system up for music, games and more. The subwoofer and speakers are magnetically shielded, which protects against damage and distortion. For the price, this model is really a steal.
The owner’s manual is kind of pathetic and difficult to read, but aside from that, you really can’t get a better home stereo system for the money. This is one of the best models in 2014, and it will probably continue to be into 2015 and beyond. It might be for sale here.