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article imageHow to find a surround sound system on a budget

By Tech News     May 6, 2014 in Technology
If you’re looking for a quality surround sound system at the lower end of the cost spectrum, there are quite a few name brands you can choose from. Plenty of options offer impressive wattage and multiple features for under $350.
It can be intimidating to navigate through the many specs and jargon associated with buying a home theatre system. Most importantly, you might be anxious about draining your wallet by shelling out for top-notch speakers, high-end receivers and the latest tech.
So here is a selection of quality systems with all of the extras you’d see at a much higher price point:
Samsung HT-E3500 — This wired surround system offers more than just the crystal clear sound that you’ve come to associate with Samsung. It has a total wattage of 500 and a subwoofer wattage of 100, which works to separate each sound with clarity and power. This system offers more than unbeatable sound; it also doubles up as a total home theater system offering a DVD/Blu-Ray player alongside 3D cinema capability and an FM Tuner, all for $179.
RCA RTB1016 — The RCA RTB1016 is a 5.1-channel wired speaker system with a 300 total wattage output. This tiny system is smart-capable and 3D-capable, with programs such as Pandora and Netflix already built into it. Once connected to a television, this system offers a 1080p view, giving your Blu-Ray discs and DVDs HD clarity around. Currently, this system is being offered at $149.
Sony BDV-T58 — When it comes to the best sound systems, the list wouldn’t be complete without a Sony product. For the price of $350, the Sony BDV-T58 offers a 5.1-channel wired system at an ear-blowing 1,000 total wattage output with a subwoofer output of 167 watts. This particular system is smart-friendly with a max resolution of 1080p for crystal clear viewing in addition to precision sound. It features a built-in DVD and Blu-Ray player with Internet connectivity and 3D capability.
Panasonic SC-BTT190 — The Panasonic SC-BTT190 has a special capability called AirPlay, which allows iOS devices to stream music directly to the system without any cords. In addition, this high-tech surround sound system offers smartphone control, smart connectivity and Dolby Decoders (which includes Dolby Digital 5.1, Digital Plus and Pro Logic II). Extra features that you’ll obtain for the $299 price tag include a built-in DVD/Blu-Ray player with 3D capability.
Sony BDV-E390 — This system is priced at $299 and packed with features that enable you to use the Internet and streaming services all at once. This model contains Wi-Fi connectivity (eliminating the need for an ethernet cord), built-in Blu-Ray player and Dolby Decoders. The smart capability on this particular system allows you to stream Hulu, Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and many other popular services via Wi-Fi.
Each of these surround sound systems were rated using the FindTheBest Smart Rating system. This system combines information gathered from tech sources such as CNET, Wired and PC Mag, along with feature ratings to create the most reliable score.
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