When it comes to home theater systems, the range of options available today are like no other time before, with features that were once only available on top tier systems a few years back now available for the simple to setup and affordable home theater in the box systems...
1. Bose Acoustimass 6:
These speakers retail a bit more than the rest of the home theater systems in this roundup, but the added power to the subwoofer will provide the added response that video game players and movie watchers look for. It sells for $699.95 directly from Bose
2. Pioneer SP-PK22BS: If you expected something small for a budget home theater, then you would be wrong if you chose this Pioneer system. At 12.6 inches in height and 7.2 inches in width for the bookshelf speakers, it's not diminutive. The five speakers offer a dynamic response, which is powerful yet balanced, which is hard to reproduce with smaller speakers. It sells for $499.99 from Pioneer.
3. Boston SoundWare XS:
This system has cube satellites that are about 4.5" × 4.3" × 4.5", with each one weighing at just a pound. The back is faceted, allowing you to position it on a shelf and orient it optimally. Contrary to most small speaker systems, these don't suffer from too much overt distortion. It sells from Boston Acoustics
4. Energy Take Classic 5.1:
This six speaker system has four bigger satellites, and a 200-watt subwoofer. With this, you can get full balance between the satellite and a subwoofer system, which is something that is hard to attain with budget speakers. However, they do well in providing with decent sound, that doesn't sound too boxy and distorted. It sells for $399.99 from Amazon
5. The audiophile look:
If you can't afford an audiophile home theater, then you can try and make your own home budget theater look like one. Check out how in this informative post.
MORE HOME THEATER POSTS ON APARTMENT THERAPY
The Audiophile Home Theater Look
What to Look For in Home Theater Speakers
The Best in Home Theaters in 2011
Pulver's Retro Modern Home Theater
(Images credited as linked above)