9 products under $100 you can use to build your own in-home theater
Your home viewing setup might be as simple as watching Netflix on a 13-inch laptop while laying on the couch, curled up in a blanket burrito. That certainly works for some people, but creating a bigger home theater can take your binge watching experience up quite a few levels.
Many people shy away from creating a home theater because gear hunting can get expensive, and looking over specs can be exhausting.
Luckily, it's possible to make a home theater setup without spending a heinous amount of money. Here are a couple of reasonably priced AV and streaming products that will help you on your way.
Surround-sound speaker setAmazon
If you're in the market for a dedicated speaker set, Monoprice sells a full surround-sound set for a penny under $100. The set comes with four satellite speakers for better sound distribution, a center speaker for mid and high-frequency sounds, and an eight-inch subwoofer for the cinematic bass sounds.
The kit comes with mounting brackets for satellite speakers as well, so you can mount them onto walls.
You can grab a Monoprice speaker set on Amazon for $99.99.
If your speakers are sitting on a table, media console, or other flat surface, lower-frequency sounds are likely to create a bit of shuddering. So when watching a bass-heavy movie, you'll might see your speakers bouncing around, creating noise that interferes with the actual sound of the movie.
To avoid that, secure your speakers on stands. Atlantic's speaker stands are unobtrusive, and reviewers on Amazon (where it's the best-selling pair of stands) say the speaker wires can be completely hidden.
You can grab a pair of stands on Amazon for $35.08.
If you're working with a limited amount of space and want the ease and simplicity of having just one audio device, get yourself a soundbar.
The VIZIO SB3820 is a 38-inch soundbar that's easy to set up and sounds great outside the box — or at least much better than the internal speakers in your TV.
You can grab one for $93.97 on Amazon.