How to Choose the Best Home Theater System?

How to Choose the Best Home Theater System?

Are you dissatisfied with your TV’s audio quality and intend to set up a home theatre at your house? Do you wish to churn up a cinematic experience and add more life to your family gatherings? Then, read on. While many customers have the picture of an ideal home theatre set up in their subconscious, they do not know how to go about the process. Hence, to make the complicated procedure plain and straightforward, we have penned down the ultimate guide for you. 

What is a home theatre?

A home theatre system replicates and imitates the very setting, the aura and the experience of a cinema hall. It usually comprises a set of robust speakers, which have been engineered to deliver a surround-sound experience. Whether it be the thunderous gunshots in an action movie or the rustling of the wind in a thriller, an efficient home theatre ensures each of the sounds reaches the ears. 

These speakers can have different channel configurations, such as 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 etc. Besides these speakers, you also require a television or a screen accompanying a video projector. You can play a movie via the traditional DVD player. However, the ultra-modern and new-age home theatres come with wireless support. USB playback, NFC one-touch, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc., are some of the wireless streaming alternatives available. 

How many speakers will you need? 

Home theatre systems come in various shapes and sizes. The array of speakers vary from one model to another, and therefore, selection can get confusing. When you venture out to purchase a home theatre, you will primarily come across these technical terms– 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1. The 2, 5 and 7 are symbolic of the number of speakers, and the 1 signifies the subwoofer responsible for producing heart-thumping bass. 

A 2.1 setup is quite basic and hence, the most affordable. A 5.1 apparatus comprises five horizontal channels and a subwoofer. These speakers can be individual units or included in an oblong-shaped device called a soundbar. Two more channels get added up in a 7.1 setup. The level and quality of surround sound accentuate as we move up the pecking order. So, how will you choose? Let’s find out.

Know your budget: Purchasing a home theatre system can put an excessive strain on your savings. You can hardly find a Sony 5.1 home theatre under 20K INR. Therefore, depending upon the amount of money you can afford to spend, you need to make your choice. A 2.1 channel system will have the lightest bearing on the pockets. And a 7.1 home theatre from a leading brand will compel you to dig deeper into them.

The room size: You need to account for your room size and furniture. If you purchase a 7.1 home theatre for a compact room, it can spoil the entire movie experience; not to forget the mess created by the multiple channels. In such situations, we recommend that you buy a soundbar-based home theatre. For instance, the JBL Bar 5.1 Truly wireless home theatre comprises a soundbar and a wireless subwoofer. The rear speakers are detachable and do not occupy much space. This simple combination delivers a whopping power output of 510 W. It leaves no stone unturned in enveloping you with 360-degree immersive audio quality. However, if you have a large-sized living room, even tallboy speaker systems become a viable option.

Features and benefits of home theatres

  • A home theatre system emits top-notch sound and acoustics– in a manner the director would have intended. With the power of technologies such as Dolby Digital, a breathtaking experience becomes available at your doorstep. 
  • Besides movies, live sporting events, gaming sessions, or even a simple musical evening receive a complete transformation. For instance, the Sony 5.1 home theatre (HT-RT5) boasts an exclusive Football Mode. The optimised algorithm allows you to become a part of the passionate crowd right from your couch.
  • They enhance the home decor and rank up your tech quotient. 


Ultimately, choosing a home theatre comes down to the budget and the interior space. Spacious rooms can integrate an expansive setup without creating any chaos or commotion. The speakers blend organically into the surroundings. In the same way, a 2.1 channel home theatre becomes a brilliant choice when you have a limited budget and have space constraints. You will always be safe with established names like Sony, JBL, Philips etc. 


Once you have decided to buy a potent home theatre, head over to the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, compare the different options, tally the specifications and features to make your selection. Then, streamline your payment by opting for the EMI mode of payment. If you possess the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, use it to avail maximum benefits of the EMI facility.

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