Best Home Theater Products Priced at $199.99 or Less


Although there are a lot of expensive home theater products, there are also a large number of midrange and low-priced products that provide good value for consumers. Check out some current favorite home theater products that you can buy for $199 or less.

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Vizio SB3821-C6 Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer

Vizio SB3821-C6 Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer


Sound bars are definitely a popular way of accessing better sound for TV viewing if you don't have the room or the desire for a full home theater audio setup, but some sound bars can still be kind of pricey. However, if you are on a budget, you might want to check out the Vizio SB3821-C6.

The SB3821-C6 package includes a 38-inch wide two-channel sound bar, and wireless compact subwoofer. This is a good physical match for TVs in the 32 to 46-inch screen size.

The sound bar section comes equipped with several connection options, including RCA and 3.5mm inputs for analog audio sources, as well as both Digital Coaxial and Digital Optical audio inputs. A USB input is also for accessing music stored on flash drives.

Audio decoding and processing features include: Dolby Digital decoding, as well as DTS Studio Sound, DTS TruSurround, and DTS TruVolume audio processing.

The SB3821-C6 also includes built-in Bluetooth for direct wireless audio streaming from compatible portable devices, such as smartphone or tablet.

Vizio provides all the need audio connection cables, as well as wireless remote control.

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Monoprice 108247 5.1 Channel Speaker System

Monoprice 108247 5.1 Channel Speaker System

Did you buy a home theater receiver and forget about budgeting for a speaker system?

Although not designed for large rooms, there are some speaker systems that are surprisingly affordable, but still sound good. If this fits your profile, one example of a good sounding, inexpensive speaker system that is less than $199.99 is the Monoprice 108247.

The 108247 is a 5.1 channel speaker system that consists of a center channel and four satellite bookshelf speakers, combined with an 8-inch 60-watt powered subwoofer. The satellite speakers are housed in plastic cabinets, instead of wood like more expensive systems. On the other hand, the connections on the center and satellite speaker are the easy-to-use spring loaded push in type, and both line-in and speaker terminal connections are provided on the subwoofer.

Surprisingly, the package also includes wall mounting brackets for both the center and satellite speakers (mounting screws are extra though).

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Panasonic DMP-BD93 Blu-ray Disc Player

Panasonic DMP-BD93 Blu-ray Disc Player

The Panasonic DMP-BD93 player definitely packs in a lot for a very modest price, including Blu-ray Disc, DVD (including 1080p DVD upscaling), CD, and CD-R/RW playback.

In addition to disc playback, the DMP-BD93 also provides WiFi connectivity so that the player can access both BD-live internet content related to some Blu-ray Disc releases, as well as the content streamed from Neflix, CinemaNow, and Vudu, as well as content stored on network-connected PCs.

For added content access, Miracast is also included, providing streaming or sharing capability directly from compatible smartphones and tablets.

A front mounted USB port allows access to content stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices, such as external hard drives.

However, it is important to point out that the DMP-BD93 only provides the HDMI output option for both audio and video. There are no other video or audio connections. This means that both your TV and Home Theater Receiver must have HDMI connections in order to access both audio and video from the DMP-BD93.

The Panasonic DMP-BD93 is not 3D-compatible.

However, despite only having an HDMI output for all physical video and audio transfer to your TV or home theater system, and no 3D-capability, for a suggested price of $99.99, the DMP-BD93 is a great deal.

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Vizio D32hn-D0 32-inch 720p TV

Vizio D32hn-D0 32-inch 720p TV


It was a just couple of years ago that a basic 32-inch carried a $300 or higher price tag, but now, if you look around, you can find some price at $199 or less. One example if the Vizio D32hn-D0 LED/LCD TV.

Its 32-inch screen size large enough for comfortable TV viewing, but is small enough to fit in small apartments, offices, or even a dorm room.

Behind its slim and stylish frame the D32hn-D0 features a 1366x768 display resolution (approximately 720p), HDMI connectivity (2 inputs), and Full Array LED backlighting which provides consistent black levels across the entire screen — this means better contrast and more vivid color.

Also, this set provides a USB port for access to compatible media content on flash drives.

Of course, with its HDMI, cable, and AV inputs, you can connect your DVD or Blu-ray Disc player, cable box, and more. Although the D32hn-D0 does not have built-in internet streaming capability, you can easily connect a Roku or Amazon Fire TV stick or media streamer box for access to internet streaming content.

If you a looking for a TV that offers just the basics, but with a watchable screen size, and priced less than $199.99 — check out the Vizio D32hn-D0.

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Amazon Fire TV Media Streamer Box

Amazon Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote and 4K Support

If you have an older HDTV or 4K Ultra HD TV that has at least one HDMI input, you can give it new life by adding internet streaming capability via Amazon's Fire TV Media Streamer.

This compact box plugs into any TV that has an HDMI input and has built-in Wifi, so connecting to the internet is easy if you have also have a wireless router for your PC. The Fire TV also have a fast internal processor making menu navigation, app management, and content access easy.

Amazon Instant Video is emphasized, but Amazon's Fire TV also includes access to a larger number of content services, including Crackle, HBOGo (must already be an HBO cable/satellite subscriber for access), HuluPlus, iHeart Radio, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and more.

Amazon's Fire TV also provides access to over 200 online games — and is compatible with several game controllers.

You also have a choice of a standard remote or an Alexa-enabled voice control remote.

BONUS For 4K Ultra HDTV Owners — If you own a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV, the Amazon Fire TV provides access to native 4K streaming content from Amazon and Netflix (Faster internet speeds also required).

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Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer

Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer with Box

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The Polk PSW10 is a modestly powered subwoofer that is great for entry level systems and/or small rooms. This compact subwoofer delivers 50 Watts of continuous power, good clarity, tightness, and a lower bass response than you might find on more expensive subs. The PSW10 has a 10-inch woofer cone, a front mounted port to extend lower frequency response, a frequency response of 35 to 200Hz, and an 80Hz to 160Hz adjustable crossover. Input connections include both Line Level and standard speaker connections. The PSW10 also features an Auto On/Off function.

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Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 Projection Screen

Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 Projection Screen


If you are looking for a convenient portable video projection screen, the Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 may be just the ticket. The ELPSC80 comes with both a sturdy removable tripod and wall mounting hardware, so you have installation flexibility. The ELPSC80 opens from the center outward and can be set for a 60-inch 4x3 aspect ratio or an 80-inch 16x9 aspect ratio. When you open the screen there are clicks to tell you when you reach the desired aspect ratio.

There is a slight sag at the top of the screen that may be noticeable on images that fill the entire screen surface.

The ELPSC80 is a very affordable portable video projection screen solution for the living room, office, or even outdoors on a warm Summer night.

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Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc CD Changer

Sony CDP-CE500 5-disc CD Changer

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Dedicated CD players are hard to find these days, and most of the ones that are still available are of the high-end variety. However, there are some affordable units available if you look around.

The Sony CDP-CE500 is a 5 disc CD carousel-style changer. This changer has both analog stereo and digital optical audio outputs and Play Exchange, which allows the playing of one disc while removing or placing other discs on the carousel. To top it off, the CDP-CE500 has a front-mounted USB port that allows you to listen to MP3, WMA, and ACC music files stored on a connected USB Flash Drive. You even record music from a CD to a connected USB flash drive. If you are in the market for a dedicated CD player, check out the Sony CDP-CE500.

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DVDO iScan Micro In-Line 4K Upscaler

DVDO iScan Micro 4K Upscaler Package


Here is a very compact, and affordable, product that can actually improve your home theater viewing experience, the DVDO iScan Micro.

The DVD iScan Micro is small video processor/scaler that connects between your HDMI-equipped video source and your TV or video projector. The iScan Micro can work with both 4k Ultra HD or 1080p TV, provided they both have HDMI connections.

The iScan Micro will accept any resolution from an HDMI source component, such as DVD player, Blu-ray Disc player, Network Media Player/Streamer, Cable/satellite box, or the HDMI output of a Home Theater Receiver and will provide up to 4K/30 or 60fps upscaling for 4K Ultra HD TVs or1080p/60 upscaling if a 1080p TV is being used.

The iScan Micro comes packaged with the main cable/processing unit, credit-card sized remote control, IR Extender Sensor extender cable (so you can hide the unit), and a USB charging cable (which you can just leave plugged into power the unit).

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TV Ears Voice Clarifying TV Speaker

TV Ears - Voice Clarifying Speaker

The Voice Clarifying Speaker is a very clever device by TV Ears that is designed to allow users to amplify dialog and vocal frequencies to make them more understandable for those that have difficulty hearing. The system easy to set-up. All you have to do is connect its wireless transmitter to a TV (or cable box, satellite box, DVD player or Blu-ray Disc player) that is equipped with either analog or digital optical output connections. Next, just place the TV speaker near your seating location (within 50 feet of the transmitter — line of sight), synch them up, and you are set to go.

For added convenience, the TV speaker also has 3.5mm headphone connection outputs for late night private listening.