The 5 Best Home Theater Products Priced at $199 or Less

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Best Soundbar: Vizio SB3821-C6 Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer

Vizio SB3821-C6 Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer

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Soundbars 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 soundbars 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 soundbar and wireless compact subwoofer. This is a good physical match for TVs in the 32 to 46-inch screen size.

The soundbar 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 smartphones or tablets.

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

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Best Surround Sound: Monoprice 108247 5.1 Channel Speaker System

Monoprice 108247 5.1 Channel Speaker System

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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 decent 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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Best TV: Vizio D32hn-D0 32-inch 720p TV

Vizio D32hn-D0 32-inch 720p TV

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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 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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Best Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW10

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 elsewhere.

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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Best 4K Upscaler: DVDO DVDO-ISCAN-Micro-PRO

DVDO iScan Micro 4K Upscaler Package

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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 a 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).