Best Home Theater in India 2020: A Buyer’s Guide

You’ve purchased a big screen LED TV and while you are enjoying the Visuals on it, you feel the sound is not doing justice to the overall experience. And you decide to go shopping for a set of speakers to complete your entertainment setup. Home Theaters or Soundbars sound obvious options. If you are confused about which one to buy, you can read our article on Home Theater Vs Soundbar: Which one to buy? But if you are one of those Movies and Music enthusiasts who will not settle for anything less than a proper Home Theater system, then we have the list of Best Home Theatre in India 2020. 

We’ve put in hours and researched product details, customer reviews and experts recommendations to put this list together. Our focus is always on brand value and quality within different price brackets. 

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Best Home Theater in India under 10,000

Sony SA-D40 C E12 4.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Bluetooth (Black)

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Top of our list of Best Home Theater in India under 10000 is the Sony SA-D40. This is one of the top selling Home Theater under 10000. And it is not difficult to assume because you are getting a Sony at this value. 

As you should expect from Sony, it is a well-built speaker with simple looks. Being a 4.1 Channel speaker, it comes with 1 Subwoofer Box and 4 Satellite speakers and a remote control. The satellite speakers are not wireless and connect to the back of the Subwoofer speaker. Depending upon where you want to place the extra speakers in the room, you may need to get the wires extended. It does have Bluetooth connectivity using which you can connect your phone to the speakers to play music.

Sound quality is clear even at high levels, which is quite good considering the price bracket at which you get this. Vocals are clear when listening to music and even when watching movies. 

The only thing I felt missing is the Bass Controller on the Subwoofer or the remote. The speakers manage the Bass automatically and it does it well but still you may feel the need to adjust it at times. Otherwise a great Home Theatre under 10000. 

Philips SPA8000B/94 5.1 Channel Multimedia Speakers System (Black)

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Philips SPA8000B/94 is a very capable Home Theater system and is comparable to Sony SA-D40. As the title says, it is a 5.1 Channel system so you get an extra speaker when compared to the Sony. The built quality is quite good and you also get a basic display on the Sub woofer module. But the overall look is more stylish than the Sony. 

There is also an SD Card slot on this model which is not present on the Sony. FM is present on the Philips but missing on the Sony. In the Philips you can control the speaker volume of different speakers as well as the Subwoofer. But in Sony you cannot control the Subwoofer volume and it adjusts it automatically. So, a lot of extras as compared to Sony SA-D40. 

Coming to the Sound quality, the bass effect on the Philips is better but, on the Sony the overall sound quality is slightly better than the Philips. Basically, it is the high and the bottom notes, where you will find the SA-D40 to be better, otherwise the Philips will give you more thumping sound all together.  

If you are ready to pay few bucks more and will not be playing the Home Theater at very high volumes, then you should go for the Philips SPA8000B/94. 

Philips in-SPA 5190B/94 Multimedia Speaker System (Black)

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Philips has come up with a proper 5.1 Channel Home Theater system called the SPA 5190B/94 Multimedia Speaker System. Multimedia means you can connect these speakers not just to your TV, but also to your Laptop or Computer. 

The overall built quality is good and design is simplistic. Being a 5.1 Channel, you get 5 satellite speakers and 1 Subwoofer module. The Subwoofer gets a digital display on the Subwoofer module displaying basic information like connection mode, volume level etc. Bluetooth connectivity is available to play music from your phone. Just like Sony, the satellite speakers have to be wired to the back of the Subwoofer. The length of the wires is not too big either. So either you have to place the speakers too close to the TV or extend the cable. 

Sound quality is good in the normal mid-range in which you will mostly be listening to the music or when watching movies. High-end notes are a bit distorted but unless you are music lover, you will not be bothered by it. 

This Philips model is the least expensive in my list of options. The overall product is not as good as the Philips SBA8000B/94 or the Sony. But if you do not want to spend that much money, then the product is value or money. 

Panasonic SC-HT40GW-K Bluetooth Home Audio Speaker

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Another Home Theatre on my list is the Panasonic SC-HT40GW-K. This is a 4.1 Channel system, so it comes with 4 satellite and 1 Subwoofer speaker. It is a bit bigger in size as compared to its counterparts but the looks are simple and stylish. The setup is quite simple and the satellite speakers connect at the back of the Subwoofer quite easily. There are touch button on the top of the Subwoofer to control the volume, bass and treble levels along with play/pause, back and next track controls. 

The sound quality is clear and with the controls available for Bass and Treble you get the flexibility to control the sharpness and thump. Although the overall loudness and impact is lacking. The surround effect is also average. 

Now you may be thinking that if I am not too impressed with the sound then why have I included in this list. Well, couple of reasons for that. First you get a good brand and good built quality product. Second, though the sound may not be impressive, but still is better than a lot of other Home Theaters out there under 10000 price band. Hope that answers your doubt. 😊

Best Home Theater in India under 20,000

Sony HT-IV300 Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital DTH Home Theatre System

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Sony HT-IV300 is the Best Home Theater system in India around 20000. This comes with a digital amplifier along with a Subwoofer speaker and 5 satellite speakers. The satellite speakers are having a hexagonal cross-section design with glass like finish on the sides. Although it looks very trendy but catches a lot of finger-prints and dust. The overall built quality is top-notch as you would expect from Sony. 

This unit is capable of producing 1000W RMS output, which is not just enough to shake your house, but also of your neighbors’. Also having a digital amplifier unit makes a ton of difference and is not something you get with a lot of Home Theater systems out there. This unit reproduces digital audio signals giving you clear audio even at loud volume levels. ClearAudio+ feature converts stereo sound or 2.1 sound into 5.1 sound giving a more surround effect even if the input sound is not surround. It supports DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby True HD audio formats which means you get the same clarity, at which it was recorded in the sound studio. 

One of the things it misses out on is the equalizer settings. Having an amplifier and then not allowing the user to control the settings is downfall. Actually, I have seen this on few Sony products where they want to keep things automatic. There intent might be to make it easy for the consumers, but not everyone prefers that you see. But you do get volume controls for individual speakers so you can control the bass and volume levels, which comes handy. 

A perfect home theater in a budget of around 20000. If you are not too fussy about controlling each and every setting, then a very good option to go for. 

Sony HT-RT3 Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Soundbar Home Theater System

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Next on my list is the Sony HT-RT3 Real 5.1ch Soundbar. You can call it a cross between Soundbar and Home Theater because in this price band this is the only 5.1ch Soundbar or Home Theater. The center and two front speakers are built-into the soundbar and the 2 satellite speakers are the rear speakers. The soundbar looks as if the speakers are detachable, but they are not. But anyways, as you still get the best of both worlds with the compactness of a Soundbar and the feel of a Home Theater. The overall setup is also neat and tidy with lesser wires floating around. It has all the connectivity options with the added advantage of NFC, which is one thing you find common across all Sony products. 

It produces a decent 600W RMS output sound which is more than enough for any room size to give you a thrilling movie experience. You get Dolby Digital sound so even at high decibels the sound clarity is not compromised. Different sound modes have preset equalizer settings for Cinema, Sports etc. making it easier for anyone to get the best experience while watching different types of content. 

There is not really a downside but few things could have been improved and one thing I would point out is that the Subwoofer is not wireless. Well one can debate that other Home Theaters also do not provide wireless subwoofers, but then most soundbars get a wireless sub-woofer. Basically, I think this is a common downside with most of the Home Theaters. When it can be provided with Soundbars then why not with Home Theaters. 

Samsung HT-J5130HK Channel Home Theater System (Black)

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Samsung is not that big a name in audio industry, but do not under estimate the HT-J5130HK from Samsung. It is a proper 5.1 Channel Home Theater System and it comes with a Blue-ray player as well. It comes with a lot of unique features like CD ripping, USB recording, so you can copy files from a CD to a USB. As CDs are slowly getting outdated, this is a useful feature to have. Plus, you get FM connection which is a bonus. 

The built-quality is top notch and design looks elegant. Besides the Blue ray player, you get a sub-woofer and 5 satellite speakers. All speakers including the subwoofer connect to the back of the blue ray player. 

This Home Theater has a 1000W RMS output, so you need not worry about the loudness of this system. The default Bass levels may sound low, but using the equalizer settings, you can enhance that. The surround effect is very good provided the video is producing a 5.1 sound. People often think that their Home Theater is not working as expected, but the truth is that it depends on the video’s sound output. If the output is stereo or 2.1 Channel, then you will not get the surround effect because only the front 2 speakers will be delivering the sound. So you need to keep that in mind. 

One major downfalls of this are that it doesn’t have bluetooth connectivity. If that’s not a deal breaker than go for it because you get a very good Home Theater at an attractive price.

Best Home Theater in India under 30,000

Yamaha 1840 Home Theater 5.1 (4K, 4-HDMI IN, Dolby Audio)

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YHT 1840 is a powerful home theater system from the house of Yamaha. It is a 5.1 Channel system and also comes with an AV receiver in the box. It comes with 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output port. So, you can plug in up to 4 HDMI devices to this system and connect the HDMI output to the TV. All these plugs into the AV receiver which is the heart of the system and is responsible for dynamic sound output. While watching movies you will not have to adjust the volumes to hear the dialogues as the AV receiver effectively balances the background sound with dialogues. 

Yamaha is known for producing one of the best sound systems and this is one of the most affordable offerings from them. Which means you get superb sound quality at a very good price. The sound is very immersive, and something the audiophiles will love is that, you can tune each individual speaker as per your requirements. The bass as compared to the Sony is soft, but trust me, it adds to the overall sound quality rather than pulling it down. 

One thing which some people might not like is the missing Bluetooth connection, although you can attach a dongle to cover up for that. And if that is not a deal breaker for you, then this is the best home theater you can buy under 30000 rupees. 

Sony HT-S500RF Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Soundbar Home Theater System

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From the house of Sony comes a very capable HT-S500RF Soundbar Home Theater system. As in the name, the front 3 speakers form the soundbar. To complete the 5.1 setup you get 2 rear book shelf speakers and a 18cm Subwoofer speaker delivering 1000W RMS output. It comes with Bluetooth, USB, Optical and HDMI connectivity options. Also the setup is an easy plug and play. 

You get good loud sound from this system and the surround effect works well. The bass output is quite good and with main sound coming from all the speakers, the overall sound effect is very holistic. Depending upon the source though, the sound quality may vary. That means, that the Home Theater does little to enhance the sound output and deliver almost the same quality that is provided by the source. So if you are watching a movie with stereo sound, then you will not really enjoy the sound and this home theater will not be able to do much about it. Another thing that you might notice is that, even though a sound that is supposed to come from the front speakers, you will hear it from the rear speakers as well. Sony seems to have done this to compensate the lack of surround effect coming from the front speakers. In some reviews you might find this as a drawback, but in my opinion, this is more of a personal preference. Some might like the enhanced effect as you get to hear the dialogues more clearly, while some enthusiast might not prefer this. 

One drawback is the lack of HDMI passthrough which might turn-off some people. Other than that this is certainly the top home theater system under 30000 in 2020.   

Sony BDV-E3200 Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Blu-ray Home Theater System

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Sony BDV-E3200 Blue-ray Home Theater is another capable system that you can get for under 30000 bucks. It comes with built-in WIFI, NFC, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The USB does support a number of audio formats which is useful. Getting a blue-ray player is an advantage. Sony also has tuned the speakers to make it suitable for Indian audience and Indian movies. 

This home theater delivers the Sony standard 1000W RMS of sound output. What you get is more loudness, but the bass output is not very crisp, especially at high volumes. But in the normal course you will not feel that. The overall sound quality and surround sound is very good. 

Few drawbacks are that the wires are fixed to the speakers, so if you want to extend the length, then you will need a professional. Secondly there is no way to setup custom equalizer settings, which some may not like. But overall for the price you get a very good home theater and a blue-ray player. 

Best Home Theater in India under 50,000

Yamaha YHT-3072-IN 5.1 Home Theater System (Dolby Audio, DTS-HD, Bluetooth, USB, 4K, 8 Inch Active Sub, Fm, HDCP 2.2)

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YHT-3072-IN is a fully loaded home theater system from Yamaha. It has all possible features like Bluetooth, HDMI with HDCP2.2, HDR and BT.2020 compatibility, FM and NFC. Then the AV receiver from Yamaha is absolutely brilliant that is capable of not just transmitting 4K videos but produces smooth, warm and clear tones that will please even the audiophiles. 

This Home Theater comes with YPAO i.e. Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer. Sounds really cool, but then it is a cool technology. It is basically a sound calibration device to help you tune your Home Theater according to your room and seating. A microphone is provided that you need to place at your preferred place of seating. The system will then automatically calibrate to provide an optimum sound experience. 

Another cool feature that you do not see everyday is the CINEMA DSP technology on this Home Theater System. Not only it supports Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, but it is capable of acoustic reproduction of famous venues like Roxy Theater in New York, European Cathedrals and the Bottom Line music venue in New York. 

Well, is it the best Home Theater under 50000 rupees? Absolutely. 

Sony BDV-E4100 Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Tall boy Blu-ray Home Theater System

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Another Sony Home Theater offering 1000W RMS with good cinematic experience and a number of connectivity options like Bluetooth, NFC and WIFI. The quartz like design is different from the conventional Home Theaters and adds style to your living room. In the box you get 3 front speakers, 2 tallboy rear speakers, 1 subwoofer and a Blu-ray and DVD player. The Blue-ray player is capable of playing both 2D and 3D movies in Full HD.  

The surround effect of this BDV-E4100 is amazing and when you top it with great sound quality, you get a product worth your money. The Bass Boost enhances the low frequency sounds to give you a thumping cinematic sound. Even if you are watching a video or movie with stereo sound, the ‘Football’ mode transfers the sound to all 6 speakers. This is great fun when watching any live cricket or football match. You get an actual stadium like feel when the crowd cheers. With superb sound, the Blue-ray player enhances normal picture quality as well to add more sharpness and better colors. So you get best of both worlds. 

The installation is not easy as the tall boy speakers need to be assembled. And you will need to wait for an expert to do it. But if you are a bit technical, then following the installation guide to setup should not be too much hassle either. 

It is a lot cheaper than the Yamaha and because of it price, is definitely one of the best home theaters under 40000 rupees. 

Sony HT-S700RF Real 5.1ch Dolby Digital Tall Boy Soundbar Home Theater System

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The big brother of Sony S500RF is the S700RF. They are siblings in looks, and you get the similar soundbar setup for the front and center speakers. Just like the S500, it looks neat and without taking much space, settles below the TV unit easily. But the rear speakers are the tall boy designs and come with a circular stand to place them easily on the floor. They look best in bigger room setup. The build quality is s you’d expect from Sony and it is loaded with all standard bells and whistles in terms of connectivity. Overall a good-looking Home Theater system. You can also use the Sony Music Center app to control the music on the system. 

Similar to S500, Sony has tuned this elder sibling as well for Indian movie fans. Which means you get a punching Bass and sharp Trebles. Even with this loudness, Sony has fine-tuned the sound output to enhance the dialogues even with high volume background sounds. You will absolutely love watching action-packed and sci-fi thriller movies on this sound system.

To sum up if you are a movie lover then this is the sound system for you, but for music enthusiasts, the bass and treble may not be as warm as they may expect. It comes 3rd on my list for the only reason that it is slightly expensive than the BDV-E4100. If you ask me other than price, compare BDV-E4100 with HT-S700RF, then definitely the S700RF is better as it offers better and louder bass and that too when it is tuned for movie lovers. But with price point in mind, the BDV-E4100 takes the crown.

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Recommendation

Best home theater in India within a budget of 10000: Here I am selecting not one but two options. Sony SA-D40 and Philips SPA8000B/94 would be my pick. Sony is a less expensive of the two with overall a better sound but lesser controls. On the other hand you will have to spend a bit more, but with Philips you get better controls, more features and a smart looking setup. Sorry to keep you a bit confused here but check the latest price and pick the one that fits your budget.

Best home theater in India within a budget of 20000: With a budget of 20000 rupees I would go for the Sony HT-RT3 Home Theater System. You get the compactness of a soundbar and features of a Home Theater. However if 600W RMS sound output is not sufficient for you then check out the Sony HT-IV300 Home Theater System which has a massive 1000W RMS sound output.

Best home theater in India within a budget of 30000: My pick would definitely be the Yamaha 1840 Home Theater 5.1. Although you do not get the Bluetooth, but getting a Yamaha under 30000 is a steal. Missing Bluetooth can easily be offset using a Bluetooth dongle.

Best home theater in India within a budget of 50000: Without doubt it would be the Yamaha YHT-3072-IN 5.1 Home Theater System. It is a fully loaded with features along with premium sound quality. Simply the best home theater you can lay your hands on.

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