It’s something a lot of people have experienced: the sound coming from that otherwise sterling new TV on the wall is lackluster, but who can afford to double down and spend the same price or more on a surround sound setup? Fluance has offered a tantalizing solution to this conundrum with the new AV5HTB Dynamic Home Theater Surround Sound Speaker System, unveiled today at a bargain-basement price of just $200 — for the entire 5-speaker setup.
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The system is comprised of two bookshelf speakers, timbre matched surround speakers and a center channel speaker. For a full 5.1 surround sound setup you’ll have to do some shopping for a subwoofer and a receiver, but the value here is still impressive. All five speakers are constructed with audio-grade MDF woof cabinets designed to suppress cabinet resonance for distortion-free sound.
Laid into the cabinets are “high-performance drivers,” including 5-inch midrange drivers in the bookshelves, and 4-inch woofers in both the center channel and the surrounds, complemented by 1-inch silk dome tweeters. The company says the speakers are intended for both movie lovers and music fans, so the poor music performance that often appears in lower-priced surround sound systems hopefully won’t be a problem here.
The speakers look as stylish as anything you’ll get at twice the price, sporting an aesthetic that’s much classier than most budget-oriented surround sound offerings, with a black ash wood finish that should fit well in most living rooms. The front grill on each speaker is also removable, a touch not often seen at this price.
The services offered alongside the speakers are unusually robust considering the low price, as well. Not only does Fluance offer a lifetime parts and labor manufacturer’s direct warranty for the AV5 system, but prospective buyers can try the speakers for a full 30 days in the comfort of their own home. Those eyeing a sound bar, or other budget friendly alternative may just want to snatch these speakers up and give them a try.
The Fluance AV5HTB Dynamic Home Theater Surround Sound Speaker System is available now via the company’s website.