It’s been about 6 years since the release of the Microsoft Xbox One. Nearly everyone has upgraded to 4k, some have even moved on to 8k or 10k sets, but no one would disagree that consoles are relatively cheap by comparison. While it’s true most people will never get rid of their home console(not counting virtual reality) they do not often compare to the sheer entertainment value of a home theater. If you’ve been holding off getting one, now is the best time in history!
I know what you’re thinking: “but I don’t want all this equipment and cables and such!”. Well, that’s why we’re here. While most people buy their own equipment, there is a lack of information on how well certain home theaters measure up to others in terms of quality. In order to bring some transparency back into the market, we have created our own rating system based on well-known methodologies from years past.
In an effort to provide the very best in entertainment, here are Best Home Theaters for 2022.
Top 5 Best 5.1 Home Theater in 2022
#5: 3D Theater by HTC VIVE (Score: 5/10)
Best for Casual Viewers, Gamers on a Budget
This is the only virtual reality theater to make it onto this list. At a glance, you would not believe that HTC VIVE, known for their virtual reality headsets, would create somewhat of an above-average home theater. The 3D theater uses two screens to provide the best in an immersive experience at a fraction of the price (compared to Oculus). You will note that there is no sound setup included with this purchase; however, once you hook up your HTC headset into the speakers it’s like having your own personal surround system. This is not recommended for family viewing since everyone needs their own VR headset and there are only two seats available.
#4: Panasonic 2160p OLED Theater by Panasonic (Score: 7/10)
Best for Cinematic Viewing Experience
While this may be one of the pricier items on our list, if you want good quality, you have to pay for it! This extremely high-end home theater uses OLED screens, which are capable of producing much better contrast than standard LED screens. Though the price tag is definitely exuberant, this product would be worth every penny if you value image quality over cost.
#3: LG 4K Ultra High-def Theaters by LG (Score: 7/10)
Best for Unmatched Upscaling capabilities?
This next offering from LG costs less than most other competing pieces on our list (not including virtual reality equipment). While this theater kit features one large screen instead of two like some others, it makes up for it with its surround sound kit which can match even the best home out there. The only reason this one is ranked lower than some others is due to the fact that it only has a 7 channel surround sound setup while most other theaters on our list offer a 9 channel or even a 5.2.4 “point-two” setup. However, if you don’t mind losing the extra 2 speakers and already have a good enough receiver, this would be an excellent purchase!
#2: Xbox One X Elite by Microsoft (Score: 8/10)
Best for Gamers who Want Maximum Performance
Last but not least on our Top 5 home theaters of 2022 is an offering from none other than Microsoft themselves! The main difference here is that every piece of equipment included from top to bottom was custom-made by Microsoft in order to provide the best possible experience. While this set comes with a hefty price tag that might not fit into everyone’s budget, it would be hard to imagine how one could get any more bang for their buck than with the Xbox One X Elite. If you’ve got the money and want an excellent home theater, look no further!
#1: Panasonic Reference Series by Panasonic (Score: 10/10)
Best Overall Home Theater Experience
And finally, we have our #1 pick for 2022 which is none other than the Panasonic Reference series of theaters from Panasonic! What makes this next-generation 5.2.4 setup so special is its unrivaled capabilities when it comes to upscaling 1080p movies into near 4k quality on some of the largest screens available on the consumer market. With a surround sound kit that is entirely customizable by the user, this setup will please even the most discerning of audiophiles with its natural tonal clarity and impressive imaging capabilities.
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