Our latest report on home theater speakers focuses squarely on more budget-friendly systems, including the Yamaha NS-SP1800 (*Est. $130), a surprisingly decent performer given its bargain-basement selling price. The Fluance AVHTB+ (*Est. $200) lacks a powered subwoofer, but its massive front speakers are a throwback to the days when speaker systems didn't need one; reports say the Fluance speakers'construction and sound quality belie their cost. Need a speaker that can disappear even in a small room? The Energy RC-Micro 5.1 (*Est. $600) features satellites that are so tiny that some experts don't take them seriously -- until they hear them in action
For more home theater speakers that are heavy on performance but light on the wallet, see the full report.