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Home Theater on a Budget, Part 4: Luxury System

For the best audio, you need the best gear.

If you’re ready for the ultimate in home entertainment, this final installment in our “Home Theater on a Budget” series is for you. Here are some helpful suggestions for stepping up to a luxury system — one that will not only provide you with endless hours of enjoyment but make you the envy of all your friends!


AV receiver.
RX-A3080 AV receiver.

There are many options for high-end home theater receivers on the market but the most important factor in choosing the right one is knowing what you need. For example, if you’re looking for connectivity options galore, consider the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 9.2-channel AV Receiver with MusicCast. It offers the ability to run Zone 2, 3 and 4 all at once, along with 4K Ultra HD functionality and multiple MusicCast features such as voice control with Amazon Alexa and wireless surround capabilities with Yamaha MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers. The RX-A3080 also includes Surround:AI that automatically optimizes the sound in real time and ESS SABRE DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters) that cut down signal noise drastically for professional quality digital audio. While it’s true that some luxury receivers on the market offer similar functionality when it comes to the number of channels and technological capabilities available, each brand offers proprietary features that may or may not be a fit for you. Make sure you research thoroughly before buying!


Large floor-standing speaker.
NS-F901 floor standing Soavo speaker.

Luxury home theater speakers should offer superior audio reproduction and power to spare, as well as the ability to guide sound to your ears instead of off the walls. Yamaha NS-F901 floor standing Soavo speakers fulfill all these requirements and are distinguished for their stylish appearance and transparent sound when reproducing data-rich, high resolution audio sources.


Horizontal speaker.
NS-C444 center channel speaker.

The primary function of a center channel speaker is to keep dialogue at the forefront without it getting lost in the surround mix behind things like gunshots, explosions and other ambient sound. A good option here is the Yamaha NS-C444 center channel speaker, designed specifically for home theater applications. It’s magnetically shielded and incorporates dual 5″ diaphragm cone woofers and a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter that utilizes an exclusive waveguide horn for improved imaging.


Two stereo speakers next to each other - one with the filter cover on; the other with the speaker and subwoofer exposed.
NS-333 bookshelf speakers.

To complete a 7-channel or 9-channel system, you’ll need two sets of rear speakers that can capture subtle elements like wind blowing or water rushing up from behind in your favorite action movie. The Yamaha NS-333 bookshelf speakers incorporate a two-way bass reflex design that integrates a 5″ Polymer-Injected Mica Diaphragm (PMD) cone woofer and a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter with an exclusive waveguide horn. When setting up your rear surround speakers, be sure to plan out where the wires will run — either above or below the floor or through the walls — and be sure to place them on a sturdy surface such as a speaker stand or bookshelf.


In-ceiling speaker.
NS-IC800 in-ceiling speaker.

If you want the most from your home theater, you should consider adding in-ceiling speakers for height and even more subtlety. Yamaha NS-IC800 in-ceiling speakers feature a slim design for easy in-ceiling or in-wall mounting. They incorporate an 8″ blue PP (polypropylene) mica cone woofer for high performance mid-low sound reproduction and a 1″ fluid-cooled soft-dome swivel tweeter for pure high frequency with precise sound positioning. Whichever in-ceiling speakers you go with, bear in mind that it takes some effort to remove them once they’re installed, so make sure they’re durable and built from quality materials.


Large square speaker.
NS-SW1000 subwoofer.

In a 5.1-channel system, the “.1” stands for having one subwoofer. But for an extra kick, why not boost your bass by having two subs? By providing dual subwoofer pre outs, the Yamaha RX-A3080 and all Yamaha AVENTAGE receivers give you the ability to run two subs with any setup. The Yamaha NS-SW1000 powered subwoofer is a good choice here since it provides 1,000 watts of digital power, plus a stable and accurate low range response — important in everything from fantasy movies to the rumble of engines in your favorite sci-fi film.

By upgrading your components to the very best on the market, you’ll be able to enjoy home theater like never before. If you’re setting up your own system without professional help, be sure to do your research thoroughly. A valuable resource can be the Yamaha AV Setup Guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for your AV receiver and system as a whole.


Be sure to leave room in your budget for speaker wire, HDMI cables, speaker stands and any other accessories you may need for your system — an important tip even for home theater veterans.

After your new system is installed and set up, kick up your feet, press play on your favorite flick and get ready to pop the cork. You’ve reached the pinnacle of home entertainment excellence!

Check out the other installments in our “Home Theater on a Budget” blog series:

Part 1: Starter System
Part 2: Intermediate System
Part 3: Advanced System


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