Energy Take Classic  5.1

The Take Classic 5.1 is probably the most beloved home theater system in the world, earning rave reviews since its debut in 2006, and still outperforming anything within its price-range. But there are no features to speak of – no Airplay or Bluetooth or net-connectivity – and, like most traditional 5.1 speaker sets, it requires a separate A/V receiver and lots of speaker cables. The Take Classic just sounds great, and stays balanced even at higher volumes while playing music or movies. [$400; energy-speakers.com]