Pioneer SP-PK52FS

If you have the room to spare, strongly consider Pioneer’s big, bold SP-PK52FS system, which boasts a 100W subwoofer and the kind of floor-standing tower speakers that could dwarf smaller home theater spaces. This system’s primary selling point is power – another reason to avoid dragging it into an apartment – for which it’s unparalleled at this price. But there are no fancy connectivity features, so expect to use traditional, wired audio-video sources (as well as a receiver). [$550;]