Best Home Theatres Under Rs.15,000 (February 2021)

by | Feb 8, 2021

A theatre-like movie watching experience right at home is a dream for many.

Nowadays, smart LED TVs of different sizes are available at affordable price brackets in the Indian market.

Most of these televisions lack a solid speaker system. This points to the need for having a dedicated home theatre system for the best audiovisual experience in your living room.

In this article, we bring you the best five home theatre systems available in India priced under Rs.15,000.

Sit back, relax and go through the article to pick your selection.

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our best lists on Best Home Theatres under different budget ranges from here.

Best Home Theatres Under Rs.15,000

1. Sony HT-S20ROverall Best Pick
2. JBL Cinema SB261Runner-Up Pick
3. LG SJ3 Best Budget Speaker System
4. Motorola AmphiSound XFeature-Rich Speaker System
5. Samsung HW-R450Honorable Mention

1. Sony HT-S20R

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Overall Best Pick
  • Cinematic surround sound experience
  • Stable Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Feature-rich remote control

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Minimal yet elegant design

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Bluetooth soundbar

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USB music playback

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USB playback UI is laggy

Sony is a force to reckon with when it comes to the consumer electronics industry in India and the world as a whole.

There are hardcore Sony loyalists who will go for anything but with Sony brand tag on it.

The Sony HT-S20R is a mid-range home theatre speaker system retailing in the Indian market for just around Rs.14,990.

Design and Build Quality

Similar to the other speaker setups from Sony we’ve seen in the past, the HT-S20R has a minimal yet elegant design which will blend well with any type of home decor you’ve back at home.

This is a 5.1 channel speaker setup consisting of a subwoofer, two satellite speakers and a three-channel soundbar.

Made from high-quality components, the build quality and the fit and finish of these speakers are one of the best in its price segment.

The subwoofer comes featured with a USB port for plugging in portable storage media such as USB pen drives for local music playback.

The control buttons are neatly arranged above the subwoofer, which of course is redundant with the supplied remote control.

The I/O ports are located behind the subwoofer and there are proper ventilation ducts above these ports to let out excess heat from inside.

Speakers and Sound Quality

As we mentioned above, the Sony HT-S20R is a 5.1Ch speaker system with a total sound output of 400W.

While the soundbar is Bluetooth connected, the two satellite speakers are wired.

Placing these speakers in strategic locations around the room delivers an enriching cinematic surround sound experience.

As we all know, Sony audio products are known for their deep bass notes. The subwoofer in this speaker setup delivers rich bass notes that compliments well with the vocals and treble notes let out by the three-channel soundbar and the satellite speakers.

The loudness of sound is on point, enough to cover small to medium-sized rooms. There is no sound distortion of any sort even at maximum volume levels.

Miscellaneous

When it comes to connectivity, this 5.1Ch home theatre speaker system comes with an analog AUX input, HDMI output and optical input.

This ensures that the speaker system is compatible with modern as well as legacy televisions and amplifiers.

There are different preset sound modes which can be easily switched back and forth from the bundled remote control.

Verdict

If you are looking to purchase a premium budget 5.1Ch home theatre speaker system from a reputed brand, Sony HT-S20R should be on top of your list.

Specifications

Configuration5.1
Power Output400W
Connectivity FeaturesBT,AUX,HDMI,Optical

2. JBL Cinema SB261

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Well balanced sound output
  • Perfect for medium-sized rooms
  • Easy to set up

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Wireless subwoofer

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Dolby Audio certified speaker

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Wall mountable soundbar

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No offline media playback via USB

JBL is a world-renowned brand known for its high-fidelity audio products such as earphones, headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

The JBL SB2261 is a 2.1 home theatre speaker system promising the signature JBL sound output for a price well under Rs.15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL SB261 consists of a main soundbar form factor set up along with a subwoofer speaker.

There are multiple speakers and tweets inside the soundbar radiating sound forwards into the listener.

The quality of materials used for the construction of this 2.1 speaker system is top of the line.

Everything feels carefully crafted to last for years to come.

The rounded rectangular soundbar speaker is ergonomically designed to enhance sound output to the maximum.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The total sound output power of the JBL SB261 is 220W. This is surprisingly loud compared to the size of the speakers inside.

This home theatre speaker system comes with Dolby Digital certification for breathtaking surround sound experience.

The soundbar and the wireless subwoofer delivers natural lower end bass notes and tonally balanced mids and highs.

Be it cinema, sports or songs, the sound output from these speakers sound so pleasing to the ears without any acoustic overpowering effect.

Miscellaneous

There is a USB port on this speaker system but unfortunately, JBL has locked it down for service updates.

The soundbar is easily wall mountable with appropriate brackets in the box.

The Bluetooth connectivity is very stable and offers seamless wireless audio streaming across multiple devices.

Verdict

The JBL SB261 is a soundbar styled 2.1 home theatre speaker system suited for a large hall/room.

The 220W sound output with Dolby Digital surround sound brings you the theatrical experience right to your living room.

Specifications

Configuration2.1
Power Output220W
Connectivity FeaturesBT,Optical,HDMI

3. LG SJ3

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Best Budget Speaker System
  • Loud and clear sound output
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Patented LG adaptive sound control technology
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Wireless subwoofer

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Robust build quality

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USB port

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No FM radio

LG is a Korean consumer electronics manufacturer with a wide range of products in the market, from televisions to washing machines.

The LG SJ3 is a premium 2.1 home theatre speaker system with a soundbar form factor, priced just under Rs.15,000.

Design and Build Quality

As we’ve already mentioned, the LG SJ3 is a soundbar type speaker system. It comes with a 2.1 configuration setup including the subwoofer.

The soundbar has a single line LED display in the front for displaying information such as volume level, track number etc.

There are physical control buttons on top of the soundbar in case you don’t want to use a remote for that matter.

The build quality and durability of this 2.1 home theatre speaker system setup are on par with its competitors.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The total rated sound output power of this 2.1 home theatre system is 300W making it one of the loudest in its segment.

The wireless subwoofer delivers deep, natural bass which perfectly compliments the speakers and tweeters on the soundbar.

The instrument separation from these speakers is one of the finest and every genre of music sounds extremely well with this setup.

Miscellaneous

The LG SJ3 comes with Bluetooth support. This will let you stream music from compatible devices wirelessly on to these speakers.

There is also a USB port to playback media from memory independently. Since this 2.1 speaker system is almost wireless, the placement of speakers is much easier when compared with its competitors.

Verdict

The LG SJ3 offers excellent surround sound output even when placed in a large room/hall, thanks to its 300W sound output.

This Bluetooth powered soundbar style speaker system is well worth your hard-earned money when it comes to the build quality and performance.

Specifications

Configuration2.1
Power Output300W
Connectivity FeaturesBT,AUX,USB.Optical

4. Motorola AmphiSound X

 

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Feature-Rich Speaker System
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • 160W maximum audio output
  • Dolby audio certified

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Rich connectivity options

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Minimalistic design

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Present audio modes

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No USB media playback support

Motorola is now making a come back in the consumer electronics segment with the release of its budget Android smart TVs.

The AmphisoundX from Motorola is a premium mid-range 2.1Ch speaker system priced at just Rs.10,499.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola AmphisoundX speaker system features ABS plastic chassis with a metal grille in the front.

The fit and finish of these speakers look very premium. Motorola has tried to have a minimalistic approach in the design of this speaker system.

Right from the remote control to the design of the subwoofer box, everything feels aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

The media control buttons are located on the right side of the soundbar. Inside the metal grille, there is a single line LED display which indicates that volume level and track status.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Motorola AmphisoundX 2.1Ch speaker system comes with a maximum sound output of 160W.

You can get this speaker system according to the maximum sound output of 100W and 120W as well.

 

The wireless subwoofer system delivers deep, rich bass which feels quite natural. The two-channel left and right speakers on the soundbar cover the stereo sound effect and blend well with the bass from the subwoofer.

The vocals remain clear and the treble notes don’t get too overpowered by the bass.

Overall, this 2.1Ch speaker system from Motorola works well inside small to medium-sized rooms.

Miscellaneous

In terms of connectivity, the AmphisoundX speaker comes loaded with useful I/O ports.

There are HDMI and Optical ports for output along with wireless Bluetooth and wired AUX input.

There are present sound mode shortcuts available on the remote which when pressed switches the audio mode according to the content played.

Verdict

The Motorola AmphisoundX is one of the best 2.1Ch speaker systems for home theatre setup available under Rs.15,000.

In terms of build and sound quality, this product deserves a spot in this curated best list.

Specifications

Configuration2.1
Power Output160W
Connectivity FeaturesBT,AUX,HDMI,Optical

5. Samsung HW-R450

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Honorable Mention
  • Bass-heavy sound signature
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Wireless TV connection

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Samsung audio remote app support

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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USB media playback support

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No HDMI port

Samsung is one of the world’s major players in the audio-visual market segment with a history of industry-leading innovations.
The HW-R450 from Samsung is a 2.1Ch soundbar style speaker system available for purchase in India at just Rs.13,999.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung HW-R450 soundbar speaker system looks similar to most other soundbar style speakers out there in the market.

The speakers are covered with a fabric material which doesn’t feel that premium, to be honest.

There are four rubber control buttons on the soundbar, over the fabric for volume control, power on/off and source control.

Hidden inside the fabric is a small LED display that indicates the volume level, source, and the active sound mode.

The soundbar can be connected to the TV via Bluetooth and the subwoofer is also wireless.

Speakers and Sound Output

The Samsung RW-R450 speaker system has a maximum sound output of 200W. This is more than enough to fill a medium-sized room/hall with loud sound.

The bass is where this speaker system beats many of the other speakers out of the competition.

The bass notes feel very boomy and pronounced but it affects neither the vocals nor the treble notes in a negative manner.

If you are a movie buff or a game fanatic, you’ll feel right at home with this speaker setup.

Miscellaneous

First things first, the Samsung RW-R450 doesn’t feature an HDMI port. The only I/O ports you’ll have is the optical input and aux input. Other than that there is a USB port which supports media playback along with the obvious wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

You can download the Samsung audio remote app on your smartphone and control this speaker right from the phone.

Verdict

The Samsung RW-R450 is one of the best bass-heavy 2.1Ch speaker systems that you can get your hands for a budget under Rs.15,000.

If you don’t mind the lack for an HDMI port, there’s nothing much against this speaker system from considering it a worthy product.

Specifications

Configuration2.1
Power Output200W
Connectivity FeaturesBT,Optical,AUX

This concludes our best five home theatre systems available in the Indian market priced under Rs.15,000.

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