9 Best Home Theaters Under ₹3000 Rupees in India – 2020 [Expert Picks]

Without great audio, it is impossible for you to truly enjoy the movie or TV series that you are watching on Netflix. Even the best of 4K TVs or high-quality monitors can not give you the satisfying audio quality that a 2.1 channel audio system can.

3000 rupees is nowhere near the price you need to pay to get a truly theatrical experience. Even a lot of earphones and headphones cost around 3000 INR. But that does not mean you can’t get a decent audio system. For that price, you can easily get a Bluetooth speaker that can fill your small or medium-sized room with good quality music.

When you look for a home theater system in the Indian market, you will come across numbers like 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1. Here is an explanation to help you understand what they mean:

  • The first digit in the number refers to the number of main speaker units. These are the speakers that you are going to place around your room.
  • The second digit gives you the number of subwoofers present in the audio system. The subwoofer is nothing but a speaker that specializes in reproducing low-frequency sounds. It is crucial for maintaining bass levels in the system.
  • On some high-end systems, you may see a third number which stands for the height of the main speakers. These speakers may be placed near the ceiling fan or maybe firing upwards.

If you are purchasing a music system for your home, you will either keep it in your living room or your bedroom. Depending on which place you’re going to keep your home theatre system and which device you’re planning to connect it to, you have to pick the right audio system.

Bedrooms tend to be smaller than drawing rooms or living rooms, so a 2.1 channel audio system will be sufficient in this case. 2.1 channel speakers are portable and an ideal choice for connecting with PCs. Bedroom speakers should have Bluetooth connectivity so that you can stream music from your smartphone or laptop directly.

For living rooms, however, you should go with a 5.1 home theater system. If you are going to connect them with your TVs, you should be looking for an immersive audio experience. The system need not have a lot of connectivity options as it is going to stay connected with your TV all the time. What it should have is a solid audio quality that lets you hear all the minor details in the audio.

To discover one such system for your needs, shall we begin?

Best Home Theaters Under 3000 Rupees

There are certain things that you should consider when picking a music system in general. They are:

  1. Audio quality: It includes the overall audio clarity, loudness, bass, and treble levels. This is the most crucial aspect to consider when testing any audio device.
  2. Build quality and design: A beautiful and well built audio system will suit your interior and last for a long time.
  3. Connectivity options: An audio system with Bluetooth connectivity is good enough. Features like a USB port and memory card reader are a bonus.
  4. Warranty and after-sales service: Before purchasing an audio system, you have to check the quality of after-sales of the company. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting your audio system repaired if it is coming from an established brand.

Here are the best options that we have picked for you:

1. Best Overall: Krisons Verve 7.1

  • Power: 60 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 4.50 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 3.1 out of 5 stars

This is probably the only 7.1 channel home theatre system that you can buy for under 3000 rupees. The Krisons Verve 7.1 comes with remote control and a lot of connectivity options. The company isn’t well known, but the price at which you are getting a 7 channel system makes it worth considering.

The product has 7 satellite speakers and one subwoofer. The main subwoofer has a display and some knobs to adjust volume, bass, and treble. The product looks a little outdated due to its glossy plastic body. Even the build quality of the home theatre system is not very impressive.

The Verve comes with almost all the connectivity options that one might ask for. It can connect to your PC, laptop, smartphone, or any other Bluetooth device. You can also use a 3.5mm aux cable to connect to your devices. The home theatre system also supports USB devices and micro SD cards. You can listen to FM radio directly with the system.

The audio quality of Krisons Verge is very good if you compare it to other home theatre systems in a similar price range. The best part of the system is it’s 7.1 channel audio. You can actually feel the sound traveling in certain scenes.

Krisons is not a very well known brand, and you might have to face issues in after-sales service. If you have a TV or a computer that supports 7.1 channel audio, you can go ahead and purchase this product. Most of us might not even notice the difference between a 5.1 channel system and a 7.1 channel system but this product is for those who actually do.

Pros
  • 7.1 channel speakers; good audio quality
  • Bass and Treble are well balanced
  • Wide range of connectivity options
  • Perfect for large rooms
  • Value for money
Cons
  • The glossy plastic body looks cheap
  • Product isn’t very durable
  • Issues with after-sales service

2. Best Runner Up Tronica Super King 5.1

  • Power: 40 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes (V 4.0)
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 5.2 Kg
  • Warranty: 3 Months
  • Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars

Tronica’s Super King 5.1 claims to offer superb sound quality, great looks, and several other interesting features at a price of less than 2,500 INR. It is one of the most aggressively priced audio systems in the budget segment. Let’s find out how good it really is.

Tronica Super King is a 5.1 channel audio system that comes with 5 speakers and a subwoofer. The product comes with a remote which is well built. The design of the speakers looks fresh, but the glossy plastic body again ruins the fun. The bright blue LED light on the subwoofer looks cheap and annoying.

The home theatre system comes with Bluetooth connectivity. You can plug in your TF card or a USB drive directly into this system and play audio files stored on them. The device also has an aux port which is found on every home theatre system. You can listen to FM and AM radio from the device directly.

The audio quality of the product is pretty awesome. The sound is loud and clear. You can adjust the volume, bass, and treble using the remote or the knobs provided on the subwoofer.

The product comes with a 3-month warranty which is very disappointing. If the product stops working, you will have a tough time getting it serviced.

Pros
  • Sound is loud and clear
  • Wide range of connectivity options
  • Fresh looks
  • The remote control is provided
  • Reasonably priced product
Cons
  • Build quality is average
  • Only 3 months warranty
  • After-sales service might be an issue

3. Best Audio Quality: Philips MMS2625B 2.1

Philips MMS2625B 2.1
  • Power: 32 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 2.62 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Phillips is a very popular brand of home appliances especially the LED tube lights. The product that we have here has an impressive audio quality that is not found on any other product on this list. If you compare the audio quality of the audio systems from Phillips with other products with the same channel configuration, Phillips will always win. You have to pay a little extra for the audio quality, so let’s see if it’s really worth it.

The Philips MMS2625B 2.1 is a 2.1 channel audio system that comes with 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer. The designs of both the speaker and the subwoofer are good. The quality of the remote, however, is not up to the mark. The subwoofer has buttons to adjust volume and change audio tracks.

The audio system comes with Bluetooth connectivity which lets you play music directly from your smartphone or laptop. You can listen to FM radio too. USB and Memory card slots are missing but that should not bother those of you who are going to use the audio system with your PC or for listening to music from a smartphone.

The audio quality of Phillips’ offering is excellent. You can feel the thumping beats when playing bass-rich songs on it. The audio clarity is surprisingly good for a 2.1 channel audio system. The product manages to separate itself from other similarly priced devices in terms of audio quality.

When it comes to the audio quality, Phillips beats the competition hands down. The product comes with 1 year of warranty which can be extended for up to 3 years for an extra charge. The company has an excellent after-sales service. If you have a budget of around 3,000 INR, and you are looking for an audio system for your small-sized room, Phillips MMS2325B is the best audio system that you can get.

Pros
  • Superb audio quality
  • High bass levels
  • Great design
  • The remote control is provided
  • Excellent after-sales service
Cons
  • USB and Memory card slot is absent
  • Build quality of remote control is average
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4. Best Under 2000 INR: Ikall TA-111 BT 5.1

  • Power: 70 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 4.82 Kg
  • Warranty: None (Paid warranty up to 2 years)
  • Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars

The Ikall TA-111 BT 5.1 is a 5.1 channel Bluetooth audio system that surprises us with its features. It is an inexpensive device that offers immersive audio on a tight budget. It is a perfect audio system for your personal computers. Just make sure you keep your expectations low because the product sells for just around 1,800 INR.

Just like all other 5.1 channel speakers, this one has 5 satellite speakers and 1 subwoofer. The power output of each speaker is 10 W and for the subwoofer, it’s 20W. It’s more than what we see on some similarly priced audio systems which is a good thing. You can adjust the volume from the subwoofer. The product looks average, and the build quality is not very good either.

The home theatre system has a USB and Aux port. You can not directly connect memory cards directly with the system, something that we can easily let go of as not a whole lot of people use memory cards these days. You can connect the speaker to your Bluetooth devices.

For a sub 2,000 INR home theatre system, the audio quality is good. It falls pale compared to audio systems from companies like Phillips and Sony but for the price they sell at, the comparison would not be fair. You can hear the music clearly and that’s all that matters.

Shockingly, the product doesn’t come with any warranty. You can purchase the 2 years extended warranty for around 800 INR but considering that it is just a little less than half the product price, that doesn’t make much sense. Ikall TA-111 is a decent product overall. If you are planning to purchase it, just make sure you test your unit thoroughly before the 10-day replacement window ends.

Pros
  • Low price
  • Audio clarity is good
  • The remote control is provided
Cons
  • Average build and design
  • No memory card support

5. Best Under Budget: Krisons Nexon 5.1

  • Power: 30 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes (V 4.0)
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 5 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Here is the second product coming from Krisons on this list. The Krisons Nexon is a 5.1 channel home theatre system that competes with the similarly priced model (Verve) from the same company. So which ones should you go for?

You will find a subwoofer, 5 satellite speakers, remote control, and an aux cable in the product box. This is the third product in a row that has the same shiny plastic body that we have been complaining about. It isn’t much you can do about it though since all the products in this range come with a similar design and build quality.

Krisons Nexon comes with a USB port. You can connect a memory card, pen drive, and other USB storage devices to it. In terms of wireless connectivity, it comes with Bluetooth. If you want to listen to music, you can tune in to your favourite FM radio station.

The audio quality of the Krisons Nexon is at par with other home theatre systems. There are some users complaining about a humming sound coming from the speakers, but it is easy to get rid of it by reducing the volume a little bit.

Just like the Krisons Verve, Krisons Nexon comes with a limited 1-year warranty which can be extended up to 2 more years by paying extra. The after-sales service of the company is something that we are not sure of. You can purchase the Krisons Nexon which is a better product overall and avoid this one.

Pros
  • Audio quality is decent
  • A lot of connectivity options
  • Remote control is provided
  • Good price: performance ratio
Cons
  • Average design and build quality
  • After-sales service might not be very good
  • Competes with a product coming from the same company

6. Best for Casual Users: Zebronics Zeb-SW3490RUCF 4.1

  • Power: 70 Watt
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 5.19 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Surprisingly, here’s a product from Zebronics that’s popular for making keyboards and mice. 4.1 channel audio systems are not very popular with audiophiles because the missing speaker in the center front is something that makes the central audio channel a little empty.

Being a 4.1 channel audio system, the Zeb-SW3490RUCF has 4 speakers and 1 main subwoofer. Even though it has the same glossy plastic body, the product still looks fairly good. The build quality is surely not up to the mark for the price but acceptable.

Zeb-SW3490RUCF 4.1 doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity. Unless you purchase a Bluetooth-USB or a Bluetooth-Aux adapter, you can not connect your Bluetooth devices with the audio system. It has a USB port and a memory card slot. You even get FM radio support in the system.

In terms of audio quality, the product performs well. The bass levels are high, and the vocals are clear. You don’t get the true surround sound experience (the kind of which you get with 5.1 ch or 7.1 ch audio systems) due to the missing front-central speaker, but for watching regular stereo content, this is more than enough.

The product comes with a 1-year warranty. For a price tag of around 3000 INR, this is a well-built home theatre system you are getting. It is not a value for money product at all, though. You have to spend another 300 INR to purchase a Bluetooth receiver for the system.

Pros
  • Audio is clear
  • Bass levels are high
  • Looks better than a lot of other home theatres
  • Perfect for moderately sized rooms
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • Overpriced

7. Best for Durability: iBall Tarang Classic 2.1

  • Power: 40 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes (v 5.0)
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

iBall makes some great audio systems. The iBall Tarang Classic is a 2.1 channel audio system that has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon. It is a very popular product and has been appreciated by customers for its design, build and convenience of operation.

Out of all the home theatres we have seen yet, this one has the best looks. Its body is made out of wood. The speakers have a curved design which looks fantastic. You get a white LED display on the device. The device has premium looks and is very sturdy.

iBall Tarang Classic has all the good features like the latest Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, USB port, 3.5 mm jack, and FM radio. The remote that is bundled with the product lets you control it. You also get a few buttons on the main speaker unit that let you play, pause, switch between modes, and skip tracks.

The audio quality of the system is fine. It can not be compared to the audio quality of 5.1 ch or 7.1 ch systems, but you can surely have a good time listening to casual music. The product is good for PCs and bedroom TVs but not good enough to replace your living room audio systems.

The Tarang Classic comes with a 1-year warranty. The product can be used for listening to stereo music. The device has only 2 speakers so it is portable. You can easily move it from one place to another. If you want a good looking audio system that has decent audio quality, you can go for iBall Tarang Classic.

Pros
  • Audio quality is decent
  • The wooden case gives it a premium look
  • Build quality is very good
  • Remote control is provided
Cons
  • Slightly expensive for a 2.1 system

8. Best with Ample Connectivity: iBELL E240BT 2.1

  • Power: 20 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Remote: Yes
  • Weight: 2.97 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The next product on our list comes from a brand called iBELL. The brand is not very popular when it comes to manufacturing audio systems but the iBELL E240BT 2.1 is a decent product with lots of features.

The iBELL E240BT is a 2.1 channel audio system that uses a body with a mix of a glossy and matte finish. The device doesn’t look fairly good. The port and button placement on the subwoofer is slightly odd. The USB port, 3.5 mm jack and all the buttons are present on the front side of the subwoofer.

The device is loaded with all sorts of connectivity features. It has everything from Bluetooth to FM radio. From USB port to a memory card reader which is quite rare at this price point.

The loudness of this device is very low. The company has made some compromises in terms of audio quality. The audio output of the system is 20 W which is not super low but is a bit less for the price. The company should have at least provided 30 W audio output.

It comes with a 1-year warranty. For around 2,100 INR, the product can not be called a value for money product. It does have a lot of connectivity options that are found on costlier audio systems, but the loudness is too less. If you play music on low volume and are actually going to make use of Bluetooth, USB port, and 3.5 mm jack, you can purchase this one.

Pros
  • A lot of connectivity options
  • Remote control is provided
  • Decent build quality and looks
Cons
  • Loudness and overall audio quality is average
  • Slightly overpriced

9. Cheapest Option: F&D F-203G 2.1

  • Power: 11 Watt
  • Bluetooth: Yes (V 4.0)
  • Remote: No
  • Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The last product on this list comes from F&D. It is an Indian audio company making great audio systems for almost 15 years now. The company has cut down a lot of features in order to bring down the price under 1,500 INR.

The F&D F-203G 2.1 has 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer. While the design of the speakers looks awful, the subwoofer looks considerably better. The quality of wire used to connect the speakers with the subwoofer is bad too. It may break if you try to pull it or stretch it even a little bit.

The audio system doesn’t come with any connectivity option other than the 3.5 mm jack. You don’t get Bluetooth, a USB port or even the memory card slot. You don’t get FM radio either.

At first glance, you might think that the audio coming from the speakers wouldn’t be very loud. It’s true that the audio isn’t loud, but sufficient for small bedrooms. The audio quality of the system is good enough to rival 2.1 channel systems from the likes Sony and Phillips. The bass and treble both are balanced. You can hear beats and vocals clearly.

F&D F-203G is a very popular product on Amazon and has over 7,000 ratings. It comes with a 1-year warranty. The product sells under 1,500 INR, which is the least you have to spend in order to get a 2.1 channel audio system. Apart from connecting the audio system to your personal computer, there isn’t much you can do with the product owing to its limited connectivity options.

Pros
  • Low price
  • Well balanced audio quality
Cons
  • Bluetooth connectivity is missing
  • No USB port, memory card slot
  • Design and Build quality isn’t very good
  • Wires seem too weak

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I connect a 7.1 or 5.1 music system with a single 3.5 mm audio jack?

No. A 2.1 channel output is the maximum that you can get from a single 3.5 mm port. The 3.5 mm port has only 3 conductor cables which make it impossible to send more than two audio streams simultaneously. If you connect a 7.1 or 5.1 audio system, the extra speakers replicate the audio that is being played to the two main speakers and the output will be stereo.

Which cable should I use to connect a 5.1 or a 7.1 audio system to my TV or PC?

To connect a 7.1 or a 5.1 channel home theatre system, you have quite a few options depending on your audio system and the device that you are connecting your audio system to. The most common way to connect them is to use an HDMI (AAC) connection, Optical SPDIF cable, or RCA cables. It is necessary to find out which interface your TV/PC supports.

How long do speakers of the audio systems typically last?

Speakers are some of the most robust electronic gadgets you will ever come across. Speakers manufactured by reputed brands can last for more than a decade too.

Is the 2.1 channel audio system any good?

Yes. The 2.1 channel audio systems are perfect for small rooms. It is true that they don’t offer immersive surround sound, but for listening to music and other casual stuff, a good 2.1 channel with Bluetooth connectivity is all you would need.

Verdict

While setting up a 5.1 or a 7.1 channel audio system, you have to make sure that you are using something better than just a 3.5 mm jack because, as we have mentioned in the FAQs section, it is not possible to enjoy 5 channel audio with a single 3.5 mm jack.

The cost of the products reviewed in this article goes all the way up to 3,000 INR. All the products that have made it to this list are good. You can be assured that no matter which audio system you buy, you would be getting the best bang for your buck. At the same time, you should understand that at this price, you won’t be getting a device that has all the features that you will need.

You can consider purchasing soundbars too. Soundbars are very convenient to set up. They are perfect for casual music listeners who don’t care too much about the audio quality, but for those who are fond of true cinematic experience, home theatres are the way to go. Even if you get an expensive soundbar, it won’t be able to match the quality of a true home theatre.

If we had to pick the three best out of all the audio systems that we have mentioned in this article, we would pick the Krisons Verve 7.1, Philips MMS2625B 2.1, and the iBall Tarang Classic 2.1. The last one costs a little more than it should but looks and performs really well.

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