How Much Does a Sound System Cost?

Typical Range:

$240 - $1,161

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Updated August 6, 2021

Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Surround Sound Installation Cost

Installing a surround sound system in your home costs $686 on average. It’ll typically run between $240 and $1,161, but some reports put it at $3,000 or more. A set of two in-wall speakers, including wiring, runs from $200 to $500. A multi-room system runs $3,000 to $12,000 – you can expect to pay $500 to $1,000 per room.

Surround sound comes in multiple formats, with new technologies and hardware constantly improving the listening experience. Surround sound means the sound surrounds you, using speakers placed around you. Usually, you’ll see a setup using either five or seven speakers plus the bass speaker, also called a subwoofer (the “.1” in 7.1 and 5.1), usually for music, television and movies but it’s increasingly common to see for gaming.

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National Average $686
Typical Range $240 - $1,161
Low End - High End $90 - $3,500

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,366 HomeAdvisor members.

In-Ceiling Speaker Installation Cost

In-ceiling speakers cost $200 to $500 per pair, including wiring and installation. For complete surround sound, you’ll spend about $700 per room. Putting them in the ceiling requires running wires, making a cutout and placing a back-box per code requirements.

This doesn’t include an external receiver or amplifier (often housed in the same component), which adds another $400 to $1,000. But you don’t always need one. Most home theater kits, like the Bose Lifestyle 650, come with a “console” that functions as a traditional receiver and streaming device for $4,000 total.

If you’re using most surround sound kits or any soundbar setup for a television, you won’t need to purchase a separate receiver, it comes integrated into the soundbar or as part of the kit. Due to many speakers moving to a wireless setup, they usually have small, built-in amplifiers.

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How Much Does A Sound System Cost?

Speakers$50 - $500 each
In-Wall Speaker Wiring*$35 - $75 per wire
Brackets$10 - $30
Back-boxes$30 - $50
Amplifier$300 - $800
Smart Hub$500+

*Many newer systems don’t require wiring. But installation as part of the entire system takes time and materials, adding to the price.

Speaker Installation Cost

Most installers and electricians charge $50 to $100 per hour for this type of work. The average room only takes a couple of hours to complete. Less if it’s a wireless system.

Surround Sound System Installation Cost Factors

  • Number of Rooms: Each room adds $500-$1,000 when setting up a whole-home system. Some companies offer package deals that lower the price per room when you purchase four or more rooms.

  • Wired vs. Wireless: Wired systems require running wires through the walls and ceiling if you want a clean look, adding $35-$75 per wire. You can conceal them on the surface or leave them exposed to reduce the price.

  • Mounted vs. Integrated Speakers: Mounted speakers get placed on a shelf, bracket or directly to a wall or ceiling. Integrated speakers require cutouts in the walls, adding $20-$30 per cutout.

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Surround Sound System Brands

Surround sound systems are available from a variety of different brands, each of which has a unique style, quality and appearance. Some companies offer completely integrated whole home speaker systems with multi-channel main hubs, while others specialize in speakers and surround systems only. Some of these systems are extensions of smart homes. A smart home system costs $750 on average, these prices are in addition.

  • Savant: $750-$1,000 per room. Complete systems with a hub and software.

  • Control4 Audio: $500-$800 per room. Complete hub software compatible with many brands of speakers.

  • Sonos: $600-$900 per room. Hub and software system that offers its own brand of speaker.

  • Bose: $400-$4,000 per system. Bose doesn’t make flush mount systems, instead, they’re surface mounted to brackets.

  • Polk Audio: $400-$3,000 per speaker. One of the top audiophile choices. They offer systems for homes, cars, boats and outdoor use. They only offer floor standing, bookcase or surface mount systems.

  • LG Electronics: $300-$2,000 per system. Also marketed under the name Zenith, this average-priced company is best known for soundbars and bundled wireless surround sound systems.

DIY vs. Hire a Surround Sound Installer

It’s possible to set up an out-of-the-box system yourself without too much trouble. But a local audio installer can hide the wires, run them through your walls, and flush-mount speakers to your ceiling and walls. Pros help you decide the best location for your speakers and amp to maximize the quality of the sound. They’ll also discuss acoustic treatments and expansion options during a consultation.

FAQs

How hard is it to install ceiling speakers?

It’s not hard to install a ceiling speaker with the right bracket and tools. It should only take a professional an hour or less.

Are surround sound systems worth it?

Surround sound speakers make a movie and sound experience completely immersive. Whether it’s worth it or not depends on the level of sound detail you want.

Are soundbars as good as surround sound?

Soundbars are not as good as surround sound. They mimic surround sound through speaker position and directional sound. High-end soundbar systems sometimes come with two additional “surround” speakers, which provide 360-degree audio.

How much is a surround sound system?

A surround sound system generally costs $500 to $3,000. However, high-end systems can hit $10,000 or more.

How much does a surround sound system cost to install?

It’ll cost $100 to $500 to install a surround sound system in your home, depending on whether it’s surface or flush mount and wired or wireless. If it’s a complete out-of-the-box system, you can generally have it installed in roughly two hours. If you’re running wires through walls and setting up and testing the system, more time will be required based on your unique setup.

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