When Buying a Speaker System for a Home Theater
When investing in an amazing home entertainment system, most homeowners will find it easy to choose which television to purchase. After all, all it really takes to see if it’s any good or not is by looking at it while on demo at a local store. Since humans are more inclined to have a better appreciation of visual media, choosing the right television for a home entertainment system is a walk in the park. At least when compared to choosing a good set of speakers.
While televisions do come with built-in speakers, no homeowners who are serious in optimizing their viewing experience will want to settle with whatever the television has with it, especially if it’s a top of the line television that has a crisp resolution. Mediocre audio will make the viewing experience horrible.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to have the discerning ears of an audiophile to be able to tell which speaker is objectively better than another. Sure, there are speakers that have large discrepancies in quality. But choosing from the best speakers available is a monumental chore. To make it considerably easier, it’s highly recommended to read up on different reviews such as this Monoprice 10565 review to understand the terminologies used in audio systems. Although reviews are specific to the products they are breaking down, the contextual definitions and functions will provide a good level of understanding of what makes a good speaker.
Usually, a three-way speaker is worth aiming for because it is able to emit low, mid and high-frequency sounds. Or it might be a better alternative to buy two-way speakers and purchase an additional subwoofer which will handle the low-frequency sound. Bass is, after all, an integral sound output for any respectable home theater. Never mind if the subwoofer doesn’t really match the aesthetics of the primary speakers because it can be hidden from sight. Bass is omnidirectional so placement won’t matter much. But then again, subwoofers are built by manufacturers not just to sound good but also to look good. It’s unlikely that modern subwoofers will be deliberately hidden from view for this reason.
Technical specifications aside, it’s also imperative that homeowners consider the shape and size of a speaker. A larger speaker is only an option if the living room area is ample. Unfortunately, larger speakers usually mean better and louder sounds. That’s just one of the compromises that a homeowner should consider if the living room can’t afford to house two tower speakers. A sound bar could also be purchased for scenarios where space is tight. Soundbars can be placed below the television and it won’t be intrusive even if it’s almost the same size as one tower speaker.
But when all bets are off, and there are no holds barred, there’s really no questioning about a 5.1 audio setup being the superior option. It’s the closest possible setup in emulating and even outdoing theater surround sound. Don’t let the number confuse you. It simply means a setup of five satellite speakers and one subwoofer, all strategically placed around the viewing area for optimal entertainment experience.