An excellent home theater system is an excellent investment. It not only adds value to our house but also brings satisfaction and enjoyment, especially on our busy days. We can throw away all the stresses of our busy life by simply watching movies and listening to our favorite songs.
This article will assist us in choosing the best home theatre speakers to suit our needs. In selecting the best speakers for our home theater system, we have to consider the following questions?
How Many Speakers Do I Need for My Home Theater System?
The most popular setup of a home theater system is a 5.1 and 7.1 channel. The 5.1 track comprises six speakers: a center channel speaker, two front speakers (left and right), two back surround speakers (left and right), and a subwoofer. This setup costs less compared to the 7.1 channel setup.
To create a 7.1 channel system, we have to add two surround speakers at the back (left and right). Of course, this will also add to the cost of the speakers. If we are on a tight budget, it is better to choose the 5.1 speaker system.
The speakers’ quantity also depends on the size of the room where we put our home theater system. For a lesser space, it is convenient to only go for a 5.1 setup that has six speakers.
A 7.1 surround system applies to space with over 200 square feet area. We can also add more speakers, something like a dolby atmos soundbar for example, if we have enough budget to achieve an even more cinematic experience in our home’s comfort.
The Audio/Video Receiver System
This is a black box that connects all the speakers and the television to make them work. At the back of this, we can see the different input/outputs to connect the cables and wires of the speakers. The TV may work independently, but an A/V receiver is what we need to connect its audio to the speakers.
The receiver ensures proper connections of the speakers. If we scrutinize the connections, they are sometimes color-coded to identify the speakers’ relationships quickly. This also controls the power of the speakers to reach the volume we want.
A home theater system usually comes with an A/V receiver. We need to purchase if it is not included in the package. Sometimes the receiver also comes with a disc player (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray) and a USB port to let us play directly through these storage devices.
An ordinary stereo speaker only comprises two speakers on the television’s left and right sides. To make a surround system, we need a subwoofer. The subwoofer lets us hear the kick and the punch sound when watching boxing or an action movie. It concentrates on the bass sound for a more intense sound.
The subwoofer usually comes in a home theater package. But if it does not satisfy us with the sound effect, we can purchase it independently for a more solid sound.
The Upward-Firing Speakers
We also call these the height speakers. We sometimes see a channel system like 7.1.2, so that we are adding two speakers besides the main eight speakers. We can put these two speakers above, just below the ceiling.
These speakers’ primary purpose is to create a bouncing effect of the sound for a more cinematic experience. To achieve this, the ceiling must be lower than that of the standard room.
How Much Does a Home Theater Cost?
On the whole, home theater systems are considered quite costly since they are expected to have at least five speakers and quite possibly a subwoofer. But these new technological developments have made it possible to find a great home theater system for less than $100 or $400,000 and above.
We used to think of buying speakers separately to assemble our system at home. But the good news is, there are available packages in the electronic stores so we can save a lot of money. We’ll have a more comprehensive selection, such as online stores and specialty retailers. We just have to search around for the best setup we think appropriate for us.
When buying a home theater system, it usually comes as a package, so we didn’t have to worry about purchasing the individual items. We can also ask the seller to test the sound quality of the speakers for us. We just have to consider how many speakers we need to create a suitable surround sound system for our room.
We can just buy additional speakers to create a more solid and unique sound for our home theater. If we are still not satisfied with the package speakers, we can buy an independent add-on speaker for a more cinema sound experience.