What to Look for When Selecting a Surround Sound System

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Here is what you need to know for selecting a surround sound system


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What to Look for When Selecting a Surround Sound System

What We’ll Cover Today:

The Basics of Surround Sound The Limitations: Budget & Space The Placement The Connection: Wired vs Wireless Surround Sound What We’ll Cover Today

The Basics of Surround Sound:

The Basics of Surround Sound Did you hear that rasping sound? Hmm. There it is again! It sounds like it’s coming from the back. No, wait, the front! Now it’s behind again, now the right...it’s everywhere! That is how you’ll feel with surround sound.

The Basics of Surround Sound:

The Basics of Surround Sound Wireless surround sound systems, like those provided by HEOS by Denon (pictured), literally surround you in a cocoon of sound. You’ll usually encounter surround sound with 5.1 channels consisting of: Center speaker located above or below the television that provides the soundtrack and dialogue Left and right front channels that provide the musical score and sound effects Rear left and right channels that provide additional sound effects for atmosphere and ambiance A Subwoofer placed near the television that adds the extra 0.1 sound and provides the bass NOTE: There are other variations like 7.1 and 9.1 surround sound that include additional 2 and 4 speakers.

The Limitations: Budget & Space:

The Limitations: Budget & Space No matter what you buy in life, you always have to abide by certain limitations. In our case, this is your budget and the space allotted for the speakers. Whether you’re strapped for cash or live in a small NYC 1-room studio, you’ll probably do best by substituting the three front speakers for a single soundbar that provides the same sound, but at a lower cost. Additionally, instead of setting up three separate speakers you only have to deal with one, so there’s that if you’re a fan of easy setups.

The Placement:

The Placement Decided on a budget? Good. Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to focus on placement. Remember, the point is to surround yourself with sound .

The Placement:

The Placement And now we arrive at the placement of you, the listener, and the speakers providing surround sound: You belong in the center The Center Speaker goes directly in front of you The Left and Right Front Speakers go -30° and 30° in front of you The Rear Left and Right Speakers go -110° and 110° behind you The Subwoofer goes right next to the television (-22° or 22° in front of you) NOTE: The instructions above are for a 5.1 setup. If you’re going the soundbar route, simply ignore the front speakers and place the soundbar underneath or above the TV.

The Connection: Wired vs Wireless Surround Sound:

The Connection: Wired vs Wireless Surround Sound And now we arrive at the connection. Before you choose wired because you think it leads to superior sound, think again — that may have been the case 10 years ago, but today wireless is superior in all regards. Additionally, wires are annoying. Plain and simple. Not only can you trip on them, but you also have the added hassle of trying to match your decor to those unsightly wires. Nope, no thank you.

Sources and References:

https:// usa.denon.com/us/wireless-home-sound-system-for-home https://usa.denon.com/us/heos/heos-avr https://www.howtogeek.com/137896/how-to-place-your-speakers-to-maximize-your-home-theater-experience/ http://www.spiderproduct.com/products/spider-accessories-stereo-cable-for-car-aux-cable Sources and References