Know surround speaker system features before you buy
A key feature for addition in your home entertainment, in this world of tech-trends is a surround speaker system. The sound projected from different angles creates a feeling of being immersed in a movie or a program on TV. A basic surround speaker system varies depending on the number of components and the quantity of power it delivers. The most common among this being 2.1-channel, 5.1- channel and 7.1-channel. If you are a newbie to buying surround speakers then you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all the new trends and speakers review that you see, so here we walk you through an easy guide to help you buy what you need and want with your entertainment system.
How surround speakers work and the key features: The ultimate guide
Before you jump to the cash counter all ready to pay for your new set of sound system you need to know how it actually works to determine what exactly would suit your purpose and if you are buying unnecessary junk.
A surround system divides its audio into various channels. Systems offer a maximum channel of 11 and a minimum of 2. They differ from the stereo systems and the mono speaker system as they use sub-woofer to capture the deepest of the sounds in a program and enhances better sound quality. In a surround speaker setup like a “2.1” has two speakers and one sub-woofer.
A simpler buyer’s guide for surround speakers system features
What would clear out the deal more is if you have a basic idea of what the key surround speaker features are and what exactly are they there for and how many in number do you need to capture the best of programs.
- (Center) channel speaker: – this speaker is placed if possible the front of the room and channels out to the right and the left. You only need one of these.
- Satellite speaker: this speaker only delivers audio in one channel. This is mostly placed in a rear corner of the room for maximum dispersal of sound. These are actually known as surround speakers. This can vary in number two to eleven.
- Sub-woofer: this is used for delivering bass sounds in low frequency than usual. This can be placed according to the user’s choice anywhere in a room because the human ear is not capable of detecting the directions these frequencies are generated from. It is suggested not to place this in a corner as that would create a loud boom sound. 1 of these is sufficient but for a bigger room 2 won’t hurt either.
- Receiver: this is used for receiving audio signals sent from the source and after decoding them they forward these signals to the speakers. These are placed alongside the TV or a projector screen etc. you only need one of these.
Now that you are acquainted with the basic idea let’s look at the broader picture here. Most handy buyers guide for surround speakers give a detailed confusing version, here’s a simplistic version of those to ease your task.
Different formats in a surround sound setup:
To choose the right system you would need to know which format is going to provide you with an all-round experience. Here is a surround speaker guide to help you out.
Films, television programs audio in CDs mostly use the two common formats i.e. DTS (digital theater system) or Dolby. The tracks that are created are meant to play for various formats. The receiver is used for decoding this and translates them into signals for the speakers. The most common or default system for the receiver to translate in is a 5.1 surround setup.
The basic difference between surround sound systems: quick speakers review
Since there are many different setups and the sales agent will obviously push you to purchase an outrageously expensive set, here’s a guide to get what you actually need. Take a look at this choice that you have and get what seems more appropriate for you:
- The 2.1 surround system setup: an actual surround sound is considered to be 5.1 and higher. 2.1 is more of a virtual surround sound system as it only has two speakers and a sub-woofer create a similar effect of an actual surround system. These are mostly capable of decoding the Dolby digital signals. The system is placed mostly in the front of a room and the two speakers have to be placed evenly from each other. These are great for small and standard rooms. Not suitable for large rooms at all.
- The 5.1 surround setup: most movies, audios and programs are supported through setup as it supports most common formats like Dolby digital, DTS and Dolby (pro logic). This includes 1 (center) channel speaker, two satellite speakers in the rear section of the room and a sub-woofer. The rear speakers are placed in the corner of the room equidistantly above ear level. The two front speakers are to be set equidistant from each other as well.
- The 7.1 surround setup: this setup consists of two additional speakers with the 5.1 setup. 7.1 are most commonly supported by Blu-ray discs. There are two rear and two surround speakers. A 7.1 mostly supports formats like Dolby (pro logic) IIx, Dolby trueHD, DTS-HD Master and DTS-HD. The additional speakers are generally setup behind listener.
Now you are all set to buy the product at your will. Leave us a comment and let us know if this helped you.
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