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The Best Audio Systems for Theater-Like Sound

by Pam Silvia

To achieve the perfect home theater, there are two main technology components to consider: the television and the audio system. The perfect home television needs to be the perfect size for the space with a crystal-clear picture.

Options for televisions are numerous — so are those for audio systems. Audio systems include home theater speaker systems, soundbars, or a combination with a great subwoofer. Check out our guide for finding the perfect audio setup to get great theater-like sound.

Home Theater Speaker Systems

home theater system with widescreen HDTV in modern living room

If the ideal audio setup with theater-like sound involves various speakers mounted around the room, a home theater speaker system is likely the best option. These speaker systems are available in bundles and separately as individual pieces. The system is often made up of several speakers and an audio receiver.

What is the typical speaker configuration?

The base home theater sound system model has 5.1 channels, including five speakers and a subwoofer. The typical 5.1 channel model includes two front speakers, a central speaker, and two rear speakers as well as the subwoofer. It is important to consider that the center speaker and the subwoofer are imperative pieces in this setup. They are the key to achieving a great sound.

Other models include 7.1 channels (seven speakers and a subwoofer) and 11.2 channels (eleven speakers and two subwoofers) for an intense audio setup. An alternative to these systems is an audio receiver paired with bookshelf speakers. This allows more flexibility in placement without losing the professional sound.

Should I choose a home theater in a box?

A Home Theater in a Box includes all the necessary pieces for theater-like sound. These boxes are a great option for anyone that does not want to pick the combination of speakers, subwoofers, and soundbars. However, it is possible to assemble an entirely custom speaker system by purchasing individual pieces.

Soundbars

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A soundbar is a long speaker that plugs directly into the television, eliminating the need for a receiver. They can be incorporated into a full home theater speaker system, paired with a subwoofer, or installed alone. Soundbars come in a variety of brands, sizes, and price points.

Soundbars are the easiest audio upgrade you can add to your television. Choosing a soundbar allows for quick installation with no tricky mounting or extra equipment required. They are also often much less expensive than full theater audio systems; however, they will be located right below the television. This is a factor to consider when designing the space.

All About Subwoofers

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A subwoofer provides the low notes in the sound that are otherwise not audible. The addition of a subwoofer is important in achieving the perfect theater-like sound. Without one, the audio may sound light or have less depth. They allow sound to travel farther than the average speaker system, so consider sound reach when designing your home theater.

Some Home Theater in a Box options include a subwoofer, but not all. It’s important to check the specification of the system if a subwoofer is a must-have. It is also possible to incorporate an upgraded subwoofer to a system, just ensure to check that it is compatible with the existing audio receiver.

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