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Home Audio Speakers: Selecting a System for Your Home Theatre Design

selecting home theatre speakersWith the various number of home theatre speakers available through a number of high and low-end brands, most consumers rely on salespersons to lead them in the right direction. Consumers with only a limited budget will undoubtedly opt for the cheapest option available to suit their needs. This, however, nearly always results in a less than ideal sound system that fails to meet the expectations or needs of the owner. It is, therefore, a good idea to educate one’s self on the best brands, speaker styles and specifications that will fit a home’s needs before making a choice.

A home theatre speaker system normally consists of a front speaker, left and right speakers, a center-channel speaker, a pair of surround speakers, and a subwoofer. These can be mixed and matched but anyone without even basic understanding of how each work in combination with the rest would need help from a professional to make sure the speakers will all work well together. These speaker forms come in various sizes, sound quality output and style. Following are the types in which these speakers may be found:

On-Wall speakers, on the other hand, are recommended for use with a flat-panel TV. They produce exceptional sound as well as a pleasing aesthetic design.

In-wall speakers. This type of speakers requires no floor space, and can be hidden from view if it matches the walls. Their quality is usually very good, but they need professional installation and wiring.

Bookshelf or cabinet speakers. This type of home theatre speaker can stand individually like floor standing speakers, but are smaller, hence can be placed on or in entertainment centers or shelving to save space.

Floorstanding speakers. This type of home theatre speakers is the largest type of speaker available. They can be shifted around the theater area or be moved to another home.

Home theatre owners or designers should determine the listening needs as well as the user’s preferences for a specific room to create a quality home theatre space. Room size and layout are likewise relevant factors as this will determine the speaker configuration. Logistics such as the placement for the electrical, the room size, and also the useable room space will definitely affect the type of equipment that can and should be installed within the space.

Moreover, home theatre speakers are also available in various sizes. Not all sizes are meant for all rooms, however. Large speakers are definitely not advantageous for small spaces as they will have to be played at a much lower volume. This will alter the sound quality produced. Likewise, lower quality small speakers used in large spaces may create a thin sound if they are not able to produce sufficient sound at a decent output level. Speakers of similar size may also vary greatly in sound that they produce, hence it is very important to listen to a number of speaker brands and sizes first and then compare them before buying.

Finally, speakers are available in a number of encasement types (i.e. natural or laminated wood, metal, etc.). However, the preferences may be limited by brand or model. It is suggested that you consider every available brands or model before you consider purchasing one for your home theatre design and these tips in selecting a system for your home theatre design.

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Posted on June 19, 2013 by 0 Comments Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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