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Home theater systems Technologies: The definitive guide



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Home theater systems Technologies: The definitive guide


People buy home theater for aesthetics or functionality. And, there is a third group of people who buy it for both reasons.

The problem most people have is the difficulty in understanding all the terminologies used in describing a home theater.

For starters, you probably don't know the meaning of "Surround Sound" and how it affects the sound of your home theater.

The same applies to a whole lot of other terms we've come to accept as usual. Understanding these technologies and terminologies will help you buy better products.

This article is a definitive guide for the most critical details in a sound system. Let's ride!


Popular Home Theater Sound Systems Technologies


Surround Sound


Surround sound is a sound effect that channels audio directly to the listener from different angles.

The sound comes from the front, sides, and back of the listener.

Imagine you're in a room with speakers on all edges of the room; that's how it feels.

Surround sound is so unique that the combination of all the speakers doesn't generate noise.

The setting appropriately complements each other.

A perfect example of this setup is in movie theatres. The surround sound effect is the idea behind having five speakers and a subwoofer in a home theater system.

If you want to get the most out of this, ensure you hire the services of the right home theater installer.


5.1 Channel System


Five-point one (5.1) Channel System refers to the default configuration of home theater systems.

If you want a surround sound effect, your home theater installation should have the following:

  • Two speakers in the front (right and left)

  • Two surround speakers at the back (right and left)

  • One speaker at the front (center). It could be directly on your TV stand or console

  • One subwoofer close to the TV console

This entire setup consists of five speakers and one subwoofer. Hence, the term "5.1 Channel System."