Advancements in technology have certainly inundated our homes in numerous ways. The market for home theaters, or surround sound systems, is certainly one of these affected areas. With so much emphasis on the latest and greatest televisions available, people often forget to focus on the rest of the experience. Whether you choose to pursue a dedicated home theater, or a simple family room surround sound system, there are a lot of factors to consider. Let’s look at the overall design.
The Audio Video Receiver
Our sources, the devices that we watch and listen to, are just an extension of the system. Cable boxes, satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles are some devices that can be utilized. They all interface through an audio video receiver which, acting like a central brain, processes the video (what’s sent to the television) as well as the audio (what’s sent to the speakers). This audio video receiver really becomes an important part of your overall experience.
The speakers, as well, cannot be overlooked. Both form and function are important. Whether you end up utilizing in-wall, In-ceiling, on-wall, or floor standing speakers, quality and placement are important. This is what allows you to feel connected to the viewing experience. Systems mainly consist of either a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 classification with slightly different off-shoots available. The first number is the amount of audible speakers. A 5.1 has 5 main listening speakers. A center channel is where the main voices come from; front left and right speakers add to the front sound field, giving the sound its depth; and rear left and right speakers add the perception that you are in the middle of the action. 6.1 and 7.1 systems simply add the number of rear speakers that enliven the main listening area. The “.1” refers to the subwoofer, the part that gives your sound field the “boom,” really completing the experience that you are living your entertainment.