Building a Well Matched Surround System

In order to create a perfect sound experience in your home, one that truly replicates a theater sound, start with a receiver, about six speakers and a subwoofer. You may have to compromise sound quality over décor but that will work itself out.


Many pre—matched systems include at least 5 speakers so perhaps this is your best bit. It is definitely easier than buying your speakers a la carte and if that’s the route that you want to take, make sure that you look for a number of items. Find a center channel speaker that will fit below or above your television. Find side speakers to flank your TV that will either sit on a shelf or stand on the floor. You’ll need at least 2 surround speakers to be set behind your primary seating arrangement. The best for these are either bipolar speakers or shelf speaker. Add a couple of subwoofers and if your receiver can handle it, you may want to add another couple of speakers. Speakers that will fit into the wall or ceiling, or flat panels speakers will provide you with a cleaner look but are more challenging to install.

The market right now has many small speaker options available that will easily blend into your décor and be unobtrusive and not take up as much space. Consider how often you’ll be using the room for home theater and how often you’ll be using it for other purposes. If you’ll be using it extensively, larger speakers might be the answer, depending on the size of the room. If it’s big enough, it could give you a true theater feel. The layout of the room is also a significant factor. Decide where they will best fit without appearing to too out of place and still maintain the quality you’re seeking. Don’t try to hide them behind things as that will impact the sound dispersion. Also, keeping a couple of speakers flanking your television system will give you the audio to video experience that you’ll want to achieve, keeping your focus on the screen.

If you’ve not opted for a pre-matched systems, you should still try to stick to at least the same brands unless you already own some components and are not adding to them. Do not abandon good quality pieces solely because you’re looking for a matching aesthetic value. In this case, mixing and matching is the most reasonable choice. Otherwise, sticking to a brand will not only look better but will give you a more consistent tone and transition as the sound moves from one speaker to the next.

Experiment with different locations for your subwoofer to ensure that you will get even coverage and remember that the larger the driver, the deeper the bass. If you have a large enough room, look for a high wattage.

Don’t forget to consider convenience so make sure that you can easily control all of your components from a single remote. That way you can adjust everything from your favourite chair to accommodate your home theater experience as it is happening and ultimately provide you with a quality that equals an external theater.

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