Home theaters are dual-purpose, home theater/music systems. if your room is small, say 12 by 12 feet, a small satellite/subwoofer system and a decent $300 receiver should be adequate for home theater and music. Room size and volume capability go hand in hand .
If you are building a home theater room make sure you have a plan for audio equipment rack location. Let’s assume you are using a projector I prefer to having my A/V component rack on the side wall at closer and behind the seating area. Only concern is you will end up using RF base remote controller (wireless remote control system).
Finding a great receiver can be a pretty difficult task. Their prices and features are all over the map. Most of them have HDMI inputs, and add-on features like AirPlay support. Your receiver will be the hub that handles all of the video and audio for your system. Your consoles, streaming set-top boxes, and other inputs (or most of them) will be plugged in to the receiver, and the receiver will send the video to your television and the audio to your speakers. That leaves you with a more organized system, and one device to connect all of your gear and manage it. Few brands like Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, Pioneer and Yamaha.
Getting a decent pair of speakers that’s right for your space will make everything you watch sound leaps and bounds better. Great speakers come at all price points and sizes, so you don’t have to worry that just because you have a small space or tight budget you won’t be able to enjoy great. For a medium-size room 12″ to 12″ tall bookshelf speakers make a lot of sense. They’re a convenient size that won’t overwhelm a room and can be found in almost every price range.
The main surround sound format is known as five-point-one or seven-point-one. . The numbers in the name refer to the number of speakers the format can use. So five-point-one uses five discrete full-range audio channels – three speakers at the front, which are stereo left and right, plus a center-channel mono and two surround sound speakers at the side or rear of the listener. Better to go with five, or seven, timbre-matched speakers. Although timbre matching is quite technical, it simply means that each speaker will produce similar sounds.
Subwoofer – known as a LFE or point one channel, which is also an important part of the overall surround-sound system. It delivers all of the deep bass impact, the rumble of an explosion, a crash of thunder, the boom of a drum — some of the most exciting audio effects in home theater are produced by a powered subwoofer. In my opinion the subwoofer should be in front corner.
No room for a sub or speakers?
compact or ultra-compact subs are designed to deliver great bass designed to be placed on or inside your living room furniture, also the soundbar has become a popular solution.
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