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All You Need To Know About A Surround Sound System

Having a great surround speaker system can completely transform your home theater experience. With a number of possible speaker combinations out there, it is your decision whether you want a subwoofer for deeper bass or a center channel for head-on sound. So before you move on to buy sound system supplies, it is important to have a clearer understanding of what you are looking for.

If you are passionate about making your home theater the best place to watch a movie, here is why you should consider surround sound system.

Understanding a surround sound

To take your movie watching experience to the next level, a high-definition surround sound system is the right way to go. However, before you take the leap and buy the equipment, here is what you need to know.

A surround sound system utilizes multiple speakers and channels to create a 180° or 360° audio experience. To understand this, let us see how your TV speakers work. When you are watching a movie on TV, the soundtrack from the speakers comes at you from a single source. Whatever exciting thing is happening on the screen, the sound coming out of the inbuilt TV speakers are limited and not very realistic for a surround audio experience. On the other hand, having a surround sound system helps create an immersive audio experience with depth, fidelity and most importantly, realism.

Setting up a surround sound system

To set up a surround sound system for your home theater, our audio experts recommend the following components.

  • 5.1 Dolby surround speaker system

  • Center channel speaker

  • Left and right speaker

  • Subwoofers

  • Elevation speakers for Dolby® Atmos

  • A/V receiver

With these speaker components placed at optimal positions, you can create a very effective surround sound system that corresponds to the movement on the screen. This is because the signals that reach a surround sound system created by splitting into all the noises in a given scene and sending it out to separate channels. Sound engineers usually encode into the Blu-ray or digital download of the movie, enabling the sound to correspond to the visuals going on the screen. A receiver collects the signals from an optimal setup of five speakers in the surround sound system to transmit the sound accordingly.

Each of the different speakers employed in your home theater system has designated roles. Most of the dialogues come from the center channel in front of your screen. The music and other sound effects in the movie are sent to the left and right speakers. All the ambient noises including special effect sounds that add to the third dimension of your cinema experience come from the surround sound system. Low-frequency effects, especially musical bass, comes out through the subwoofer. If you want to experience Dolby Atmos, you should add either 2 to 4 elevation speakers to your existing surround sound setup. Together, you get the ultimate cinema theater audio experience.

In conclusion

As mentioned, there are a number of ways to optimally place the speakers in your surround sound system. By evaluating your theater room and the experience you are looking for, our experts can recommend the best-suited placements for your home theater. Using branded equipment and sound engineering rules, experts at Dynamic AV can help you enjoy the most immersive cinema experience right at your home.

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