A home theatre system is an exciting entertainment option that can provide the consumer with an extraordinary viewing and listening experience. Your home theatre can be as simple as a television and a modest sound system or a sophisticated custom-built system complete with a video projector, in-wall speakers and a top of the line home theatre seating. Surround sound refers to the speaker system although it is the rear speakers that creates the ambient sound that makes you enjoy the “surround sound” experience. Here are some helpful tips in your search for that perfect listening experience.
- Check the manual. Before you go shopping for your surround sound speakers, check the manual of your receiver or your surround sound processor to determine if you would need a full-range or limited-frequency speakers. Also check on the surround channels and determine if they are discrete and mono or stereo.
- Research. There are available reviews in home theatre magazines, Audio review websites on the Internet that you may find helpful. By doing this research, you will have a clear picture on what type and model may be suitable for your surround sound project and at the same time have you will have an idea of how much you may need to shell out.
- Store visit. Now that you’ve read some reviews and gotten some information about surround sound speaker products on the net, time to visit the store and “hear for yourself” so as to speak. Keep in mind that you need to go to the audio stores that has a home theatre demonstration room. The sales representative will be more than happy to assist you through the demonstration process. It would be best if you can ask for a DVD movie to be played during the demo so you can experience the total audio and visual effects.
- Hear and compare. When the sales representative starts to play the demo DVD, you should first listen for the overall effects then gradually concentrate on the accuracy of the surround sound speakers. Compare at least 3 different pairs of speakers for the day. If you are not yet satisfied with the selection of speaker you have, you can always go back to the store the next day and listen to a few more surround speakers. Reason behind this is that you want to make a good distinction of sound accuracy and you can’t do that with strained eardrums. Give your eardrums time to relax so you can make a sound judgement.
- Comparison check. When comparing the quality of the speakers, make sure that the sales representative places the volume of each pair of speakers at equal volumes. For the movie demo, it would be best if you can have a selected movie scene to be played for the comparison test of the speakers.
- Buying the speakers. When you have gone through the demo process, the last tip would be to buy the speakers that can provide the right effects without calling too much attention. Your speakers are not the focal point of your home theatre; they are there to compliment your home entertainment setup.
Many consumers get confused on how to start setting up their very own home entertainment system and how much to spend for it. Even if you are on a humble budget, you can still afford a modest system that will do the job. There are inexpensive and mid-range options that provide great value and performance. Remember that saving money is good but acquiring great value is better.