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Where To Buy Home Theater Speakers ((BETTER))

Home theater starts with your TV. A big, clear picture is must-have, and bigger is usually better. Choose 4K or OLED for the latest TV picture technology, and pay attention to smart TV features if you're interested in streaming content. If you've got a dedicated home theater room and you really want to go big, consider a projector that can produce theater-like images on screens measuring as big as 100" or more.

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Dolby Atmos is a cutting-edge surround sound format that was developed to give movie soundtracks a more three-dimensional effect. It creates a "height" layer of sound above the listener. Available for a growing list of movie titles and supported by many newer home theater receivers, Dolby Atmos delivers the most lifelike surround sound we've heard yet.

People frequently ask us about wireless surround speakers. No home theater speaker is truly wireless, because it will need to get power from somewhere. However, some home theater systems feature a wireless transmitter that sends audio signals from the receiver to the speakers in the rear of your room. This eliminates the need to run speaker wire from the front to the back of your room. These speakers usually connect to a wireless receiver that goes in the back of your room and plugs into an AC wall outlet for power.

Obviously, a good TV or projector and screen are principal to the experience. But if you think of a home theater system like a Broadway play, then the TV = the stage, and the sound = everything else, from story and actors to music and pageantry. The real magic behind home theater systems is audio, and audio is what you need to get right to create a real home theater system at your house.

Your favorite shows and movies can come from any number of devices in addition to your set-top box. Blu-ray players and 4K media players give you a gorgeous viewing experience and extremely rich home theater sound, and the same is true with devices like Apple TV and Roku, which connect to the Internet and stream content from an ever-growing list of providers (e.g., Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu). Also, unlike some older TVs, devices like Apple TV and Roku automatically update themselves whenever new apps, games, and/or shows become available.

That depends. Again, more is always better when it comes to sound, and there are literally dozens of speaker combinations that can create true home theater sound. The traditional home theater includes 5 speakers: a center speaker, a left and a right speaker, two rear left and right speakers, and, of course, a subwoofer. A typical setup looks like this:

The center speaker, which is where most dialog comes from, should be centered just below the TV. (Though some in-wall center speakers live above the TV.) The left speaker goes to the left, and the right to the right. The two rear speakers are placed or installed at the rear of the room, behind the viewing audience. Typically, the left and right forward speakers are bigger than the left and right rear speakers.

The basic, traditional home theater setup is a 5.1 home theater system with 5 or more speakers: a center speaker, a left and a right speaker, a rear left and right speaker, and, of course, a subwoofer. A typical setup looks like the image below.

For years, a 5.1 home theater system was considered the crème de la crème. Not anymore. A slew of recent technology breakthroughs now take home theater to a level equal to (and in some cases, even better than) the world's finest cinemas. And one of the biggest breakthroughs came by way of Dolby Laboratories.

The first thing you'll need for a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos home theater setup is a Dolby Atmos capable receiver. Additionally, you'll need eight speakers: a center speaker, two left and right main speakers, left and right surrounds, a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, and a subwoofer.

Home audio theaters systems are the key to achieving high-end audio and a captivating listening experience at home. Honed for space conservation, the systems offer a variety of speaker sizes and configurations. For someone who is after a hands-free approach, wireless or portable speakers rely on Bluetooth compatible devices for a purely digital interface. Add-ons and replacement parts help you customize the experience.

For ease of installation, home theater in a box setups come with all the necessary components. Typically, construction of a home audio theater requires research into speaker compatibilities, but not with these kits. While not for everyone, these ready-made kits provide a convenient basis for a start-up sound system. Since the systems come in predetermined sets, you will need to do some research into how much space they take up. This should not be an issue, as sizes are in the product details, and there are smaller box setups available. Setups come in different configurations, but typical features to expect in a 5.1 channel system are: 1x center speaker, at least 4x side speakers and 1x subwoofer. The majority of these setups support surround sound, with 5.1 channel setups being the most common. Standalone speaker pairs are also available for 7.1+ channel systems.

There are a multitude of home audio speakers to choose from. While the standard desk-sized speaker is more familiar, wall-mounted, shelf and free-standing units are also viable options. Wall-mounted and shelf speakers are optimal for smaller spaces, as they can be hung on the wall or fit in spare spaces around the room. Free-standing speakers are more suited for a desk-less environment, and can be put in empty corners or placed in key sound locations. All these speaker types are perfect for a multi-channel surround sound system. For a variation that doesn't require space for multiple speakers, single-channel soundbars are a popular alternative that do not sacrifice audio quality.

Wireless home theater speakers eliminate the need to continually check up on a manual interface. This convenient setup also reduces the use of cables that traditional speaker systems require. Wireless speakers can link together in a Bluetooth home theater, and wireless also introduces the possibility of portability. Portable speakers work well for travel and limited usage. The major downside of both portable and Bluetooth systems is they do not support the Hi-Fi audio that is characteristic of a traditional home audio theater.

Wear and tear and technological obsolescence happen in any electronic system, but replacement and add-on audio components are available to prolong their lifespan. Components include spare audio jack parts, audio converters and adapters to access old audio type systems. Customized upgrades like longer cables and audio splitters also reduce the need to completely redo a home audio theater.

Choosing what home theater speakers to buy is typically a really difficult decision. There are tons of different options available at varying price points. One will most certainly ask, what home theater speakers should I buy? I know this because I did at one point in time.

So what home theater speakers should you buy? Choosing the right speakers for your home theater is dependant upon a few things. Here are some things to consider when making your next speaker purchase.

Floor-standing and tower speakers are exactly as they sound. They are tall speakers, built at the optimal listening height, and are placed directly on the ground. They usually contain multiple different sized drivers inside to cover a wide frequency range! These speaker drivers can range anywhere from 1 to 10 inches in diameter. Floor-standing and tower speakers are built in a variety of sizes. Some contain smaller drivers and are very thin, while others contain larger drivers and are very wide.

We have used these in many home theater setups where we put the speakers behind an acoustically transparent projector screen. This allows you to completely hide the speakers and makes it feel as if the sound is coming from the projector screen itself! Check out my article on acoustically transparent screens and how they work.

Center channel speakers are very important to a home theater surround sound system. It produces almost all of the dialogue and a lot of the soundtrack in movies. Therefore it is extremely important in any great surround sound setup. A center channel speaker typically includes a variety of different sized drivers to cover a large frequency range.

This speaker should be around the same size as your other two front speakers. If you are using bookshelf speakers, then the center channel should be on the smaller side. If you have two larger tower speakers, then this one should be around the same size, maybe a little smaller. If the center channel mismatches the other front channel speakers, you could run into issues where the sound is inconsistent across the front of the room.

The Klipsch R-5502-W II is an outstanding low profile in-wall speaker! This speaker is very versatile and can be used a left, right, or center channel home theater speaker. It is built to be mounted vertically or horizontally to fit different needs. This unit comes with a magnetic cover that can be painted to match the color of the wall. It can definitley output an impressive amount of sound for being an in-wall unit.

If you want to see more of our recommended products, then check out our recommended products page. This page includes all of the different home theater products we recommend, so you can make an informed decision before making any purchase!

Thanks for pointing out that before getting home theater speakers you should determine your budget and decide what type of system you want to use. My husband and I are trying to set-up a home theater in our basement because we think it would be a great place to relax and hang out with friends once it's done. Since we don't know that much about speakers, we'll have to talk to a professional that could help us choose the best ones for our situation.

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