It wouldn’t be a home entertainment system without surround sound to give you that immersed sound feel. To enjoy your favourite film like you are in the middle of the action, or to watch your sports team in their biggest match with the impression you are at the stadium, you will need to invest in a surround sound speaker system. In order to surround you in the sound of a film, album or TV show you will need to set up a surround sound speaker system to the front, sides and rear of where you will be sitting.
To set up your surround sound speakers, it is best to think about your seating area. The speakers can be hung, placed on stands or rested on top of furniture. But for the best results, it is recommended that your surround sound speaker system should have three speakers in front of you with two to the side. This type of set up is known as a 5.1 surround sound speaker system because it holds five speakers to one central point. The system combines the five speakers with a sub woofer that should be placed behind your seating area. However, every need is different and you can achieve results with a combination of surround sound speakers. For example, if you have a small room then you will be able to achieve a surround sound environment with fewer speakers.
Another consideration is the amount of cables and wires that will be running around your room with these surround sound speaker systems. If you would rather not have numerous cords running around your living room, then it would be better to look into wireless surround speakers. These speakers receive their signals via radio waves or an infrared light. Despite their name, wireless surround speakers still require some wiring and are required to be plugged into a power source in order to run, but do not possess as many wires as a conventional surround sound speaker system.
Buying your surround sound speakers individually can be quite daunting and confusing. However, there are full surround sound speaker systems available to you that eliminate the confusing nature of buying individually. With the front speakers, the left and right units come in a variety of sizes from 4 inch satellites to tower units. The smaller the speaker, the less bass they carry, so a mid range 12-15 inch speaker is usually offered. For the front central speaker, much of the same logic applies. For the surround sound speakers that are located to the sides of the seating areas, a standard surround speaker is commonly used – these are often quite small. For the sub woofer, which provides the majority of the bass sounds, there are options between a self powered woofer, which has its own on-board power amps or a lower end version which uses the receiver’s amp to power the unit.
If you are going to assemble your surround sound speakers individually, then it is important to make sure your speakers are compatible and match your existing system.