You’ve decided you want a home theater system. Now what? With all the different components and options available, it can be tough to decide what to get. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the things you need to consider when choosing a home theater system for your home. By the end, you’ll know exactly what you need to create the perfect viewing experience in your living room.
What to pay attention to
By understanding the following technical characteristics, you can choose a home theater for yourself:
The value of the two-digit numerical code in the audio system configuration
The first digit indicates the number of sound reproduction channels, the second indicates the presence of a low-frequency bass subwoofer. For example, the numerical code 5.1 means that the system has 5 satellite speakers with one subwoofer, 4.1 means 4 speakers and a subwoofer, respectively. Increasing the number of channels increases the realism and clarity of the sound. For installation in a medium-sized city apartment, a 5.1 configuration is suitable. In halls with high ceilings, a 9.1 system will be required. For a small room, 4.1 or 2.1 will be enough.
The rated power of the audio system
This indicator is determined depending on the size of the room in which the equipment is installed. The larger the room, the more powerful the audio system should be. For an average city apartment, 200 watts might be enough, but to reduce sound distortion, it is advisable to increase this value and install a more powerful system with at least 500 watts. To obtain high-quality sound, more than 1000 W might be necessary in large halls.
The centerpiece of a home theater system is an optical disc player that sends video to the receiver. After decoding and amplification, the signal is sent to peripheral devices. To play sound in a home theater, there are usually at least 2 separately located speakers, but more give a richer sound panorama.
Home theaters can play optical media like CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. They also have a USB connector so you can connect a flash drive with a movie or concert on it. Some home theaters also have Bluetooth wireless technology, Wi-Fi, and major digital media formats support. Of course, the more features a home theater has, the more it costs.
Materials for the manufacture of audio systems
The cases of sound reproducing speakers are most often made of lightweight and durable plastic. Wood is sometimes used in expensive models to manufacture cases because it absorbs and reflects sound much better than plastic. However, the high cost of wood limits its use in the manufacture of audio systems. As a result, developers have learned to compensate for the acoustic shortcomings of plastic speakers by positioning the speakers and improving the design.
How to choose a home theater for small rooms
Choosing a home theater or soundbar for small rooms, you should pay attention to the following:
- The power of the sound system should not exceed 50 watts.
- The number of channels is 2.1 or 4.1.
- The weight of the speakers should not exceed 6 kg.
For small rooms, it is advisable to choose a compact five-piece system. It will take up little space and will not require additional wiring. In addition, the sound of such a system will be clear and voluminous.