Sub Woofers information
The scale, volume and spectacle of the silver screen continues to attract audiences to their local multiplex to view the latest summer blockbuster or indie smash hit. But many moviegoers also want to reproduce that experience from the comfort of their own home. Thankfully, there are products on the market that can bring the big screen experience to your living room; everything from widescreen TVs, speakers and mood lighting! Once installed, all you'll need to do is bring the popcorn.
To fully recreate the big screen experience, you'll need a set of home cinema speakers that offer cohesive, engaging sounds with excellent definition and detail. In addition, you may need to conduct some research into the market to see which speakers best fit your needs.
Below is a guide to a few of the common features and options you'll find in a home cinema speaker system which should help outline the differences between a smaller, budget set and the full booming experience of the silver screen.
One of the most important components of a home cinema speaker package is the centre speaker as it is responsible for all of the main dialogue and detail. If you're having friends over to watch the latest Blu-Ray movie then a centre speaker is absolutely essential as it provides detail to those who aren't sitting front and centre to the television. However, a weak centre speaker (or lack of) may dampen the dialogue and cause an imbalance between sound effects and words.
Ideally, the centre speaker is placed below or above the television screen in order to let the surround-sound experience flow and it should also work with the spatial and mounting arrangements of the room. Furthermore if purchasing separately, the centre speaker should ideally be made by the same manufacturer as existing speakers as this increases its compatibility, delivering an all-round great sound.
The subwoofer is essential in recreating those booming, lurching bass levels heard in cinemas everywhere. Those high-tension, edge of seat moments? It's where the subwoofer works best. Furthermore, subwoofers are perfect in helping bassy music and soundtracks realise their full potential.
For placement, buyers are best off positioning the speaker out of the way of foot traffic, preferably in a corner of the room on the floor to deliver the best sound output. If a corner isn't available, subwoofers also work when placed as close to a wall as possible, ensuring it delivers an exceptional bass response.
In order to tie the centre speaker and subwoofer together, buyers will need to acquire rear surround speakers to deliver a 360 degree audio venture; the true cinema experience. By strategically placing these speakers around the room (rear speakers should be behind the spot where everyone will be sitting; left right and centre) viewers will truly feel as if they're at the cinema. To truly optimise their sound, try to position the surround speakers at ear level.
It is worth bearing in mind that 5.1 cinema systems (optimised for Dolby Digital and DTS playback) do not include rear speakers as opposed to 6.1 and 7.1 systems.
A home cinema system can completely change the way films, music and TV shows are experienced at home. Powerful, clear and crisp audio from high-quality can deliver full immersion but the placement of said speakers is just as important. Consider their primary use and the layout of your chosen room as this could drastically affect what type of home cinema speakers are best for you.
Most of all, enjoy the experience of cinema-style audio quality from the comfort of your sofa!