Who else likes to boost their audio-visual experience with surround sound? In the average home theater, there are usually no more than seven speakers and no less than four. Along with those speakers, every booming sound system has a subwoofer. Each speaker has a separate task, which I’ll explain below. aside from the subwoofer, there is a center channel speaker, a speaker to the left and one to the right, these would be your front speakers, then you have the surround speakers.
The subwoofer is a loudspeaker component designed to reproduce very low bass frequencies. It's what makes vibrations during the intense scenes in a movie. Whenever there is an explosion, an earthquake, or something of the sort in any film, a subwoofer is the reason you can feel the room shaking. The low rumbling you hear and feel is a result of the sub. It’s not only the bass in the room but also the base for the rest of the sound system.
Front left and right speakers are used to get a sound that travels the width of an amount of space. If you were sitting in a home theater, these are the speakers that would normally be facing the audience on opposite sides of the room (hence one on the left and one on the right). These speakers move sounds from one side of the room to the other by accommodating the center channel speaker to put you in the action on your screen.
No one likes watching a movie where the sound is lagging behind the lips moving on a movie. Yet, you know exactly what I’m talking about. A center channel speaker is important-- aren’t they all? -- because they’re the reason that what you see on screen matches the sound you hear. It’s the speaker that spills all dialogue and gives out majority of special effect sounds throughout films.
Surround sound speakers do exactly what their name says. They give you surround sound. These speakers have different placement based off personal desires but typically they are behind the audience; either placed on the ground, up on a table/desk of some kind, or up on a wall. Surround sound speakers are like the toppings on your favorite ice cream sundae. They complete the set up. These speakers give off the sound that submerges the audience in whatever is on their screen. They lock everything in place.
You don’t need to have an actual theater in your home to have a home theater system set up. These speakers come in many sizes and can be adjusted to make any sized room feel and sound like an actual theater room. systems like this are great to set up just for listening to music as well. Just as an extra tip, if you’re one of the few who don’t know, you will also need a surround sound Receiver aka an AV Receiver. A receiver is the heart of a home theater system. The way a human heart pumps blood in and out of itself and then throughout the human body, a receiver pumps input and output frequencies of sound throughout the speakers. So go try it out!
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.