Why Surround Sound Speakers Make the Difference
By Anne Ahira
Stereo sound can be considered quality sound because it makes the most out of the 2 speakers that you have without relying on virtual effects.
Watching regular TV should be enough to accept the sound quality especially if your speakers are a good brand, but there are other people that set up larger home theaters with more sophisticated speaker setups consisting of 5 or more speakers.
At a glance, adding surround sound speakers may look like a minor upgrade to a stereo setup that sounds exceptional, but they can clearly make the difference if you look at these aspects.
The Different Surround Sound Formats
All of those logos that you see on the latest Blu-ray players and A/V receivers are surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II X, Dolby Surround Sound, and other technologies.
These are similar surround sound processing technologies that are used in cinemas for a better and livelier experience. The different formats available cater to different surround sound speakers for great flexibility in making sure that the setup is optimized for the best sound quality.
One of the major components of a surround sound speaker system is the subwoofer. The low frequencies that the subwoofer produces makes the bass much deeper which really shows when watching action packed movies or listening to upbeat tunes.
No matter where the subwoofer is in the room, a noticeable difference can be heard thanks to this one piece of equipment.
The most basic layout of surround sound is the four speakers, one center speaker, and the subwoofer to form the 5.1 surround sound speakers setup. Usually, the speakers are laid out in such a way that listeners and movie watchers in the room hear live sound coming from every direction hence the term surround. Stereo speakers only go a single direction.
All that is needed is a good arrangement of these surround sound speakers as well as good calibration so each of the speakers have a proper setting that is relative to the listener’s position. Home theaters that come with the surround sound speakers are ideal because they come with auto-calibration microphones to make setting up very easy.
Better Movie Experience
All of the latest high definition movies support 5.1 speaker setups to give a much better sounding experience than mere stereo sound.
Some movies make good use of the front and back speakers where sounds in the foreground come out from the front speakers while background noises come out from the back speakers. Turning up the volume really simulates the movie theater environment.
Surround sound speakers may only show small differences if the source doesn’t know how to use them and low volumes may sound similar to stereo settings, but people that want to experience the best movies in the best audio quality possible will enjoy the benefits of surround sound speakers.
These speakers have more setup possibilities and different formats to use to make movie and video gaming experiences a lot better.