Many homeowners are looking to combine their new television installation with a powerful home audio system to create a fully immersive home theater experience. While picking your sound system might seem like an easier choice than picking the television or visual home theater setup of your dreams, you might be surprised! The choices for home audio can be as intensive or even more expansive than that of the visual home theater market.
2.1 Channel Home Theater Audio Systems
2.1 channel home audio systems are the most simple of external audio systems beyond a sound bar. Generally, 2.1 channel systems utilize two speakers in stereo and can also utilize a subwoofer for extra low frequency range. These systems can be simple tower speakers or can be mounted to the right and left sides of your television. These systems are best for homes that are either low on space or home theater shoppers that want upgraded audio but do not care for surround sound.
5.1 Channel Home Theater Audio Systems
5.1 channel home audio systems are more complex than 2.1 channel systems due to the fact that they utilize five speakers to produce audio. 5.1 channel systems are more conventionally known as surround sound systems because of their ability to have speakers placed around the room. Traditionally, 5.1 channel systems utilize a center channel for dialogue or center music vocal tracks, left and right front channels for your main audio similar to a standard stereo setup, left and right surround channels often mounted to the side or back of the viewer, and also a subwoofer to add additional low end.
7.1 Channel Home Theater Audio Systems
7.1 channel home audio systems are among the most complex and advanced home audio systems on the market currently. The 7.1 channel system utilizes the surround sound system as described in the 5.1 system to another degree. By adding another pair of surround sound speakers, the side and rear channels can be controlled individually to add another layer of surround sound audio depth. Unfortunately, not all audio tracks encoded on to DVDs or Blu-ray discs currently support 7.1 channel audio, so make sure that you check the media which you purchase to see if it is compatible with your 7.1 channel system. Most audio tracks which do not support 7.1 will still perform normally on your 7.1 channel system; your system will instead function as a 2.1 or 5.1 channel audio system for the duration of the picture.