When it comes to home theater, many people favor sound over all other aspects of the set up. If you have a poorly designed speaker layout or the system has not been properly calibrated, then you can't be getting the most out of your home theater system. There are two things to consider when installing your speaker system; buying quality speakers and amplifer, and setting them up properly for your environment. You can have state of the art speakers that cost a fortune but if you don’t have them calibrated properly for the room, it won’t matter how expensive they are. Conversely, you can have a professionally designed/installed speaker system but if they are of poor quality your experience will be sub-par.
Many people rely on the TV speakers to provide all of the sound for a TV show or movie. What they don’t realize is that most new media contains audio data that actually will tell the components what side of the screen audio should originate from. For example if you are watching a movie with a high speed car chase and their is an explosion “behind” you in the movie, there is no way for the sound to actually originate from behind you if you only use your TV to play the sound. However, if you have a multi-speaker system with speakers installed behind you, those speakers can then play the sound that is supposed to be “behind” you according to what’s happening on screen. This gives you a much more immersive and life-like experience.
For a minimum amount of “immersion” you are going to want at least a 5.1 speaker system – the number 5 refers to how many speakers there are and the 1 refers to how many sub-woofers. You can also commonly find 7.1 systems, and even sometimes 7.1 systems, etc… Depending on your room size and what you are trying to accomplish, a professional home theater installation company has invaluable information and will help you make the best choice.
Make sure to do your research as there are many great speaker systems out there… on the flip side, there are many companies you should stay away from. Online review sites and recommendations from a professional home theater company will be your best resource in choosing the speakers that are right for you.