Do you love going to the movies but hate the lines? Wouldn't you rather have that amazing quality of sound that vibrates right though your chest in the comfort of your own home, with your own freshly buttered popcorn and your own cushy couch where you're within your own right to put your own feet up? If you are looking for that in home cinema experience and want to take it to the next level you will need a top notch home theatre system that will really blow your mind.
Home Theatre Systems are just as important as the receiver because they provide the quality of sound and audio of your movie, soundtrack or television show. It's essential that you purchase the home theatre system that suites your needs as a buyer; some factors may include it's size, shape, and mounting and setup style. Home Theatre Systems can vary from being 3 to 5 feet tall, they can be floor standing, bookshelf designs or mounted in-wall configurations and can be a multi-channel surround sound system or a standard stereo system. This gives an insight into the variety available to you as a consumer, and this Bing Lee buying guide aims to help you make the best buying decision. Home theatre systems can transform your experience of watching TV or listening to music at home and they provide the most immersive element of home entertainment.
HOME THEATRE SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS
At Bing Lee we sell surround sound systems, which differs from a stereo system which uses only two channels, a left and a right. Surround sound systems on the other hand uses several channels as well as a subwoofer to project sound to the listener from an array of angles. Therefore, surround sound systems are composed by several different types of speakers, which you can see when viewing home theatre systems on our website or in store. This buying guide will outline the features and purpose of these different speakers so that you can get a better understanding of what you may be buying.
Sub-woofers are not just for P platers showing off their "gangsta" beats and disturbing the neighbourhood. Home theatre systems may provide one or two subwoofers depending on what they offer. A subwoofer is a dedicated low-frequency speaker cabinet, which is usually self-amplified, and creates the deep, rich bass that is too often missing from a standard speaker. They are intended to produce the deep notes of the musical spectrum, and the low energy frequency of home theatre soundtracks. A subwoofers presence also in a home theatre system also allows the receiver or amplifier to create mid-bass and mid-range notes with more quality because the burden of producing the deep bass is eliminated. They create a cleaner and richer sound, which enhances the audio experience ten fold.
CENTRE CHANNEL SPEAKER
This element of a home theatre system mostly reproduces the dialogue of an audiovisual program and those other sound effects which are meant to come to the front of the room. They are generally positioned close to the screen of the TV or computer to give the effect that the sound that comes from the centre channel speaker is from the screen itself. The centre channel speaker also anchors the sound field.
FRONT SPEAKERS (OR MAINS)
These speakers of a home theatre system provide the majority of sound affects to the listener/viewer. The front left and front right speakers are crucial as they reproduce a variety of frequencies, whether they be the low bass sounds in music or high tones in certain instruments. They deliver the essential music and sound effects to enhance your audiovisual experience and so should be of high quality.
The surround left and right speakers mainly reproduce the surround music and effects, inherent in the surround sound system phenomena. They deliver similar frequencies to the front speakers, but can be of lower quality if need be as they are less essential. They are central to the immersive experience of home theatre systems, and are conducive to making the listener/viewer feel like they are part of the music or video.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 5.1 AND 7.1 SURROUND SOUND SYSTEMS
5.1 surround sound systems consist of the centre channel speaker, front left and right speakers, and two rear surround speakers. A 7.1 system, on the other hand, adds two more rear centre speakers, and sometimes can use these two extra speakers as front height speakers. Overall, a 5.1 system uses 6 channels (that feed into 6 speakers) to create sound, whilst a 7.1 system uses 8 channels. The two extra channels of sound help to deliver better audio quality, however the difference is not enormous. When choosing between the two you may want to consider pricing differences, the quality of sound you require and also the amount of space you have in the room you intend to put the home theatre system.
DIFFERENT FEATURES OF HOME THEATRE SYSTEMS
WIRELESS AND BLUETOOTH
Wireless and Bluetooth features are increasingly important in the modern world. This ability means that you are able to connect a smartphone or any other electronic device instantly to reproduce the sound they create. This feature gives you an ease of use as well as flexibility in connecting a variety of audiovisual electronics.
This acronym may seem foreign to you when you are investigating the specifications of different home theatre systems, but it refers to one-touch music streaming from a smartphone, which is an awesome feature to look for when buying a system.
Who doesnt love home appliances that have added options? Some systems may offer specific sound modes depending on what you are listening to or watching; for example football, music arena and concert hall modes which are featured in the Sony systems. This may be considered if you have specific preferences that may fall into these categories and hence further improve sound quality.
What's the point in watching a 3D movie if the sound doesn't match what you're seeing and sounds as if that explosion is coming from a completely different angle? As the market for 3D TVs increases, it is important that your home theatre system matches the 3D viewing experience. Some systems offer genuine 3D audio; which translates to delivering precisely located sound. The sound that is reproduced seems to emanate from their visual locations. The sound does not just come vertically or horizontally, but also depth-wise. This can differ your cinematic experience from being a spectacle that you observe to an experience that you are immersed into.
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