The Essentials of Speakers

When shopping for speakers for your home theater system, you'll likely run across unfamiliar lingo and a myriad of speaker types, shapes, and sizes. Examine your options carefully before you choose which speaker setup will work best for your home theater.

How Speakers Work

Speakers are actually relatively simple devices. You should understand at least the basics of how speakers work before incorporating them into your home theater system. Basically, you have an enclosure [more…]

What the Numbers Mean in Surround Sound Terminology

Much of surround-sound terminology boils down into numbers such as 2.0, 5.1, and 7.1. These surround-sound numbers sometimes refer to the playback system’s speaker configuration and sometimes to the audio [more…]

What Is Dolby Surround Sound?

Dolby has been enhancing sound for several decades, but the true mother of all surround-sound encoding schemes in home theater systems is Dolby Surround Sound [more…]

Two-Channel Sound vs. Multichannel Surround Sound

Rather than two-channel sound, a home theater boasts multichannel surround sound. Two-channel sound gives a left and a right speaker effect, while multichannel surround sound adds a front center speaker [more…]

How to Shop for Speakers

Shopping for a speaker system for the home theater can be confusing. When you shop for speakers, understanding speaker lingo eases the shopping experience and helps you get the most for your money. [more…]

Speakers and Pole Position: Monopole, Bipole, Dipole, Omnipole

The speakers in a home theater system may have multiple sets of speaker drivers that face in different directions (positions). Bipole and dipole speakers are designed to help contribute to your surround-sound [more…]

Shapes and Sizes of Speakers

Home theater speaker systems come in all shapes and sizes. Speakers fall into four categories of shapes and sizes: floor-standing, bookshelf, subwoofer, and in-wall speakers. [more…]

Types of Speaker Enclosures: Sealed and Ported

The speaker enclosure (typically, a box) is critical in a home theater system. There are two major types of speaker enclosures, sealed and ported. Either way, a speaker enclosure should handle vibrations [more…]

Active Speakers vs. Passive Speakers

All speakers in a home theater system fall into one of two categories: active or passive. How active and passive speakers are classified depends on their relationship to the amplifier driving them. [more…]

How to Set Up a Surround Sound Speaker System

You can maximize the surround sound experience in a home theater by positioning the surround sound speakers properly. The speakers in a home theater system include the center channel speaker, the left [more…]

Using a Virtual Surround Sound System

Virtual surround-sound speaker systems incorporate multiple speaker drivers and fancy electronics in a single speaker unit. Virtual surround sound systems should be placed in the front of the room [more…]

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