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  • 12/10/2015
    What Type of Speakers Should be Used for 7.1 Surround

    If you are looking to enhance your home sound system, then upgrading to 7.1 surround sound may be a suitable option. 7.1 surround sound best serves those who are looking to get that real life sound from their televisions, whether during general viewing or watching movies and playing video games. There are many brands to choose from and each has its own unique features.

    Definition
    According to thx.com, the number seven in 7.1 represents not only the number of speakers in the home theater system, but also the number of audio channels used to mix a particular object (movie, game, music). In a 7.1 system, there are seven speakers and one subwoofer.

    Essentials
    You must purchase an AV receiver along with your speakers to have a surround-sound system. Receivers accept all audio and video sources and then distribute the sound to all of your speakers. The receiver essentially powers all of the speakers. Receivers vary in price, but it is key to ask a professional which one will best fit your desired system. Also, subwoofers are essential to enhance low sounds. If a subwoofer is missing, you will not hear those low rumbles of thunder in movies or the booming of bombs in video games.

    Speaker Types
    Speakers can be bought together or separately, it is your choice. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers take up less room and sound just as clear and crisp as traditional box speakers. However, you can mix and match speakers, styles or brands. You can have in-ceiling speakers in the front of the room and box in the back, it won't affect the quality of sound. Thx.com recommends that groups of speakers should be similar. Ground speakers should be from the same manufacturer, as well as left, right and back surround speakers (see Resources for setup information).

    Size
    It is important to know the dimensions of your room so that professionals can point you to the system that will be right for you. A good sound system needs to be powerful enough to fill the room with clear sound. If you choose a system that is too small or too big for a specific room, sound quality can easily be distorted.

    Considerations
    Upgrading to a 7.1 surround-sound system can be costly. A 5.1 surround-sound system is probably ideal for your home; improper setup of a 7.1 system can greatly damage sound quality. Before installing your new system, talk with professionals at Best Buy, thx.com or other electronic stores to ensure you have the right system for you and understand proper 71. surround-sound installation procedures.