Many people like the large screen and great sound systems they experience when they go to a movie theater, but the actual experience of sitting in a crowded theater leaves a lot to be desired. Why not cut out the bad parts and create your own in-home theater experience? It’s not difficult to achieve, either. In fact, just installing a great surround sound system can immediately alter your movie, music, and even gaming experience. If you’re not sure where to start or don’t know much about the benefits of such systems, it’s fine, as we’ll go over all of this and more in order to get you on the right path to the sound system of your dreams.
The Pros and Cons
In order to create the right sound system for your home, it’s important to be aware of all of the factors surrounding such systems. When it comes to surround sound, the biggest draw is, of course, its ability to recreate realistic sounds throughout a given room. Surround sound has the ability to mimic the sensation of footsteps or voices coming from behind you, or the sound of various objects moving past you. These tricks of sound dramatically enhance your TV or film experience in a few different ways.
For one thing, having the sound in the room mimic how we would experience sound in the situations we’re seeing on our TV screen gives us the sense that we’re really in the middle of the movie. We feel more like we’re experiencing what the characters in the movie are experiencing, which makes whatever we’re watching feel more realistic.
Apart from this, surround sound seems to have its own special way of enhancing the visual quality as well. Sight and sound are very closely linked with one another, so when we experience sounds from a surround sound system that feel very vivid and realistic, then the visuals we’re seeing also feel even more vivid and realistic. With this in mind, you could go so far as to say that if you wanted to enhance the visual quality of your TV, setting up a surround sound system can help to accomplish this task.
When it comes to cons, surround sound systems can cost a bit more to install than your typical stereo sound system. There are also those who feel that while TV shows and movies may be enhanced through the use of surround sound, music doesn’t sound as good with it in comparison to stereo systems.
This view does have some merit, especially when you take into consideration the fact that most music is produced and recorded with stereo sound systems in mind. If you’re working with a larger space, a surround sound system might end up being more expensive, as well, because whereas a typical surround sound system uses about 5 speakers, a larger, longer room may require 7.
Part of your setup will have to have wires or cables of some sort, so you definitely want to make sure you have all of the necessary adapters, connectors, cables, and other cords. However, you can certainly accomplish a lot through the use of various wireless devices.
One device that you should look in to is a wireless HDMI extender kit. These kits allow you to transmit HDMI signals between different electronic devices, eliminating the need for HDMI cables. This should allow for greater versatility when setting up a surround sound system and other components that you might need for an awesome home theater system.
Most modern TVs, particularly HDTVs, will allow for internet access, which in turn allows you to stream movies and music. Careful integration will allow your surround sound system and other components to not only interact with one another successfully through HDMI signals, but also work in conjunction with wireless internet access for a great video and audio experience.
If you’re working with wires, then that’s completely fine, as there are a variety of cables, adapters, and connectors on the market that will easily let you link together all of your various devices and accessories. In fact, you might want to use wires and cables for your surround system, as opposed to going wireless. This is because, unless you have a higher grade surround sound system that happens to use infrared technology in order to transmit its signals, you might encounter some audio interference. Considering that high quality surround sound systems can be rather costly, it may be an added bonus to stick with a fully wired option.