How Many Speakers Should My Home Theater Have?
Q: How Many Speakers Should My Home Theater Have?
This is a matter of individual taste and the experience you want to achieve from your system.
Generally, the systems are classified by the total count of speakers plus the sub woofer. For example a 5.1 system will have two multi purpose speakers for the front channel and 2 for the back channel. Then a center channel is added and finally the sub woofer. 4 speakers, plus 1 center channel equals 5. Add the subwoofer and it becomes 5.1 channels.
What Number of Speakers Will Provide Optimum Sound Performance in My Home Theater?
In more than two decades of designing and installing high quality home theater systems, Lelch AV understands it's not necessarily the number of speakers that improves your sound performance as it is the home theater speaker placement and the quality of the speaker itself. A homeowner can invest in multiple expensive speakers without enjoying optimum sound performance if they are not compatible with the size and configuration of the home theater space in addition to not being strategically positioned within that space.
One of the main reasons why homeowners who want to invest in a home theater system or want to upgrade their current home theater space using new and improved speakers choose Lelch AV is to enjoy their expert guidance and professional installation and avoid running the risk of wasting their time and money with an amateur do-it-yourself job. Speakers can vary widely by style and price and it's only after a professional consultation that Lelch AV technicians can recommend not only the right number of speakers but also the right speaker style and the best placement to enhance the homeowner's listening pleasure.
What Makes Up a Surround Sound System?
A classic positioning of five speakers positioned in the home theater at left, center and right, supported by two surround speakers and a subwoofer works well for many home theater situations. Some theater configurations can accommodate an upgrade to 7.1 channels incorporating two additional surround speakers if there is space available behind the seating location. Recent industry advancements have also introduced nine and 11-channel systems to fill the room with high quality sound. For some customers, a single speaker sound bar is the right solution.
Designing your Sound System for your Room - Acoustics and Size
When designing home theater systems, Lelch AV always takes into account the quality and performance of the speakers being used rather than simply increasing the number of speakers to make the theater seem more impressive. We always advise our clients that it's much better to invest in two high quality speakers rather than 5 economical units which will offer disappointing sound quality. In addition to advising customers on the right number of speakers needed to deliver the sound performance they deserve, the Lelch AV technical team can recommend the best category of speaker style, ranging from on-wall speakers, satellite speakers designed to sit on a bookshelf, or more elaborate speakers designed to be hidden in recessed walls or ceilings.
Don't forget that Lelch serves the entire Minneapolis MN Metro Area with an array of theater, lighting, home automation and security design and installation services. We offer free consultations. Call today.