Home Entertainment Technology - Canton, GA - Home Theater & Automation

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Tips on Buying a Home Theater Audio System

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Home theaters are becoming more and more common in homes across America as technology improves and prices drop. One of the most important elements to home theater systems in Canton is a quality audio system. If the picture is beautiful and the sound isn't so great, then the whole experience is ruined. At Home Entertainment Technology, we know a few tips to help you know buy the best home theater audio system. 

Consider the Room

Perhaps the most important factor to consider is the room that the home theater will be in. The size and openness of the room will drive what type and size of speakers you need. For example, a small, closed room is not the place for large speakers because they will overload the room with bass, producing a muddled sound. Next, where are the speakers going to be housed? Are you going to stash them in a cabinet, on the floor, in the corner, etc.? Speakers or subwoofers producing lots of bass shouldn't be put in cabinets, because they will rattle around and not produce an ideal sound. Consider the furniture placement too. If your couch is up against the wall, then realistically placing lots of surround and back surround speakers isn't going to be easy, so a simpler system will work better.

Know the Terms

Before shopping for audio systems in Canton, it's important that you understand some common terms: 

  • Driver: a cone or circular part of the speaker that oscillates to produce sound. Different sizes will produce sound in different ranges.
  • Satellite: a tiny speaker made to fit in tight places. The main driver is 4 inches or less.
  • Bookshelf speakers: these are the next size up from satellites with a driver or 5-6 inches. 
  • Monitors: these slightly larger speakers have drivers of 6.5 to 8 inches. These start to produce some quality bass sound. 
  • Tower speakers: these larger speakers sit on the floor and have multiple drivers.
  • Subwoofer: a stand-alone driver dedicated to bass.
  • Center channel: a speaker responsible for reproducing dialogue like its coming right from the screen. 
  • Surrounds: speakers that literally surround the listener. They are for directional sound effects.

Posted on: 5/05/2016