Surround Sound Speakers
The term “surround sound speaker” can be used to describe any speaker used in a home theater surround system. It could refer to the left, center, and right channels; the rear surround effects channels; or even to a subwoofer. For this article, we’ll limit the term surround sound speakers to describe the speakers specially designed to reproduce the rear surround effects.
Rear surround sound effects
It’s the sounds that come from all around you that combine to make home theater so exciting. A jet fighter coming into view and suddenly roaring overhead. A surprise knock at the door behind you. The sound of a bullet missing your ears by mere inches. This is the stuff of great home theater, and surround sound speakers help make the magic happen.
Specialized for the job
Just about anything that’s specialized works better. For example, if you need a hammer, you can choose between all kinds of different types. But sure enough, the one specialized for the job you’re doing will be the one that works the best. In home theater, you can use virtually any speakers for rear surround sound effects, but that doesn’t mean that any old speaker will work very well.
So let’s take a look at what makes a surround sound speaker so different and unique. Hopefully, it will be of help when purchasing your home theater speakers.
For surround sound speakers to faithfully reproduce the rear effects sounds, they have placed either behind or to the sides of the listeners. In some rooms this can be a challenge. That’s why many surround sound speakers are designed to be mounted directly on the side or rear walls. Some surround sound speakers also feature a swiveling bracket that lets you aim the sound towards the listening area, something that’s very helpful in rooms with walls that aren’t parallel or if they’re oddly shaped.
Spacious surround sound
Good surround sound speakers provide a spacious soundfield that spread across the listening area. This creates that sense of realism that’s essential to the home theater experience. Many specialized surround sound speakers are designed so the sound comes out of both sides of the speaker. This can greatly enhance the spatial qualities of the sound. Some surround sound speakers take it a step further by providing a bipole/dipole switch. When you select bipole, the angled speakers are put “in phase,” which creates a spacious soundfield, particularly if the speakers are mounted behind the listening area. The dipole switch puts the speakers “out of phase,” which is effective when the speakers are mounted to the sides of the listening area.
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