How to Get the Best Sound from Your Home Theater System

get-best-home-theater-soundIf you have a home theater system or are thinking about getting one, you want to get the best sound possible. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, and you may be tempted to cut corners to save money. This can affect the quality of the sound you get. Here are some tips to help you get the best sound quality possible from your home theater system.

Arrange Seating Correctly

You should not put seats too close to walls or speakers. People’s ears should be at least four feet away from speakers. Putting seats near walls, especially a back wall, can reduce the effectiveness of your surround speakers, make the bass boomy, and create excessive localization. Design a seating layout before you buy your speakers.

Choose the Right Speakers

You should use speakers with multi-tweeter arrays, not a single soft or metal dome tweeter. You can choose speakers with compression drivers on horns or line sources. Use a center speaker that is the same as the left and right speakers and put it behind an acoustically transparent screen. For surround speakers, use monopoles or bipoles, not dipoles.

Have the Right Number of Subwoofers

You need to make sure you have the right number of subwoofers. For one row of seats, you need two subwoofers. For two rows of seats, you need four or more subwoofers. A horn loaded mega sub will not produce smooth bass. You will hear peaks and dips in your listening area. Put the subwoofers in mode-cancelling arrangements so you will hear consistent bass.

Add Bass Trapping

You also need to set up the room correctly to get the best sound possible in your home theater. Add enough bass trapping to control your room modes. Deep fiberglass traps are effective and inexpensive, but they take up a good deal of space. Add enough absorption so that the room does not sound dead or have echoes. You probably will not need a lot of absorption if you have wall-to-wall carpeting and theater seats. Treating first reflection points can have a negative effect on your sound.

Come to My Audioworks for Advice, Equipment, and Installation

If you need new equipment for your home theater, come to My Audioworks in Milford, Connecticut. We offer a line of top-quality speakers, subwoofers, and other equipment you need to get the best sound possible from your home theater. We can give you advice on choosing the right equipment and can install it for you in your home. Stop in at My Audioworks today.

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