How to Find the Right Speakers for Your Home Theater System

Create an Immersive Surround Sound Experience

Every part of your home theater system should be custom designed to meet your unique preferences and budget constraints. You need to find the screen size that makes the most sense for your location and a theme that best matches your personality. There’s also a lot that goes into picking out the right surround sound system for your New York home, from the speakers you buy to the layout you choose for them. In this blog, we highlight some of the most important choices you have to make when choosing speakers for your theater.

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Match the Speakers to the Room

The first step is finding the right power output for your speakers. During our initial consultation, we will gauge the size of your space to make sure speakers are evenly matched. While it’s tempting to assume that more power is inherently better, having speakers that are too powerful for the room can result in distortion and muffled sound.

Upgrade to a Dolby Atmos System

Dolby Atmos is a type of three-dimensional sound that lets audio move freely throughout the room instead of being relegated to a particular channel. This allows you to experience more realistic audio from your movies. Hear a plane fly overhead or gun shots coming from a specific direction.

Make Sure that Your Speakers Match

We recommend that your speakers be from the same manufacturers so their audio qualities match up well. Take the plane flying overhead example we mentioned earlier. As long as you have Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers and AV receivers, you’ll hear the sound pass above you. But if the speakers don’t match you’ll notice a change in the sound as it moves from one speaker to the other, taking away from your movie-watching experience.

Fill Out Your Surround Sound Layout

There are two key components of a surround sound layout: the right placement and the right speakers. When it comes to Dolby Atmos, you want three speakers in front of the viewer. One placed in the center and one on each side of the screen. You will then have two speakers to the side of the audience, two behind and two above. If your room does not allow for in-ceiling speakers, you can use Dolby Atmos upward facing speakers that bounce the sound off the ceiling to mimic that layout.

Once you know where each speaker will go, you want to have the right equipment at each position. Each speaker in your layout serves a different purpose. You need to work with your AV professional to ensure you’re using the right one at each location. For example, a center speaker (the one directly in front of the viewer) typically deals primarily with dialogue. So you want a speaker that offers good mid-range sound.

Throughout the installation process, we help you figure out which equipment makes the most sense for your home theater system. To learn more, call us at 800-357-5124 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.