October 15, 2019
Differences Between a Passive Soundbar and Center Channel Speaker

I know what you are thinking. Center channel speakers and passive soundbars both take an amplified signal. They are both positioned front and center in your home theater. They seem pretty similar. Can they be substituted for each other? The answer is no! Passive soundbars and center channel speakers are not the same thing. A […]

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September 23, 2019
Are In-Wall Speakers Still Useful for Surround Sound?

As a regular watcher of television and movies, building my dream home theater system was always a goal of mine. My initial system started out one piece at a time, carefully reviewing specifications, reading reviews and installing what I thought would work best. For a rental, having speakers that sat on mounts was ideal. After […]

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September 9, 2019
5.1 vs. 7.1 Surround Sound: Which Is Better?

You’re finally going to do it. You’ve been saving up, and now you’re going to get the home theater system of your dreams. Your dreams, however, have been a little bit vague and left you questioning exactly what kind of sound system to get. In particular, you can’t choose between 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. […]

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August 25, 2019
Soundbar vs Surround Sound: Which Is Better For You?

Stuck in a toss-up between a soundbar and a surround sound system? With advocates on both sides, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you, and it's one of the most important decisions you'll make for your home entertainment system. So in general, does a soundbar replace surround sound? How do […]

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August 18, 2019
What is the Difference Between 2.1 and 5.1 Surround Sound?

Sound is one of the most important aspects of your home theater experience. Along with a quality television, having a top-of-the-line sound system will set you well on your way to an amazing setup that feels similar to a real theater experience. There are a lot of things to consider, such as speaker type, brand, […]

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July 19, 2019
Do In-Ceiling Speakers Need a Backbox? Are Backboxes Necessary?

When installing my home theater, one of the things I considered was speaker placement. Did I want a bunch of external units placed throughout my home theater? Alternatively, did I want the sleek look of built-in speakers? As I researched this, I discovered that many built-in speakers get a bad rap. However, after looking further […]

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May 22, 2019
You No Longer Need a Receiver for Surround Sound Setups!

Everyone who considers a home theater system is new to set up and components at some point. For me, my first tentative steps into the home theater world were overwhelming, to say the least. With so many components, knowing which pieces are required for what setups can leave you more confused than when you started. […]

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April 20, 2019
Difference Between Car and Home Speakers

We live in a world surrounded by speakers. There are home theater speakers, car speakers, not to mention speakers on your phones, televisions, and even doorbells. You might be wondering if all of these speakers are the same and if they are interchangeable. But even though speakers all serve the same general purpose, the environment […]

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March 27, 2019
Surround Sound Channels Explained: 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, and More!

When you’re setting up a surround sound system, you’re going to run across numbers like 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, 7.1.2, 9.1, and beyond. As you see them over and over again, you may begin to wonder what they are. What do the different speaker channels mean? When it comes to surround sound channels, the first number […]

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March 24, 2019
How Much Power Do Speakers Need? Speaker Specs Explained

This can feel like a complicated and overwhelming question when putting together your home theater. With specs from wattage, speaker sensitivity, decibels and more, it can feel like some really difficult math homework. Luckily, figuring out how much power your speakers should have doesn’t need to be difficult. Most people enjoy media at about the […]

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