Setting up a fully equipped home cinema means including a quality sound system. Many homeowners opt for surround sound for enhanced sound quality.
Here at JL Audio Visual, we have years of experience when it comes to surround sound and multi-room speaker systems; we know how important they are to an all-encompassing home cinema experience.
Audio is just as important as visual when it comes to achieving the best possible home theatre setup. We look at the benefits of surround sound and how it could take your at-home experience to the max!
What is Surround Sound?
The term gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly do we mean by surround sound?
The name is fairly indicative; surround sound means you are essentially ‘surrounded’ by audio. Having more than two available audio channels means that sound comes from multiple directions. Different types of sounds are categorised by mixers and distributed between speakers. One speaker’s output might focus on a film’s dialogue while another will emit the musical score.
A 5.1 audio system is touted as the best for domestic use. This means the system is split into five main speaker components, including:
• Center channel speaker
• Left and right front speakers
• Bipole speakers
• Dipole speakers
By splitting the sound like this, audio can be of a higher quality and will give a 360-degree feel.
Authentic Audio Experience
The isolated audio elements mean that sound is less muddy and more realistic. With a combination of quality visuals and audio, you can become fully immersed in a film. You’ll feel like you’re really there!
With speakers positioned at optimal points around the room, viewing experiences can feel more engaging. When audio is coming from behind you and either side of you, it can add to the overall excitement or suspense of the movie.
Increased Overall Quality
Surround sound can provide richer and more pristine tones. There is a very noticeable sound difference when compared to a basic speaker system.
This kind of system will mean the clarity of your audio is better than ever. Hearing overlapping dialogue clearly will be no issue and you will get the full impact of explosive or audibly dynamic scenes.
With more audio channels, there are more opportunities for custom sound levels. You will be able to adjust each speaker to suit your tastes and specifications.
Bass or treble settings can easily be adjusted; mono or stereo speakers may not have the same kind of scope when it comes to customisation. If you are investing in a full home cinema experience, you will want it to be on your terms and to your specifications!
Closer to Real Cinema Experience
Going to the cinema is enjoyable because you are receiving a heightened viewing experience. But what if you could bring this kind of next-level experience home?
Surround sound can help you achieve this. The true cinema experience does not just involve a big screen. Film aficionados will want to be blown away by sound as well as on-screen action! The ability to clearly hear the deep rumbles of the bass and clarity of dialogue will help you achieve this cinematic effect from the comfort of your own home.
Surround sound is by no means the only audio option despite its many benefits. The downside is that surround sound systems can be quite pricey, but if you are willing to invest in them, it can be well worth the cost!
If you’re biding your time and evaluating your options, a soundbar may be something to consider. These speakers can be much cheaper and will provide better sound than a TV’s internal speakers. They will not provide the all-encompassing experience that surround sound can, but they can be effective at giving high-quality audio before deciding to invest in something more extensive.
If you are thinking about taking your at-home cinema to the next level, why not get in touch with our experienced team to see how we could help?