Whether you want an amazing multi-room audio system to blast your favourite tunes or an immersive home cinema sound experience, good quality audio is something you will need to consider.
Most of us will often focus on screen quality and leave audio as an afterthought. However, to get the best experience from your home theatre, a decent sound system is essential.
Why Invest in High-Quality Audio?
Investing in good quality audio does not necessarily have to mean breaking the bank. Finding what is right for your space and needs is more important than just buying the biggest, most expensive speakers.
Excellent audio can elevate a mundane viewing experience to cinema quality. Investing in a brilliant audio system will give you a new appreciation of sound.
What Makes ‘Good’ Audio?
What sounds ‘good’ is subjective, but there are certain things to be aware of and look out for when on the hunt for a next-level audio system.
Good speakers will have an impeccable level of clarity. This means that as the speaker runs, it will produce no sound itself, leaving you to get the full-bodied, crisp audio from the music or film alone.
Bass will contribute to the clarity of low, rich sounds. A speaker system with a good bass output won’t sound muddy or wobbly when putting out those booming notes. Well-defined bass will contribute to the overall soundscape and increase listening quality.
Resolution goes hand-in-hand with clarity and will add to the immersive experience. High-resolution audio will allow you to hear every layer of sound; you will be able to hear the distinction between different instruments and movie dialogue will be crisp.
Quality audio systems will be able to create a realistic soundstage, where depth and width are considered. This is another feature that will enhance the immersive nature of your audio.
As previously mentioned, the speakers do not necessarily have to be the biggest to produce the best sound. If you are unsure about what kind of qualities would work best in your space, a home cinema installation professional will be able to give you some guidance.
Which Speakers are Right for You?
Nowadays, there are countless brands and speaker types to choose from that provide excellent quality.
Before deciding on what is right for you, you must consider budget, what the speakers will be used for and the space they will be projecting audio into.
This can often be one of the cheapest options and is preferred by many that don’t want to invest in surround sound yet.
A long horizontal speaker is placed under the television and can provide a boost in audio quality for TVs that have poor internal speakers.
Soundbars will provide better quality audio than internal speakers, but they cannot reach the same levels as more extensive systems.
Tower or floor-standing speakers can offer complete overall sound from one unit. The units will usually come in pairs to be set up together. They have a box-like structure and cannot easily be hidden, but many choose to make the speakers a feature of the room.
These kinds of speakers are generally used in rooms dedicated to listening to music, but could also be useful in a home cinema space.
If discretion is a concern, ceiling speakers are something to consider. They can provide better audio while being hidden away and won’t compromise the layout or design of your room.
Although they can be preferable for this reason, ceiling speakers are often unable to provide the full range of audio functions like the smooth bass or breadth that other systems can provide.
Unlike soundbars which can usually be a DIY job, ceiling speakers will usually require expert installation as fire regulations and safety need to be taken into account when these speakers are fitted.
If you are focused on achieving a powerful sound full of depth, subwoofer speakers will be essential for your setup.
Subwoofers give clear sound from the low end of the audio spectrum, making them important for high-quality movie viewings.
Surround Sound Systems
Opting for a surround sound system can be the preferred option for people whose priority is audio for a home cinema rather than listening to music.
Essentially, surround sound will ‘surround’ you in audio through multiple channels. Different categories of sound are distributed between a number of speakers positioned around the room; this provides a super-immersive experience with clear, realistic audio.
One potential downside is that surround sound systems can land on the more expensive side of all the audio options. However, you get what you pay for, and it can be worth considering if you’re looking to take your home theatre to the next level and create an authentic cinema experience.
For a more in-depth look at the benefits of surround sound, check out our blog below!
Positioning can be vital in getting the best from your audio system, whether this refers to surround sound or an individual speaker.
For some, it can be tempting to position speakers where they are hidden out of sight, but showcasing the speaker’s audio quality is advised. Hiding speakers too intently can cover them and prevent them from projecting audio as well as they would when unobstructed.
You must assess the room acoustics and seating positions before settling on speaker position. Installation professionals will help with this if you are unsure.
Considering the Space
The size and configuration of your space will also come into play when deciding on positioning and speaker selection.
As with the positioning of speakers, professional AV technicians will be able to advise you on the kind of speakers that will benefit the room. Large speakers placed all around the room will be inappropriate and wasteful in a small room where a soundbar or slim tower speakers would work better.
If your current home audio system is lacking, why not get in touch to see how our experienced team could help?