Picture this: you’ve just settled down for a cosy night in with a movie — the picture looks great, the snacks are top-notch… but the audio leaves something to be desired. For the best home cinema experience, good quality audio is a key component.
Whether it’s just for daily use or an immersive at-home cinema experience, you deserve to have your TV working at its best!
There could be a multitude of reasons why your audio is not up to scratch. Here, we take a look at some of the best ways to improve your TV’s sound quality.
Most modern TVs are slim and leave little room for speakers that can deliver the best sound. Internal TV speakers are often built into the bottom of the screen, which means sound is directed down rather than out into the room. The effect is that television dialogue can become muffled and big, explosive scenes are prevented from packing their intended punch. External speakers can help with this issue.
Connecting your TV to external speakers via a cable or the HDMI Audio Return Channel can help you bypass the internal speakers and achieve the sound quality that you are looking for.
There are plenty of external speakers and sound systems on the market for you to choose from. What will work best for you will depend on the kind of sound you are trying to achieve.
A soundbar is a form of external speaker that might be worth investing in if you want to improve your TV’s sound quality.
This slim device will sit under your TV or can be mounted on the wall and will effectively project sound into the room with virtual surround sound without the need for multiple speakers.
They are a simple and cheaper option for people looking for an upgrade from their sub-par internal speakers.
This option is going to be more expensive than other desktop or soundbar speakers, but if you’re looking for the best quality sound, it might be something worth considering.
Most TVs will have the multichannel mix option, giving you access to five different audio channels that correspond to different speakers around the room. This will allow you to achieve an all-encompassing sound that surrounds you. A subwoofer channel may also be required to achieve the low, rumbling frequencies that help fully immerse you in a movie.
For those looking to enhance their home cinema experience to epic proportions, a set of surround sound speakers will be your best bet.
Recycle Old Speakers
If you’ve got old computer speakers gathering dust, now might be the perfect time to give them some new life.
If you’re not quite ready to break the bank with a full surround sound system, then old unused speakers can do the job. Plugging them into your TV will help give your audio the boost it needs while you consider other, more expensive options.
Optimal Speaker Positioning
Having the best quality speakers won’t mean anything unless you’ve got them pointed in the right direction. Work out where to position your surround sound speakers based on where you will be sitting in the room. For soundbars and other smaller speakers, make sure they face out into the room and are unobstructed.
If you’ve got the latest top-quality speakers and are still experiencing audio problems, then your issues may lie with your television settings.
Adjusting the sound settings in your TV menu can be helpful when trying to achieve better quality dialogue or superior sound in general. Playing around with the sound modes, compression and equalisation settings should help improve sound quality. You may have to try a few different setting combinations depending on what you are trying to achieve from your TV audio.
JL Audio Visual have years of experience in quality audio system installation. If you are considering your options for home cinema sound solutions, we can help.
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