With the advent of 5.1 channel surround sound systems, people can make their living rooms sound like movie theaters or concerts. To an untrained ear, there may not be a lot of differentiation among speakers, but to a true audiophile the difference is amazing. Even untrained ears won’t help but notice the startling realism of sound of a movie coming out of high quality surround speakers, and music is taken to a completely different level with the right equipment.
The purpose of your device will govern what you opt for, some are better for movies, while others are specifically crafted with video gamers in mind. In addition, home aesthetics will play a huge part in what you decide on. Below you will find descriptions of the most popular models out there.
The RCA RT2760 720 Watts 5.1 Channel Home Theatre System is considered an affordable model, and is great for people who already have a DVD/CD player. The set includes a receiver and amplifier complete with a tuner, a 5.1 channel surround speaker system that includes one center device, two in the front and two in the back and a subwoofer. MP3 players and digital cameras also plug in through a front jack that allows you to enjoy this media in your home entertainment center. But if you’re just out for the 5.1 surround system, you will appreciate the wide band of frequency that this device provides.
The Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Entertainment System are stylishly designed black speakers that include a 200-watt subwoofer. MDF cabinets included, as is an 8-inch driver for strong bass sounds. Its module contains a 3″ subwoofer and a .75-inch tweeter, yielding the frequency depth of a soundstage. The sound is smooth, realistic and each satellite speaker reports to the central channel. They are known for having crisp, clean speakers that don’t make you uncomfortable with their excessive volume. Since 5.1 systems are generally fashioned for movies, you may need to do some adjusting when you play your music.
The Philips Soundbar HTS8100 is a fully connected device that still maintains the 5.1 surround sound. The system is only five inches thick and stylishly crafted, consisting of five amplifiers on a single sound bar that sits horizontally. A three band equalizer and deep band performance combine to provide high quality sound, as does the precise driver movement. A “smart sound” feature automatically corrects the sound to provide the perfect output for specific settings, be it an action-packed flick or a classical CD. This device can even be mounted on a wall under your flat-screen television, or you may rest it on a stand.
The Pioneer HTS GS1 Home theater system maximizes its features by placing the amplifier and such at the bottom of the woofer, which makes it an aesthetically pleasing aspect for the home. Everything is color coded, so set-up is a breeze. There are three digital imputs and the system is compatible for DTS or Dolby Digital sound, which is perfect of music, movies and video games. A sleek finish mimics that of the Xbox 360, so if you’re a gamer with style, you’re in luck. This device also contains automatic calibration, much like the Philips Soundbar HTS8100. Because of its design, you won’t be bogged down with a million wires, either.
The Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System is great for video games, giving you 360 degrees of sound that really puts you there in the middle of the action. A dual driver creates an equality of sound throughout the room, so as to remove hot spots and dead zones.