Soundbar vs. Surround Sound
Soundbar vs. Surround Sound: What to BuyWhen it comes to your home theater setup, many choices are to be made, each with potential benefits and drawbacks. The final result needs to be a satisfying listening experience, no matter how you get there.
What is a Soundbar?A soundbar is one of the easiest “all-in-one” ways to upgrade your T.V.’s sound. It is a broad yet short loudspeaker enclosure with left, right, and center channel speakers, sometimes more, and usually mounts directly underneath a display. The soundbar is an upgrade to any television set speaker as it has the traditional stereo channels plus a dedicated center channel for dialogue.
Advantages of a SoundbarThe most significant advantage of a soundbar is its simplicity. The quality of sound achieved with even relatively small drivers will significantly surpass the quality of most standard television speakers. They are small, easy to install and configure for most listening setups, and can often be integrated with subwoofers.
Many T.V. manufacturers have soundbar technology in mind for home theater applications. The cost of soundbars for home theater is becoming more budget-friendly every year. However, because of the compact size of a soundbar, they will not be able to perform as well as or provide the impact of a traditional stereo or surround sound setup.
What is Surround Sound?Surround Sound technology is used in theaters, home theater systems, and even television and sports broadcasts. It utilizes multiple speakers positioned at strategic points around the listener to give the most immersive experience possible.
Advantages of Surround SoundA surround sound setup is the best way to replicate the experience of being at the movies in the comfort of your own home. A surround setup also has the most significant number of options to fit the needs of any specific space.
There are a variety of possible speaker arrangements that can be set up with various surround sound receivers or pre-processors. The advantage of this configurability is that you can choose what setup will best fit your needs and your listening space.
How to Choose Between Soundbar & Surround SoundOne thing to keep in mind~ A soundbar can provide a simulated surround effect for a limited seating area. However, you get a much better surround effect over a much larger seating area when you add discrete left and surround speakers in locations to the side and behind you.
Find Your Sound With EmotivaAlthough we do not have any soundbars in our line-up currently, when it comes to home theater surround sound, Emotiva has you covered! We're geared toward high-end surround sound for every part of your home theater system and various options to fit different room sizes, lifestyles, and listening needs.
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