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Home Theater Speakers

Your home theater’s characteristics are most affected by the speakers you use. Most home theaters consist of five satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer. This configuration is commonly referred to as 5.1 channel surround sound. This setup is used by Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic signals to re-create soundtracks in your home theater.

The five speakers of a 5.1 channel setup physically surround the listening area. In the front, you will see a left speaker, a center channel, and a right speaker. Behind or to the sides of the listening area will be two surround speakers, on the left and the right. The powered subwoofer is typically concealed from site in a corner or to the side of the listening area. Each home theater room is unique, and compromises must be made based on space and appearance. For instance, some rooms may not have a rear wall on both sides of the listening area. A situation like this mandates using either a single wall-mounted speaker and a speaker on a stand, or two speakers on stands. Although it is optimal to have a rear or side wall to mount the rear speakers, you can still achieve great sound by using other placement options.


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