Home Theater Systems: Everything You Need to Know about Sound

If you’re purchasing new home theater systems, the screen is probably the first thing on your mind. After all, we say we’re going to “watch a movie,” not listen to a movie. Yet, overall sound quality is just as important as the video in your home theater systems.

If you want to hear the difference the soundtrack makes in your overall movie experience, get your hands on a pre-production version of your favorite movie or TV show, before the background music or sound effects have been added. You’ll notice that even your favorite scenes fall flat. That exciting car chase isn’t quite as heart-pounding, and that trip into the basement during your favorite horror flick isn’t quite as suspenseful or spooky. And any famous montage scene? What would Rocky be like without “Eye of the Tiger?” Imagine a war movie without explosions, a love scene without an orchestra…it’s just not the same.

Now that you understand how important sound is in your home theater systems, let’s look at the components that make it happen.

Surround Sound in Home Theater Systems

When Dolby Surround Sound 5.1 was introduced into home theater systems, home theater enthusiasts were treated to an unprecedented level of realism, with four speakers, typically positioned in each corner of the room, and a subwoofer, along with audio processing, all of which make audience members feel as if they were part of the movie. The addition of two more speakers brought 7.1 surround sound, creating even more realistic effects. Today, 7.1 surround remains the most common speaker configuration for home theater systems.

Level Up to Immersive Audio

The most cutting edge home theater systems in Raleigh and beyond, however, now rely on processing that creates 3D audio. Typically using 11 speakers, a sub, and processing software, these systems immerse audience members in the movie, creating an entirely unique experience. Supplied by Dolby Atmos and Auros 3D, these audio experiences are found in the newest, most elite home theater systems offered.

But to achieve the best audio experience from this technology, homeowners will need professional installation completed by home theater designers who understand how speaker choice, speaker placement, and the acoustics of the room work together for an immersive audio experience.

The Importance of Acoustics

Acoustics, or the way sound waves act in a space, makes the difference between an “okay” home theater system and a room that makes your neighbors jealous. You may not even be able to pinpoint the exact reason your movie experience is so much better in a room with good acoustics, but you’ll be able to feel it – in your heart, in your bones, and in the way those rumbling action scenes resonate in your seat.

An ideal home theater space will have fairly low ceilings. The room should be deeper than it is wide, and be a regular rectangular shape, without a lot of alcoves. Alcoves and irregularly shaped walls create bass traps, where the sound gets stuck. The home theater designers at Synergy Integrated Systems can acoustically treat a less-than-perfect room to achieve the audio excellence you desire.

Acoustics can also be affected by curtains and shades in the room, floor and wall materials, and the placement, shape, and upholstery of the seats. It’s important to hire a professional firm like Synergy Integrated Systems to design and install your home theater systems to achieve the superior audio experience a high-end private theater deserves.