Selecting Speakers for Your Home Theater

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home theater expert Keith Harmon discusses how to select speakers for your home theater.

    Hi, this is Keith Harmon again and we are here to talk about how to install a high definition home theater. Now, we are going to be talking about speakers. Lot of different speakers to choose from here, we see some of the old school tower speakers like this one, the newer modules like this, you will see a lot thinner than this, but still sometimes the same height. These tend to be really good at producing the bass which is good, although we are going to talk about subwoofers next. So, that will cover some of that, those low bass notes. Speakers come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Down here we have got progressively smaller; we get smaller, even smaller with this little indoor, outdoor KLH. Bose makes some very small Jewel Cube speakers that can go on the wall and we even have in wall speakers which we maybe talking about later.

    The key here is - two things, one, how does it look and two, how does it sound. How does it look is pretty easy, you can look at that, you can look at pictures in the internet, you can look at pictures here. You can start to look at different models for your center speaker where we see a larger center speaker or a much smaller center speaker. Really, what it boils down to is, what does it look like, how is it going to fit in your home and how does that sound? You got to listen to them, bring some of your favorite CDs, bring your favorite DVD and listen to how that sounds. The big thing with speakers is going to be your front three speakers. Your center speaker is going to carry 90% of the soundtrack is going to come through that center speaker. So, if you are trying to look at where you might want to cut corners, the center speaker and the right and left speakers are probably not where you want to do that.

    The center speaker is going to carry all that dialogue, all the soundtracks. Your right and left speaker, any time you listen to music which - again we are talking about home theater here, but music is a part of that. The right and the left channels are going to carry the burden for those. Your rear surround sound, whether it is 5. or 7.

    , whether we have got two or four in the back, those are going to be mostly sound effects. So, if you are not looking at a prepackage system or you buy them altogether and you want to upgrade some, you maybe want to upgrade on your front ones, maybe cut a few corners on your back ones. So, that is what you are looking at for your surround sound either 5 or 6 or 7 part. Now, we are going to move on to the .

    1 part, the subwoofers.

    So, now we move look at subwoofers to go with our system. Those again, maybe part of our prepackage one where you can buy a set of 5.

    1 speakers or a set of 7.

    1 speakers or you maybe selecting those separately. So, there are two major kinds of subwoofers, what we call a passive or unamplified subwoofer or an active or amplified subwoofer. So, here is the example of kind of the old school of a passive subwoofer. A 15 inch speaker wiring downwards, so that the sound comes out of the sides here, bit bulky, designed to look, just try and fit it with the chord, make it look like an end table. Here is something, it is a little more up to date, also in the active side. The big thing about the active is that you are also worried about getting a power. If it has an amplifier in it, it is got to have power. So, when we look at this one, this is a little bit - this is of ten inch instead of the 15 inch, so it is a bit smaller.

    Bose makes them even smaller with their Acoustimass Module. It is just a matter of what fits with your dcor. Now, you can even go, there are also several brands that make an in wall or in ceiling or under the floor subwoofers would have a little vent that looks like, it is like you are heating or air-conditioning vents in the floor or the ceiling. That can provide that sound and hide that away, but that is a little bit more advanced than this. We are going to cover in this video, but that is available as an option. So, when we look at the speakers, we again 5.

    1, how does it sound, how does it look in your dcor and if you do not like the way it looks in your dcor, you can even start getting the in wall speakers and putting them in the walls, so that you can barely see them or just see a little grill and it is all about your case, how does it look, how does it sound.