Choosing home theater in-wall speakers
By Catalogs Editorial Staff
Home theater in wall speakers sound better than ever with the right choicesPeople who care as much as for aesthetics as sound quality have a number of speaker options that meet both high standards. Home theater in wall speakers bring surround sound to your home without taking up an inch of floor or shelf space. They?re made to be heard, not seen, and they sound fantastic.
What are they?
In wall speakers work as other types do. The difference is that they are designed to be mounted in a frame that is recessed into a wall to hide the body of the speaker. The sound is the same if not slightly better than average models as you get a touch more bass.
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Choosing new speakers is a big decision. Home theaters play a big role in family time, relaxation and the overall quality of unstructured downtime. Here are a few audio considerations and special features to keep in mind as you shop around to find what?s best for you.
Don?t assume you can?t afford the good stuff! Budget plays a deciding factor, but these days you can enjoy high quality audio for decent prices. So how do you choose one model over another?
Audiophiles know it takes a different type and quantity of speaker to outfit a room for surround sound versus mainly enjoying music. Even the ideal positioning varies for critical listening. The intended use should heavily influence each of the following factors.
Every speaker has a frequency response, measured in Hertz (Hz). This number indicates how much of a selection of audio it reproduces. For a more balanced sound, look for a model with a frequency response of around 50 Hz. If you?re on a budget or intend listening to more music than movies, look for a model with midrange performance.
Speaker sensitivity is one of those terms you may hear and not realize what it refers to in this context. This tells you nothing about the quality of sound. Sensitivity is about input and output – how high you?ll need to turn the amplifier to hear sound at a good volume.
Ideal home theater in wall speakers will have high sensitivity so you can play audio as loud as you want without straining the amplifier.
How they look is clearly a less technical area, but aesthetics matter or in-wall models wouldn?t be so popular. The best way to make sure they will blend in with a room is to choose one with a paintable grille. This is the only portion besides the mesh covering the speaker that will show. Prior to installing, camouflage them by painting the grilles the same color as your wall.
Swivel tweeters are actually a very engaging, cool feature because they allow you to target the direction of audio to create a fuller surround sound experience. Angling each tweeter around the seating area will make it sound as though your favorite movie is happening in the same room.
Made to suit your space
One of the pitfalls of living in a humid area is the toll it takes on pricey equipment. Choose a model with moisture-resistance to withstand the wear and tear better. If the room you?re installing them in is a tight or irregular space, look for a single model that plays both channels. Otherwise, you?ll want at least two home theater in wall speakers.
These models are made with sophisticated technology. The woofers, tweeters and systems work in sync to give more depth and clarity to everything you listen to in your home theater setup. Those with contour switches and crossovers made to separate frequencies sound so good you?ll find yourself hosting one movie marathon after the next.
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