There are several types of home theater systems, from audio systems to video systems to more. In this article, we are going to identify and describe each of them. Let us start with the audio options for home theater systems.
But first, let us define what a home theater system is. Basically, a home theater system is a set of audiovisual devices connected to one another. It can be composed of a combination of the following: a video projector and white screen projector, stereo speakers, subwoofers, large flat screen TV, etc. The A/V receiver acts like the “nerve center” that receives the signals from several audio sources, processes these signals, and creates surround sound.
When it comes to an audio system for home entertainment, there are several options. The simplest home theater audio system is made of 5.1 channels. The “5” refers to the speakers in the center, front right and left, back left and right, and the “.1” refers to the subwoofer to low bass experience. Some audio systems are 7.1 channels which utilize 2 back channel speakers and 2 additional side channels.
The following are the four types of home theater audio systems:
The soundbar is a speaker system placed on top or underneath the TV. It is a long, thin bar that is composed of some loudspeaker drivers and a detached wireless subwoofer. It typically utilizes acoustic control to generate surround sound enclosed through digital sound processing and bouncing off the sound to the walls.
A soundbar audio system does not produce high-quality audio that other audio system types can produce. However, it is a good alternative for small room entertainment systems to enhance the audio quality of the television. Examples of sound bar are the Samsung K950 and Yamaha YAS-203.
An HTIB is typically bought in a complete package. It is composed of surround sound speakers, a receiver or amplifier, a subwoofer, and wiring. It is easy to install and inexpensive, but upgrading it might not be easy. Examples of HTIB are the Onkyo HT-S7800 and Samsung HT-J7500W.
The component system is usually the personalized combination of several audio devices. You can connect different brands of speakers, audio/video receivers, and subwoofers to video sources and players such as Blu-ray players and flat-screen TVs. Some people use several subwoofers to generate smooth bass and speakers of various sizes and performance.
Over the years, component systems are typically made of popular brands such as Onkyo, Marantz, Yamaha, and Pioneer. Examples of speakers combined in a component system are floor standing speakers, in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, bookshelf speakers, and others.
High-end home theater audio systems are usually combinations of two or more types of audio systems. They create the highest quality audio that many people dream of. Examples of a combination of audio systems are one or more amplifiers to power the speakers, and a processor for signal input and generation.
When it comes to the video display in home theater systems, you want a theater-like display. A combination of a projection screen and video projector is ideal and the most dreamt of by most people. It is best for a committed theater room that you can control the lighting. However, there are now video projectors with high brightness features and projection screens with light rejecting features.
Some people are satisfied with a large flat screen television that shows high definition video. Some large flat screen TVs use plasma technology, providing the highest contrast ratio and deepest black levels to generate enthralling images in dim environments.
Home theater systems are composed of cables. These cables can be irritating and ugly, regardless of their importance and vitality to the system. Sometimes, you need to invest in additional cabling. Each audio system requires different, unique cables, which can add up to increasing costs.
Not every audio package is composed of similar components. One piece of advice: make sure that you examine your home theater system before you shop for home theater components. You might want to buy extra HDMI cables or separate coaxial cables to hold video and audio.
The types of home theater systems that you use for your home entertainment system depends on your level of satisfaction and budget. Have a good time!