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Shopping For Your Speaker System and Receiver Separately

If you are simply not feeling an all-in-one-box or "wireless" system and/or the exact home theater audio system you are looking for is not currently offered for purchase as a pre-matched speakers and receiver bundle, you can instead shop for your surround sound speakers and home theater receiver individually. This website is currently hyper-focused on helping consumers like you find the right surround sound audio solution for your smaller to medium sized room, and making it as painless as possible for you to set up a nice-sounding home theater within your limited space.

As such, you will NOT find any 7.1 or 9.1 or more surround sound speaker systems mentioned on this site at this time, NOR any 5.1.2 or 5.1.4 speaker systems of the type which require you to drill/cut holes in your ceiling to fish wires and flush mount two to four Atmos speakers overhead, NOR any .2 speaker systems with dual subwoofers; you can always add a second sub in the future if you feel the need. If you've got a medium-ish to larger size room and are not yet sure whether or not you will want/need to add more speakers to fill up your room, choose a receiver with extra channels available in case you decide to expand your system.

Shop for a 5.1 speaker system and a 5.1 or 5.2-channel receiver separately.

Shop for a 5.1.2 Atmos speaker system and 7.2-channel receiver separately.

Shop for a 5.1.4 Atmos speaker system and 9.2-channel receiver separately.

Your Front Left and Front Right channel speakers are especially important if you plan on listening to a fair amount of music in two-channel stereo. Do you prefer your two main speakers to be floor standing tower speakers that can sit on the floor to each side of your television stand, OR smaller bookshelf speakers that will sit either on top of your TV stand at each side of your television if you've got adequate space or on top of separately purchased floor stands, OR more compact satellite speakers that can either be placed just like bookshelf speakers at each side of your TV or mounted on the wall to each side of your wall-mounted television?

The Center Channel speaker's job is primarily to reproduce dialogue so it is best located on its own shelf directly underneath the television. The best sounding center speakers are typically taller than most super-thin soundbars and would block the bottom of your TV screen if placed on the same surface with your television.

Rear Surround sound effects speakers work best either immediately to each side of, or slightly behind, your primary seating area.

Lastly, the .1 Subwoofer typically sounds best near the front of the room perhaps near a corner, but you may want to experiment a bit with exact placement. Low frequency bass effects are omnidirectional so you have some flexibility here.

You should definitely think through where you plan on locating each of the speakers before you decide on any specific system.

Pay attention to the impedance/ohm-rating on the speakers you are interested in purchasing and be sure that the receiver is capable of running that ohm-load of speakers.

 

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