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The following article presents the very latest information on surround sound systems. If you have a particular interest in surround sound system, then this informative article is required reading.

If you’re in the market for a brand new surround sound system I am pretty sure you have been a little baffled by all the options, bells, whistles, gadgets, gizmos, and price tags on the market now. Trust me, you’re not alone. One of the most baffling things to many potential surround sound system consumers is where on earth should you put all the speakers. I intend to answer that question and a few more over the course of the next few paragraphs and hope that you will read along.

The first thing you need to comprehend is that there are several several kinds of surround sound systems. The industry standard and most typical is the 5.1 channel surround sound system. This set up calls for the use of five speakers plus one subwoofer along with the receiver. The five speakers are the front speakers which include a left, right, and center speaker and the left and right surround speakers that are located to the left and right from the rear. You should also have a subwoofer located behind you in order to create the bass notes of sound. The next two types of surround sound systems include the 6.1 channel and 7.1 channel system. The primary differences in these are the addition of one additional speaker for each.

You will be glad to know that most receivers will accommodate the 8 total speakers of a 7.1 channel surround sound system but you may need to check in order to be certain you can upgrade if you chose to buy a 5.1 channel system for the time being. The addition of speakers when you upgrade change the layout of the speakers in your home. The more speakers you have, the greater sound you will enjoy, however, the better the quality of your speakers, the better quality your sound will have. In other words don’t go with lower quality speakers in the beginning in order to have more speakers, as you will be shooting the quality of sound you can experience in the foot. It is better to buy fewer speakers in the beginning and add to your system over several years in order to receive better quality.

I trust that what you have read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.

When it comes to the placement of the additional speakers if you upgrade to a 6.1 channel surround sound system you will move the speakers currently in the left and right rear to the left and right side and place the new speaker in the center back. If you then upgrade to the 7.1 channel surround sound system you will move the speaker that’s in the center to the rear left and place the new speaker to the rear right. This allows you to be literally surrounded by the sound in order to maximize your listening experience.

Of course this is only a recommendation and it is entirely up to you what will work best in your home and according to your tastes and wants in a surround sound system. Not everyone hears music or sound the same and the experience for each will vary greatly from one person to the next. For this reasons it is also a good idea to be sure you have listened to the system in a store before deciding on one and bringing it home. This is a wise decision regardless. I also recommend taking more than one CD or DVD for the listening process in order to make sure the quality is consistent through different mediums.

While the setup of your system is very important to the sound experience it is quite difficult provided you follow the directions (you did not forget to read those did you?). Whether this is your first home theater or surround sound system or one of many upgrades you have made along the way I am sure you will agree that the sound is far better to the two speaker systems of days not that long ago.

Hopefully the sections above have contributed to your understanding of surround sound systems. Share your new understanding about surround sound system with others. They’ll thank you for it.