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Home audio theaters systems are the key to achieving high-end audio and a captivating listening experience at home. Honed for space conservation, the systems offer a variety of speaker sizes and configurations. For someone who is after a hands-free approach, wireless or portable speakers rely on Bluetooth® compatible devices for a purely digital interface. Add-ons and replacement parts help you customize the experience.
For ease of installation, home theater in a box setups come with all the necessary components. Typically, construction of a home audio theater requires research into speaker compatibilities, but not with these kits. While not for everyone, these ready-made kits provide a convenient basis for a start-up sound system. Since the systems come in predetermined sets, you will need to do some research into how much space they take up. This should not be an issue, as sizes are in the product details, and there are smaller box setups available. Setups come in different configurations, but typical features to expect in a 5.1 channel system are: 1x center speaker, at least 4x side speakers and 1x subwoofer. The majority of these setups support surround sound, with 5.1 channel setups being the most common. Standalone speaker pairs are also available for 7.1+ channel systems.
There are a multitude of home audio speakers to choose from. While the standard desk-sized speaker is more familiar, wall-mounted, shelf and free-standing units are also viable options. Wall-mounted and shelf speakers are optimal for smaller spaces, as they can be hung on the wall or fit in spare spaces around the room. Free-standing speakers are more suited for a desk-less environment, and can be put in empty corners or placed in key sound locations. All these speaker types are perfect for a multi-channel surround sound system. For a variation that doesn't require space for multiple speakers, single-channel soundbars are a popular alternative that do not sacrifice audio quality.
Wireless home theater speakers eliminate the need to continually check up on a manual interface. This convenient setup also reduces the use of cables that traditional speaker systems require. Wireless speakers can link together in a Bluetooth® home theater, and wireless also introduces the possibility of portability. Portable speakers work well for travel and limited usage. The major downside of both portable and Bluetooth systems is they do not support the Hi-Fi audio that is characteristic of a traditional home audio theater.
Wear and tear and technological obsolescence happen in any electronic system, but replacement and add-on audio components are available to prolong their lifespan. Components include spare audio jack parts, audio converters and adapters to access old audio type systems. Customized upgrades like longer cables and audio splitters also reduce the need to completely redo a home audio theater.