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Many TVs produce decent sound quality these days, but if you require that cinema-like experience from your home entertainment system, you’ll want to invest in a sound bar. Video quality has improved and TVs have become thinner, flatter and lighter. While that’s great for saving space in your living room, it’s not good for how your movie sounds. A wireless Bluetooth speaker will help you hear a film’s booming sound effects, enhance the special music effects when gaming, and make you feel you’re part of the action when watching a sport. Whether you need a simple 2.0 channel model to stream your favorite talk show or a 7.1.2 channel model to enhance the movie experience on your 4K TV, you can find the right soundbars for you.
2.0 channel soundbars feature front right and left channels only. A 2.1 channel soundbar has a front right and left channel, as well as a subwoofer. These audio speakers produce much richer and more nuanced output to sound like a home theater. They help improve the clarity of low pitches, making them smoother and deeper. Not only does this help with your home theater when playing music but also with your TV and movie audio.
Since the 3.1 channel soundbar adds a third, center speaker, the dialogue when watching a movie or TV show will have a dedicated speaker. This will give you better direction-focused audio, such that people speaking from the right side of the screen will sound like they’re talking on that side of the room. With the addition of one soundbar, the channels help mimic an almost complete home theater sound system.
A 5.1 channel soundbar is the most suitable example of a home theater in a box. It offers additional surround sound capabilities for a fully rounded audio experience. The right and left speakers play most of the on-screen action, creating a sense of direction. The center speaker mostly plays music vocals, movie dialogues and supporting sounds. The right and left surround speakers are strategically angled out, enabling sound to reflect off surfaces and back to your ears. Some models allow for the addition of a wireless Bluetooth speaker to be connected to the soundbar and place it wheresoever you desire.
A 7-channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer divides sound data between the rear and surround sound speakers. This gives you three front channels, two surround channels and then two rear channels. In 7.1.2, the last “2” means that the soundbar includes two upward-firing speakers that help immerse you into the full home theater effect. Also, many 7.1 channel receivers offer THX sound-field enhancement that offers optimized audio for movies and multi-channel music in the most authentic quality.