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            [query] => how to set up sound bar in home theater
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            [device] => desktop
            [hl] => en
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                            [title] => should i connect soundbar to tv or sky box
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                            [title] => how to install a sound bar on a tv
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=How+to+install+a+sound+bar+on+a+TV&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAg0EAE
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                    [2] => stdClass Object
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                            [title] => how to hook up a soundbar for dummies
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=How+to+hook+up+a+soundbar+for+Dummies&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAgzEAE
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                            [title] => how to set up a soundbar
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                        )

                    [4] => stdClass Object
                        (
                            [title] => how to set up a soundbar and subwoofer
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=How+to+set+up+a+soundbar+and+subwoofer&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAguEAE
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                    [5] => stdClass Object
                        (
                            [title] => sound bar installation on wall
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=Sound+bar+installation+on+wall&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAgqEAE
                        )

                    [6] => stdClass Object
                        (
                            [title] => how to connect soundbar to tv with hdmi
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=How+to+connect+soundbar+to+TV+with+HDMI&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAgpEAE
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                    [7] => stdClass Object
                        (
                            [title] => distance between tv and soundbar
                            [url] => https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=30&hl=en&gl=GB&q=Distance+between+TV+and+soundbar&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwin-s7U86P1AhXmBGMBHfCTB2YQ1QJ6BAgnEAE
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                                            [title] => HOW TO Set Up a 5.1 HOME THEATER Surround Sound ...
                                            [url] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkiyLe2zSSc
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                                                (
                                                    [source] => YouTube
                                                    [date] => 8 May 2020
                                                    [channel] => Andrew Robinson
                                                )

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                                            [title] => Sound Bar Setup - How To Set Up A Soundbar with HDMI ...
                                            [url] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5yQ6Fdaxss
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                                            [parsed] => stdClass Object
                                                (
                                                    [source] => YouTube
                                                    [date] => 28 Aug 2018
                                                    [channel] => Chris Majestic
                                                )

                                        )

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                                        (
                                            [title] => How to Connect a Soundbar to a Receiver (Should You Do It?)
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                            [body] => How to set up a sound bar with your TVWe explain how to set up your sound bar with your TV and get the best sound quality, no matter what you’re watchingOliver TrebilcockIn this articleHow to set up your sound barThe best way to connect a sound barSetting up a TV with your sound barSetting up a sound bar appSound bar voice controlsPlaying music through your sound barLike any other speaker system, sound bars benefit from a bit of extra time and care when you first set them up. Use our easy-to-follow guide to find out how you can get the best-quality audio from yours. Follow our six easy steps to set yours up. We also explain what the different connections mean so you can choose the best for your setup, and take you through what updates you need to make to your TV. Sound bars aren't just for use with TVs, though – you can also use one to listen to music from your phone, tablet or laptop. We'll show you how.Here, we'll help you to set up your sound bar, but you'll also want to make sure your TV is looking its best. Use our free tool to see your TV's ideal picture setting – go to how to get the best TV picture.If you have any issues with your sound bar, see our expert guide to common sound bar problems.How to set up your sound bar. If possible, place your sound bar directly in front of your TV and watch head on for the best results.Place both on a flat surface, such as your TV stand if there’s room. To save space, you can fix the sound bar to the wall, but you'll need a separate bracket.1. Subwoofer. If your sound bar has an external subwoofer, it might need a cable connection. Others are wireless and can be placed elsewhere, but generally it should be within 10 metres of the sound bar. Make sure it’s not too close up against a wall, as this will result in boomy bass. You can put it inside your TV cabinet as long as it doesn’t cause distracting vibrations.2. Keep it centred. Ideally, your sound bar should have equal space to its left and right edges, so sound disperses evenly around the room. This helps the sound reflect more evenly towards your TV viewing position for a more balanced and immersive experience.3. Sound bar height. Aim to place it within a foot of the height of your ears when you’re sitting in your normal TV viewing position. Sound bars tend to sound better when they’re wall mounted because of this.4. Distance to sound bar. The ideal distance between you and the sound bar will vary depending on how powerful it is and whether it has any surround-sound features. Check the manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.5. The sweet spot. A good sound bar will sound great wherever you’re sitting. However, some have a fairly narrow ‘sweet spot’. Outside of this, audio quality deteriorates, so try to set up your room so all TV viewers get the best audio quality possible. Dolby Atmos uses upwards-firing speakers to bounce sound off the ceiling, to put you in the middle of the action. If your sound bar supports it, follow the instruction menu so you can get it set up for your specific room shape and size.6. Furnishings. Ideally, you’ll have walls to the left and the right of the sound bar to reflect the sounds to your ears. Soft furnishings elsewhere, such as carpets and curtains, will help to improve sound quality. Don’t be tempted to hide your sound bar in your TV cabinet – your new speaker will sound boxed in and you won’t get the most from it.On the hunt for a sound bar that can take pride of place in your living room? Discover the Best Buy sound bars that combine style with substance. The best way to connect a sound bar. You can set up your room to perfection and still fall down at the most important hurdle: picking the right connection. We explore your main options to help you find the best for your setup.Analogue input. It’s rare to see these once-familiar red and white cables as a primary input for sound bars these days. Analogue cables are simple to set up by plugging the coloured plugs into the matching port. Many new sound bars aren’t compatible with this cable type – and we’ve seen some newer TVs without it, too. If you're still limited to analogue connections, it might be time for an upgrade. See our Best Buy TVs to find a model that's right for you. Digital input. Practically every sound bar comes with one form of digital input, be it digital coaxial or digital optical. TVs usually have one or both of these outputs, so you’ll be able to hook yours up to your sound bar without any issue. These cables can carry high-quality stereo signals, but aren’t best suited for surround sound.HDMI. HDMI input/output ports are an increasingly common way to hook up your sound bar to your TV. Most new sound bars have HDMI ports, but it’s worth double-checking before you buy. HDMI cables can carry more data than optical ones, opening up the possibility for higher-quality sound formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound. HDMI CEC. Most HDMI sockets support some sort of consumer electronics control (CEC) feature. This allows you to control other bits of CEC-enabled equipment, such as the volume and power of your TV, using just one remote.Many manufacturers imply that their TVs will only link with AV equipment from the same brand, but basic CEC functionality usually works between brands – just make sure HDMI CEC is enabled.HDMI ARC. This handy feature allows you to link HDMI-compatible devices together. For example, you can connect your Blu-ray player or console to the sound bar, so only one cable needs to connect to your TV, working as both input and output. This feature won’t work through every HDMI port – most newer TVs have a clearly marked ARC or eARC socket.If your TV or sound bar doesn’t have HDMI ARC (you’ll need it on both to use it), the next best option is one of the other digital connections, most commonly digital optical or digital coaxial. Check which one your TV has (it might have both) and choose a sound bar that matches it. You can use the filters on our sound bar reviews to find models with the connections you want.Setting up a TV with your sound bar. 1. Set your sound output. Navigate to the TV menu and choose to output sound to an external speaker system. If you don't do this, your sound will continue to come out of the TV's speakers, or you’ll have no sound at all.2. Check your HDMI connection. If you're using an HDMI connection, the sound bar might be listed using the manufacturer’s HDMI name. Look for: LG SimplinkPanasonic Viera LinkPhilips EasyLinkSamsung Anynet+ Sony Bravia Sync3. Ensure CEC mode is enabled. This will allow you to use your TV remote to adjust the volume coming from the sound bar.4. Adjust the sound  . You might need to change the delay and volume levels, as every room has its own shape, layout and furniture, and these all affect the sound.5. Adjust the subwoofer level. This is so it integrates well with the sound bar and doesn’t dominate. In our tests, we often find that the subwoofer level is set quite high by default, so we then reduce it accordingly.6. Experiment with sound bar settings. Some include a mode to improve speech clarity and many have a mode to process the surround sound (Dolby Digital and DTS audio) found on DVD/Blu-ray soundtracks and films broadcast on TV.7. Experiment with sound effects. Designed to enhance films or music, such as ‘cinema’ or ‘3D’ for a film, this is when the audio is electronically processed to create a virtual surround-sound effect. Look for a setting called ‘Stereo’, ‘Bypass’, ‘Off’, ‘Standard’ or ‘Natural’.Still having problems with your set-up? See our expert guide to common sound bar problems.Setting up a sound bar app. Sound bars often have smart features, which allow you to control some settings with your smartphone or tablet. This is especially likely in mid-range and premium sound bars. Different brands and models have different levels of functionality.For some, it’s a nice-to-have additional feature. For others it’s a mixed blessing, with some settings and functions only available when you use the app. That might be fine now, but it means you could lose those functions (which can be as important as being able to balance the audio to suit your room) when the app is no longer supported by the manufacturer.If you’re looking to futureproof your sound bar, it’s well worth checking that all features are accessible through a good old-fashioned remote control.Sound bar apps are generally easy to set up and use, but it can mean an extra step in the setup process, such as entering your email address and configuring permissions. If you’d rather have a sound bar that you can plug in and use right away, you might be better off with a model without smart features.If your sound bar is showing its age, find out more about the features available on the latest models – go to how to buy the best sound bar. Sound bar voice controls. This feature allows you to control sound bar functions, such as turning on/off and adjusting volume, by speaking a command out loud – handy if you’re prone to losing the remote. Some models have these features built in, so you won’t need to connect them to any kind of hub device. For others, you’ll need additional hardware, such as an Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod or Google Nest device.The setup process varies between models, but it usually involves connecting to your sound bar using an app. After this initial setup, you should be good to go.If you’re looking for a compatible hub for voice commands, check our guide on how to buy the best smart speaker.Playing music through your sound bar. If you want to play audio from portable devices such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, check whether the sound bar has 3.5mm or Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth. Most recent sound bars can connect wirelessly using Bluetooth. This allows you to play music through your phone or laptop, for instance. This is usually done through your device’s settings menu under 'Bluetooth'. You’ll need to keep the device relatively close to your sound bar. Staying within the same house or flat is usually fine, but obstacles or thick walls can cause interference.Headphone port. Many sound bars have a 3.5mm mini-jack input, commonly referred to as a headphone port. This cable provides the lowest sound quality, and is prone to interference, so we don’t recommend it for TV audio. It could be useful for playing music from a portable audio device such as a smartphone, but you're probably better off just using a Bluetooth connection. Headphone jacks are notably absent from many modern smartphones – iPhones haven't had them since 2016, and Samsung's flagship models ditched the port in 2020. Multi-room. Many sound bars now come with wi-fi connectivity that allows them to form part of a multi-room music system. Generally speaking, these only work with other speakers of the same brand. If you have a Sonos multi-room speaker system already, buying a Sonos sound bar might make more sense, for example. See our guide to multi-room speakers for more information on the best brands.More on this. Best sound bars 2022Sound bar reviewsWhich? Best Buy sound barsDon't Buy sound barsRelated articles. Sound bars vs home cinema systems: which is best?Samsung vs LG TVs: which is best?The best way to record TVHow to buy the best TV Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare by emailMore on this. Best sound bars 2022Sound bar reviewsWhich? Best Buy sound barsDon't Buy sound barsRelated articles. Sound bars vs home cinema systems: which is best?Samsung vs LG TVs: which is best?The best way to record TVHow to buy the best TV Sonos. Arc. £799.00Lowest price (in stock)Test scoreSamsung. HW-M360. £250.00Typical priceTest scoreCanton. 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                            [body] => Tips to Set Up and Get the Most From a Sound Bar Sound bar connection and setup made easy. By Robert Silva Robert Silva Writer San Diego State University Robert Silva has extensive experience in consumer electronics and home theater product sales and sales supervision; he has written about audio, video, and home theater topics since 1998. Robert has articles published on HBO.com and Dishinfo.com plus has made appearances on the YouTube series Home Theater Geeks. lifewire's editorial guidelines Updated on March 19, 2021 Reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. lifewire's editorial guidelines Tweet Share Email Audio Speakers Stereos & Receivers When it comes to getting better sound for TV viewing, the soundbar option is a favorite. Soundbars save space, reduce speaker and wire clutter, and are less hassle to set up than a full-on home theater audio system. However, soundbars aren't only for TV viewing. Depending on brand and model, you can connect additional devices and tap into features that expand your entertainment experience. Lifewire / Emily Mendoza If you're considering a soundbar, the following tips will guide you through installation, setup, and use. Soundbars can be used with televisions from a variety of manufacturers including, but not limited to, those made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, and Vizio. 01 of 09 Sound Bar Placement . ZVOX Audio If your TV is on a stand, table, shelf, or cabinet, place the soundbar just below the TV, which is ideal since the sound will come from where you're looking. Measure the soundbar's height versus the vertical space between the stand and the bottom of the TV to make sure the soundbar doesn't block the screen. When putting a soundbar on a shelf inside a cabinet, place it as forward as possible so that sound directed to the sides is not obstructed. If the soundbar features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or DTS Virtual:X audio capability, placing it within a cabinet shelf is not desirable as the soundbar needs to project sound vertically for overhead surround sound effects. Most soundbars can be wall-mounted. You can place a soundbar under or above a wall-mounted TV. It is best to mount it under the TV as the sound is better directed to the listener. Many soundbars come with hardware or a paper wall template. Use the template to find the best spot and mark the screw point for provided wall mounts. If the soundbar does not come with wall mounting hardware or a template, check the user guide for more on what you need and if the manufacturer offers the items as optional purchases. Unlike the photo examples above, it's best not to obstruct the soundbar's front or sides with decorative items. 02 of 09 Basic Sound Bar Connections . Yamaha Electronics Corp After placing the soundbar, connect your TV and other components. In the case of wall mounting, make the connections before permanently mounting the soundbar. Shown above are connections found on a basic soundbar. The position and labeling may vary. Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, and Analog Stereo connections are from left to right with their corresponding cable types. The digital optical connection is best for sending audio from the TV to the soundbar. If the TV does not have this connection, use the analog stereo connections if the TV provides that option. If the TV has both, it is your choice. After connecting your TV, make sure it can send audio signals to the soundbar. You can do this via the TV's audio or speaker settings menu and turning off the TV's internal speakers (don't get this confused with the MUTE function, which would also affect your soundbar) or turning on the TV's external speaker or audio output option. You may also be able to choose digital optical or analog (it may detect this automatically depending on which is connected). Ordinarily, you only need to make the external speaker setting once. If you decide not to use the soundbar for watching certain content, turn the TV's internal speakers on, and then off when using the soundbar again. You can use the digital coaxial connection for a Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or another audio source that has this option available. If your source devices do not have this option, they may have a digital optical or analog one. One other connection that you may find on a basic soundbar not shown in the photo is a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) mini-jack analog stereo input, either in addition to or as a replacement for the analog stereo jacks shown. A 3.5mm input jack is convenient for connecting portable music players or similar audio sources. However, you can still connect standard audio sources via an RCA-to-mini-jack adapter that you can make. When using a digital optical or digital coaxial connection, and the soundbar does not support Dolby Digital or DTS audio decoding, set the TV or another source device (DVD, Blu-ray, cable or satellite, or media streamer) to PCM, or use the analog audio connection option. 03 of 09 Advanced Sound Bar Connections . Yamaha Electronics Corp In addition to the digital optical, digital coaxial, and analog stereo audio connections, a higher-end soundbar may provide the following options. HDMI . HDMI connections allow you to route your DVD, Blu-ray, HD-cable/satellite box, or media streamer through the soundbar to the TV. The video signals pass-through untouched, while audio can be extracted and decoded or processed by the soundbar. HDMI reduces clutter between the soundbar and the TV because you do not connect separate cables to the TV for video and the soundbar for audio from external source devices. Your TV might also support HDMI-ARC (Audio Return Channel), which allows it to send audio to the soundbar using the same HDMI cable that the soundbar uses to pass video through to the TV. It means that you don't have to connect a separate audio cable from the TV to the soundbar. To take advantage of this feature, go into the TV's HDMI setup menu and activate it. Consult your TV and soundbar user guides if required, as accessing the setup menus for this feature may vary from brand to brand. Subwoofer Output . Many soundbars include a subwoofer output. If your soundbar has one, physically connect an external subwoofer to the soundbar to produce the added bass for a movie listening experience. Although many soundbars come with a subwoofer, some don't but may have the option of adding one later. Even if a soundbar offers a physical subwoofer output connection, it may come with a wireless subwoofer, which reduces cable clutter further. Ethernet Port . Another connection included on some soundbars is an Ethernet (Network) port. This port supports connection to a home network that may allow access to internet music streaming services and, in some cases, integrate the soundbar into a multi-room music system. Soundbars that include an Ethernet port may also provide built-in Wi-Fi, which also reduces cable clutter. Use the option that works best for you. 04 of 09 Sound Bars with Subwoofer Setup . Klipsch Group If your soundbar comes with a subwoofer, or you add one, find a place to put it. Make sure the sub is placed where it is both convenient (near an AC power outlet) and sounds best. After you place the subwoofer and are satisfied with its bass response, balance it with your soundbar so that it is not too loud or too soft. Check your remote control for separate volume level controls for the soundbar and the subwoofer. If so, it makes it easier to get the right balance. Also, check to see if the soundbar has a primary volume control. It can raise and lower the volume of both simultaneously, with the same ratio, so you don't have to re-balance the soundbar and subwoofer every time you adjust the volume. 05 of 09 Sound Bars with Surround Speakers Setup . Vizio Some soundbars (mostly Vizio and Nakamichi) include a subwoofer and surround speakers. In these systems, the subwoofer is wireless, and the surround speakers connect to the subwoofer via speaker cables. The soundbar produces the sound for the front left, center, and right channels. It sends bass and surround signals wirelessly to the subwoofer. The subwoofer routes the surround signals to the connected speakers. This setup eliminates wire running from the front to the back of the room but restricts subwoofer placement, as it needs to be near the surround speakers. On the other hand, select soundbars from Sonos (Playbar, Playbase, and Beam) and Polk Audio (SB1 Plus) allow you to add up to two wireless surround speakers. These soundbars don't have to be physically connected to a subwoofer. However, they still need to plug into AC power. If the soundbar provides surround speakers, place the speakers to the sides about 10 to 20 degrees behind the listening position for best results. The speaker should be a few inches away from side walls or room corners. If the surround speakers connect to a subwoofer, place the subwoofer near the back wall in the best spot for the deepest, clearest bass output. When connected, balance the subwoofer with your soundbar. Then, balance the surround speakers so that they don't overwhelm the soundbar and yet are not too soft. Check the remote control for separate surround speaker level controls. Once set, if there is a primary volume control, you can raise and lower the entire system's volume without losing the balance between the soundbar, surround speakers, and subwoofer. 06 of 09 Sound Bars With Digital Sound Projection Setup . Yamaha Electronics Corp Another type of soundbar you might encounter is a Digital Sound Projector. Yamaha makes this type of soundbar, with model numbers starting with the letters "YSP" (Yamaha Sound Projector). What makes this type of soundbar different is that instead of traditional speakers, there is a continuous layout of "beam drivers" across the front surface. Due to added complexity, extra setup is necessary: Assign the beam drivers into specific groups to enable the number of channels you desire (2,3,5 or 7).Plug the provided microphone into the soundbar to aid the soundbar setup.The soundbar generates test tones that project into the room.The microphone picks up the tones and transfers the tones to the soundbar.The soundbar's software analyzes the tones and adjusts beam driver performance to best match your room's dimensions and acoustics. Digital Sound Projection requires a room where the beam drivers can reflect sound off walls. If you have a room with one, or more, open ends, a digital sound projector may not be your best soundbar choice. 07 of 09 Sound Bar vs. Sound Base Setup . Yamaha Electronics Corporation Another variation on the soundbar is a Sound Base. A sound base takes a soundbar's speakers and connectivity and places it in a cabinet that can double as a platform for a TV. Placement with TVs is limited as sound bases work best with TVs that come with center stands. If you have a TV with end-feet, the feet may be too far apart to place on top of a sound base as the sound base may be narrower than the distance between the TV's end-feet. The sound base may also be higher than the vertical height of the TV frame's lower bezel. If you prefer a sound base over a soundbar, consider these factors. Depending on the brand, a sound base may be labeled as an "audio console," "sound platform," "sound pedestal," "sound plate," or "TV speaker base." 08 of 09 Sound Bars with Bluetooth and Wireless Multi-Room Audio . Yamaha One common feature in many soundbars is Bluetooth. This technology can stream music from your smartphone and other compatible devices. Some soundbars enable you to send audio from the soundbar to Bluetooth headsets or speakers. Wireless Multi-room Audio . Another feature included in some soundbars is wireless multi-room audio, which allows you to use the soundbar, in conjunction with a smartphone app, to send music from connected sources or streamed from the internet to compatible wireless speakers located in other rooms in the house. The soundbar brand determines with which wireless speakers it's compatible. For example, Yamaha MusicCast-equipped soundbars only work with Yamaha-branded wireless speakers, Denon soundbars with Denon HEOS-branded wireless speakers, and Vizio soundbars with SmartCast with SmartCast-branded speakers. Soundbar brands that incorporate DTS Play-Fi work across several wireless speaker brands as long as the speaker supports the DTS Play-Fi platform. 09 of 09 The Bottom Line . Vizio Despite not being equivalent to a complete home theater setup with a receiver and multiple speakers, for many, a soundbar can provide a satisfying TV or music listening experience—with the bonus of easy setup. For those with a large home theater setup, soundbars are an excellent solution for second-room TV viewing. When considering a soundbar, don't only look at the price. Look also at the installation, setup, and use options it may provide to deliver the best possible entertainment experience for the money. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand More from Lifewire The Yamaha YSP-5600 Dolby Atmos Digital Sound Projector What Is DTS Play-Fi? How to Connect Your TV to an External Audio System The Onkyo HT-S3800/HT-S7800 Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems What is a Sound Bar? How to Set Up a Home Theater System With Separate Components The 10 Best Hi-Fi Speakers of 2022 How to Amplify Dialogue on TV How to Make Wired Speakers Wireless What Is a Home-Theater-in-a-Box System? 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                            [body] => How to set up your soundbar and get the best sound By What Hi-Fi? From features to positioning, everything you need to know (Image credit: Denon) A soundbar is an excellent way to improve your movie nights without the expense and logistical considerations of an AV receiver and full home cinema speaker package.There are seemingly hundreds to choose from, though, and, while it's easy for us to tell you which we we think are the best soundbars, finding the one that's right for your needs takes consideration. Which soundbar will fit into your space? And what are the features and functions that you need from it?Dimensions and features and the first things to think about when you do your research. It seems obvious but make sure you've measured the piece of wall or surface where you're planning on putting your soundbar; height, width, depth, the lot. You may already find that limits your choice a little.Don't make it too tight a fit either or you might not give the drive units the space they need to get the sound out into your room.It's also worth thinking about soundbars which come with satellite speakers or separate subwoofers if you can accommodate them. They're not necessarily any worse or better but they may offer that bass boost that you're looking for or add to the surround sound effect. That said, the majority of our favourite soundbars at the moment are bar-only devices, without any other additional speakers.Features to look out for. (Image credit: Denon)There was a day when the only job of a soundbar was to get the audio from your TV to your ears but they're something of an audio Swiss Army Knife these days.Take the recently announced Denon Home Sound Bar 550, for example. Its suite of wireless connectivity options include Apple AirPlay 2, the HEOS multiroom platform and wireless Bluetooth, which brings a whole host of extra functionality above improving your TV's sound.It supports lossy and lossless music files types, including hi-res streams of up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. The HEOS app allows direct playback from Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music HD and internet radio stations. You can even voice control the volume, inputs and audio levels thanks to the Amazon Alexa functionality that comes built-in.Other considerations include support for 3D codecs such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and how many, what type and what size of drivers it has. It's also worth looking to see whether there are any speakers angled upwards or to the side to help increase the spread of the sound.The type and range of wired connections on offer are also key. Most will be fitted with at least one HDMI port but some support ARC and, even better, like the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, eARC for the best possible audio experience. You may want more than one HDMI input if you're looking to use your soundbar as something of a media hub for all your other TV inputs.As we say, though, the soundbar that's right for you doesn't need to have all of these features. Just make sure it has what it takes to fit into your room, your life and maybe even the aspirations for your next TV.Now that you've bought and unboxed a soundbar, let's work out how you can get the very best sound from it.Positioning. (Image credit: JBL, Crutchfield)The design of your soundbar itself will offer some clues of how best to position it and, with any luck, the set-up instructions included will offer a good starting point too.Ideally, you want to allow your soundbar some space to do its job, particularly if it has upward or side-firing drivers. If you tuck it too far inside a TV cabinet or shelf, then it's not going to be able to project the audio out to your sofa in the way it's designed to.Pay attention to whether your soundbar is rear ported or if it has rear speakers which are designed to bounce sound off your back wall. Again, you'll generally find reference to this in the instructions which should tell you how close you need to position it to your wall for the best effect.Most soundbars allow for both wallmounting and surface placement. It's worth having a play around with positioning before you do the drilling work. If the audio is too bottom heavy, trying bring your bar further into your space and away from the walls.Keep it steady. (Image credit: LG)All speakers need a nice solid footing to do their job properly. If they're on unsteady ground, then the action of the drivers moving backwards and forwards is likely to cause it to move and spoil the audio production. Fortunately, most soundbars come with some kind of rubber feet to stand them on.Generally, it's best to use whatever wall fixings or feet come in the box. If you're placing your soundbar on a shelf or cabinet of some kind, then do ensure that all of the feet are in contact with the same solid surface. If, for whatever reason, there are no feet included, then you can use Blu Tack instead.Keep it clear of the TV screen. (Image credit: Sharp)The aim for many people is to place the soundbar at the feet of their TV and that's certainly a good idea. The closer your soundbar is to your screen, the more it feels like the sound and the picture are connected.That falls apart slightly if your soundbar is quite tall and your TV screen comes down very low and the speaker obscures some of the display.Before you go searching for a new home for your soundbar, check to see if your TV's feet or stand can be used in a different position. Many, particularly the larger ones, have two-position or even three-position stands which could help.You may also find that your soundbar fits under your screen but it blocks the IR sensor on your TV from receiving signals from your remote control. Look to see if your soundbar has a IR repeater feature to pass on the message before you make the move to reposition the bar altogether.If you are on the hunt for something particularly discreet, LG's recent soundbars sit particularly flat. The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is also very compact at just 65cm wide and 7.5cm but do check all the dimensions on the LG and Denon product site before you buy.Better connected with HDMI. (Image credit: Future)Most soundbars will offer you a choice of ports when it comes to connecting to your TV. An HDMI connection is usually the simplest and best way of achieving that. Look out for the HDMI ARC symbol on the ports of your TV and soundbar.HDMI ARC removes the need for an optical cable and allows you to send audio ‘downstream’ from your TV to your soundbar. That way, any other source connected to your television – a Blu-ray player or games console, for example – will send its audio to your soundbar too.With some TVs HDMI ARC might work automatically. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to grab a remote and tweak a few of your TV settings, including turning off your TV’s built-in speakers and enabling your telly to send audio out to an external speaker or amp.It's also worth considering enabling HDMI CEC which allows you to control the volume on your soundbar using your TV's remote. It can cause some odd side effects, though.Better than HDMI ARC is eARC, should your soundbar and TV support it. Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) is a feature usually included with an HDMI 2.1-certified port and its main benefit is to allow higher-quality audio to get from your TV to your soundbar.You'll be able to bitstream the full-fat, high-quality codecs such as Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS:X soundtracks that exist on your 4K Blu-ray disc. It's well worth using if possible.Fear not, even if you only have plain HDMI ARC connections you will still be able to receive Dolby Atmos audio when using streaming service content from Netflix and similar apps. The Atmos codec will embedded in a Dolby Digital Plus stream, which ARC can handle.Finally here, make sure you're using an HDMI cable that's certified to the standard that you're trying to leverage. So, if it's eARC you're after, you'll need an HDMI 2.1-certified cable.Calibration. (Image credit: LG)Most soundbars have more than one audio presets to choose from. It's important to go through them and pick the one that suits your space best. These often include ones dedicated for music, for movies, for boosting dialogue clarity or sound effects and all have their pros and cons.Most of the time the Music setting is the one to choose when listening to music but it's a matter of suck-it-and-see when it comes to AV sound.Some soundbars allow you to tinker with EQs. A few try to simplify the whole process with an auto-calibration feature which plays sounds into your space and then tries to choose the best EQ settings according to the acoustics its picked up through its built-in microphones. These often make a good starting point but you may find that Movie or Surround mode or similar is the best way to go. The important part is to experiment.Add more speakers. (Image credit: JBL)Need more bass? No problem. Many soundbars and TVs sport a sub-out socket where you can connect an external subwoofer to your TV sound system. Try the one on your soundbar first, if you have the choice, to minimise any synchronisation issues.The good news is that any decent subwoofer will do. So, if you have an old one sitting around somewhere or see a good deal from a different manufacturer to your TV or soundbar, then go for it.Better still, some soundbars will allow you to add more than a sub. The Denon Home Sound Bar 550, for example, has the Denon Home 150, 250 and 350 which you can pair to become rear speakers in your wireless TV sound set-up along with the soundbar. You can bring the bass too with the Denon DSW-1H sub.It's a great way to add more home cinema channels without all the hassle of an AVR or cables.Sync your sound. (Image credit: 4K Filme)In a few unlucky cases you may find that the pictures on your TV and the audio coming out of your soundbar are not aligned properly and that can be incredibly frustrating. There are one or two changes you can try to fix that, though.First is to try using a different way of connecting your soundbar with your TV. HDMI ARC and eARC-enabled ports should have auto lip sync correction built-in. So, if you're not using either of these standards, and there is the option to do so, then give them a whirlObviously, check that you're using the correct sockets on your TV and bar, and that you're up-to-date with your firmware and HDMI cables too. Downgrading to an optical cable connection is also worth a shot if to see if it's the HDMI connection that's playing up.If none of that works than you'll likely find an audio delay feature on your soundbar or TV, or both. This usually comes in a steps which you can try bring audio and video back in line. It might not synchronise things perfectly but it should certainly take away the worst of any remaining issues.Should all else fail, you can always return the soundbar to the shop or manufacturer and try a different device instead. You'll find plenty of soundbar reviews on our website to help you choose. What Hi-Fi? What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence. Read more about how we test
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                            [body] => How to Connect a Soundbar to a Receiver A soundbar is a simple solution to beef up your TV’s audio while creating a nice surround sound effect. For one reason or the other, you may want to connect your soundbar to a receiver. So how would you go about doing that? To connect a soundbar to a receiver, one will first need to be clear on the end goal since this is not a common practice. Consider the type of soundbar in question, confirm the availability of necessary features and ports on your devices, and get the required cables for the connections. This article explains in great detail the steps to connect a soundbar to a receiver. But what is more, we’ll also address other topics in relation to this question, including the types of soundbars and their functions, reasons for connecting a soundbar to a receiver, and tips to help you make the most of your soundbar. Let’s dive right in. Types of Soundbars. To begin with, let’s get a clear understanding of what a soundbar is. A soundbar is a type of loudspeaker in the shape of a long, thin “bar” enclosure housing multiple speakers. Soundbars are designed to fit under a television screen or any other display device easily. When connected to your television, these unique speakers boost the TV’s audio, generate a good bass response, and can help create a surround sound effect. Soundbars have evolved from simple, basic rectangular-shaped units enclosing two speakers to high-tech, multi-channel, all-in-one surround soundbar systems. These modifications over time are what make up the different types of soundbars found in the market today. Active Soundbars. Active soundbars are serious rivals of the full-featured surround sound systems. This soundbar is an all-encompassing sound unit. It includes multiple speakers, one or more amplifiers, processor, and connection ports all in one box. Active soundbars are simple to set up and operate. Any complexities only come in with the more advanced gadgets that offer a number of additional features to enable users to tweak their sound even further. Some active soundbars come with a separate wireless subwoofer like the Yamaha YAS-207BL Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (check price on Amazon). Yamaha YAS-207BL Active Sound Bar Others may also include a few rear speakers to create that full theater-quality immersive surround sound experience. Because of all the built-in capabilities of this soundbar, it does not need a separate audio-video receiver (AVR) for amplification, signal processing, or connection ports. This means you get to have all the benefits of a multi-channel sound system without the hassle of setting up several speakers and dealing with too much wiring. Even so, technically, you can still connect your active soundbar to a receiver (though this is not the best practice to adopt), and that’s what we’ll be addressing later on in this article. Passive Soundbars. The main difference between a passive and active soundbar is that a passive soundbar does not have a built-in amplifier, so it requires an external amp/receiver to process signals and amplify sound. Passive soundbars have a number of speakers housed in the rectangular enclosure, just like active soundbars. They can also feature multiple channels, the most common being three channels: left, center, and right. At the rear end of the passive soundbar are the connection ports for plugging in cables that connect it to a receiver. And since passive soundbars are built to connect to a receiver, the setup is usually quite straightforward (as we’ll see later on). A passive soundbar can be set up together with other surround sound speakers connected to the same receiver and seamlessly produce great sound quality. The same cannot be said of active soundbars since you will end up with two amplifiers, and the overlap may result in poor sound quality. Another difference between the two types of soundbars is that passive soundbars are less popular in the market but are actually more pricey than their active counterparts. One great example of a passive soundbar is the Klipsch RP-440D-SB  (Amazon link). Active vs Passive Soundbars. Here’s a table summary comparing the two types of soundbars: Type of SoundbarActivePassive CharacteristicsIs an all-in-one unit (includes built-in speakers, amplifier, subwoofer, and connection ports)Similar to a traditional speaker. Requires separate A/V receiver Placement• On the console • Wall mountable• On the console • Wall mountable Advantages• Takes up little space • Has few wirings • Simple to set up• Can be customized • Expandable Disadvantages• Fixed system configuration • Not expandable• Bigger footprint • Has more wirings • Costly setup • Home theater speaker knowledge required For passive soundbars, plugging to a receiver is necessary since the speaker doesn’t have an in-built amplifier. Therefore, connecting a passive soundbar to a receiver is not a question of “if” but “when.” We’ll look at how to make this connection shortly. Why Connect a Soundbar to a Receiver? But what about active soundbars? Why would someone want to connect this all-in-one unit to a receiver? Here are a few reasons users give: To capitalize on a receiver’s wide range of settings and control. Some users wrongfully believe that since the receiver has so much control over balance and other settings, then it would help to connect the soundbar to it in order to take advantage of the receiver’s features. This isn’t a recommended practice. If you are looking for more settings to work with and tweak your sound, there are highly advanced soundbars with a variety of features that you can utilize. Take, for example, the VIZIO SB46514-F6 46″ 5.1.4 with Dolby Atmos, Wireless Subwoofer, and Rear Surround Speakers (Amazon). If you still feel limited and want to use the receiver’s settings, then the best way is to use a passive soundbar or get regular speakers to connect to the receiver. To use the soundbar as the front three-channel speakers, i.e., front right, left, and center. This is still not an advisable connection simply because active soundbars are not designed to work this way. This setup will merge the front channels and interfere with sound quality. Also, for those who may want to use active soundbars this way, there’s a high likelihood of adding other separate surround speakers to serve as the rear channels. The problem with mixing soundbars and other speakers is that they are often not compatible. The sound produced will be inconsistent across the drives. To utilize the soundbar as a center channel speaker. This is one of the more understandable reasons for connecting the soundbar to a receiver. That said, it is still not the best way to go. By placing the active soundbar as the center channel speaker, other speakers will be used for the other channels. These separate speakers are most probably of different brands, sizes, or shapes, and that presents a setback. The varying shapes and sizes will result in the audio sounding different on all the speakers. This does not create a very pleasant sound overall. To use the soundbar as the main speaker. This is another understandable way of setting up your sound. Let’s look at how you can achieve this. How to Connect an Active Soundbar to a Receiver. So, you want to use your soundbar as the main speaker connected to a receiver? Though this is not the norm, there are a few ways to make this happen. First, depending on the method you choose, confirm that you have the required connection ports, the correct cables and that the devices are compatible where necessary. The following are the different ways to connect your active soundbar to a receiver. 1. Using an Optical Cable. You can only connect a soundbar to a receiver using this method if your receiver has a digital optical out port. First, it’s always recommended to keep the receiver powered off while plugging in your devices. This is to avoid short-circuiting or any other possible damages. Connect one end of the optical cable to the receiver out port. Take the opposite end of the cable and insert it into the soundbar optical in port. Remember to verify that the digital encoding standards for both the receiver and soundbar are matching. This will ensure there are no strange sound issues. Connect the receiver to your television or any other display device. Switch on the power. Adjust the receiver’s settings so that the audio is pointing towards the soundbar. Adjust the TV’s settings to enable audio to be output to the receiver. Play. 2. Using an HDMI Cable. If your receiver doesn’t have a digital optical out port, you can use this method instead. First, confirm that all your devices (receiver, soundbar, and television) support ARC (Audio Return Channel). Turn off the TV, receiver, and soundbar. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the receiver’s HDMI ARC port. Plug in the other end to the soundbar. Connect the HDMI from the receiver to the television Turn on your devices Change the receiver’s setup to accept HDMI control Turn on HDMI control for the TV. For the TV, remember to also correct the settings to enable audio to be output to the receiver. An Alternative Method Using HDMI Cable. For this method, the receiver does not play its usual audio functions. Basically, you will have all the HDMI connections handled via the receiver. The difference comes in where you disable the receiver’s audio functions. But just note that not all receivers allow disabling of its audio functions. So, instead of depending on the receiver for processing audio signals, connect the soundbar to the television directly using either aux, optical cable, or RCA cable. The sound will now play through the soundbar, and the receiver acts as an HDMI switcher. How to Connect a Passive Soundbar to a Receiver. Passive soundbars are not as popular as active soundbars, but connecting a passive soundbar to a receiver is quite straightforward because this is how they were designed to function. Turn off all devices. Connect one end of the speaker wire to the soundbar and the other end to the center channel on the receiver. This is if the soundbar is a single channel. If the soundbar is multi-channeled (which is commonly three channels: front left, center, and right), use three separate speaker cables for the connection. Each of the cables connects the respective channels. Connect the receiver to your television. Turn on devices and play. Tips to Make the Most of Your Soundbar. How can you now make the most of your soundbar? Here are a few tips to enable you to have the optimum home theatre experience using these compact speakers. Choose a Soundbar Based on Your Needs. As sound technology develops, so does the versatility of sound systems, including soundbars. There are a variety of features made available with different soundbars. To get the most ideal one for your setting, consider your needs and preferences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vywu70IRhTc One person may be interested in having a family home theatre mainly for watching movies. Another person could be looking for surround sound just to enjoy digital music. A third scenario could be where one wants the soundbar for their video games to create new dimensions and an immersive effect. With all these diverse needs, you’ll do yourself a great service by being clear on what you want and going for a soundbar model, design, and size that will best suit those needs. Another important factor to keep in mind is the size of the room where you’ll place your home theatre. Even though soundbars are compact, there is still a wide variety of sizes to pick from. Is a really compact but quality soundbar like Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Home Theater (Amazon) sufficient for your space? Or do you require a bigger device like the Yamaha YAS-207BL with Wireless Subwoofer (Amazon)? For aesthetic purposes, the dimensions of your television can also advise the size of the soundbar you pick. Have the Right Setup for Your Sound Unit. Now that you’ve acquired the ideal soundbar, you’ll need to install it in the proper way so that you can get the best quality sound. Here are a few placement tips to help you with your setup: Place the soundbar in the middle of your TV set. This ensures a natural and balanced sound experience. Don’t block the television with the soundbar. Elevate the TV set or mount it on the wall. If your television is mounted on the wall, it would be a good idea to also mount your soundbar. Remember to leave some space between the two devices for easy access to the controls. If not wall-mounted, ensure the soundbar is placed at a good height from the floor. Never place it on the ground. With the speakers at the level of your ears when seated, you’ll be able to get a clearer sound. Under no circumstance should you place your compact speakers inside a cupboard or an enclosed space. Speakers produce better sound when out in the open. Optimize the room setting as well. Adding curtains and floor carpets help to reduce excess sound reflections and make the audio signals sound more authentic. Add Wireless Speakers. So, we’ve established so far that soundbars (with multiple channels) function very much like a home theatre. But even so, you can still pump up the surround sound effect and create a more immersive experience by building a sound system around your soundbar. This will require adding wireless speakers. Take, for instance, with your three-channel soundbar, you have a front left, center, and front right speakers. But with, say, two extra speakers, that creates a 5-channel sound system. This can be really amazing when watching action-packed films, for example. There are soundbars that come combined with wireless speakers already, so consider getting those when making a purchase. One great option is Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 4Ch DTS:X with Wireless Sub and 2 Rear Surround Speakers (Amazon). A wireless subwoofer will also give you a boost with the base audios that add to a great listening experience. So look for that as well when selecting a soundbar. Master the Settings. Go through your soundbar’s menu and familiarize yourself with the different settings and modes available on your gadget. Play around with different options to figure out the best ones for different situations. It will be a pity if you underutilize the potential of your sound unit just because you don’t know there is a better mode than what you are already used to. So use a trial and error strategy to discover new sound levels for your home theatre. Apart from tweaking the soundbar’s settings, it’s recommended to always turn off your television’s sound when using your soundbar. This is because the TV’s audio is most often of poorer quality compared to that of the compact speakers and will interfere with the overall sound quality produced. Conclusion. Soundbars are indeed a great flexible sound solution for the current ultra-high-definition televisions. Due to their slim designs, modern televisions have little real estate to invest in proper speakers. And that is why soundbars have become quite popular. With the two types of soundbars available (passive and active), you can go for your most ideal purchase depending on needs and preference but keeping in mind the pros and cons of each. Passive soundbars are designed to be connected to a receiver for powering while active soundbars don’t require a receiver. There are, however, certain ways that you can connect an active soundbar to a receiver, though this is not the norm. All in all, for a great home theatre experience, follow a few simple tips, including purchasing the right unit as per your need, adding wireless speakers and subwoofers, creating the right setup, and mastering the device settings.
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                            [body] => Soundbar Connection and Setup Guide – Everything You Need To Know By: Author Jonah Matthes A soundbar can be a great tool for solving lots of different problems in your home theater. They look nice upgrading the aesthetic of your space, they reduce the number of cables you need to run saving you time and effort on the install, and, depending on the model, you get all these benefits as well as incredible sound quality. However, the way the soundbar connects to the Television itself can impact that sound quality. You have several options for connecting your soundbar to your television, including: Digital Optical Audio (aka Toslink)HDMIHDMI ARCBluetoothAUX (aka Auxiliary or 3.5mm)RCA But these methods aren’t created equally. They have different pros and cons, that you may prefer to use for different purposes. If you use your home theater to watch movies with the highest quality audio available, that may push you to do something different than if you’re just watching “normal” TV. To get the most out of your soundbar, be sure to read through the options below and choose what works best for you. Digital Optical Audio (aka Toslink). The most common audio connection method for modern soundbars is via a Digital Optical Audio Cable, although, we do have tutorials on specific devices like Echo Dots and soundbars. These are sometimes referred to as Toslink or SPDIF cables. They have a square-ish connect with a little circle in the middle, and they’re a little more rigid than other cables because they have a fiber-optic cable (read: glass) inside. This is one of the easiest methods to connect your soundbar to your Television because it’s a single, slim cable that goes from one device to the other. There’s nothing to mess around with here, and that slim cable actually makes the cable management incredibly easy.  To connect your soundbar to your TV with the digital optical cable, simply find the ports on both devices, then make sure the soundbar is positioned where it should be relative to the TV. Check both connections: digital optical ables are designed to go in with a firm “click”, so make sure when you’re installing the cable you hear and feel the connectors click into place. Then, you’re ready to use your optical cable to connect the devices and manage the cable. Because the cable is so light, it’s really easy to cool the extra cable up in a loose bundle and use a piece of tape to stick it to the back of the Television. But be sure not to coil the cable too tight or try to make any sharp corners with it: that glass fiber can snap if you bend the cable too far. This is one of the cons of this method: the cable is rather fragile compared to other standards. But replacements like the KabelDirekt Optical Digital Audio Cable (on Amazon) are pretty reasonably priced. Once you’re connected and both devices are on, try playing something. If the connection doesn’t “just work”, you may need to head to the setting out your Television and make sure it’s outputting sound to the digital optical connection. This may require you to find the Televisions internal speakers on the audio settings and set them to ‘OFF’, and if there are multiple output options you can select, look for ‘optical’ or ‘digital optical’, then select it. HDMI (Connecting All Devices to the Soundbar). First, let’s discuss what the difference between HDMI and HDMI ARC is. We have a more thorough article on HDMI ARC, but the quick and dirty of it is: HDMI ARC is a way to reduce the number of cables and remote controllers you need by allowing the Television and Soundbar to communicate with each other via a special Audio Return Channel (ARC). This means that you can connect all of your video/audio sources to the Television directly, not the soundbar, and then connect only one cable from your Television to the soundbar. Once the Television and soundbar are connected via the HDMI.  But there are certainly cases where you don’t want to use an HDMI ARC connection, or you may simply have a Television or soundbar that isn’t equipped with an HDMI ARC port. This is not a huge problem: it just means that you need to connect all of your HDMI sources to the soundbar, using the soundbar as a receiver that can then pass the video “upstream” to the Television. To connect your devices without using ARC, connect all of your video sources to the soundbar first, and then use the soundbar’s HDMI out port to connect it to the TV. This will ensure that the highest quality sound is getting to the soundbar, because if you hook the system up the other way, through the TV and then to the soundbar, the TV may do some audio processing on the audio signal. Even if you do have HDMI ARC ports on both your Television and soundbar, you might want to connect your devices up this way to get the best sound quality. HDMI ARC is limited to 5.1 channel sound, and it can’t handle advanced audio standards like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.  If you’ve got a top dollar unit like the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra (on Amazon), you’ll want to connect through non-ARC HDMI to get the best quality. (And be sure to check out our review on the Shockwafe Ultra if you’re interested in reading more about this unit.) HDMI ARC (Connecting All Devices to the Television). As described above, HDMI ARC is a great way to simplify your setup, although it does have some limitations around not supporting more than a 5.1 channel setup, and with no support for advanced audio standards like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. There is a new standard on the horizon: HDMI eARC, which will support those 7.1+ channel setups and advanced formats (a little more on that here).  For the purposes of this discussion, though, HDMI Arc and HDMI eARC are interchangeable. If you do have more advanced equipment that has the eARC standard built-in, connecting your soundbar to your Television (and your computer – our guide) follows the same process as HDMI ARC. First, locate the HDMI ARC port on your Television and Soundbar. These look just like HDMI ports, but they’ll be labeled with ‘ARC’, so you know that’s the one to use. Then, using an HDMI cable that’s been manufactured in the last year or so (supporting at least HDMI 1.4), simply connect the two devices. The more complicated part is that all of your video sources need to be connected to the Televisions other HDMI-in ports as well, so you’ll need to connect those next and manage the cables however you see fit.  Then, you can turn everything on and test the connections. Although HDMI should be automatic, HDMI ARC may need to be activated in your Televisions settings. Head over to the audio settings menu and look for a control that’s called ‘HDMI Arc’ or ‘HDMI Control’, and then make sure that’s set to ‘on.’ Bluetooth. Another option on the menu is to connect your soundbar to your Television (or Google Home Mini – our guide) using a Bluetooth connection.. This is certainly easier than the other options discussed from a cable management standpoint. It’s hard to beat wireless.  That said, the thing that makes Bluetooth appealing from a cable management standpoint also causes some reduced audio quality issues that you may not want to tolerate. Even the most advanced Bluetooth standards don’t support the information transfer rates available on cabled options, which means the highest number of channels you can hope to support is a whopping two. That’s right, if you’re using Bluetooth you’ll be able to get a left and right channel, and a subwoofer. Your soundbar likely supports 2 channels of audio at a minimum. This isn’t automatically a problem, but if it’s an even slightly advanced unit with a center channel, like the Samsung HW-R60C 3.1 Channel Soundbar (on Amazon), then the Bluetooth connection may limit performance. And there’s another worry here: that wireless signal is probably competing for spectrum space in your house, with phones and a wireless router and any number of smart home devices. The signal can easily be disrupted. This can cause intermittent drop-outs in the audio signal or reduced quality (popping or fuzziness), that you don’t really have any control over. But, Bluetooth can be a good budget option, a sort of stepping-stone to making your setup functional while you plan the next upgrade. It’s a tool that’s handy to have in your toolbox, although it’s really there only to solve specific problems, not a solution for every setup. AUX (aka Auxiliary or 3.5mm). Auxiliary connections, also known as “AUX” or “3.5mm” connections, use the 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cables that you’re probably more used to seeing on the end of your headphones. Although Auxiliary cables offer the “one cable” simplicity of Auxiliary and HDMI ARC, they have all the limitations of Bluetooth. Namely, you’ll be limited to 2 channels, so advanced multi-channel setups and subwoofers are out. What’s more, AUX is a physical format, not digital. All the other methods discussed in this article are digital (with the one asterisk that RCA can technically be physical or digital depending on the cables and setup).  That means that the Auxiliary cable can only transmit the physical sound signals of the left and right channels across its copper wires. No return channels like on HDMI ARC. No multiple channels at all like you get with HDMI and Optical. And no two-way communication which, technically, Bluetooth supports.  This can be a problem because the actual sound information being transmitted is of the lowest quality, with any extra information that might be paired on the digital format compressed so that the bare-bones physical signal is the only thing transmitted. But maybe sound quality isn’t your goal here. Like Bluetooth, Auxiliary is a fantastic way to just get your setup up and running quickly while you plan your next move. It’s also a good option for mobile devices that don’t support Bluetooth, or when you want to connect to your mobile device directly to sidestep any wireless signal issues. Again, Auxiliary is a good tool to have in your tool chest, but it isn’t the final solution for connecting to your Television. For anything multi-channel, or when quality matters, you’ll want to use one of the digital options described above. RCA. RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America. This is an old standard, dating back to at least the 1940s, when RCA (the company) standardized this as a way to connect to audio devices like phonographs and radios. If you want something higher quality, this is not the type of connection you’ll want to use. The RCA cables themselves can support a 2.1 channel setup, but the format is dated enough that it’s now getting somewhat obscure. It would be surprising if your Television and soundbar both supported RCA, and even if they do the channel limitation likely means you’ll want to use something like Optical or HDMI to get higher quality signals from your Television to your soundbar. But there are some other cases where RCA can make sense, like if you have an older Television and you don’t want to upgrade it right now. You can also get an RCA to Aux adapter like this Amazon Basics one (on Amazon), which will allow you to use the RCA ports on your soundbar to connect mobile devices that don’t support Bluetooth, or which you simply don’t want to use wirelessly. RCA is an option, then, but it’s probably going to be your last resort. Higher-end soundbars may have the connections to accomplish an RCA connection just because they take an “everything and the kitchen sink” mentality, and some mid-range models have these connections because they know you might be using a more dated Television, but many premium soundbar options don’t bother including RCA jacks at all. Using a Soundbar with a Receiver. So, now that you understand the various methods you may want to use to connect your soundbar directly to the audio source, there’s one more option you might be wondering about (in addition to setting up a microphone with it which we have a guide on). If you currently have an amplifier or a receiver, you may be wondering if you should connect your soundbar to your Television using that equipment. Even if you don’t already have the equipment on hand, you may be wondering if adding an amplifier or receiver will increase the sound quality (it will – we’ve explained why before) We have another article talking in more detail about this, but the long and short of it is that you probably don’t want to be using an amplifier or receiver with your soundbar. First, a setup with a receiver and a soundbar leads to added complexity, with more hardware and cables to manage that aren’t going to get you anything extra. If you’re soundbar doesn’t have the available ports to support the level of audio quality you want, then adding a receiver is not going to get you there, because soundbars are not designed to work with receivers. Instead, most soundbars act as the receiver themselves, replacing that piece of equipment. Some models even take that duty to the extreme, like the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra (on Amazon), which offers multi-channel speakers that have audio routed to them from the soundbar. And in some cases, using an amp that drives signal to your soundbar can damage speaker equipment. This is because soundbars are typically doing the amplification on their end, so sending a signal to a receiver/amplifier and then the soundbar will result in the signal being amplified twice, which can damage your equipment. Conclusion. As you can see, each of these options has different pros and cons, and should be used for different purposes. An optical cable might get you a high-quality signal across its fiber-optic cables and make installation simple. But, HDMI Arc may offer features that you see value in, like reducing the number of remote controls you might need to juggle while using your system. Bluetooth will add flexibility, and bring you closer to the dream of a cable-free setup, but at the cost of some signal quality issues and limited bandwidth that prevent you from using advanced audio standards like Dolby Atmos. And RCA may allow you to connect to more legacy Television models. Be sure to choose the right method for your setup, that optimizes for your end goals. Home theaters can be expensive, confusing projects, but when it comes to soundbars the simplicity is a breath of fresh air. But you plan your setup and know what connection method you want from the start to get all the benefits a soundbar can offer. Click here to cancel reply. Frederick jordan Saturday 1st of January 2022 Do use sell or e-mail in struction manuals I require one for an earz smart sound box model OE vAALEXB 80 my email address is [email protected] thanks in advance if you can help me would pay for manual n postage "
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After that, I will move on to the slightly more advanced topic of getting surround sound in your room. Table of Contents Show . How to Get Surround Sound in Your Room Installing a Stereo Home Theater System Connecting Your Player to the Amplifier How to Install Surround Sound with an AV Receiver AV Receivers – Audio and Video Connecting Your TV to a Surround Sound System 5.1, 7.1 or 7.2 Surround Sound? Conclusion Frequently Asked Questions How to Get Surround Sound in Your Room. If you are in a hurry, here is a simple checklist for connecting a surround sound system: Buy a sound system that supports surround sound. The most versatile option is an AV receiver, but you can also get an all-in-one home theater system or a soundbar system with surround sound speakers.Install the sound system and place the surround speakers around the room. Some speakers systems have wireless speakers, but most will connect using speaker wire.Connect your content source to the sound system. Use HDMI, optical or coaxial connections to connect the audio outputs from your TV or content source into the sound system.Play content with surround sound audio on your device, and make sure you select the correct input on your audio system. If you want more detailed instructions, follow the rest of this guide to installing surround sound. Installing a Stereo Home Theater System. So, let’s look at a basic home theater setup. A simple way of improving the sound in your room. Firstly, you’ll need an amplifier and some speakers. You may be able to use the existing hi-fi system you already have in your room – which is probably only for stereo sound. If you want to have a surround sound set up, you will need to buy an AV receiver or soundbar system with surround speakers. Another option is to get an all-in-one home theater system that includes an amplifier and speakers together – and sometimes a DVD/ Blu-ray player too. Go to the article on the home theater systems for more information on this option. So how do we quickly improve the sound in our room? Easy, just send the audio output from your program source – DVD player, cable box, PS4, Xbox etc. – to your amplifier. The amplifier then sends the sound to the speakers in your room. Remember, this amplifier might be a simple stereo amplifier that you already own. Home theater connections for a stereo receiver/amplifier See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? In the diagram above, we have a basic example of how you could quickly improve the sound of your movies. Don’t listen to the sound through the TV speakers. Connect the audio out of your player into your amplifier. The diagram shows the sound is sent from the audio output of the DVD player to the audio input of a stereo receiver. This could be a digital or analog connection. The picture is sent via an HDMI cable between the DVD player and the TV. Connecting Your Player to the Amplifier. The critical point in all this is that we need to split the audio signal from the picture. To understand if this is possible with your equipment, think about the source of your TV pictures. This may be a DVD player, Blu-ray player, satellite TV box or cable box. In most setups, this source device sends the pictures and the sound to your TV by either sending them both down one HDMI cable or making one connection for the picture and another for the audio. However, if you are going to use a separate speaker system, you need to split the picture and the sound signals. Don’t panic! This may sound harder than it is and is usually relatively easy these days. For instance, in the example diagram above, the DVD player sends the pictures to the TV via an HDMI cable. The DVD player also has a separate output for the sound, which may be an analog or digital output. Therefore, instead of sending the sound to your TV with the picture, you can use the audio output of the DVD player to send the sound to a separate amplifier. The picture above shows an example of outputs on the back of a DVD player. There is a digital audio out in the shape of coaxial and optical connections. You can use either, and the one you choose will usually depend on the connections that you have on your amplifier. In the picture, you can also see outputs for analog stereo or surround sound audio, and you would connect these to the matching inputs on your amplifier. Again, the one you use will usually depend on which connections your amplifier has. This setup will work with many modern sources. A cable box or satellite receiver unit will usually have separate audio outputs, just like a DVD or Blu-ray player. So, send the picture to the TV via HDMI, component or composite cables – but connect the audio output to a separate amplifier. Now, while this is fine when using a stereo receiver, I thought we were going to talk about surround sound? We are. That’s the next step, and we replace the stereo amplifier with an AV receiver. How to Install Surround Sound with an AV Receiver. Firstly, an AV receiver is a multi-channel amplifier. A stereo receiver has just two channels – powering two stereo speakers – while an AV receiver will have a minimum of five speaker connections. The standard surround sound layout is 5.1. This means three speakers at the front, two at the rear, and one more output for the subwoofer (the bass). The receiver will also have several different audio inputs to take all the audio from your input devices. You may have devices that output audio by stereo analog connections, digital optical connections or HDMI connections. Whichever way the audio is sent, you should have enough inputs on the back of your AV receiver to connect them all. Rear connections of an AV receiver If you send a 5.1 surround soundtrack from the player, the AV receiver will process the 5.1 surround sound mix and send the sound to your speaker system. If you send stereo audio from the player, then you have a choice. You can tell the AV receiver to only play it back in stereo, over the front left and right speakers – or you can select a listening mode that will create a 5.1 surround mix from the stereo signal. So, you will hear audio from all the surround speakers in your system. You can choose which you prefer. AV Receivers – Audio and Video. In the earlier example, you will remember that we connected the sound from our DVD player to the stereo amplifier. For the picture, we had to connect it directly to the TV. Well, the beauty of a modern AV receiver is that it can handle both audio and video signals. It used to be the case that an AV receiver was just an amplifier for the sound. However, these days you will find that an AV receiver will accept the video signals from your input devices too. What’s the point in that? I thought we could send the video signal straight to the display? Well, you could. But think about it. If we can send ALL the signals into the AV receiver – video and audio – then the AV receiver can handle the switching of all signals when we change inputs. We can easily switch between DVD player, Blu-ray player, cable TV box, Wii game console, Playstation console etc. Also, we can then have just one video cable connected to the display for all sources. The following diagram shows how we can hook up surround sound to our TV with HDMI cables. Connecting a 5.1 home theater system with an AV receiver In the example above, we have connected the Blu-ray player and the cable TV box to the receiver with an HDMI cable. HDMI sends the picture and sound down the same cable, and this is the best connection to use if your devices have this connection type available. So, when I select ‘Blu-ray’ on the AV receiver – or HDMI input 1 – the receiver gets the audio and video from the Blu-ray player. It sends the Blu-ray audio to the speakers and the picture to the display. Likewise, when I select ‘Cable’ on the AV receiver – or HDMI input 2 – the receiver gets the audio and video from the cable TV box. Then, it sends the cable TV audio to the speakers and the picture to the display. I haven’t got to worry about selecting different inputs on the amplifier and the display. Plus, it’s much neater as there are fewer cables required to connect it all together. Isn’t that much easier? Can you still hook this up if you don’t have HDMI? Yes, you can. If you don’t have HDMI on all your devices, then the beauty of an AV receiver is that it will have many different connection types at the back. This should enable you to connect any device to your home theater system. This is why the rear of an AV receiver can look so complicated. You won’t need every connection, and they are just there to give you the flexibility to connect a wide range of devices. You are not expected to use them all! If you want to reinforce this information and prefer watching videos to learn, take a look at this handy guide produced by Sony (other brands available!): Connecting Your TV to a Surround Sound System. Up to this point, I have talked about connecting external devices such as cable boxes and Blu-ray players to a surround sound system. However, a common problem is that many people want to connect their TV to surround sound speakers. The main reason is that many people now use apps on their smart TVs to play content – so the audio from these apps plays on the TV itself. So, how do you get the audio from your TV into a sound system? The answer is similar to the methods we’ve already covered. You just need to use an audio output on the TV and send the sound into your speaker system. Firstly, you will need to check your TV and see which type of audio output it supports. It’s rare to find a TV these days that doesn’t have an audio out, and the main connection types are: HDMI ARC or eARCOptical digital audioCoaxial digital audioStereo analog audio HDMI ARC and eARC are the newest connection types, and, if supported, one of the HDMI connections on your TV will be labeled as such. HDMI output with ARC To use ARC, your sound system will also need to support HDMI ARC. The main advantage of this type of connection is it supports more audio formats and often makes wiring simpler. Here is a simple wiring diagram for connecting your TV to a soundbar using HDMI ARC: Connecting TV to a Soundbar with HDMI ARC If you don’t have HDMI ARC available, it’s best to use whichever digital audio output you have – either optical or coaxial. An optical audio output is the most common. In this case, you should connect an optical or coaxial cable from your TV’s output into your speaker system. If your speaker system doesn’t have the same connection types, you can buy an adapter that can convert from optical to coaxial or vice-versa. OUR PICK ROOFULL Optical to Coaxial Bi-Directional Digital Audio Converter Used For: Connecting devices with different connection types What Does It Do: Connects an optical output to a coaxial input or a coaxial output to an optical input Works With: Blu-ray player, game console, DVD player, HDTV, amplifier, soundbar Audio Formats: Uncompressed stereo PCM, DTS and Dolby 5.1 Accessories: 1x optical cable, 1x coaxial cable, USB power adapter and cable CHECK AT AMAZON If you have an old TV with stereo analog audio-only, you won’t be able to play actual surround sound. Although, it’s also unlikely that this type of TV will have smart apps. However, you can still connect the stereo audio into your speaker system to improve the sound in your room. 5.1, 7.1 or 7.2 Surround Sound? When checking out surround sound systems, there are many things to look out for, but the main thing is the number of speakers they support. When looking at possible AV amplifiers to buy – it should specify if it is a 5.1 or 7.1 amp. This tells you how many speaker connections are on the back of the unit and whether it will process 5.1 or 7.1 soundtracks. In fact, these days, you will also see receivers that support 9.1 and 11.1 surround sound – plus some others too. But let’s keep it simple for the moment. Most DVD/Blu-ray movies will come with a 5.1 soundtrack – and all AV receivers will be able to connect to a 5.1 surround sound system. A 7.1 system is slightly more complex to set up but only requires two more speakers to get the full effect. And, if you get a receiver capable of 7.1 surround sound, you can still use it for 5.1 sound. 7.1 soundtracks on a disc aren’t as common. However, a 7.1 surround sound receiver will process a 5.1 mix and send audio to the extra speakers at the back via digital processing. Therefore, it can add to the sense of space in the room. 7.2 surround sound system You may also come across a receiver that says it supports 7.2 surround sound. The ‘.2’ means the receiver has an extra subwoofer output for connecting two subwoofers. You might think a 7.2 soundtrack would have two separate bass tracks to create a left and right bass effect. But it doesn’t work like that. It sends the same LFE track to both subwoofers. So, what is the point of a 7.2 channel AV receiver? Well, the extra subwoofer can be helpful to reinforce the bass sound in your room – especially in larger rooms. It is pretty common for long bass waveforms to cancel each other out in various parts of the room. This means the bass level can vary depending on where you are sitting. You can compensate for this by placing a second subwoofer in a different part of the room, which can help to even out the bass sound. You could also create this dual subwoofer effect by splitting a single subwoofer output with a ‘Y’ connector. If you are interested, I have more detailed articles on these subjects. You can learn more about the difference between 5.1, 7.1 and 7.2 speaker systems. There is also another more detailed article on 5.1 surround sound speaker placement. Finally, there is the main AV receiver buying guide, which gives tips and reviews of the best surround sound receivers in 2021. Conclusion. Hopefully, this article has given you a better idea of how to set up surround sound in your home theater system. As you can see, it’s not that difficult to improve the sound in your room to match the quality of your high-definition picture. Please don’t forget about the sound in your room, as you will enjoy watching everything far more with a good home theater sound system. Especially if it is a surround sound installation. Hopefully, you have seen that a surround sound setup isn’t that difficult to achieve. And it will be far better than simply using the speakers that come with your television. Frequently Asked Questions. If you want some quick and easy answers, here are some common questions about setting up surround sound. What Do I Need for a Surround Sound System? The main thing you need for surround sound is an audio system that supports multichannel audio. Most sound systems are stereo, with two speakers. However, for surround sound, your speaker system will need at least five speakers. The main ways of getting multichannel sound are buying an AV receiver, an all-in-one home theater system, or a soundbar system that supports surround sound. You then need to connect the audio output of your TV, DVD player or cable box into the sound system. How Do I Hook Up Surround Sound to My TV? If you want to connect your TV to a surround sound system, your TV needs to have an audio output. On modern TVs, this will usually be an optical digital audio output or an HDMI ARC connection. Once you have identified your TV’s audio output, you need to connect this to an audio system that supports surround sound. This might be an AV receiver, an all-in-one home theater system or a soundbar system. For a step-by-step guide, go to how to connect speakers to your TV in 5 easy steps. How to Hook Up Surround Sound Speakers Without a Receiver? If you want surround sound but don’t want to buy an AV receiver, you should buy a soundbar system that supports surround sound – or a home theater system that comes complete with an amplifier and all the surround speakers. Can You Get Surround Sound Through HDMI? Yes, HDMI supports the multichannel audio formats used in surround sound – such as Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos. The easiest way to get the surround sound audio from your TV using HDMI is to use a TV and sound system that supports HDMI ARC. How to Connect Surround Sound to TV Without HDMI? If your TV doesn’t have HDMI, you will need to look for a different type of audio output. Many TVs have optical or coaxial digital audio outputs, while older televisions may only have a stereo analog output. Whichever type your TV has, you will be able to connect this audio output into a surround sound speaker system. Alternatively, if you are using a cable TV box or DVD player, you can connect their audio outputs into your surround sound system instead. Pin Me! About Home Cinema Guide. Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment. Image Credit: archideaphoto/Shutterstock.com | StockPhotosArt/Shutterstock.com | © Can Stock Photo Inc. / nikkytok I link to products I like. If you buy from a link marked with * in this post, I may get a commission: about ads What a great site, and I genuinely mean that. I love the use of clear simple explanations and with the help of images in each article. Recommended For You . Yamaha AV Receiver Comparison – TSR Series & RX-S Series . Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver Models Compared . Yamaha RX-V Series AV Receiver Product Range . Sony AV Receivers: ZA, DN & DH Series Compared .
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                            [body] => How to setup at-home surround sound audioWe walk you through all you need to know for an immersive, at-home theater experience. by Lily KatzJune 19, 2019 0 There are two reasons we pay to see a movie in theater: for an immersive experience, and to indulge in popcorn so buttery cholesterol levels rise from just looking at it. It would be irresponsible of us to write a how-to detailing the amount of butter required to compete with your local theater popcorn. However, we can guide you through setting up a surround sound audio system. What is surround sound? The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is an all-in-one surround system. Surround sound uses multiple audio channels and an array of speakers to reproduce audio. This affords a more realistic emulation of sound than the typical 2 channel stereo setup. The more numbers (audio channels) added to a given configuration, the greater the potential realism for spatial sound reproduction. There are three popular configurations: 5.1, 7.1, and 9.1. Great. These numbers address the number of channels but what do they actually mean? The first number (before the decimal point) marks the standard speaker units. The second number (after the decimal point) specifies how many low-frequency channels exist. It’s treated with a low-pass filter and attenuates frequencies higher than 120Hz. Sometimes you’ll see an option with three numbers (e.g. the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is a 5.1.4 system). The third number indicates the use of aerial speakers or, in the Ambeo’s case, an upward-firing speakers. It may sound like overkill. Nevertheless, if you want to take full advantage of Dolby Atmos technology, overhead speakers facilitate more accurate audio reproduction by adding height information. A 5.1 configuration is the home theater standard. The most popular home theater setup is a 5.1 configuration, which consists of six channels. Five of them are standard full-range speakers while one is a dedicated subwoofer for low-frequency reproduction. This arrangement  gives a pretty comprehensive surround sound experience without overcomplicating setup. There are three front channels, two rear (surround) channels, and one subwoofer channel. It’s the standard for DVD and Blu-ray media: Dolby Digital and Dolby DTS operate on the 5.1 format. Protip: enable surround sound in sports games, then disconnect the center channel if you don't want to listen to the announcers. You can sift through various outlets to find a 5.1 system that fits your style. Unfortunately, things get expensive quickly. If you’re looking for an excellent budget option, the Vizio Home Theater Soundbar System is a great choice that doesn’t require an AV receiver. Otherwise, if you already own a receiver Monoprice is respected for its high-value, low-cost products. What you need to know about AV receivers. NickArcam/Wikipedia Commons Some systems require an audio-visual (AV) receiver, while others don’t. If you’re completely new to the world of home theater, an AV receiver receives audio and visual signals from multiple sources, then processes and amplifies those signals to drive the speakers and display (e.g. TV, monitor, projector). You need an AV receiver, rather than a standard stereo receiver, for surround sound because you’re handling more than two channels of audio. If you’ve decided on a system that doesn’t require a receiver, it’s likely because that system is more like recent and supports HDMI ARC. This consolidates your audio-visual cables, requiring one instead of multiple. The downside to buying such a system is that not all devices support it. While it’s a way to futureproof your investment, you must check that your TV is HDMI ARC-compatible. Otherwise, you’ll be buying a whole new TV to go with your luxury surround sound system. Decoders. You also need to look out for decoder compatibility. AV receivers typically have more than one decoder. A good starting point is to look for a Dolby Digital-ready receiver: every DVD and all United States HD broadcasts use Dolby Digital. These certified receivers include inputs and amps for additional channels and ensure the inclusion of a Dolby Digital decoder. If you’re arranging a 7.1 setup, lookout for a receiver which supports Dolby Digital Plus. Select cables for specific inputs and outputs. AV receivers have a myriad of connectors. You can learn all about audio connections here. If you want a quick rundown of the most prevalent inputs and outputs for surround sound receivers, read on. Depending on what kind of 5.1 configuration you’ve purchased and your pre-existing peripherals, only some of these connections may be used. HDMI. Modern surround sound soundbars will have an HDMI ARC input. HDMI is imperative for modern home theater setups. It’s used for all HD and 4K sources (e.g. Blu-ray players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles). Receivers typically have two to four HDMI inputs and an output which goes to your TV. If your receiver is HDMI ARC compatible, you’ll have fewer cables to connect from the speakers to the receiver box. You can get a cheap, effective HDMI cable from nearly anywhere. Digital coaxial and optical inputs. An optical cable is more resistant to interference because it carries light instead of electricity. Coaxial and optical inputs serve do basically the same thing but with different cables and connectors. These connections transmit Sony/Phillips digital audio interface (S/PDIF) signals between various devices. They support mono, stereo, Dolby Digital surround sound, and DTS. Multi-channel analog connections. Rather than assigning a basic left and right connection, as stereo setups do, surround sound requires dedicated inputs per channel: left front/back, right front/back, and center. This is used for connecting a DVD or Blue-ray player to your AV receiver. You’ll need a handful of RCA cables to form proper connections. Speaker terminals. Speaker wire comes in different gauges, and can be terminated with bare connections or connectors like the gold plated banana plugs shown here. Speaker connections are key to setting up a home theater system. This matrix of connections may look intimidating but should be clearly labelled. You should see front, center, surround, etc. Speakers get connected here via speaker wire and banana plugs. If you don’t want to fiddle with attaching the wire to the plugs yourself, get these. All you need to do is match each speaker to its respective connection. For instance, the center channel speaker must be hooked up to the center-labeled connections. What’s more, be sure to align the speaker wire to its respective polarity. Positive (red) to positive and negative (black) to negative to avoid phase cancellation caused by mis-matched polarity. Subwoofer preamp outputs The subwoofer for the LG SK10Y soundbar stands about 15″ tall. Your subwoofer requires a dedicated connection, too. It’s granted its own preamp output because subwoofers have integrated amplifiers, which means the receiver isn’t responsible for powering the woofer. Instead, it’s just in charge of transmitting the audio signal. You need a subwoofer cable for this. Optimize the room. Lining your walls with foam panels greatly reduces echo. Just like with any home theater setup, be it a soundbar or a full-fledged surround sound system, you want to rearrange and optimize the room for acoustic purposes. You could just scrap the room altogether and convert it into a dedicated theater, but this is much more economical. Reduce the number of reflective surfaces or counter them with soft items like foam or additional padded furniture. One of the first things you should do is look around. Do you have a mixture of surface types in the room? Hardwood is a reflective surface and bounces sound around like crazy. Carpet, on the other hand, absorbs soundwaves. ideally you want a mixture of both hard and soft surfaces. If your designated room is completely hardwood, invest in some rugs or thicker curtains. If acoustic treatment is in your budget (it should be) and not too much of an eyesore for you, get foam panels to place throughout the room. You can fix it to the walls, ceiling, and ideally get bass traps for the corners too. Now that you’ve added in some absorbent fixtures, its time to remove anything that could obstruct a soundwave’s route from the speakers to your ears. This is pretty simple: don’t have a sculpture or lamp between you and a speaker. Worst-case scenario, you can always place the speakers close to the couch. Doing so reduces the effect of distant reflective surfaces. Arrange the speakers. Kamina/Wikipedia Commons This takes a bit of trial and error but let’s cover what we know. For a 5.1 system, there are three front-channel speakers, two rear-channel speakers, and one subwoofer. You can get a basic understanding of how to place the speakers depending on its dedicated channel. The center channel speaker goes under or above your screen, which should be directly in front of your couch. After that, take your side-channel speakers and place to the sides of the screen, equidistant from you and the screen. Toe them in toward the listening position until each hits a 30º angle (see the  illustration above). Then there are the rear left and right speakers. These give a sense of spatial awareness, hence why they’re referred to as the surround channels. They have a sharper 90-110º angle. Both speakers should be equidistant from you and sit just above your ear level. Finally, there’s the subwoofer. This takes care of all the explosions and adds impact to action scenes. You can experiment with placement for this to see what works best for your room. You can always fine-tune the placement to your liking. Optional: let your computer tune your system. It’s 2021, and home theater technology has come a long way. If you really want to nerd out with your home theater setup, let your computer do the hard work! Buy a DSP box like the miniDSP 2×4 HD, along with a test mic like the miniDSP UMIK-1 (Editor’s note: be sure the box you choose has enough output channels. You might need a more serious box.) Set up your home theater, and install Room EQ Wizard, or the software that comes with your DSP box Connect the inputs to the DSP box, and then the outputs to the correct inputs on the receiver. Run through the recommended equalization steps, including placing the mic where you’d normally listen at. After a few test sweeps the computer will determine what the best equalization settings are, and export them to the DSP box. Disconnect your computer, and you’re done! The benefit to adding a DSP box to your setup is that it alters the sound that reaches your ears in a way that’s optimized for the room you’re in. Rather than laboriously adjusting fine settings, the computer knows what’s ideal, and can even take your input on how you like to hear your sound. By adding a DSP box, you’re: Giving your speakers an optimized signal for your listening environment Making it easier for your speakers to perform well by giving certain sounds only to your subwoofer, and letting the other channels focus on what they were built for Adjusting the timing of the speakers to ensure that every sound reaches you at exactly the right time, as some people forget that sound is relatively slow. Sometimes placing speakers far away can lead to inconsistencies in when notes reach you, causing the appearance of an echo. Sure, it’s nerdy and expensive, but it maxes the possible performance of any system. This sounds like a lot of work, is surround sound worth it? Pexels Now that you’ve set your surround sound system up, it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the show. You’re right. It is more work to properly configure a surround sound system than it is to let audio blast through your TV speakers. If you appreciate visual entertainment as a form of escapism, a way to truly indulge in something outside of your reality, the temporal and financial investment is worth it. Audio regularly informs our perception of the world as we bumble through each day. Sure, we’re inundated with visual indicators, but think about when you’re crossing the street. You hear fellow pedestrians scrape their feet against the pavement while distant horns are honked, letting you know there’s a traffic jam or near-accident not too far ahead. We take for granted how much of our lives we experience through hearing. By taking an hour or so to set up your surround sound system, you’ll be more immersed in your favorite movies and shows. Yes, “immersion” is a hot-button marketing word, but whether you’re a new father, overworked bartender, or underpaid desk jockey, being transported away from the stresses of daily life is something we may all benefit from. By investing in recreational things, like at-home cinema, you’re investing in yourself. The market is constantly changing, demonstrated by advancements in 3D audio and Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars, and traditional surround sound systems may soon be rendered obsolete. However, seeing as the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar retails for an unfathomable $2,500, it’ll likely be a slow extinction. Until then, cozy up to your leftover collection of speaker wire and banana plugs and get to streaming your favorite Hulu shows and Netflix movies. Frequently Asked Questions. Features Home Audio Speakers SpeakersHow toHow toYou may also like.  How to clean headphones and earbuds. September 28, 2021 How to equalize: Fine-tune your listening experience. 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                            [body] => Connect wireless speakers to your Samsung soundbar for surround sound How do you take your home theater to the next level? By adding more speakers! The more speakers you have, the more you can surround yourself with sound. To get true surround sound quality, you'll need the right kind of soundbar and some rear speakers to go with it. And don't forget the subwoofer for those rich, low tones to fully develop the sound. Finally, you don't need to leave home to get an amazing surround sound experience. Use a Rear Speaker Kit for sound throughout the room. Note: With the exception of the SWA-9500S model, only the wireless receiver module is wireless, requiring no wires in order to connect to your soundbar. However, the two rear speakers are connected to the wireless receiver module by wires, which needs one power cord to operate. The SWA-9500S model however is wireless except for the power cord going to each speaker. Adding a Samsung Wireless Rear Speaker Kit to your soundbar helps to surround you in sound. If your soundbar supports 5.1 surround sound or better, like Dolby Digital, DTS, or even the superior Dolby Atmos, the Rear Speaker Kit will help you achieve it. It's important to get the kit that matches your model as other kits may not be compatible. If your model isn't listed, but the specifications or user manual for your model says it's compatible, then it is. Compatible with the SWA-9500S Kit Note: The SWA-9500S does not use a wireless receiver module like the other kits do. 2021 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: HW-Q900A, HW-Q800A, HW-Q700A Compatible with the SWA-9100S Kit 2021 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: HW-Q600A 5.1: HW-A650, HW-S60A, HW-S61A, HW-S50A 2.0: HW-A550, HW-A450 Compatible with the SWA-9000S Kit 2020 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: Q-900T, HW-Q850T (Included in box), HW-Q800T, HW-Q70T 2019 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: HW-Q80R 2018 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: HW-N850 5.1: HW-NW700 2017 Models 5.1: HW-MS750, HW-MS6500, HW-MS650 2.0: HW-MS550 Compatible with the SWA-8500S Kit 2020 Models 5.1: HW-Q60T, HW-T650, HW-T60M, HW-S60T 2.0: HW-T550, HW-T45C, HW-T450, HW-T40M, HW-T47M (Included in box) 2019 Models Dolby Atmos/DTS:X: HW-Q70R, HW-Q7CR 5.1: HW-Q60R, HW-Q6CR, HW-R650, HW-R60M, HW-R60C 2.0: HW-R550, HW-R50M, HW-R450, HW-R40M, HW-R47M (Included in box) 2018 Models 5.1: HW-N650, HW-N550 2.0: HW-N450, HW-N400 2017 Models 2.0: HW-M360 The difference between 2.0ch, 5.1ch, and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X. There is a difference between how many speakers and how many channels you have, although both use the same type of numbering. Even if your soundbar comes with a lot of speakers, or you add additional speakers using the Rear Speaker Kit, you'll still want a soundbar with good sound processing in order to have a lot of channels and truly get an immersive experience and positional audio from all those speakers. You can see the specifications for your model on our support site (just find your model) or in your user manual. The audio source also needs to have the channels encoded into it. Even if your soundbar setup is capable of better, if the sound that's being played is only 2.0, it will still only output as 2.0, although many soundbars offer a way to convert that 2.0 sound into a "virtual" surround experience. If you should be getting 5.1 signal or better and you're not, see our guide for troubleshooting the 5.1 connection for more information, especially if your soundbar is connected using an optical cable. (Using an ARC or eARC connection is recommended for superior sound quality options.) And finally, you'll want to make sure you have the correct audio format on your TV to ensure that the multi-channel audio signal reaches your soundbar. 2.0 Models with 2.0 processing (also called Stereo) only have a left and right channel. They will still play sound out of the additional speakers from the Rear Speaker Kit if you connect it, but they will not have a separate sound channel from the soundbar, so any sound out of the rear speakers will also play on the soundbar. In addition, the subwoofer (if one is connected) will not have a separate channel, but will play any low tones from the left and right channels. When connecting a Rear Speaker Kit to a soundbar with 2.0 processing (or when listening to audio that only has 2.0 channels), it may be more immersive to set the speakers to either side of you instead of behind you. 5.1 Models with 5.1 processing will have a separate channel for left, right, center, right rear, left rear (the 5 channels) and the subwoofer (the .1 channel). If the soundbar is missing a speaker for the channel (like the center channel), then it will simulate the channel using other speakers, like the left and right speakers. But don't worry, your soundbar will still be able to decode and process 5.1 content (like Netflix) correctly. This allows sound to be positioned behind you in addition to either side. Note: Some models offer even more channels, and can process 7.1 audio. Typically the two extra speakers are set on either side in addition to the two in the back. Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Finally, Dolby Atmos is a superior process which uses at least 5.1 channels, but instead of having distinct channels for each speaker, where sound only either comes out of the speaker or it doesn't, Dolby Atmos blends the channels together in a way that positions the audio in a fully 3D space, so it feels like sound is actually traveling through the room! Models with Dolby Atmos also support DTS:X, which is a similar feature with a different codec. These models are often labeled as 5.1.2 or 7.1.2, with the third number at the end (.2 in this case) signifying how many upward-facing speakers it has, which help with the sound blending process. Connect extra speakers to your soundbar wirelessly. The connection process is the same whether you're connecting extra speakers that came with your soundbar (which some models have), the subwoofer (which may have come with the model or purchased separately), or the Wireless Rear Speaker Kit (which has a little bit of extra setup, and again may have come with the model or purchased separately). Note: The optional subwoofer for the HW-S60T is the SWA-W500. The optional subwoofer for soundbar models that begin with HW-MS or HW-NW is SWA-W700. Connecting the speakers or subwoofer that came with your soundbar is super easy as they are already coded to work together from the factory. Simply plug them into an electrical outlet. You'll know that they're connected once the blue indicator glows on the connected device. Rear Speaker Kits will need some assembly, though (except for the SWA-9500S). And you can always connect the speakers manually if the need ever arises, like after resetting the soundbar. If the LINK LED indicator is blinking, follow the ID SET steps to connect it again. Note: Some soundbars may need a wireless dongle attached to them to communicate with the wireless receiver and the speakers. If your soundbar requires this, please see your user manual for instructions. Also, the SWA-9500S does not have a wireless receiver, so you can skip straight to the ID SET process. Assembling the Rear Speaker Kit Connect the speakers' wires to the wireless receiver. To do this, insert the gray plug into the gray jack on the wireless receiver. Then, insert the blue plug into the blue jack on the wireless receiver. Attach the cables to their corresponding speaker. Match the gray cable to the speaker with the gray label on its back, and match the blue cable to the speaker with the blue label. Insert the red and black ends of each speaker wire into the corresponding red and black terminals of the appropriate speakers. Note: Make sure the clamp is directly on the stripped wire portion and not on the insulation, for a proper connection. Plug one end of the wireless receiver's power cord into a power outlet, and then connect the other end to the wireless receiver. If the LED indicator light is blinking, you'll need to perform an ID SET on the soundbar to connect it. See the following steps. ID SET Follow these steps if the LINK LED indicator on the speaker, subwoofer, or wireless receiver for the rear speaker kit is blinking: Turn off the soundbar using its remote or by pressing the Power button on the soundbar itself. Press either the VOL button or the Up button on your soundbar's remote. Hold down the button for 5-6 seconds until the “ID SET” message appears on your soundbar’s display. Note: Which button you need to press varies by model. Please read your soundbar's user manual for specific instructions. Turn the soundbar back on using its remote or by pressing the Power button on the soundbar itself. Some soundbar models will automatically power on after completing the "ID SET" steps. The LINK LED indicator will stop blinking and glow a solid blue when a connection is established between the soundbar and the wireless receiver. Your speakers are now connected! Adjusting the volume of the rear speakers This is done in much the same way that you adjust the treble or bass on the soundbar and is done through the soundbar remote. Press the Sound Control button to toggle past treble, bass, audio sync and any other soundbar settings, and two of the settings will be for the rear speakers. These settings are usually the last two in the list before it cycles back around, and will only appear if rear speakers are connected. The first rear speaker setting allows you to turn the rear speakers on or off (use the directional arrows to adjust it), and if you press Sound Control one more time, the second rear speaker setting allows you to adjust the volume of the speakers, between +6 and -6 (using the directional arrows). If these steps don't match your model of soundbar, see the user manual of the soundbar for more details. Connection hints if you're having some trouble. If you are having trouble connecting the wireless receiver module, check out these tips: Remember, only the wireless receiver module is wireless. The two speakers must be connected to the module by the provided cable wires. When connecting the speaker cables to the wireless module, make sure you are correctly matching up the cables' colors. Make sure the speaker's metal wire makes contact with the metal tab. Do not close the clamp on the insulation of the wire. If you still have no or low audio, see our guide or visit Samsung Support for help with connection. Other answers that might help. Use your Samsung soundbar and phone to DJ party music . The best TV and home theater setup for Christmas movies . Set up your Samsung Soundbar - Connect to TV with HDMI and more . Update the firmware on your Samsung soundbar . eARC on your Samsung TV . Change the audio format on your Samsung TV . Control TV or Soundbar by connecting Google Home, Bixby, or Alexa . Connect the subwoofer to your Samsung soundbar . Choose the best Samsung soundbar for you . Control your soundbar using your Samsung TV remote . Make your Samsung soundbar turn on automatically . Get unrivaled sound with Dolby Atmos on your Samsung soundbar . Improve your audio experience with Q-Symphony . Thank you for your feedback! 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                            [body] => The Best Home Theater Setup for Every BudgetDon't think your couch, ficus, and flatscreen setup deserves to be called a “home theater?” Let's fix that.By The Editors of GQAugust 27, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailAll products featured on GQ are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.Most of the "home theater setup ideas" the Internet has to offer assume that you're starting from scratch and working with an architect. But if you're just looking to affordably upgrade your current setup, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised by how much you can do to improve your home theater hardware—and your home theater space—without spending a lot of money. The idea is to bring just a touch of that velvet-curtained, MTV Cribs energy to whatever ficus-adorned, love-seat-and-flat-screen situation you're working with.With unlimited time and resources, the best way to improve your setup, of course, would be to shell out for a lot of new equipment—a premium projector, surround sound, an AV receiver, the works. But the quest to build a maximalist home theater system is fraught with needless complications. Even if you’re willing to pour a few paychecks into the effort, it’s not guaranteed you’ll actually end up with an experience leagues better than one provided by a new TV right out of the box. Companies like TCL, Vizio, and Samsung are making TVs that cost well under $500 that put to shame the picture quality offered by many projectors three times the price.In our quest for home theater ideas that include actually affordable gear, we reached out to Brett Crockett, the Vice President of Sound Technology R&D at Dolby, for tips on improving and building out one's own screening room (even if that room is technically the corner of a living room).How to Make Your Home Theater Sound Better. The highest impact thing you can do to improve your existing home entertainment setup is to make sure you have the right speaker setup. While TV manufacturers have gotten extremely good at making good picture quality more affordable, even expensive TVs can sound tinny and washed out. One of the reasons movie theaters are so exciting is the enormous wall of sound you get from the surround sound speakers throughout the auditorium.For our money, the best way to address the sonic inadequacies of a TV is to purchase a high-quality soundbar. While a soundbar alone won’t get you all the way to the impact of a fully built-out surround sound system, it will certainly render sound that is much more accurate and dynamic than your TV possibly can. You’ll notice the effect immediately after plugging one in. Scenes that were previously muddy and hard-to-parse become a lot more exciting to watch.The Best Starter Soundbar: Sonos BeamSonos Beam soundbar. $400SonosBuy NowThe Sonos Beam has everything you’d want in a high-end soundbar. It has clear audio quality and decent-enough bass response, plus a watching-at-night feature that boosts on-screen voices while slightly muting crazy loud moments, so you don't tick off a sleeping partner. And obviously, since it's Sonos, it slides right into a multi-room speaker system with more of the company's speakers. Even songs with complex arrangements and production moments that cheap speakers turn irritating—like the click-y drums and thumping bass of Kanye's “Blood on the Leaves” from Yeezus—sound only as distorted as intended. Adding the Beam to any TV or theater is simple using an HDMI or optical cable and the company's phone app. The Beam also has Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa built-in, so you can ask it, too, what the weather is today while looking out a window.Sonos 5.1 surround sound set. $1,456SonosBuy NowThe Beam might be enough for you on its own, but the Sonos system is easy to expand if you want. For the best sound quality and amplification (all the better to feel those Michael Bay crashes and sound effects in your core), you'll also want a subwoofer. The company’s Sonos Sub does the job, adding a ton of earth shaking bass response to complement your Beam. And a well-placed pair of either the company’s One speakers or One SL bookshelf speakers can get you the surround sound experience you crave from a movie theater. If you want something that’ll pair with the Beam while you’re watching TV, but that you can take with you throughout your apartment, or outside when that’s a thing again, the company’s portable Move speaker might be a great option.Sonos also offers the souped-up Sonos Arc, which replaces the Sonos Playbar and Playbase in its premium line of soundbars. We haven't listened to it yet, but even if it sounds fantastic, its $800 starting price probably presents too big a financial hurdle if you're primarily looking for quick, easy solutions for upgrading your home theater system. The Sonos surround sound sets (whether you want one with the Beam or the Arc as the center channel speaker) are both out of stock at the moment, but we don't surmise that they'll stay that way.The Best Budget Soundbar: Roku Smart SoundbarRoku Smart Soundbar. $180$161AmazonBuy NowThe Roku Smart Soundbar is extremely simple to set up and use. And it sounds really good for its price. Dialogue from the bar sounds crisp and clear, but it’s not as good for music. When we reviewed it, we noticed that, on its own, it struggled with anything in super low or super high frequency ranges. A bass-heavy song with a female vocalist, like the essential Beyonce remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage”, might sound a little flat, without some of the punchiness and sparkle it would have on better speakers. As long as your TV has an HDMI port, you can basically just plug it in, connect it with your WiFi, and immediately start streaming, no receiver required.For slightly more money, Roku also announced a new soundbar, the Streambar Pro, this year. Like the Smart Soundbar, it includes a voice remote control that comes with shortcut buttons for Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Hulu, though the remote control on the Pro includes slightly more programmable features (plus a headphone jack for private listening sessions). All in all, like its predecessor, this soundbar is designed to be easy to use, with excellent surround sound performance and streaming capabilities. Though we haven't gotten a chance to try it yet, it's around the same price range if you wanted to spring for the update.Roku TV wireless speakers. $145AmazonBuy NowRoku wireless subwoofer. $180Best BuyBuy NowSetting up many of the 5.1 systems released in this price range can be a massive pain, but like Sonos, Roku makes a bunch of other audio products that play nice with the Roku Soundbar. These include a subwoofer, which helps correct the speaker’s issue on the low end, and a pair of wireless home theater speakers, which you can pair in stereo to help create a more full sound profile in your room. For just over $500, you can build out a genuinely impressive system.How to Install Your New Sound SystemJust getting a soundbar will immediately improve the sound quality of your setup, but in order to get its full benefits, you have to make sure it’s placed properly. “Make sure it is mounted or placed on the edge of your TV table, instead of sitting flush with the wall,” says Crockett. “This way, the audio is reflecting outward into the room [and not] bouncing against your TV.” And even though subwoofers are omnidirectional, and project sounds in all directions, Crockett also says you should be thoughtful about where yours goes. “Don’t place it near a wall or near an object that will rattle. Your significant other and neighbors thank you in advance.”The Best Home Theater TVs. If you want your Fast and Furious marathons (or, fine, if you're fancy, your Criterion Channel subscription) to have the full cinema experience, jump down to the home projector section. But if all you’re after is a bigger screen that’ll get you a more immersive experience, then we've found a few of the best.A High-Value TV Upgrade: TCL 5-Series TVTCL 50” Class 5 Series QLED 4K smart Roku TV. $585Best BuyBuy NowTCL's popular 6-Series QLED TV is of our favorite budget TVs (and used to fall around $500, one of the cheapest available that uses QLED technology overall). Its 2021 iteration comes with a steep price hike—you're now looking at around $900 for a new 6-Series—but for a comparable budget option that's still squarely in the $500 price range, the new 2021 TCL 5-Series TV is still a stellar deal. A QLED TV already employs a special filter over its light source that allows it to produce more accurate, higher contrast color. This one comes equipped with 4K Ultra HD resolution, along with Dolby Vision HDR, which offers stunning color contrast and brightness for any Planet Earth viewings you have queued up. Plus, it comes loaded with software from Roku, so even if you don’t purchase the Roku soundbar, your home theater will be as easy to use as a streaming stick.Though the brand has almost exclusively run Roku on its 5- and 6-series TVs before now, TCL also announced Google TV versions of those same Roku models this month for the same price, with largely the same features, although these ones take voice commands through Google Assistant. The Google TV 5-Series also supports Dolby Atmos audio, which the Roku 5-Series does not.The TV with Buttery-Smooth Motion: Sony X950Sony X950H 49-inch 4K ultra HD smart LED TV. $998AmazonBuy NowIf you were to compare an image on a Sony X950G with the same image on a TCL 5-Series TV, you might not notice much of a difference. Both TVs have HDR support and full-array local dimming. HDR gets you accurate colors, so that one of those nature scenes you’ve probably seen in a demo look lush and vibrant. Full-array local dimming gets you a sharper, higher-contrast image, so that anything shot at night time is actually intelligible. But if you hit play on the same video, you’d immediately be able to tell which TV was more expensive due to Sony's impressive full-array LCD technology, dynamic image contrasts, and impressive 120HZ refresh rate. Though you'll want to hook this up to some speakers for a surround sound feel, another perk is that the actual speakers on the TV itself are impressive, with two amplifiers for enhancing and clarifying audio. Head-to-head, you’d choose the buttery-smooth accuracy of the Sony X950G every time. If you’re going to dedicate a TV for deep, theater-like movie experiences, this is absolutely worth the money.The Money-Is-No-Object TV: LG C1LG 55" OLED C1 Series Smart TV (was $2000, now 25% off). $2,000$1,497WalmartBuy NowTo get the best possible image quality on a TV, you’ll have to buy an OLED TV. OLED TVs are expensive, but that’s because the technology within them allows each of its pixels to be lit individually. Basically it means that if there’s a tiny part of your screen that’s supposed to be black, it’s black—even if every pixel around it is supposed to be lit. The LG C1 OLED TV offers an absolutely stunning, extremely crisp image that’ll wow anyone lucky enough to be invited to a screening at your place. The C1 is also a lot more affordable than some of its predecessors, with plenty of bells and whistles. For one, the streamlined design avoids any distracting flourishes, with a barely perceptible screen border and a discreet logo (so it's ideal if you want a beautiful TV that's not a clunker to mimic the smoothness of the big screen). It also offers HDR and 4K video as you'd expect, with enough to contrast to clean up the shadowy forms in a dark film scene. One downside of OLED technology is that these TVs don’t get as bright as conventional LED models—plan on drawing the curtains (some suggestions on that below) if you're doing an all-day Scorsese marathon.The Best Home Theater Projectors. A 65" TV is impressive. But a screen the size of an entire wall? That's the dream. The trade-offs for projector life are real: less color accuracy, lower resolution, the price of a full projector setup, and the fact that you need to build it into a space. But if you’re looking for that AMC feeling in your own home, here’s what we think you should get for your theater room.The Best All-Around Projector: BenQ HT2050ABenQ HT2050A projector. This BenQ projector is one of the few we've found at a reasonable price that is easy to set up and has solid image quality.$700B&HBuy NowActually projecting an image that’s bright enough and color-accurate with a single bulb through an LCD screen is pretty complicated. The BenQ HT2050A is one of the few projectors under $1000 that manages to produce an image almost as clear and dynamic as the ones on our favorite TVs, and it's a very popular model for that exact reason. The resolution of that image maxes out at 1080p, which is sort of a bummer, but it’s bright enough to be crisp in even a room with a little bit of ambient light. And it can easily get you an image that’s twice the size of a 55-inch TV without a massive black rectangle taking up space in your living room. It's even 3D-capable if you're screening a Pixar movie at home, and includes a lens shift feature for moving around the projection ever so slightly. If You Want Something With 4K: BenQ HT3550 projectorBenQ HT3550 projector. $1,500B&HBuy NowIf you’re willing to spend the money to get a projector capable of resolutions as good as today’s TVs, consider ones of the more premium models from BenQ. The HT3550 is on the cheaper end of 4K home theater projectors, which can be up to four times as expensive, but still manages to produce sharp and dynamic images. Especially when projected onto a massive wall in a dark room, it’s certain to impress more than a budget LCD TV.For the Next Closest Thing to the Big Screen: Epson Home CinemaEpson - Home Cinema 5050UB. $3,000Best BuyBuy NowFor serious home theater nerds who are willing to splurge, one of the best projectors you can buy to mimic the feel of sitting back to watch a movie in theaters is the Epson Home Cinema. It's certainly not cheap at $3000, but the frills of buying one of these are worth it. The projector's 4K enhancement technology refines and demystifies images so you can fully experience all the vivid detail of a nature show, and the excellent native contrast ratio ensures that you see all the stunning bright light and parse out the more dimly lit space scenes of something like 2001: A Space Odyssey. At 2,600 lumens, it's one of the brightest projectors out there in its price range, and the motorized lens means that the projector can automatically zoom in or out and correct the size of the image to fit any given screen size.For Movie Night Anywhere: Anker Nebula Mars II ProAnker Nebula Mars II Pro portable projector. $550AmazonBuy NowUnlike both the BenQ projectors above, the Anker Nebula Mars II is portable—it has a battery and built-in streaming apps (which, yes, means you need to connect to it through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). Like any projector, it’s best used in a controlled, dark environment with a screen. It maxes out at 720p—which is technically HD, but feels like YouTube video from 2009—but is exactly what you want if you'd like to take movie night outside when the weather warms up.All the Other Equipment You’ll Need for Your Projector. Unless your living room has one large, windowless, art-free, pock-free, perfectly white wall positioned directly across from your couch, you'll need to get a pull-down screen to get the most out of your new projector.Elite Screens Spectrum motorized screen. $242AmazonBuy NowSilver Ticket STR-196100-G projector screen. $250AmazonBuy NowA projector screen is a corrective for these two problems, basically making it easier for you to get the best possible image. Plus, most have a special coating that improves the clarity of light reflected off its surfaces. The one from Silver Ticket mounts permanently to your wall, but if you want something that you can put away when not in use, get the motorized one from Elite Screens.Digital Image Ultra HD screen paint. $75AmazonBuy NowTo save a little bit of money, you could opt for screen paint to DIY the effect of a screen, without having to buy a physical version that you then have to set up on your wall. The paint has some of the same reflective properties as a screen, but it might not look as nice. And, if you have to move, you can’t take a painted wall with you.AudioQuest blueberry 5-foot 18Gbps HDMI cable. $36AmazonBuy NowAtevon 6-foot 18Gbps 4K HDMI Cable. $10AmazonBuy Now And though it may seem trivial to you to split hairs about the quality of your HDMI cables, the right cable can make a world of difference in your visual quality, and even your audio quality if you're linking them up to audio devices like soundbars and speakers. If you're going to be shelling out thousands of dollars for a souped-up TV or projector, you don't want to buy a cheap corner-store HDMI cable to support it. These days, an HDMI cable with high-quality gold-plated connectors is going to be your best bet for a durable, long-lasting connector that you can hang onto for years. Getting one that's a high-speed cable will also ensure that you're going to be streaming without a lag, and that the quality of your sound is crystal clear without any added fuzz or noise. This gold-plated Audioquest HDMI cable offers 18Gbps of bandwidth to support 8K HD video (which is more than enough bandwidth for most 4K TVs on the market), along with optimal noise dissipation features to avoid any distortion in your sound. If you're on a budget, these $10 gold-plated Atevon cables have highly durable zinc alloy braided cords, with the bandwidth to support 4K video, plus a universal compatibility with HDMI-connected devices like the Apple TV, Blu-ray players, Fire TV, and Roku devices.How to Create the Perfect Home Theater Space. Before you consider purchasing any new AV equipment, survey the space where you currently screen films (or, y'know, stream 'Too Hot to Handle.' Have large windows that let in a lot of light? Beautifully stained wooden floors that ricochet sound waves? Blinky electrical equipment? Even if you were to buy the nicest speaker system and projector, these things would stand in the way of you and a better home theater experience.MIUCO blackout curtains. $35AmazonBuy NowSelectBlinds Classic blackout shades. $46SelectBlindsBuy Now“If you want to get really immersed in your favorite show, you’ll want to make your room as dark as possible,” says Crockett. The best way to achieve this that we’ve found is by installing blackout curtains or shades. These blackout curtains from Miuco do the job for very little money (though they leave something to be desired in the looks department). Shades from SelectBlinds are made custom to fit your window opening and are a bit more elegant.Residential Acoustics sound blocking curtains. $120Residential AcousticsBuy NowAnother way to deal with the lighting situation in your apartment is with a set of soundproof curtains. These thick canvas curtains go around the opening of your window to completely block out light, but also act like a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for your apartment. As soon as you install them, you’ll notice a drastic difference in the amount of ambient noise filtering through your windows, especially if you live on a bustling street. They might be overkill for most people—if you have the space, Crockett suggests simply moving your home theater setup as far away from a window as possible.Speaking of sound, even if you don’t have your home theater setup near a window, your space might be composed of reflective materials that can make anything played within them sound echo-y. You’ve probably experienced this if you’ve ever been in a restaurant or bar designed in the last 10 years, filled with smooth wood and concrete surfaces that bounce sound around like Flubber (which is a good movie to add to your streaming queue, by the way). Luckily, at home, the fix is a simple apartment decorating tip that you’ve tackled anyway: “If your room is too reflective, consider putting down a rug or hanging up a piece of art on your walls,” Crockett says.And finally, once you’ve got a handle on the light coming into your entertainment area, you should pay attention to the light sources from within your apartment. Obviously, you should make sure to turn off any lamps, but Crockett says you might need to go further. “Make sure to check that all your gadgets, WiFi router, smart speaker, thermostat, and beyond, are not inadvertently reflecting unwanted light onto your screen.” None of these are enormously impactful sources of light, but if you’ve spent money on curtains, why let the blinking light of your Netgear keep you from enjoying your annual screening of School of Rock?Related Stories for GQGQ RecommendsHomeTechnology
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                            [body] => Rolling Stone Send a Tip Log In Subscribe Menu Close the menu Read Next A TikToker Made $200,000 Farting In Jars. Here's How She Did It Log In Subscribe Send a Tip Account Welcome, Get Digital Access Manage Digital Account Manage Print Account Logout Home RS Recommends Electronics December 27, 2021 2:22PM ET RS Recommends: The Best TV, Projector and Speakers to Get to Build Your Home Theater Everything you need to turn your living room or den into a movie theater experience . By Brandt Ranj Brandt Ranj . Brandt Ranj's Most Recent Stories. RS Recommends: The Best Floor Standing Speakers for Home Theaters RS Recommends: The Best Gaming Chairs for More Immersive Gameplay RS Recommends: The Best 4K TVs for Gaming View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options Tumblr Pin It LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Courtesy Amazon Amazon Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Turning your living room, den, or basement into a home theater isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Having a dedicated place to watch movies and TV shows in the highest possible quality only requires a handful of components, and you can tailor your system to your needs and space. We’ve put together this guide to explain all of the choices you’ll have to make when you build a home theater system, along with some recommendations of which hardware to get. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy solution you can set up in minutes, or a larger system you can build up over time, we’ve got you covered. Step 1: Choose Whether You’d like a TV or Projector. The first step to setting up a home theater is deciding where you’re going to watch your entertainment (I.e. in your family room, basement, etc). After that, you’ll want to figure out how to watch. For that, consider whether you’d like a traditional flat panel 4K TV, or a projector. Here are the pros and cons to consider Related . RS Recommends: Rad Power's E-Bike Offers a New (and Better) Way to Commute RS Recommends: This Elvis Watch Is Getting a Re-Release for His 87th Birthday Related . The 30 Sexiest Music Videos of All Time Meet the Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr's Solo Career in 20 Songs 4K TV: There’s never been a better time to get a TV as the centerpiece of your home theater system. Most have big screens (generally 55 to 65 inches) with a resolution of 4K (almost twice the resolution of a 1080P display), and support for Dolby Vision HDR (High Dynamic Range), a new technology that substantially improves color accuracy. They’re also “smart,” which means that you can access popular streaming services right from the set, instead of getting a media streaming device. All of this technology is packed into a thin frame that’s light enough that you can mount it onto a wall. Projector: Thanks to movie houses, projectors are the first thing people think of when they hear “home theater.” They can “throw” huge screens (up to 300 inches) onto a blank wall, and be moved around easily. But, many projectors haven’t made the leap to 4K yet, and only support HDR-10, which doesn’t replicate colors as well as TVs with Dolby Vision HDR. They’re also much more susceptible to light interference — a bright room will dull a projector’s image substantially. Still, under the right conditions, a projector will create a true cinematic experience a TV can’t touch. TCL 6 Series. Amazon If you’ve decided on getting a 4K TV, there’s only one I would recommend: TCL’s 6 Series. The company’s 6-series (originally called the P-Series) has gained a reputation over the past couple of years for offering stellar picture quality in an attractive package. I’ve seen the TV for myself, I have to agree. This TV supports Dolby Vision, and uses a technology called local dimming zones to intelligently illuminate the image it’s displaying. It’ll brighten parts of the scene that are vibrant, and darken the parts that aren’t, which makes lighting in movies and TV shows a lot more realistic. TCL’s 6-Series TVs come with an array of ports, so you can connect game consoles, streaming boxes, and other home theater equipment to it very easily. There are four HDMI ports, one USB port, an RF Port, a set of composite video ports, a headphones jack, optical audio out, and Ethernet. One final feature: This TV has a Roku built into it, which means you automatically have access to major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more without having to get a streaming stick. You can download additional channels through Roku’s App Store. In my experience, the picture and audio quality from the TCL 6-Series has been excellent. Colors looked vibrant on a Blu-ray copy of The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring, and while playing an assortment of HD and classic video games. I was similarly impressed by the extremely small bezels around the screen, which virtually disappear when you turn the lights off. Buy: TCL 55 at $690.99 Optoma HD28HDR Projector. Amazon If you’re going the projector route, I’m going to recommend Optoma’s HD28HDR, an updated version of the HD27 that I’ve used for a couple of years. The HD28HDR’s specs are impressive for a projector in its price range. It has a native resolution of 1080P, maximum screen size of 300 inches (100 inches from 11’3” away), HDR-10 support, and peak brightness of 3400 lumens. These specs make it best-suited for medium-sized rooms with some light pollution, and the screen quality will improve substantially once the sun goes down. It has an array of ports: two HDMI, one USB, one 3D Sync, and an audio out, so you’ll have no problems connecting it to a media streaming stick, game console, and stereo receiver. The HD28HDR doesn’t have any built-in smart features, so you will need to physically connect streaming hardware to it to watch movies or TV shows. My experience with the previous generation of this projector was extremely positive; the picture quality was very solid, even during daytime hours and without HDR. The addition of these two features makes it an excellent choice for people who really want a movie theater-like experience in their home. Buy: Optoma HD28HDR Home Theater Projector at $699.00 Step 2: Decide On a Sound Bar, Stereo, or 5.1 Surround Sound Audio System. A home theater’s audio system is just as important as its video source — what’s a good picture without sound? This is especially important because the speakers in 4K TVs and projectors aren’t that good. Setting up a home theater audio system was a major production until fairly recently, but now there are a bunch of options, whether you’re looking for a single-box solution, or want to pick every single component out for yourself. Here’s the breakdown of pros and cons between sound bars, and 2.0 (or 2.1) audio system, and a 5.1 audio system. Sound Bar: Sound bars have become popular in the home theater world because of their small size, smart features, and easy setup. The downside is that while they sound a lot better than your TV’s built-in speakers, they can’t quite match the audio quality of a larger speaker system. Also, because the speakers are clustered together, you get less of a full stereo soundstage, which makes audio in movies and video games feel less real. 2.0 (or 2.1 Audio System): A 2.0 or 2.1 audio system is the same type of stereo system you’d set up if you wanted to listen to music. It’s comprised of two speakers, and can be augmented with a subwoofer for extra bass. It does take up more space than a sound bar — especially if you have a subwoofer — but not as much as a 5.1 surround sound system. The downside is that you do have to connect the speakers to a stereo receiver, and stereo speakers can’t match the immersive experience of surround sound. 5.1 Surround Sound: Many people associate 5.1 surround sound systems with the term “home theater,” which makes sense. A surround sound audio system creates an incredibly engrossing environment by simulating the experience of being in the middle of the action taking place on screen. There’s nothing quite like it. But, setting up a surround sound system means stringing a bunch of wires all across your room, and positioning five speakers in just the right places, which may not be feasible, especially if you’re in a small room. We kept this in mind when writing this guide, which is why the sound bar and 2.0 audio systems we’ve chosen can be turned into 5.1 surround sound systems by setting up additional speakers. This gives you the flexibility of starting one a smaller system, and working your way up to surround sound as your home theater evolves. Here’s what we recommend: 1. Sonos Beam Sound Bar. Amazon The Sonos Beam earned the top spot in our best home theater sound bars guide, and it’s the one I recommend based on personal experience. This was my only piece of home theater audio gear for a year, and I really enjoyed my time with it. Sonos says the Beam is as a “smart, compact sound bar,” and that’s a perfect description. At 25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9 inches, it’s thin enough to fit under many TVs (most sound bars aren’t!) It has Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant built-in, so you can use the Beam to control smart-home accessories, answer questions, set timers, and more using just your voice. And, it supports both Bluetooth and Apple’s AirPlay 2 audio standard, so you can stream audio from your PC, Mac, Android phone, or iPhone to it wirelessly. As I mentioned earlier, sound bars are the easiest home theater speakers to set up, and the Beam is no different. Connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable, plug it into the wall, and run through a quick setup process using the Sonos app (available on iOS and Android). The app will let you control all of the Beam’s controls, from adjusting the volume, to changing between a handful of EQ (equalization) settings. None of this would matter if the Sonos Beam didn’t sound good, but it does — it sounds really good. Its five drivers (the part of the speakers that produce sound) do a great job of delivering a solid amount of bass, midrange, and treble without distorting, even at high volumes. Sonos calls the beam a 3.0 audio system: the two right and leftmost speakers are considered a stereo pair, while the one in the middle acts as the center channel speaker. Dialogue (typically handled by the center channel in a surround sound system) is clear, and there’s a speech enhancement mode if the sound effects in your movie or TV show are overpowering them. To compensate for its fixed speaker positioning, Sonos programmed the beam to use its microphones to determine its positioning within your room. By playing and recording a series of tones, the Beam figures out where it is, and optimizes its sound accordingly. Be sure to run this feature every time you move the Sonos Beam to a different part of your room. If you want to turn the Beam into a 5.1 surround sound system, you need the Sonos Sub (a subwoofer) and any pair of Sonos’ other speakers; I recommend the Sonos One because of its impressive audio quality and small size. Buy: Sonos Beam Smart Sound Bar at 2. Klipsch The Fives Powered Speaker System. Klipsch As I said in our Best Bookshelf Speakers guide, The Fives are a pair of powered bookshelf speakers from Klipsch that really pack a punch. The speakers 18.5 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide, and 13.5 inches deep, which means they’re the perfect size for a home theater setup. Each speaker has a 4.5 inch long throw woofer, and a one-inch titanium dome woofer set behind an angled horn that disperses its sound more equally. This audio hardware is set inside a hand-crafted wood cabinet, with a magnetically attached woven cloth grill. The speakers scream class, and will elevate the look if whichever room they’re in. The bass sounds full, but not to the point of drowning out the midrange and treble. This is especially impressive from a pair of bookshelf speakers because the drivers are spaced so close together. Sounds in the high frequencies — think cymbals — sound detailed and clear, but never shrill. These speakers sound great regardless of what type of music you’re listening to, but we were especially impressed at how they handled complicated tracks. We could hear element, from instruments, to vocals, to effects without distortion. Rather than competing to be heard, the sounds on these tracks sounded correct. The Fives are powered speakers, and Klipsch designed them to handle any situation. 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                            [body] => Soundbar vs. speakers: Which TV audio system is best for you? Whether you're looking at a soundbar or an AV surround sound system, we'll help you decide what works for your living space and budget. Ty Pendlebury Nov. 20, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT The Focal Sib Evo 5.1.2 Atmos speakers -- just add receiver. Sarah Tew/CNET If you want to upgrade your TV's sound, the big choice is between the convenience and affordability of a soundbar, or the superior sound quality -- and extra cost -- of a dedicated surround-sound system. Both will enable you to experience better quality sound, including Dolby Atmos, for your movies and TV shows. Both can also offer streaming music via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from your phone or enable control via a voice assistant such as Alexa or Google Assistant. Sound bars and speaker systems both have their pros and cons, so where do you start?First, you'll need to decide how much you want to spend, and how much of your living space you're willing to give up. Soundbars require less money and space, while AV surround setups take more of both. Let's break it down. How much do you want to spend? . One of the main advantages of a soundbar system is that you don't need to lay out as much cash. Excellent soundbars can be had for around $100, and spending $200 or more will get you something pretty great. If you're spending $500 or more on a soundbar though, you should think about separates. Get the CNET TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter Become a home entertainment expert with our handpicked tips, reviews and deals. Delivered Wednesdays. It takes more time and money to assemble a separate speaker system, but the effort is well worth it. You'll need at least two speakers ($200 and up) and an AV receiver that will cost at least $300 on its own. The advantage to all of this is that you'll then have a platform which you can build upon and grow as your finances allow.  Buying a complete 5.1-or-more speaker set may be even more expensive up front, but will give you full surround sound (with rear speakers, a center speaker for dialogue and a subwoofer for bass), and its performance will be that much richer.  TL:DR Got under $500 to spend? A soundbar is your best bet. Over $500? Get an AV receiver and decent stereo speakers, and you can upgrade over time.Soundbars. Vizio V21: $180. Best budget soundbar. The Vizio M21d ticks all of the boxes: relatively affordable, great sound and enough volume to fill your living space. It comes with HDMI connectivity, a wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth streaming. It sounds great with both movies and music alike. Read our Vizio V21 review.   $188 at Walmart $190 at Target $189 at Amazon Klipsch Cinema 400: $300. Best midrange soundbar. Sarah Tew/CNET If sound quality is your main aim, they don't sound any better for the money than the Klipsch Cinema 400. It boasts exposed tweeters for enhanced aesthetics as well as a sonic boost. The subwoofer also offers plenty of grunt for your next movie night. Read our Klipsch Cinema 400 review.   $329 at Crutchfield $329 at Amazon If you're just starting out, the best way to upgrade your TV sound is with a soundbar. It's simple, everything you need is included in the box and it's easy to set up. There are only a couple of cables to connect, and they don't require multiple speakers in the room. As we discuss in our soundbar buying guide, there are two main types: soundbars that are usually accompanied by a wireless sub, and sound bases. For most people, a soundbar is the best option, and the features to look for are Bluetooth and an optical or HDMI connection. Advantages . AffordableEasy to set upSounds a lot better than TV speakersSelf-contained, so it doesn't need a separate box to make it workSome models include advanced features such as Dolby Atmos compatibility or surround speakers (or the ability to add them later)  Disadvantages . Don't sound as good or play as loud as a full surround-sound system, especially in big rooms Usually can't upgrade individual components or add new surround formatsLimited features compared to a receiverSpending more won't necessarily improve sound quality. (Soundbars can only be so big without blocking the TV)Speakers and surround sound. There are many different brands of receivers and speaker-makers that it can be hard to know where to start. Here's a solid "starter set" to give you an idea of what $1,500 buys. Klipsch Reference Theater Pack: $340. Sarah Tew/CNET Usually a cool grand, the Klipsch Reference Theater Pack is currently selling for a third of the price. With five discrete satellites and a capable subwoofer, this Klipsch system offers all of the elements you need for both movies and music. Read our Klipsch Reference Theater Pack review.   $340 at Amazon Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 $251. Sarah Tew/CNET ED I T O R S ’ C H O I C E Jun 2021 If the Klipsch is no longer on sale, then a pair of great stereo speakers could be all you need, and the Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 punches well above its weight. The pair offer eye-catching looks and a decent price tag to boot. Usually selling for $400 they are currently on sale for $281. Read our Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 review.   $281 at Amazon Denon AVR-S960H: $749. Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Denon AVR-S960H may not be the flashiest receiver around, but it's a solid foundation to build a surround system on. It offers 8K video compatibility (for whenever you might need that), streaming features and support for Dolby Atmos. As many of its competitors are either out of stock or going end-of-life this Denon is the best bet right now. Read our Denon AVR-S960H review.   $735 at Amazon $850 at Best Buy $849 at Crutchfield If you're a home-theater fan, then a surround-sound system is probably what you're after. Having a 2.1, 5.1 or an Atmos 5.1.4-channel setup delivers an audio experience that can't be beat by a soundbar at any price. The sound is bigger and more enthralling, an advantage that's particularly important in large rooms. For instance the Klipsch Reference Theater Pack offers a big sound from a compact system. It's on sale at Amazon right now for $340. At the very least, you'll need a pair of stereo speakers and a receiver or integrated amp. You can also then add surround speakers, Atmos heights and a subwoofer for sound that rivals your local cinema. Though the complexity increases over a soundbar, adding a universal remote will help make the system more user-friendly for the less technical of your friends and family. If you want to know more check out our receiver buying guide which can be summarized as below. Advantages . Better sound quality, including true surround effects with rear speakersYou're no longer bound by manufacturer and can mix and match as you likeAdding height or surrounds doesn't mean necessarily buying a whole new systemVery flexible, as you can upgrade either the receiver or speakers at a later date. Disadvantages . Costs more than a soundbarTakes up more spaceMore complexWires and more wires Other alternatives . Powered speakers: There are an increasing number of powered speakers designed to fill the gap between soundbars and surround systems. These can be straightforward systems like the $275 Klipsch RP-15M or more specialized offerings like the Roku Wireless speakers. Headphones: Some TVs offer headphone jacks or Bluetooth outputs which enable you to connect a pair of headphones. There is a wide variety of models available for every price point. This option is particularly useful for use in environments where you don't want to disturb others.  Which should you buy? . If you're looking for the simplest possible solution to improving TV sound, get a 'bar or maybe a pair of powered speakers first. There are plenty of affordable options available, and you don't need to sacrifice style for performance. The sweet spot for a soundbar is between $200 and $300, as spending more than that doesn't guarantee improved sound. If you're serious about sound quality though, separates are the only way to go. You can mix and match according to your needs, and it's easier to upgrade once new formats come in -- you won't need to replace everything if you want to add 8K video capability, for example. Whichever option you choose, you will never be able to go back to tinny, little TV speakers ever again. Happy listening! More soundbars for 2021 . Best soundbars for 2021Best stereo speakersBest AV receiversBest Dolby Atmos soundbar of 2021    Best soundbars with Amazon Alexa in 2021Best Sonos speakersBest PC speakers for 2021Best Bluetooth speakersBest TVs in 2021Best 4k projectors for 2021
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                            [body] => How to Set Up a Home Theater Sound System August 22, 2021 Quality sound is an important part of the cinematic experience. Whether it’s snappy dialogue or the effects that make you feel like you’re right there in the action, the sound system is a key ingredient in any successful home theater set-up. One thing’s for sure: you can’t get cinema-quality sound out of the speakers that come on your TV or projector. While those speakers may be acceptable for basic viewing, home theater enthusiasts all agree you’ll want to set up an external speaker system if you want excellent sound in your home theater. For non-audiophiles, this can be an intimidating prospect. You have to buy and install multiple components and make them work seamlessly together. The technical jargon used to describe speakers makes it all seem a bit mysterious and confusing to beginners. The good news is, setting up a home theater sound system can be a quick and painless project if you’re armed with the right knowledge. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process, letting you bring cinema sound right into your living room. Step 1: Plan how many speakers you need. You’ll need at least 2 speakers paired with a receiver to get true stereo sound. If you want surround sound, bump this up to 5 speakers: three in front of the viewing space and two behind it. Larger spaces sometimes use 7 speakers, adding one on each side. Most sound systems also feature a subwoofer, which you can think of as a speaker specifically designed for bass. A good subwoofer is what gives you the deep, rumbling sound effects in movies and is essential in most home theater set-ups. Larger systems may even use two subwoofers. Sound systems and receivers are labeled based on how many speakers and subwoofers they contain, with a period between the two numbers. A 2.1 system, for example, contains 2 speakers and a subwoofer, while a 7.2 system contains 7 speakers and 2 subwoofers. 7.1 home theatre setup Step 2: Choose your receiver. After you’ve decided how many speakers and subwoofers you need, it’s time to find your receiver. The receiver is the heart of your home theater’s sound set-up, connecting your TV or projector to your speakers. The first stats you should check when shopping for a receiver are the inputs and outputs. Make sure it can support the size of speaker system you plan to use, and that it offers the right connection options for your TV or projector, as well as any gaming systems, set-top boxes, and DVD or Blu-ray players. Step 3: Purchase your equipment. There are two ways you can go: buying each piece individually or buying a complete system. If you’re a beginner, a complete system is likely the best option. You’ll be sure all the components will work well together and won’t have to waste time comparing individual speakers and receivers. In terms of cost, 2.1 systems will be the most affordable, typically costing between $50 and $150. A 5.1 system will cost you more, though how much more depends on the size and style of speakers. They’ll typically cost somewhere in the $200-$600 range, though high-end systems can carry price tags in the thousands. Bigger systems, like a 7.1, start at around $300 for the budget range, and go up from there. Step 4: Place your speakers and receiver. It’s a good idea to decide where you’ll put all your speakers before you start hooking up wires. This limits the chance you’ll inadvertently pull a speaker off the shelf as you’re making adjustments. Subwoofers generally go on or near the floor at the front of the room, centered as much as possible on the TV or projector screen. The receiver will also typically go at the front of the room. Exact placement is less important than it is with speakers, just make sure you’ll have a clear path for your remote signal. Speaker placement is a bit trickier. You want all of the speakers to direct the sound at the audience. The sound will be fullest if the speakers are close to the wall, but not flush against them. A few inches of space between the speaker and wall give the sound waves more room to resonate, making the sound more natural. In a 2.1 system, put both speakers at the front of the room, roughly equidistant from the screen and facing the audience. In a 5.1 system, center one speaker directly above or below the screen. Put two more at the front of the room, equidistant to the right and left, a bit further apart than in a 2.1 system but still angled toward the audience. Place the other two at the back of the room. Put them at least at ear level. If they’re significantly higher, angle them down toward the audience. How To Set Up a Home Theater System Using a ReceiverWatch this video on YouTube Step 5: Connect it all together. Every receiver will have its own instructions to follow for set-up, so make sure you read your user manual to know where to connect everything and what order to hook it up in. Pay close attention to the color-coding on the wires so that you connect the positive and negative terminals correctly. Also, pay attention to which channels you’re connecting your speakers and devices to. Step 6: Give it a test run. Flip between all of your input sources to make sure all of them were hooked up correctly. Make sure you check both the picture and the sound and verify they’re lining up together. Once you’re sure everything’s functional, you can get to fine-tuning your sound system. Sit down on your couch and play a movie using the surround sound. Does the sound feel like it’s coming at you equally from all sides? If not, adjust the placement of your speakers until you get a sonic picture that’s even and balanced. You may also need to adjust the frequency balance. If the sound is too boomy or sounds muddled, making it hard to hear the dialogue, you can either turn down the volume on the subwoofer or use the EQ settings on your receiver to lower the bass. If the sound is thin or overly bright, you can either turn up your subwoofer or lower the treble on your receiver. A final word on sound systems Setting up a sound system for your home theater isn’t difficult, and the newer the sound system is, the easier it generally will be to get up and running. Buying the entire system as a set will also save you time and labor, and normally ends up about the same pricewise as buying the speakers individually. This is why it’s generally better for a beginner to invest the money in a new, modern system. Repurposing old speakers can save you money, but they may require adapters and special wiring to make them work with modern systems. Hopefully, this guide has shown you how easy it is to set up your own home theater sound system! Once you figure out which speakers will work best in your home, you’ll be enjoying cinema surround sound in no time. REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING: How to get sound from a projector to speakers DENON AVR-X3700H receiver review Set Up a Home Theater System with Projector How to Set Up a Home Theater System With Separate Components by Lifewire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR. Projector Pro-Tip: How to Get Sound from Projector to Speakers. How to Set Up a Home Theater System with Projector. Home Theater Seating Layout Tips. How to Connect Xbox One to Projector. How to Choose a Projector for Home Theater. POPULAR POSTS. How to Test: Projector Lamp is Bad. August 12, 2021 How To Hang A Projector Screen From Ceiling? 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                            [body] => How to create the perfect home cinema system By Jamie Carter last updated 26 November 21 Get the big picture and sound for films and sports. (Image: © LG) Audio and TV technology has vastly improved in recent years, which means it's possible to create a home cinema setup that can (almost) rival the real thing. And at a time when movie theaters are either closed or only half-heartedly starting to reopen, knowing how to piece together your own home cinema setup has never felt more crucial.We've outlined all of the key components you need below. But don't feel like you have to blow a small fortune right away. Each one of these products can be a huge difference to the sound and audio quality in your home.Below you'll find a guide to the type of tech you need to complete your home cinema setup. But we've also collected together the best of the bunch and suggested the products you should consider in our best home theater system guide too.(Image credit: Optoma)1. Choosing a projector. A projector is by far the best-value way of getting 50-inch+ images.The projector is the most important part of a home cinema, since it's this that helps you go way beyond the size of a TV – and create a picture as big as 150 inches in diameter.Aside from a couple of very pricey Ultra HD 4K options, Full HD models dominate, and start at around £600 / $600 / AU$900.Film fans planning to watch only in a blackout need not worry much about brightness, but for sports fans the lunchtime kick-off means looking for a projector that offers at least 2,000 ANSI Lumens brightness.However, make sure you buy a home cinema-centric model, rather than one meant for business presentations. The giveaway is on the back: if there are a rash of VGA, audio and composite video ins and outs, avoid it – all you're really looking for is a couple of HDMI inputs.Note that projectors boasting a 3D-ready spec almost always require an additional purchase of transmitter and 3D glasses.Look for zoom and lens shift specs, too. The biggest problem with a projector is achieving a dead straight-on image within the confines of a projector screen, but this can be overcome easily if you choose a product with decent optical zoom (1.5x will probably do) and both vertical and horizontal lens shift.Best projectors: the home cinema projectors worth buying(Image credit: Samsung)2. Choosing a TV. A smart TV is handy if you want to stream movies.You want Ultra HD 4K? Or Full HD? Direct LED or Edge LED? Maybe even an OLED?It's likely that you're actually after the best-value TV possible, combining as low a price as you can find with as big a screen as there is available.A few years ago this would have provided a hit and miss result, but since plasma technology has disappeared from the scene and LED-backlit LCD TVs (to give them their proper name) have significantly improved, it's getting increasingly difficult to make a bad move when you're after a home cinema centrepiece.Though the panel tech is largely settled (unless you go for a moneybags OLED TV), look for a 200Hz panel for ultimate blur-free images, being careful to ignore the 2000Hz-like figures arrived at by 'creative marketing'.Dig deep into the spec sheet.Just as important is access to apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant and BBC iPlayer, all of which will provide the movies and TV you want to watch on the big screen.Best TV: amazing flatscreen TVs to buy(Image credit: Denon)3. Choosing components. An AV receiver is an essential purchase if you opt for separate speakers.A projector screen is not essential, but will improve the quality of the images ten-fold since they're made using reflective material that improves the brightness, colour and detail of the image. Motorised screens can be expensive, but do add a tempting touch of class.Though most home cinema owners can't resist hooking-up a games console and/or a digital TV set-top box to their projector, a Blu-ray player remains a staple of the home cinema. If you're looking to improve the number of apps on your smart TV or projector (many projectors feature older operating systems without up-to-date app support), it might be worth getting an Apple TV, Chromecast, a Roku or a Fire Stick as well.Whatever source of video you're using, home cinema is 50% about sound, and only a 5.1, 7.1 or 9.1 surround sound system will help recreate the multiplex experience.An easy all-in-one option is a Blu-ray home cinema system from the likes of Sony, Samsung, Panasonic or LG. Those wanting to purchase individual speakers from boutique home cinema brands will need an AV receiver, all of which have HDMI switching.Some even include Bluetooth music streaming for phones, and apps for optimising sound quality.Best AV receivers: which home cinema AV receiver should you buy?(Image credit: Dolby)4. Choosing and placing speakers. Speaker placement and volume levels are all-important.A soundbar or stereo speakers isn't home cinema, whatever 'virtual surround' claims are made by manufacturers. For total absorption, only a proper surround sound set-up of five/seven/nine satellite speakers and a subwoofer will do.Place the centre speaker underneath (but as close as possible to) the TV or projector screen, for this is where dialogue comes from. Then place left and right front speakers either side of the TV or screen, perhaps in the corner of the room.The rear speakers go behind you, directly opposite the front speakers, and round-off a 5.1 set-up. A 7.1 set-up adds side speakers, while a 9.1 channel system adds front height speakers.The subwoofer can go anywhere in the room, as cabling allows.Next comes the tune-up for your viewing position – the 'sweetspot' – which is often done via test tones through a set-up app or a microphone. The aim is to balance the volume levels for maximum realism.Best Dolby Atmos speakers: your guide to getting amazing object-based audio(Image credit: Shutterstock)5. Connecting everything together. HDMI 2.0 cables are fit for 4K.No doubt about it, the key cable in home cinema is HDMI, which effortlessly delivers an all-digital signal between AV gear.In your typical home cinema setup, a HDMI cable will take sound and video from a Blu-ray player and a games console into an AV amplifier, which acts as a switching device sending everything out into a projector or flatscreen TV, again via HDMI.Analogue component video cables can be used to carry high-definition video, though it's been dropped by the industry in the last few years, so this only now applies to legacy gear. If you're thinking of embracing 4K, make sure any HDMI cables you buy are compatible with the HDMI 2.0 standard (if not the newer HDMI 2.1).However, don't be tempted to purchase upgraded or gold-plated HDMI cables for extra money; the only reason for paying any more than a few shekels is if you're after a particularly long cable of more than a few metres.HDMI 2.1: what the new cable standard means for your TV(Image credit: Philips)6. Finishing touches. A smart bulb is an easy way to add remote control lighting.You might want to think about some basic home automation, which is so often the icing on the cake in a home cinema. Happily, there are plenty of off-the-shelf products that can add some sparkle to your screening room.Perhaps the most useful is the universal remote control from brands such as Logitech, Nevo and One For All, which can be programmed to control all of your gear by scenario. For instance, you hit the 'movie' button and the projector, Blu-ray player and amplifier will switch on in pre-defined modes, while pressing 'games' will wake the Xbox or PlayStation.You can even program these remotes to dim the lights if you have IR light switches from the likes of Lutron or Varilight. Or you could just go for an app-controlled smart bulb from the likes of Philips Hue, WeMo or Oort.Best smart light bulbs: the top smart lights from Philips Hue to Hive Jamie Carter Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and Space.com. He also edits two of his own websites, TravGear.com and WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015), See more how-to articles
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                            [body] => The Best Soundbars for Every BudgetEvery television deserves a dedicated row of speakers to call its own. These are our favorites.FacebookTwitterEmailSave StorySave this story for later.You probably already shelled out good money for a nice big TV and maybe a streaming gadget to play your Netflix. But it doesn't matter how large your screen is or how much it cost—the speakers in your TV probably sound awful. You'd be surprised by how much more you enjoy those shows with a halfway decent soundbar or surround system hooked up to your primo panel. Explosions pop, dialog sounds far crisper, and you may even notice sonic details in your favorite films that you’ve never picked up on before.Updated November 2021: We've added the second-generation Sonos Beam.Why You Need a SoundbarWe have yet to test a new TV that didn't sound crummy without some kind of audio accessory added. That's mostly due to the way televisions are designed. Great-sounding speakers are bulky, and as TVs have gotten thinner, with shrinking bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers are having a harder time building good speakers into them.If you can afford to spend $150 on a new soundbar with a subwoofer, it’s essential to getting the most out of your viewing experience. To help, we put together this list of the best soundbars we've tested, including soundbars sold on their own, as well as models that come bundled with a subwoofer. We've also compiled some advice on how to make the most of your purchase.Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you'd like). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more. Please also consider subscribing to WIREDPhotograph: VizioBest Value. Vizio 2.1 Soundbar and Sub (SB3621N-G8)Vizio is one of the best brands in the business when it comes to delivering good sound at palatable prices, and its most recent 2.1-channel model is a shining example of this ethos. This soundbar is sleek and easy to set up, and it has a wireless subwoofer that can sit under your couch. (2.1 is shorthand for “stereo speaker with a subwoofer.”)With optical and coaxial cable inputs—plus Bluetooth for playing music from your smartphone—you can enjoy its crystal-clear audio from virtually any device you own, though you will have to shell out cash for a more expensive bar if you want to use HDMI ARC to control your sound using your TV’s remote control instead of the included Vizio remote.Inputs: Optical cable, coaxial cable, and Bluetooth$200 at AmazonPhotograph: VizioBest for Under $600. Vizio TV Sound System With Dolby Atmos (SB36512-F6)If you’re into console gaming, you know how important it is to detect that opponent creeping behind you in the shadows. This affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar from Vizio helps you hear every footstep in real, physical space. Atmos bars fire sound upward, expanding your TV's soundstage. It means that gamers can hear what’s going on above them, which is perfect for avoiding that gun-toting helicopter flying around. Two upward-firing rear surround speakers also come in the box.At $550, it's the most affordable Atmos-enabled soundbar bundle you’ll find, making it a no-brainer for anyone who values fantastic sound.Inputs: 2 HDMI ports (one ARC), 3.5 mm, optical, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Google Chromecast built in$550 at AmazonPhotograph: SamsungBest Dolby Atmos Bar. Samsung HW-Q950ASamsung's flagship Dolby Atmos soundbar (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a massive 11.1.4 driver array spread across two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and the bar itself. This lets it be more nimble and focused in its processing of each channel, adding significantly to the immersion when compared to more affordable (and even many similarly priced) soundbars. If you don't have the room for a traditional home theater surround system, or you just hate the clutter of cables, this is about as close as I've heard to a true wired system, without a receiver, speakers, or hundreds of feet of copper running through the walls. If you own a late-model Samsung TV, you can pair the bar with the screen's speakers, adding even more focus to the voices onscreen.Inputs: HDMI (eARC), Bluetooth, Optical$1,598 at Amazon$1,600 at SamsungPhotograph: SonosThe Smartest Soundbar. Sonos Beam (Gen 2)Sonos' second generation Beam doesn't look much different from the first generation, but the sonic upgrade is immense. You get immersive Dolby Atmos interpretation, thanks to Sonos' superb onboard audio processing. The bar pairs with both Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can do everything from setting alarms to asking it the weather. Sonos connectivity also means you can use it as part of a multiroom audio system, where it is compatible with every major streaming service.If you want to expand your system, you can even add other Sonos speakers as surrounds, and a Sonos-made subwoofer for bass down the line. $449 at Walmart$449 at SonosPhotograph: Phil Barker/SonyBest Cheap Atmos Bar. Sony HT-X8500 Many dream of immersive audio but don't quite have the space to place dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer. That's where this tiny bar from Sony shines. The HT-X8500 is a single unit with a built-in subwoofer and the ability to bounce the side and height channels of a Dolby Atmos signal around your room. It's not as good as having speakers actually behind or above you, but for $300 (and a single bar), Sony's audio processing delivers some pretty great sound. Inputs: 2 HDMI ports (one ARC), Bluetooth, Optical$298 at Amazon$398 at WalmartPhotograph: RokuA Bar With Roku. Roku Smart SoundbarIf you're after a soundbar that also doubles as an awesome streaming device, WIRED senior writer Adrienne So swears by the Roku smart soundbar. After she spent years without a soundbar, I sent her home with Roku's latest model, and she was so impressed that she shouted it from the rooftops. Setup is extremely easy, and because it comes with Roku's simple streaming interface (and support for surround sound, as well as 4K and High Dynamic Range video), you can stream movies and shows from just about every streaming service. You can also add a Roku subwoofer or surround-sound speakers down the line. We encourage getting a sub.We've also linked to Roku's Walmart version, named “Onn," below. It's cheaper and slightly weaker but still a lot nicer than standard TV speakers, and it also comes with Roku built in.Inputs: 1 HDMI port (with ARC), optical, Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz), USB 2.0, Bluetooth, voice remote$255 at Amazon$129 at Walmart (Onn Version)Photograph: RokuFor Small Spaces. Roku StreambarIf you have a small TV in the kitchen or office, or just have a tiny home, space is of the essence! That's why I'm excited about the new Roku Streambar. It's a petite soundbar with true stereo sound and a Roku streaming player built in. The WIRED team hasn't spent much time with this one, but on physical specs alone, this is a hard bar to beat for tight spaces. No more tiny TV speakers!Inputs: HDMI ARC, Optical, USB$99 at Amazon$100 at TargetPhotograph: ZVOXBest for Those With Hearing Loss. ZVox AccuVoice AV157If you or someone you love has a hard time hearing what the voices onscreen are saying, consider this awesome little soundbar from lesser-known (but long-standing) brand Zvox. The company has perfected what it calls "AccuVoice" technology, which uses digital signal processing to make voices sound clearer. It does this better than any bar with a similar feature I have tested.Inputs: Optical, 3.5 mm$200 at Amazon$199 at WalmartPhotograph: YamahaA Smart Soundbar With a Sub. Yamaha YAS-209If you’re looking for a soundbar-subwoofer combo that doubles as a smart speaker for your living room, there is no better option than the Yamaha YAS-209. It has Amazon Alexa built in, two virtual surround sound modes, Wi-Fi, Spotify Connect, and Bluetooth. You can use your voice to do everything from playing Taylor Swift to checking the weather. That’s a heck of a lot of features for a semi-affordable bar.It also sounds better than it has any right to at this price. Audio comes through crisp and clear, with impressive width and depth, and the included subwoofer bolsters explosions, footsteps, and your favorite bass-heavy tunes.Inputs: 2 HDMI ports (one ARC), optical, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and mics for voice-activated Alexa$350 at Amazon$350 at AdoramaPhotograph: SENNHEISERBest Luxury Soundbar. Sennheiser Ambeo SoundbarThe acclaimed audio brand Sennheiser waited decades to launch its first home soundbar. The company’s massive—and massively expensive—Ambeo showcases some of the most advanced processing and audio quality we’ve ever heard from a single bar. Even without the addition of satellite speakers for surround, the Ambeo uses its tech to throw sound around your space with full Dolby Atmos immersion. At times, it sounds so good you might think there are little tiny speakers flying around your room.It's the best-sounding bar we’ve ever heard. It doesn't matter if you're watching Netflix Originals or listening to your favorite music, the Ambeo just offers rich, detailed sound. It’s not for the budget-conscious, but this is the crème de la crème of compact home theater audio. Much as LG, Samsung, and Sony use exceptional image quality to convince people to shell out thousands of dollars for their flagship televisions, Sennheiser can bank on the Ambeo's superior audio to attract discerning buyers.Inputs: 3 HDMI ports (one ARC), optical, RCA, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Google Chromecast built in$2,500 at Amazon$2,000 at BH Photo$2,500 at SennheiserPhotograph: NakamichiThe Bassiest Setup. Shockwafe 9.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar WIRED reviewer Jess Grey has spent a little more than a year with this massive dual-subwoofer soundbar system from Japan, which provides earth-shattering bass courtesy of two huge subwoofers. A pair of side speakers and rear speakers offer more lifelike reproduction than soundbars that bounce sound off the walls for side and rear noises. It also features support for all major object-based surround formats, like DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. It's a super-large system for most spaces, but if you have a big room, the extra bass response helps things feel more cinematic. Those side and rear drivers make it great for playing online video games, where hearing footsteps behind you often comes in handy.Inputs: HDMI, Optical, Coaxial. Bluetooth (AptX)$750 at Amazon (7.2 Surround Version)$1,400 at B&H (9.2 Surround Version)Photograph: Enclave AudioA Completely Wireless System. Enclave Audio CineHome ProThe Enclave Audio CineHome Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a $1,500, THX-certified surround-sound system, but it still has many of the same characteristics as our favorite larger soundbar systems. For one, the 5.1 system is completely wireless. Thanks to clever use of the WiSA (a new-ish wireless surround-sound) protocol, all you have to do is find a power outlet for each speaker and plug a small Roku-sized box into your TV's ARC port. Bada bing, bada boom: THX-certified surround sound! It's spendy and requires enough shelf and floor space to set up all the speakers. But if you're after truly great sound with soundbar-like convenience, it doesn't get better than this.Inputs: HDMI ARC, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm$1,599 at AmazonHonorable Mentions. They're Pretty GoodThere are a lot of great soundbars out there, and we don't have room to feature them all. Here are some others you might want to consider.The LG SP9YA for $697: This is a good Atmos bar for smaller rooms. It comes with a wireless subwoofer and can be upgraded with LG-made surround speakers.The Polk React for $249: This soundbar works if you want surround sound eventually but don't have the cash right now. The Alexa-enabled soundbar can be bought standalone, with surround speakers and subwoofers available from Polk if you want to upgrade your sound.The Vizio Elevate for $950: This is an awesome-looking soundbar with side speakers that swivel skyward when you're watching content with object-based audio. It's a good-sounding bar and that gimmick is neat, but there are better options for under $1,000.The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 for $799: If you want a premium bar that has great sound and can be expanded with satellite speakers, but aren't a fan of Sonos, Bose has you covered—though you might not like the $799 price tag. We have also heard complaints about issues with the wireless functionality.The Vizio M-Series 2.1 for $150: This is a great entry-level soundbar if you don't have much to spend. It has a sleek design and surprisingly good bass for a soundbar that doesn't come with a subwoofer in tow.Photograph: AmazonGet Hooked Up. Properly Connect Your SoundbarWe've included a list of available connectivity options next to every soundbar on our list. The vast majority of soundbars will connect to your TV via optical or HDMI cables—HDMI being preferable in most cases.If your TV and soundbar both have an HDMI-ARC port (the cable port looks like HDMI, but it's labeled ARC), try connecting that way. It will allow you to use the volume buttons on your TV remote to control the soundbar's volume. Also make sure CEC is enabled. Use an optical cable only if HDMI isn't available.Finally, check your TV audio menus to make sure your TV's internal speakers are set to off (so you don't get any weird audio fluttering) and find the best spots to place your speakers and sub.Parker Hall is an Associate Editor of Product Reviews at WIRED. He focuses on audiovisual and entertainment products. Hall is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied jazz percussion. 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                            [body] => Skip to main content BrandCategory +The Ultimate Guide to a Sonos Home Theater. Steven SaftigGlobal Head of EditorialWith the lights dimmed, a bowl of freshly popped popcorn, and the family cuddled beneath a blanket, there’s nothing quite like the experience of watching a movie from the comfort of your own couch. But to truly get that immersive theater experience, the sound needs to be brilliant. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a home theater setup that’s right for your budget, space, and viewing habits—from choosing the right soundbar, to adding deep impact bass, to creating a complete 5.1 surround sound setup.The idea of setting up a “home theater” may conjure visions of tangled wires drilled into walls, stacks of complicated receivers, multiple remotes, and a price tag in the thousands. While this might have been true in the 80s, getting theater-quality sound in your home has never been easier or more valuable. (As TVs have become thinner and thinner, the sound they’re able to produce has gotten worse and worse.)And yet, the number of decisions you have to make in order to set up a home theater that works for you can be overwhelming. With that in mind, we put together this guide to walk you through a few simple decisions you can make in order to experience theater-quality sound at home.01. Soundbar. Start with a soundbar. The single most dramatic improvement you can make to how your favorite shows, movies, and games sound on your TV is to add an external speaker. The sound will be fuller, the dialogue crisper, and the bass bolder.All of our home theater speakers were tuned by Oscar- and Emmy-winning sound engineers to ensure that you’re hearing your favorite films and shows as they were meant to be heard, by the people who created them.Arc. For cinematic sound that surrounds you in the story, choose Arc. Arc’s upward-firing drivers allow you to experience shows, movies, and games with the precise and immersive sound of Dolby Atmos. When you’re not watching TV, you can use Arc to stream music from more than 100 music services including Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify. And with a soft profile and seamless facade, Arc blends in beautifully, either mounted underneath your TV or placed on furniture. Arc automatically pairs with your remote and can be controlled with the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, your favorite music app, or your voice. Shop Arc here.Beam. For smaller rooms, consider Beam. This smart, compact soundbar does it all. It provides high-definition sound for TV shows and movies. And, like Arc, when you step away from the screen, Beam can play your favorite music, podcasts, and more with rich, room-filling sound. It also has built-in support for Audible and Calm for quieter moments. It’s simple to set up, automatically pairs with your remote control, and is incredibly easy to control—use the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, music apps, or your voice. Beam can be placed on furniture in front of your TV or mounted on the wall. Shop Beam here.To make sure your TV is compatible with Arc or Beam, click here.Theater TipAll of our home theater speakers come equipped with Speech Enhancement and Night Sound:Speech Enhancement: Tap the speech bubble icon on the Now Playing screen to prioritize dialogue so you won’t miss a word—even when the action gets intense.Night Sound: Tap the half moon icon to even out the sound so you won’t wake the rest of the house (or your neighbors). No more turning up the volume when characters whisper and then frantically turning it down when things explode.02. Subwoofer. Add a subwoofer. Adding Sub to your home theater setup extends your viewing experience into a new dimension. With Sub, you’ll get bass you can feel.More than just “more bass”. In addition to providing bolder bass for your shows, movies, and music, adding Sub to one of our home theater speakers actually improves that speaker’s performance. (Bear with us, we’re going to get a bit technical here.) Our home theater speakers play high frequency sounds (like dialogue) through a “tweeter.” And they play both midrange and bass frequencies through a “woofer.” By offloading the bass frequencies to Sub, the speaker is freed up to deliver more midrange sound through the woofer. So when you add Sub, not only will you experience deeper bass, but you’ll also experience better sound from your home theater speaker.Bass without buzz. One of the biggest concerns we hear about with Sub is that people are worried it’s going to rattle. Sub was specifically designed to eliminate the vibration associated with traditional subwoofers. The rectangular hole at the center of Sub isn’t just aesthetically pleasing—it eliminates rattle by allowing those vibrations to dissipate into open space.Sub was recently updated with increased memory and processing power, ensuring the best possible performance. Shop Sub here and 3.1 Entertainment Sets here.Theater TipA setup with both a home theater speaker and a subwoofer is called 3.1. The “3” represents the three channels of the speaker—left, right, and center—and the “.1” represents the addition of the subwoofer.03. Surround sound. Connect two rear speakers for 5.1 surround sound. You have a home theater speaker. And Sub. How much of a difference can two more speakers make? Plenty. To completely immerse yourself in the drama of TV shows, the action of movies, and the joy of music, 5.1 surround sound is the way to go. When you add two matching speakers (Sonos One, One SL, or the new Sonos Five) to your home theater setup, you allow the sound to completely expand to its full potential. You’ll discover new elements of songs you’ve been listening to your entire life. And you’ll find yourself completely enveloped in what you watch. You can even control whether the rear speakers provide full sound or ambient sound when you’re playing music. And, like all Sonos products, it can be set up in minutes. Want to add voice control to your setup? You only need a single Sonos One—pair it with a One SL (a voiceless speaker) to unlock voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for your entire system.Shop rear surrounds and 5.1 Surround Sets here.One of the tricky parts of adding rear speakers to a home theater setup is where to place them. We’ve made it easy with a variety of speaker stands and mounts. Choose what works best for your viewing room here.Theater TipA setup with a home theater speaker, subwoofer, and two rear surround speakers is called 5.1. Without the subwoofer it’s called 5.0.Once you’ve set up your home theater, it’s easy to make sure it sounds its best in your unique space by fine-tuning it with Trueplay™. It’s also easy to add additional speakers in other rooms of the house. That way, you won’t miss any of the action when you head to the kitchen for more popcorn. In fact, the most difficult thing to do is decide what you want to watch or listen to next.Read More.
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                            [body] => Cannot hear the TV sound from the Sound Bar, Home Theater System, or Home Audio System Applicable Products and Categories of This ArticleIMPORTANT: This article applies only to specific products and/or operating systems. Check the Applicable Products and Categories section of this article before starting these steps.If the sound is not output from the Sound Bar subwoofer, refer to the No sound is output from the Subwoofer. article. Follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue: NOTE: Depending on the model, names and operations may vary, or certain settings may be unavailable. For details, refer to the manual of your TV or audio device. While your TV and audio device (Sound Bar, Home Theater System, or Home Audio System) are off, verify that the cables between the TV and Audio device are securely connected. NOTE: Disconnect the HDMI cables, then reconnect them again. Make sure that your TV has an ARC or eARC/ARC label on the HDMI jack. When the TV has an HDMI (ARC or eARC/ARC) label on the HDMI jack (HDMI IN) Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI IN (ARC or eARC) jack on the TV.Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT jack on the Audio device. Show connection diagram  HDMI OUTPUT (ARC or eARC/ARC) on the audio deviceHDMI cable (high-speed HDMI cable)HDMI INPUT (ARC or eARC/ARC) on the TV When the TV has no HDMI ARC label on the HDMI jack Connect one end of the HDMI cable to any HDMI IN jack on the TV.Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT audio device.Connect an optical audio cable from the TV's optical digital audio out to the OPTICAL IN on your audio device. If you can't connect with Optical Digital cable use an Audio Analog cable instead. Show connection diagram  HDMI OUT jackHDMI cableHDMI IN TV jackOptical Digital IN jackOptical Digital Audio cableOptical Digital OUT jackAudio Analog IN jackAudio Analog cableAudio Analog OUT jack NOTE: For details, refer to the Connecting with a TV section in the Startup Guide of your audio device. Verify that the audio output setting of your TV is set to audio device, and on the TV, change the audio output destination setting from TV Speakers to Audio System. NOTE: Just connecting the TV and audio system with a cable will not produce sound from the audio system. Make sure that Control for HDMI of your TV and audio device is set to ON. NOTE: If your TV is BRAVIA, set the Control for HDMI (BRAVIA Sync) to ON. In the HDMI settings for your audio device, set the Audio Return Channel (ARC) or TV audio input mode to ON or AUTO. NOTE: Depending on the model, setting name may vary, or it may be unavailable. For details, refer to the manual of your audio device. If input mode of the audio system is set to other than TV, or the Home menu is displayed, the sound is not output. Press the INPUT or TV button on the remote of the audio device, then set the input mode to TV. Turn on the TV, then your audio device. Change the TV audio output setting to PCM and check whether sound is output. If the audio device connected to the TV does not support compressed audio, sound may not be output depending on the type of broadcast or video. Check your TV manual for more details. If your TV is BRAVIA, update the TV software to the latest version. NOTE: For how to update your TV, refer to the How to perform a software update article. Update your audio device software to the latest version. NOTE: To update your audio device, visit the Sony Support website, search for your audio device by entering the model number, and then go to the Downloads section. You can also stay updated for future firmware releases by downloading and bookmarking your product on the Support By Sony mobile app. Reset the audio device and the TV. NOTE: To reset the TV, refer to How to perform a reset or a Factory Data Reset on an Android TV™. To reset the audio device, refer to its manual. Related Articles. I can hear sound from my home theater, but not from the TV itself.How to hear the television sound through the speakers of a stereo receiver or home theater system.The Sound Bar or Home Theater System does not turn on (or off), even when the TV is turned on (or off).Frequently Asked Questions for BRAVIA TV ARC (Audio Return Channel) featureHow to connect the television with speakers of a stereo receiver or home theater system? footer_community Support CommunityA place where you can find solutions and ask questions Contact supportContact our Support team Warranty InformationFind information on Tourist Limited Warranty Service CentresList of Sony offices in Asia Pacific region that provide after-sales service activities Support by Sony (Mobile App)Never miss an update again! Find information and receive instant notifications about your product
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                            [body] => How to set up a soundbar for your PS5 By James Archer published 11 February 21 Here's how to set up a soundbar for your PS5 and upgrade your in-game audio (Image credit: Tom's Guide) Setting up your PS5 console to work with a soundbar is just as worthwhile as doing the same for a TV. Even the cheap soundbars will be a sonic upgrade on the built-in speakers of most TVs, and this will give in-game effects and soundtracks the weight they deserve. Imagine more impactful gunfights with booming explosions, or more dramatic racing with truly roaring engines.The PS5 supports the 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound formats as well, and the Series X even supports Dolby Atmos in certain games. It’s clear, then, that both consoles are best played with one of the best soundbars, especially one that can produce surround sound. Here’s how to set your console up to get home theater-quality sound on the PS5.Having trouble with where to buy the PS5? See latest stock updatesThe best PS5 games right nowHow to set up a soundbar on the PS5. (Image credit: JBL)There are three ways to connect a PS5 to both your TV and a soundbar at the same time. The first requires both a TV and a soundbar with HDMI ARC (audio return channel) support:1. Connect the PS5 to the soundbar using both devices’ HDMI ports.2. Using an ARC-compatible HDMI port on the TV, use a second HDMI cable to connect the TV to the soundbar’s HDMI ARC port.This uses the passthrough capability of ARC to send the video signal from your PS5 through the soundbar and into the TV.If you don’t have the requisite ARC hardware, you can instead connect the PS5 to your TV:1. Connect the PS5 to the TV via HDMI.2. Connect the soundbar to the TV using an optical cable.Finally, if your soundbar and TV both support the upgraded eARC (enhanced audio return channel), you can use the steps of the second method but connect your TV to your soundbar with an HDMI cable, instead of an optical one. Just make sure you’re plugged into eARC-enabled HDMI ports at both ends.(Image credit: Tom's Guide)These two-cable setups will do the basic job of playing game audio through your soundbar. But if you want full surround sound, you’ll need to make a trip into the PS5’s settings.Navigate to the Sound settings menu and select Audio Output. Select the HDMI Device Type as “AV Amplifier” — this might seem strange when there’s a separate “Sound Bar” option available, but you’ll need the former option for true surround sound.Making this selection will present you with new options for selecting the number of speakers you have. From there you can use the Adjust Speaker Positions to set the angle of each speaker: you’re more or less making a diagram of your audio hardware setup, so make sure you set each speaker position relative to where they are in the room.Finally, return to the Audio Output menu and scroll down to Audio Format (Priority). Set this to Dolby or DTS if your PS5 is connected to your TV, or Linear PCM if the console is connected directly to your soundbar. Ta-da: you can now enjoy surround sound in PS5 games.Enabling surround sound for Blu-ray playback requires one more step, though it does also enable Dolby Atmos — the PS5 doesn’t support this enhanced format for games or streamed video, but it’s available for Blu-rays if you’re connected using HDMI ARC or eARC. Atmos doesn’t work over optical connections.Start playback of your Blu-ray, then use the Options button on your DualSense controller to open the settings menu. Set the Audio Format option as “Bitstream” and surround sound, including Atmos, should kick in.More: PS5 and Xbox Series X: 12 remastered games we want to see now James Archer James joined Tom’s Guide in 2020, bringing years of experience in consumer tech and product testing. As Audio Editor, James covers headphones, speakers, soundbars and anything else that intentionally makes noise. A PC enthusiast, he also covers the occasional spot of computing and gaming news, usually relating to how hard it is to find graphics card stock. Topics Audio Gaming See all comments (0) No comments yet Comment from the forums
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                            [body] => Sonos Arc review: an immersive soundbar that home theater enthusiasts can love One of the best soundbars you can buy — if your TV supports Dolby Atmos By Chris [email protected] Jun 4, 2020, 9:00am EDT Photography by Nilay Patel (except lead image) If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Share this story. Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: Sonos Arc review: an immersive soundbar that home theater enthusiasts can love . Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email The new Sonos Arc soundbar is perhaps the biggest flex of the company’s design, engineering, and technology advancements that we’ve seen yet. Whereas the $399 Beam was aimed squarely at the massive market of people looking to upgrade the dull, lackluster sound coming from their TV speakers, the $799 Arc represents the pinnacle of what Sonos can do in the living room. I suspect it will also be the introduction for many people to Dolby Atmos audio in the home. 4K TVs are everywhere, but many people might be more reluctant to invest in sound beyond your token $200 Vizio soundbar. Hearing the Arc will make you want to own it. It’s a reminder that even as Sonos ventures into services, voice AI, and evolving its platform, it still knows how to make damn fine speakers. However, it’s important to note right at the top that to get the most out of the Arc, you’re going to need a TV purchased within the last couple years. Sonos made a key design choice to only put a single HDMI port on the Arc, meaning you’ll need a TV that can send Atmos out through its HDMI ARC port in order to hear the fullest possible surround sound. If you have a TV from before 2017 or so, it may not be able to send Atmos out through HDMI, and you can’t plug an Atmos device like an Apple TV into the Sonos directly. This was a limitation in our testing: the 2016 LG B6 OLED in Nilay’s media room can’t send Atmos out through its HDMI port, and Sonos sent him a newer Sony TV so he could test Atmos on the Arc. That said, most recent 4K TVs should be capable of sending Atmos audio from apps like Netflix to the soundbar through the TV’s HDMI ARC port. And the very newest models from LG, Sony, and others have an updated version of HDMI ARC called eARC (enhanced audio return channel), which offers more bandwidth, faster data transfer, and supports lossless Atmos from Blu-ray players. eARC also synchronizes the audio and video signals automatically — eliminating the slight lip-sync issues I’ve sometimes encountered when sending surround sound signals to the Beam and a Vizio soundbar that I also own. Sonos includes an HDMI-to-optical adapter in the box, but you lose out on Atmos altogether if you use optical audio, so I really don’t know why anyone would bother. If you’ve been eyeing the Arc, you might already be familiar with a lot of this terminology. It’s a soundbar meant for home theater enthusiasts who, for whatever reason, aren’t interested in going all-out with in-ceiling speakers and a full 7.1 surround experience. If that’s you, I think the Arc delivers a phenomenal audio experience for its price. You’ve just got to be sure your TV is capable of unlocking that potential. It’s a strange limitation; at this price point, it’s reasonable to expect an HDMI passthrough so you can experience Atmos without potentially having to upgrade your TV. The Sonos Arc has a single HDMI port. The Arc is a very wide soundbar that’s clearly meant to be paired with large TVs. At 45 inches long (a 10-inch increase over the Playbar), it takes up nearly the entire width of my TV stand and is almost as wide as the 55-inch TV I’ve been using it with. If you’re dealing with tight quarters in a small apartment, the Beam is far easier to fit in. The Arc can be mounted to the wall, and when in this orientation, it automatically adjusts frequencies and reduces bass resonance to avoid rattling your living room. The outer shell is all matte-finish plastic, but nothing about it feels cheap. The clean, perforated design — Sonos drilled 76,000 holes into the thing — refocuses your attention on style instead of materials. The black Arc that I’ve been using looks fantastic beneath my TV. Sonos is also selling a white one, but even without seeing it in person I know I’d find it too distracting. Nothing should ever pull your eyes away from what’s on the TV screen. The Arc has the same capacitive touch controls as the Beam. On top are Sonos’ usual set of capacitive controls. The LED status light on the Arc automatically lowers its brightness based on the ambient light in the room so as not to be annoying, but you can also turn it off altogether. Around back is the HDMI port and an Ethernet jack if you find Wi-Fi performance to be lacking, but I didn’t run into any problems using it on my 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Used by its lonesome without a Sub or surround speakers, the Arc can serve as a 5.0.2 Atmos system: that means you’ve got five horizontal channels (left, left surround, center, right surround, right), and the two upward-firing speakers that reflect sound off your ceiling for that sense of height and presence that’s the hallmark of Dolby Atmos. This is what makes it feel like sound is happening all around you instead of just coming from in front or behind. Adding the Sonos Sub to the mix lets the Arc offload bass frequencies and completely focus on the highs and mids for a fuller overall experience. As for surrounds, you can use pretty much any matching pair of speakers from the Sonos lineup (excluding the Move). Sonos recommends the One SL speakers for this purpose, but you can use two Play:5s or even two of the Sonos / Ikea Symfonisk lamp speakers as rear surrounds. The only rule is that you can’t mix two different speakers; they’ve got to be two of the same product. Here’s the full rundown of audio formats that the Arc supports: Dolby Atmos TrueHD (for external Blu-ray players) Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital DTS and multichannel LPCM remain absent from that list. Sonos has long refused to adopt DTS, so that doesn’t surprise me anymore. Frankly, I never find myself missing it. But the lack of multichannel LPCM means you won’t get surround sound from the Nintendo Switch or many PC games, and some prospective Arc buyers aren’t happy about this omission. Thankfully, there’s good news: the latter is coming in a future software update for the Arc. Sonos isn’t saying exactly when customers can expect it, but the commitment to add LPCM is there. If you’re ever unsure about what kind of audio the Arc is currently playing, you can check the “about my system” section of the Sonos app. For Atmos content, you’ll also see an indicator on the Now Playing screen. The Sonos Arc has a matte plastic design that doesn’t draw much attention. We tested the Arc two ways: by itself in an apartment and paired with a Sonos Sub in a medium-sized basement media room that also has a traditional 5.1.2 Atmos surround system with speakers in the ceiling. Home theater glossary. Not everyone is familiar with all the home theater jargon mentioned in this review. So let’s go over the ones mentioned repeatedly: Dolby Atmos: A surround sound format that improves on traditional Dolby Digital by adding height channels to the mix for a more immersive audio presentation. Dolby Atmos is used for Hollywood blockbusters, some streaming TV shows, and also music on select services. HDMI ARC: ARC (audio return channel) allows your TV to send audio to a soundbar over an HDMI cable connection. This supports audio from the TV itself as well as whatever streaming devices, game consoles, or Blu-ray players you’ve got plugged into the other HDMI ports. It eliminates the need for and carries more bandwidth than an optical audio connection. HDMI eARC: Think of eARC as the next generation of ARC. It can transfer much more data at faster speeds, making it possible to deliver uncompressed, high-resolution 5.1 and 7.1 audio to your soundbar or surround system. It also eliminates the frustrating audio / video sync issues that can sometimes arise with ARC. 5.0.2 surround system: The first number in surround sound terminology represents the number of main, ear-level channels in a speaker or soundbar. The second is the number of subwoofers. (If the Arc isn’t paired with a Sub, this is 0. If it is, you’d see a 1 instead.) And the last number is for the number of height or presence channels. And the Arc more than impressed — in fact, paired with the Sub, the Arc delivered sound as immersive as the multiple-speaker Atmos system. If you didn’t know the Arc was bouncing sound off the ceiling and rear wall, you would easily believe that there were speakers there. Compared to the traditional Atmos system, the Arc sounded different — it’s definitely tuned to deliver very loud dialogue, and it’s still a soundbar, so the overall left / right soundstage isn’t as wide — but it delivered a surround effect that was easily as convincing. Take the opening scene of Baby Driver: it sounded like there were cars flying across the screen, helicopters overhead, and sirens whizzing by. Mission: Impossible — Fallout’s final helicopter scene was equally immersive. The Arc with a Sub is expensive — $1,498 when purchased together — but compared to the cost and complexity of a standard receiver and at least seven speakers with two installed in the ceiling, it more than makes the case for itself. But if you don’t have a room that’s essentially a flat box, the Arc’s ability to bounce sound goes away — in a large open living room with a double-height ceiling, the Arc didn’t really deliver any surround experience at all. That’s not a knock — the thing is designed to bounce sound off walls — but be aware of that limitation. To fully optimize the Arc’s sound based on your living room, you’ll need to run the company’s Trueplay tuning feature — but this is still only available on iPhone or iPad. I wish the built-in mics could make some automatic sound profile adjustments in the same way as the Sonos Move, but that’s not an option with the Arc. Since the room (and even the height of your ceilings) factors in so heavily, walking and waving your phone around still gives Sonos better readings to use. I also tested the Arc in my Brooklyn apartment in a standalone setup with no Sub. Like Nilay’s LG, my TCL P-Series Roku TV is a few years old at this point and is unable to pass Atmos over its HDMI ARC port, and so the best the Arc could do for me was Dolby Digital Plus. But even then, the sound output was a noticeable upgrade from the Playbar and absolutely trounces the Beam. With eight woofers and three tweeters, the Arc delivers a wide, rich soundstage. And since my place has low ceilings and nearby walls surrounding the soundbar, the surround effect was convincing. Despite no Sub, I still found the low end to be rumbly and strong; anything more, and my neighbors would probably get upset. There’s a Night Sound mode to tamp down the volume and oomph of the Arc if you don’t want to disturb anyone, and also a Speech Enhancement feature for emphasizing dialogue. I never found the latter necessary, as voices come through the center channel very clearly. There’s an Ethernet jack on the rear of the Arc. The Arc retains a lot of features from the Beam, including built-in microphones for voice commands from either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Apple’s AirPlay 2 is also supported. In my experience, I’ve found that these features are mostly useful for music listening, and even then, I often ignore them completely. For non-TV audio, my instinct is still to use the Sonos app on my phone or use a different device if I want to interact with a voice assistant. AGREE TO CONTINUE: Sonos Arc. Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate. To use the Sonos Arc, you must agree to the company’s privacy policy. The company also collects what it refers to as “additional usage data,” and this covers a lot, including: The temperature of your product Wi-Fi information like signal strength How often you use music services connected to your Sonos system Information about how often you use the Sonos app versus other control mechanisms Flow of interactions within the Sonos app How often you use the physical controls on the unit Duration of Sonos product use Duration of music service use Product or room grouping information Command information (such as play, pause, change volume, or skip tracks) Sonos playlist or Sonos favorites information You can opt out of additional usage collection, but Sonos warns that doing so will disable functionality like personalization services (e.g. Recently Played), Sonos Radio, voice control, and more. Final tally: one mandatory agreement and one optional. Using voice commands with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant will subject you to the privacy policies and terms of service of those companies. Speaking of the Sonos app, the Arc, along with the new Sonos Five and refreshed Sub, are the first products designed for the new “S2” update that Sonos is rolling out for its speakers this month. There’s a brand-new Sonos app to go along with it, though it looks and works a lot like the old one. Sonos says this S2 platform opens new possibilities for high-resolution sound and other upcoming features. You can only use the Arc with the new Sonos app, not the previous version that will remain available for older Sonos devices. If you’re confused, the company has a big FAQ on the update here. The key takeaway is that unless you’ve got very old Sonos products in your system, your current speakers will get the S2 upgrade. The Sonos Arc is a success from a performance standpoint, but the experience you get will depend heavily on what TV you have. It’s an unfortunate reality of home theater that you’ll have to spend time mucking with your TV’s settings for this $800 soundbar to receive the right audio signal and sound its best. But if you’ve got a TV that supports Atmos over HDMI ARC — and if that TV is in a conventionally shaped room — the Arc delivers immersive sound that will help enhance your favorite movies and TV shows far beyond the lower-priced Beam. It’s the Atmos soundbar to beat if you’re invested in the Sonos ecosystem. And even for those who aren’t yet, the Arc is still easy to recommend as a starting point. Reviews 8 great TikTok accounts from 2021 to follow . Reviews The QuietOn 3 earbuds use ANC to help you sleep. Gaming Here’s where you can buy a Nintendo Switch. View all stories in Reviews Share this story. Twitter Facebook
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