These days, when you start talking to a salesperson about getting a new home theater or stereo system, the general assumption is that you’re going to be looking for a five- or seven-channel system, plus a subwoofer. However, there are some circumstances in which more is not always better. In fact, in many cases, two-channel home stereo equipment in Chicago can provide you with exactly the level of sound quality you’re looking for.
This isn’t to say that a five-channel system isn’t a great option for a home theater—if you’re primarily using your system to watch television and movies, then 5.1 or 7.1 systems are actually going to be the best option. But if you also intend to use your sound system just for listening to music and you care about the sound quality, then the alternative approach is to go with a two-channel system and a subwoofer, and you’ll still be amazed at just how well the two-channel system performs for television and movies, too.
Here’s a bit of information to keep in mind when making a decision about the type of home audio system you’ll use.
The placement of the speakers is one of the most important factors you’ll need to consider when choosing speakers for a home audio or theater system. When you’re dealing with a two-channel system, you’re not dealing with the center or surround speakers, so there’s less clutter for you to have to worry about. If you do not intend to mount the speakers on the wall, you have some flexibility with how you’ll position your speakers.
There are several ways you can approach how you’ll run the electronics in a two-channel setup. The simplest (and the best-sounding for music purposes) is to use an integrated amp, or an amplifier with a separate pre-amp. However, keep in mind that most integrated amplifiers and pre-amps will only have right and left analog inputs, which means you might have trouble with some digital-to-analog conversion. If you are planning to use this system primarily for music instead of TV and movies, this is going to be okay, but if you’re hoping to use the system for a wider variety of entertainment purposes, this might not be ideal.
A more common approach is to use a surround pre-amp processor and a two-channel amplifier, or a surround receiver. The pre-amp processor is the most crucial part of a standard surround sound system, as it manages all digital information and controls your channel levels and delay time (among other elements) before the digital signal turns into an analog signal.
If you’re not as interested in the technical elements of developing a home audio system in Chicago and simply want a solution that will work for your goals and sound good in your home, you can work with a team of sound equipment specialists who will be more than happy to customize a home audio solution for you.
Contact Quintessence Audio LTD today with any questions you have.