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How Does Surround Sound Work?

Part of a complete home theater system is the surround sound. With surround sound, you can experience a movie or television show as if you are on set and a part of the action. If you are curious how surround sound works—and how it can benefit your movie-watching experience—continue reading below.

Split Audio

One of the most important aspects of surround sound comes from splitting the audio for whatever television show or movie you are watching. With the right media, the audio can be split in several ways that are then placed around you. These splices of audio help to fully immerse you in the movie-watching experience. For example, a Western movie may split the audio so that horses’ hooves come out of one speaker while actor dialogue, musical score, and other audio come out of three other speakers.

Strategically-Placed Speakers

In addition to split audio, your surround sound and home theater system works best when you place speakers in a strategic manner around the room. Most speaker and surround sound design will have two large speakers next to the television and then three smaller speakers spaced evenly behind your seats. By placing these home theater speakers around your theater system and media room, you can experience all of the sounds at once and in a fully-immersed manner.

Correctly-Formatted Media

The only way that your surround sound system will work properly is if you use the right media. You can turn on your advanced home theater system every time you watch a movie, but if the movie is not formatted to surround sound you will not have the true experience. To utilize your surround sound in the correct manner, you must use the DVDs, Blu-rays, or digital copies that have been formatted for surround sound systems.

Learn more about wireless surround sound and other home theater systems near Chicago with the experts at TVTI. We can help you choose and set up a theater-quality sound system once you call us at (312) 265-3760.

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