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April 2011 Issue #044 -- Home Theater Speakers

Issue # 044: What's New

Date: 12th April 2011


The Practical HT Guide Update brings you the latest additions in a series of informative home theater design articles, unbiased system reviews, practical guidelines and free advice.

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Welcome to Issue 44 of the Practical HT Guide Update

In this issue:

Selecting Home Theater Speakers for multi-channel audio

Polk Audio CS10 center-channel speaker

Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker

An inexpensive 125W center-channel speaker

Every serious home theater enthusiast is after the best sound. There is a very simple reason for this: Sound is as important as your picture if you are after a truly immersive home theater experience.

But to enjoy the best home theater sound, you need to get hold of the best speakers for your system.

Having the best speakers does not necessarily imply the most expensive speakers on the market. It is true that good quality home theater speakers do not come cheap. But by the best speakers, we mean selecting the most suitable home theater speakers for your room environment and available budget.

It is true that the selection of process of selecting quality speakers for your home theater can be extremely demanding. However, having a good understanding of what are the requirements associated with the speakers for the different audio channels as well as the different types of speakers available will help make the whole process easier to handle.

It is here that our latest guide to home theater speakers comes in. It explains the requirements associated with the different speakers one comes across in multi-channel audio. In the process, we explain the roles associated with the different channels to help you identify what to look for when selecting the different speakers - fronts, center channel speaker, and speakers for the surrounds.

In the process, we also explain the differences between different speaker types one may come across - from full size floor-standing towers to bookshelf, satellites, and dipole surround speakers.

For more information, please refer to our article:
Home Theater Speakers: A Complete Guide

Ceiling and In-Wall Speakers: More Speaker Options for your Home Theater

In-ceiling and in-wall speakers are becoming a most popular choice among home theater enthusiast looking for ways to reduce the speaker clutter with today's multi-channel home theater systems. Concealing speakers in wall and ceiling cavities through the use of specially designed speakers is

Whatever is your reason to remove your home theater speakers from view, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers represent the ideal choice if you want to hide away your sound source while still enjoying good quality home theater sound.

While up to a few years ago, sound quality with these type of speaker installations was an issue for those looking for quality sound, this is no longer the case. Rather, today's in-wall and in-ceiling speakers sound performance has improved to the point that it provides a good match to that of free-standing speakers.

In other words, today's in-ceiling and in-wall speakers sound good enough even for the most demanding home theater enthusiast but...

Atlantic Technology IWTS-30LCR-S In-Wall THX Ultra2 LCR Speaker

Atlantic Technology IWTS-30LCR-S In-Wall THX Ultra2 LCR Speaker


While there is no doubt that the use of ceiling and in-wall speakers is turning out to be a trendy option in the home theater, yet there are a few issues worth knowing about before proceeding with such a speaker installation. In particular, speaker placement is a tricky issue especially in the home theater where correct speaker placement is critical to the whole cinematic experience.

More information on the subject of ceiling and in-wall speakers is available in our in-wall speakers guide, in which we first explain the basics of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, and then discuss the things to consider when making a purchase for your home theater or multi-room audio.

For more information, please refer to our article:
Ceiling and In-Wall Speakers Guide

Subwoofers for a Fuller and more Lifelike Sound

Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Subwoofer

Polk Audio PSWi225

A 100W RMS powered subwoofer coupled with the added convince of wireless audio connectivity.

Bass is what makes sound feels 'fuller' and more lifelike, and gives special effects during a movie, that extra punch for a more realistic experience. No movie watching or music listening experience is complete without that deep sense of bass that shakes you up.

It is here that subwoofers come into play. It is the subwoofer that allows you to get a deep bass from your sound system, one no other home theater speaker - except for the full-size tower speaker - can really achieve.

Subwoofers play only low frequencies, typically up to about 100Hz. But unlike the rest of the speakers in your home theater setup, they do so in a way that makes you 'feel' rather than just hear the sound. This issue of feeling rather than hearing is what really differentiates the bass from the rest of the other sounds handled by the rest of your home theater speakers.


Subwoofers are definitely becoming more crucial to the demanding home theater enthusiast looking for the best home entertainment experience. But the subject of

The subject of subwoofers is a rather complex topic; these can range from simple small 8-inch passive units to complex powered subwoofer designs with drivers reaching up to 18-inches. In addition, subwoofer designs vary from front-firing to down-firing subwoofers, with or without ports, while some even use passive radiators in an attempt to enhance their bass response. These variations in subwoofer design all come with their advantageous and disadvantages.

More information on the subject of subwoofers is available in our home theater subwoofer article. This article first discusses the issue of passive vs. powered subwoofers to see what are the pros and cons of each; it then discusses subwoofer design matters and issues to consider when making a subwoofer purchase.

For more information, please refer to our article:
The Home Theater Subwoofer Guide

Related Home Theater Speakers Articles

Additional home theater speaker guides appearing on our site include:

Speaker Basics: An introduction to speaker systems in multi-channel audio.

Understanding Speaker Specs: The best way to choose your speakers is by listening to their sound but speaker specs tell a lot about a speaker's ability to deliver a great sound experience. This article explains the most important terms you would come across when researching audio speakers.

Home Theater Speaker Systems - Buying Tips: Tips on how to shop for the best speakers for a successful surround sound implementation. Best does not necessarily mean exceptionally expensive; rather ones that will be able to deliver good quality sound that you like, for a unified soundfield within your home theater room.

Speaker Placement in Multi-Channel Audio: Correct home theater speaker placement plays a critical role towards achieving a seamless ‘enveloping’ sound so important in the overall home theater experience.

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