Now that you have a TV set, the next thing to think about is premium sound. When it comes to home sound and audio, you have two options; a home theatre system or a soundbar. Which of these two options is the best for you? That’s what this article is all about. Find out what are the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
What is a Home Theatre?
Home theatres are sound systems that come with several standalone speakers. There are different types of home theatres, categorised depending on the number of speakers they have. On the market, you will find home theatres with two, five, seven or nine speakers, plus the centre speaker and receiver. As the name suggests, home theatres offer a theatre-style sound setup.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Theaters
Home theatres are the best when it comes to sound quality, especially surround sound. They are available as 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and even 9.1 channel. Another advantage of home theatres is the customisability. You can set the standalone speakers depending on the size of the room.
But just like the two sides of a coin, home theatres have disadvantages. First, there are lots of components that require careful setup. These components also mean lots of clutter unless you are buying a wireless home theatre, which is, of course, very expensive.
What is a Sound Bar?
Soundbars, on the other hand, may have multiple speakers, but it is a standalone unit by itself. All the speakers are enclosed inside one unit. Soundbars can sit on a shelf, the TV cabinet, or be mounted on the wall together with the television. Most soundbars don’t offer surround sound, not unless you are talking about the high-end models with 3D audio mode or surround sound.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Sound Bars
Soundbars have several advantages. First, they are easy to set up and don’t have lots of clutter. They are also compact and reasonably priced. Aesthetically, they are also more appealing to the eye than home theatres.
On the downside, soundbars don’t offer the same level of audio quality as home theatres.
There you have it, folks, a rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of home theatres and soundbars. As discussed above, home theatres guarantee the best sound quality and offer better customisability depending on the size of the room. But then, they are very expensive and hard to set up. On the other hand, soundbars have a better aesthetic appeal and are easy to set up. But then, they don’t guarantee the same sound quality as home theatres. All said and done the two options are worth the money; it all depends on what you want.