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How to get the best quality of sound from your television? The age-old question that most of us ask ourselves at some point in life. Television has advanced drastically regarding display technology.
However, it has come at a cost. As TVs get slimmer, they don’t have the capacity to produce the sound that would have the viewer’s heart racing during an action-packed scene from their favorite movie.
Televisions have indeed adapted technology that makes viewing experience much more appealing to the eyes. However, to make the experience more pleasant for the ears as well, we look to an external sound system to aid in improving audio quality.
Which brings us to our crossroad and question from the title – which is better: soundbars or home theater speakers? We break the debate down for you to help you decide which of the two is more suitable for your needs.
Before getting into a debate, it is essential to understand the two types of audio output devices.
What Is a Soundbar?
A soundbar is a compact solution to your audio needs. It provides convenience, as it is a single soundbar that you can neatly place in front of your TV. The bar produces the audio from whatever is on display. You can find soundbars on their own or with an external subwoofer.
You will usually get a little more depth in the sound, regarding power and bass, with the help of subwoofers. Soundbars may be single bars with speakers but most now come with different audio options including surround sound.
What Are Home Theater Speakers?
Home theater speakers typically come in sets, which means they allow for a proper surround sound setup. You get multiple speakers that you can set up around the room which means you get sound from every angle. This enables listeners to catch every little beat.
However, this comes at a cost, because they take up a lot more room and are much more complicated to set up. Home theater speakers also give you the option of selecting what type of surround sound effect you want. The set of speakers depend on whether it is a 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and so on, surround channel. The higher the surround channel, the more speakers you have.
Would Either Solution Be An Upgrade From The Built-in Speakers On My TV?
In short, yes, either a soundbar or home theater speakers set up would be a huge upgrade from built-in or bookshelf speakers. Of course, how significant an upgrade regarding sound quality depends on the quality of the audio output device you get – which leads us back to our question.