Updated on November 27, 2018
Why Surround Sound Home Theatres Are Better Than Soundbars
A home entertainment system isn’t complete without a quality audio system with theatre-grade surround sound. Despite the popularity of common sound bars due to its convenience and smaller size, there is no replacement for a true surround-sound experience. You can experience a movie or video game at its best through the use of 360 degrees audio.
When comparing the sound quality of soundbars and home theatre surround-sound, here’s what you need to know.
Pinpoint Soundstage Accuracy Across The Front Stage
The screen takes most of your field of vision, and the audio should accompany that fact. The sound should feel like it’s originating from the same spots as the visual is showing, not just right in front of you. High-quality surround-sound systems come with multiple speakers that will let out sounds based on its recorded position. This allows you to experience the media as they are designed to be experienced, right in the comfort of your own home. It’s something that soundbars can’t do, at least not as effectively.
Also, placing surround speakers behind you is more effective than any soundbar you will find out there. With new audio formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, you get the overhead “height effects” to the sound field. the potential for a fully immersive experience is greater than ever.
The “What did he say?” moment will happen to you significantly less when you have a home theatre surround-sound system. It disrupts the immersion of the movie when we have to constantly be paying attention to just pick out the dialogue. Up to 70% of audio content runs through the center channel for most audio systems. Having a powerful speaker at the front stage between the front left and right main speakers makes a significant difference when it comes to how well you can understand what is being said.
Accurate Frequency Response
When you have a 5.1, 7.2, 11.4.4 or any home theater system with multiple speakers that work together well, the capacity to create accurate sound becomes that much more pronounced. If you were to close your eyes and listen to a stone dropped on a rock to your left, and a coin dropped on a glass surface to the right, you will be able to tell the difference. A high-definition audio quality enhances the viewing experience exponentially.
Deep And Powerful Bass
Any subwoofer can play bass, but a real subwoofer delivers deep a low frequency with stunning power. A great subwoofer also maintains pinpoint accuracy and speed in transients at all drive levels. If you are watching a live performance, you can hear every slide, every “thud”, every pluck and vibration at its best clarity. These are the qualities of SVS subwoofers that normal subs won’t be able to compete.
Sweet Spot Adjustments
Without a doubt, a set of speakers placed all around the room is much more proficient at delivering a “sweet spot” sound than a soundbar mounted on the wall. There is only one source for the audio to come out of in a soundbar, so there’s no adjustment you can make to make it easier for you. In a home theater system, you can customize the setup to make it sound better for you. Maybe you can hear a little bit better with your left ear than your right, so you want to increase the volume on the right side slightly while dropping the one on the left just a little bit. You can do all of that without having to get up and move the entire set around.
Theater-Style Presentation And Impact
There’s no comparing a theater viewing experience to a regular TV, until now. Both the visual and audio quality is heightened immensely when it comes to a home theater system. You won’t feel like you are sacrificing the viewing experience of your movie by watching it at home. Plus, with the development of HD streaming, Blue-rays, and other Hi-res media, you will want to take advantage of the experience the platforms give you and view it at its most effective.
You always wanna keep in mind that creating an effective home theater setup can take time. You should be ready to tweak volume levels, speaker angles, and positions. However, a few solid pinpointers can be found in our guide on mistakes not to make when building a home theatre.
The audio quality is just one of the reasons why you should get a home theater, but it is definitely one that makes a difference.