Thursday, January 18, 2018

Selecting the Right Speakers

When it comes to your surround sound or home theater system, the quality of your speakers can really make or break the overall experience. Good quality speakers are one of, if not, the most important components when it comes to your home theater and surround sound system. You need to take action from the very beginning in order to make sure that you are not getting substandard speakers for your entertainment system whether your surround sound system is going to be used for your television viewing, home theater, music enjoyment, or to enhance your gaming experience on your personal computer the quality of the speakers will have a huge impact on how much you enjoy your system.


The problem is that most people do not even know where to begin when it comes to selecting and purchasing speakers. There are a few guidelines you can follow when making your decisions about speakers that will help you make better buying decisions in order to get higher quality speakers (budget allowing of course, though I recommend putting off the purchase until you can save up enough rather than purchasing inferior quality because it is within your price range).


There are many different types of speaker systems. Speakers that have received THX certification are generally your top of the line speakers. They will have very little distortion and a nice clear sound. If you can get your hands on a set of these and they fit within your budget constraints I highly recommend going with speakers that are THX certified. The sound, however should be the ultimate deciding factor when selecting speakers and quite frankly you will have to hear the sound for yourself in order to decide which sound you prefer.


Speakers, like anything are always a matter of preference. You can hear many different speakers and some people find that they all sound alike while others feel that the amount of distortion in some is simply unbearable and still others simply blame poor quality music on the sounds they hear in the speakers. The fact is that there are different determinations for quality and everyone has their own preferences and things that are important to them when listening to music and things that they feel can be sacrificed. I happen to be a bit of a sound snob so sacrifice isn’t a word I like to hear when it comes to sound quality.


There are some things you can do in order to insure that you are getting a good quality set of speakers for your surround sound system. First, you should listen and make sure that the high sounds do not seem distorted or as though they were being made inside a tin can. You should also check that the mid-range sounds are clear and resonant. You should also make sure that the speakers are not trying to do the job of the sub-woofer, it is there for a reason and has a job—other speakers in the set shouldn’t be trying to do it (if they are, it typically indicates problems with the sub-woofer). Blend is important in a set of speakers. You do not want one speaker overpowering the others. If the music sounds too shrill or the middle range notes are overpowering, this is probably not the system for your needs.


It is recommended that you try the sound systems you are considering with different types of music and mediums (particularly if you will be using your surround sound system for a home theater or gaming system in addition to music). I always recommend the first 10 minutes of the movie Top Gun to check out sound when it comes to home theaters. You should also bring a copy of your favorite CD (as that is what you will probably listen to most on your system) and perhaps a few other CDs that show a variety. Listen to how different sounds are made on the system and choose according to the best overall system in order to have the most adaptability within your surround sound speakers.

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Polk Omni SB1+ is…

The Polk Omni SB1+ is made up of two key devices, the sound-bar and the subwoofer. Both support a luxurious curves that give an elegance not always found in our modern black electronics. The sound-bar has a slim profile which allows the sleek design to blend in, rather than make a statement, exactly what you want as the biggest display in your house, the TV should be where your focus is drawn to.

If you’re after that clean wall-mounted look, the built-in keyhole slots for wall-mounting ensure you have that option, which is an important checkbox to tick given this requirement is a deal breaker for some.To call the sound bar a Surround bar as it includes 3x tweeters that are each an efficient 1.27 cm in diameter.

There’s another 3 speakers to tackle the mid range of the audio spectrum and these are a little larger at 3″ x 1″. In terms of size, it’s efficient and may allow for a more diverse range of applications than some larger bars. It measures 5.5 cm high x 109.2 cm wide and 9.2 cm deep.

The sub is 8 inches in diameter and projects the low-end audio to the floor to flood your room with the deep bass. As long as you have a powerpoint nearby, the sub can be placed anywhere in your room thanks to the wireless connection with the sound-bar. If you’d prefer, there is also a 3.5mm cabled option (cable not included), but I found the wireless works just fine.

To add the sub it couldn’t be easier, just turn on the power to the sound bar and then turn on the power to the sub. A green LED at the back of the sub will flash for a while, which indicates the magic is happening, then once connected, it’ll turn a solid green. From that point you’re just left adjusting the level of bass required using the mini remote.

Your needs here may vary based on your proximity to neighbors and the content you’re watching. For the 6pm news, its not so important, but for the latest action movie on Netflix, you’ll definitely want to turn up the bass.
It is substantial in size, but certainly not the largest we’ve seen at 36.62 cm high x 34.79 cm wide and 29.48 cm deep.

Probably the biggest selling point of this system is its ability to linearly adjust the voice levels coming from the source. While this may not sound like a big deal, but when you understand the possibilities afforded by that, it is. Increasingly we live in denser real estate and with that comes an association with your neighbors.

Too often good relationships with those next door, above or below are ruined (or at least strained) by the noise emitted while you enjoy a movie. What you can do with the Polk Omni SB1+ have the volume up but adjust the bass and voice accordingly. Its almost always the bass that travels far enough to annoy.

By being able to customize this you can find a happy medium that keeps the neighbors happy and you being able to hear the actors deliver their lines clearly. Listening Modes
The control offers two EQ modes, Movie and Music that tailors the bar’s sound to the task at hand.

While it makes a noticeable difference, I’d love to see the mobile app give access to a range of EQ settings to suit personal preference. Having these hard codes seems pretty awsom. Surround sound,
 The SB1 Sound-bar and sub deliver 3.1 audio, but its easy to expand that to a 5.1 home theater system with support for two Polk Omni S2s, S2Rs or S6s as discrete rear left and right channel wireless surround speakers. Read more at

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Wireless Surround Sound Speakers for a Less Cluttered Home

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Wireless Surround Sound Speakers for a Less Cluttered Home
Everyone hate those bundles and tangles of wires that modern technology seems to come with so if one can go from wired speakers to wireless  high quality surround sound speakers.He or she would certainly want to take advantage of such a great opportunity.  Having a surround sound set up that does not add to the clutter, the extra wires and cables and the tangle that seems to collect dust and get bigger over time is a big feature that would easily attract most consumers.  These systems are becoming increasingly popular and are available in a wide range of prices and with various optional features so that one can have a customizable sound experience and stay within his or her budget and, perhaps best of all, do away with those annoying wires forever.

C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited Premium 900MHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 4 Speaker System with Remote and Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-VELO-4KIT2)

Some of the Features Available in Wireless Surround Sound Systems
Systems are available that are suited to various sized homes or rooms and this should always be taken into account when determining which system is best for one’s home. There are also special wireless systems that can be installed on a patio, around a pool, on a boat or in a gazebo, these will all have a special note on the box that says they are designed for or are safe to use outdoors.  Some systems will offer more speakers, a better sub-woofer or other pluses while others will be rated as a higher quality piece of equipment for music or for television so one should consider what it is he or she uses the speakers for the most.  will also come in various strengths so if you like to really turn it up be sure to get speakers that Speakers can handle your love of loud music or sound effects.

Consider a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Enabled System
These systems work without wires and without the need for a transmitter on each media device provided your devices have these capabilities.  Most devices manufactured within the last several years should be ready for this type of technology with no problem.  Again, check the range the system is capable of receiving and transmitting music or other audio from.  A good system may have a 150 foot or more range.  Systems designed for use in a single room or a smaller home may only have a range of 30 feet or so.  This is perfect for an apartment or condo.  Also, be sure to check for an outdoor rating if you want music in the yard or on the patio.   These systems work quite well and there will be no more pesky wires to detangles, to dust, to come undone or to crack or dry with age.  No one will need to worry about younger children touching a wire or potential injury anymore.  Best of all, no one will have to figure out a way to cover up wires that crisscross a room and are a tripping hazard and an unsightly mess once a new wireless surround sound set up is in place.

C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited Premium 900MHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 4 Speaker System with Remote and Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-VELO-4KIT2)

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