Popular Questions and Helpful Ideas
How can a sound bar provide surround sound?

Some sound bars, like Polk's SurroundBar and ZVOX’s Z-Base 550, contain carefully aligned speaker drivers that can direct localized sound to specific parts of your home theater room. That's how they're able to deliver believable, pinpointed surround sound from a single speaker. Others use digital processing to produce virtual surround sound. You can shop for sound bar speaker solutions here. We recommend using a subwoofer — included with some models.

I’ve got an HDTV — what kinds of features should I look for in a receiver?

Today's home theater receivers all offer HDMI switching so you can connect multiple high-def sources. If you’d like a really simple, one-cable connection from your receiver to your HDTV, look for a model with HDMI conversion or upconversion. These receivers can take video signals from any source and send them to your TV via one HDMI cable. Receivers with HDMI upconversion can even scale those signals to a higher resolution, like 1080p. If you've got a 3D-ready TV, you should also look for a 3D-capable home theater receiver that can pass 3D video signals to your set. See our article on choosing a home theater receiver for more info.

Can I install in-wall or in-ceiling speakers myself?

Installing in-wall and in-ceiling speakers themselves isn’t particularly complicated. Usually — especially in an existing home or office — it's running the wires through the walls that requires more time and care. But once they're in and running, all the effort is worth it. You can read our in-wall speaker installation guide and our in-wall wiring guide to learn more.

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