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Better home audio, Tip #7: Don't settle for your TV's built-in speakers

Ralph Graves is one of Crutchfield's blog editors, and part of the company's social media team. He writes about home audio/video gear, specializing in Apple-related and wireless technologies. Ralph holds a master's degree in music composition, and his works have been released on various labels. He's served as product manager for an independent classical and world music label, produced several recordings, and worked extensively in public broadcasting. Since 1984 he's hosted a weekly classical music program on WTJU, and is also active as a blogger and podcaster.

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Sound represents a major part of cinematic story-telling. A movie soundtrack doesn't just contain the dialogue and obvious sound effects, such as explosions or thunderstorms. It also has many subtle and in some cases barely audible layers of sound that help establish a sense of place, enhance the drama unfolding, and draw you more fully into the story.

Many Blu-ray and DVD releases feature remastered soundtracks to help recreate the audio experience of the movie theater. If you're using your flat-panel TV for both video and audio, your viewing may be high-definition, but chances are your listening experience is anything but.

Tip #7: Don't settle for your TV's built-in speakers.
TV cabinets have gotten thinner and thinner, leaving less and less room for built-in speakers. The result? Flat, muddy sound that just doesn't do justice to today's high-def displays. You've got a lot of options for improving your TV's sound - from popular single-speaker sound bars to full surround sound systems, and everything in between. Many of these options are compact and simple to set up. See our article on four ways to improve your TV's sound for more info.

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This post is based on the article "15 Tips for Better Sound from your Home System" by the Crutchfield Writing Team.

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