4 ways to get great TV sound
Options for every room, lifestyle, and budget
In a nutshell: High-definition TVs offer a stunning picture and a vivid sense of realism. But the flat sound that comes from the tiny speakers inside? Not so much. Here are four TV speaker upgrades that will give you clearer dialogue, better volume, and lifelike special effects.
- Sound bar
- Stereo system connected to your TV
- Prepackaged surround sound system
- A full-blown component home theater sound system
1. Sound bars deliver big sound from a small footprint
Love great sound, but have limited room for external speakers or other equipment? Consider a sound bar.
These sleek speakers need minimal space and wiring. And many can be wall-mounted below your TV for a neat, clean install.
The beauty of sound bars is their simplicity. Most feature built-in amplification, so you don't need an external amp. And many use just a single digital cable to connect to your TV.
Some sound bars can even be expanded to 5.1-channel surround sound with optional wireless rear speakers.
Check out our sound bars buying guide to find the right one for your system.
Most sound bars can be wall-mounted below your TV for a neat, clean install.
2. Stereo speaker systems are great for both TV and music
Adding a stereo speaker system to your TV is a great way to get engaging sound. They need relatively little wiring, and offer easy speaker placement options.
Round out your system with an optional powered subwoofer to beef up the bass. That's what we call a "2.1" system.
A stereo or 3.1 system is an excellent choice when surround speakers aren't an option.
3. Powered home theater systems come with everything you need
Powered home theater systems are complete solutions that deliver enveloping surround sound without a lot of bulk.
These pre-matched systems include everything you need, including amplification and wiring. Many systems even include wireless surround speakers for stealthy rear effects.
Want to play your movie collection? Choose a system that includes a disc player for DVDs and Blu-rays.
Love listening to music? Look for a system that offers built-in Bluetooth for streaming from your smartphone or tablet.
Powered home theater systems give you everything you need for immersive surround sound.
4. Component surround sound systems offer the best performance possible
Want the full-blown home theater experience? Nothing fills a big room with sound like a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system driven by a robust home theater receiver.
These traditional surround sound systems are comprised of five or more speakers. Mix and match bookshelf, floor-standing, and even in-wall or in-ceiling speakers for a custom system tailored to your space.
Need some help putting together your system? Start with our guide on how to choose home theater speakers.
For a deeper dive into surround sound, read about the components you need for home theater.
Component home theater systems let you customize a system that's perfect for your room.
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