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5.1 Channel Home Theatre System

When it comes to channel home theatre systems, there are 5.1, 7.1, and 9.1 channel varieties. 5.1 channel home theatre systems are more ideal for small to medium sized rooms. The 5.1 refers to the number of available channels for audio, which include the front and centre channel, left and right front channels, and left and right rear channels. Optimizing the placement of surround sound home theatre system speakers, the channel variety can dramatically improve the performance of these systems.

Home Theatre System Formats

There are many formats available for 5.1 channel home theatre systems. For example, the Audyssey Dynamic Surround Sound Expansion (or Audyssey DSX) is ideal for vertical-height speakers, and the Auro 3D audio is a relatively new but complex format which has converted commercial cinema playback systems for home audiences. Dolby-produced formats are by far the most common and include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and Dolby TrueHD.

Types of Speaker Mounts

Some 5.1 Channel Home Theatre System speakers are mounted atop thin stands which allow for quick, easy placement and no need to mount. Other speakers are small and must be mounted on walls of the room for optimal placement. Still, others are designed to simply rest atop small end-tables or sofa tables.

Wireless vs Wired Options

Wireless 5.1 Channel Home Theatre Systems are increasing in popularity, and many no longer require running wires from the speakers to the mixer. Most operate using Bluetooth technology, though others may use proprietary connections. Wired options generally use speaker wire with two or four conductors, in one of four different gauges: 12, 14, 16, or 18. The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire. While some speakers have wire connectors and plugs, others use simple clips to attach to the stripped wire directly. When that is the case, users are encouraged to use banana clips for ease of installation.

Additional Options and Accessories

Some 5.1 channel home theatre systems come with additional options or features, such as audio wires, remote controls, iPod docks, stands or mounts, USB ports, HDMI ports, and more. Buyers can even find 5.1 channel home theatre systems with DVD players to play their favourite movies. Most home theatre system options increase and improve the ability for these systems to interface with non-television entertainment systems, such as computers or tablets.

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