Home Theater 101: How Do I Position My Surround Sound Speakers?

Polk Theater SetEach speaker has a specific role to play in your surround sound system. Understanding what each speaker does will help you shop smarter.

Center Channel Speaker

The primary purpose of a center channel speaker is to produce movie sound the director positioned in the center channel. When watching a movie more than 50% of the soundtrack, including almost all dialogue, is delivered through the center channel speaker. Since a great deal of action comes from this speaker, a good center channel speaker is crucial for a well-balanced home theater system.

Keep in mind a center channel speaker is best placed just below the TV, so make sure your speaker is an appropriate size for the intended placement. Most experts … Read more...

Introduction to Surround Sound



Want to have that same surround sound experience you get at the movie theater in your own home? You can, and it’s really simple! Here is a basic “Do It Yourself” introduction to setting up a home theater system in your own home.

You will need a home theater receiver and at least six speakers; including a powered subwoofer. You can keep it simple by buying a pre-matched surround sound speaker system.

When purchasing your speaker system, keep the size of your room and TV size in mind.  If you have a big TV or a medium-to-large size room, choose larger speakers.  Where you position each speaker, depending upon the layout and shape of your room, may affect Read more...