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How to Improve Your Home Theater Surround Sound System

Updated on August 19, 2015
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In my next life, I want to be an interior designer. I love decorating and home decor, taking on projects, and helping others do the same.

People are all ears, it seems, when it comes to learning about ways to improve the sound from their mobile phone, PC, or home theatre.

According to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a majority of consumers view music and other audio content as a vital part of their lives every day.  “The Evolution of Audio: Is Anyone Listening?” is what their study was called.  It found that about 67% of consumers think audio is an important component of their life, and about 48% said that they are always listening to some form of audio content.

Many of us who own entertainment centers, complete with flat-screen TVs, probably share that love of sound.

Experts say that cinematic surround sound brings out the realism and emotion of a show or movie, thereby helping homeowners get more out of their viewing experience.

The good news is that it can be easy to create a home entertainment system with amazing sound quality.  Here are some tips to help you update or optimize your home theatre, otherwise known, to some, as your living room.

Now this is an ultimate home theatre!
Now this is an ultimate home theatre!

Getting Started

You’ll need speakers, a subwoofer, an amplifier and a receiver to enable HD surround sound from a home theatre system.  To produce that cinematic experience, these devices are designed to work with the latest in audio technology. 


Since most movie soundtracks are designed to sound best at seated ear-height, ideally, your front speakers should be positioned at ear level. 

Better Bass

There is no specific rule for placing a subwoofer, other than keeping it on the floor.  The amount of bass you hear will vary depending on the room or location; you should try a few different locations to determinewhat works best for you.

how to set up optimal seating for a home theatre
how to set up optimal seating for a home theatre

Best Seats In The House

Center your seats between the surround sound speakers if at all possible.  You’ll hear more bass the closer to the corners of a room that you place a speaker.

The Shape of Things

The shape of your room and its furniture will affect sound quality.  If you have a lot of metal of glass surfaces, they can cause reflections that make the sound harsher.  Adding area rugs or carpeting, wall hangings or curtains will help you obtain a better sound – and a nicer, more cozy décor – two for one!

All In One

A home theatre in a box is a great alternative to buying all separate components.  These sets simplify the buying process as well as the operating experience.  These systems usually contain a receiver and full set of home theatre speakers and they sometimes include another device such as a DVD player.

So there you have it.  Now you can go out – or stay in and order online – and get your new home theatre system and snuggle up in your cozy living room with some popcorn and enjoy the evening in your great sounding home theatre. 

One of Many Home Theater Surround Sound Systems:


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    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 7 years ago

      You have written this hub on a very good topic. Well done.

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you - it's something I've recently had to become knowledgeable about, so I thought I'd share my newfound info in a simplified manner!

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Thanks, Lily Rose, for that interesting Hub. We don't have surround sound. My hearing isn't too good on the right side so I doubt I could stand that bang, bang stuff - you know the kind you get in a car or at Best Buy's sound room. You did a good job explaining it. Don White

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      Carol 8 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting and helpful as we just bought a new flat screen! Thanks for the information!