A Look at Sound Bars

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Lately sound bars have become popular when setting up home theater systems. In fact, this product hasn’t been around for long time. Just in the last eight years or so have sound bars been available. Let me explain the purpose and function of this product. Also, I am going to look at some applications.

Surround sound is the big selling point for home theater systems. Almost all movies which are being released for home audiences have a surround sound track. That means that by taking advantage of appropriate equipment, you will be able to re-create the surround effect at home. This effect contributes a great deal to feeling like you are watching a movie at the cinema. However, you no longer have to purchase expensive tickets. Also, home theaters are convenient because you don’t have to drive to get to the nearest movie theater. One of the issues with home theater systems, however, has been the installation.

Not many people are able to afford hiring an installer for running lots of speaker wires. However, speaker wires are what you need if you want to connect a multitude of loudspeakers. As an alternative to setting up multiple speakers in different locations of your room, manufacturers have designed a sound bar. This device is essentially a box which contains multiple loudspeakers. The speakers are assembled at an angle. The idea behind the sound bar is to radiate sound by introducing certain face shifts of sound which are reproduced by the different speakers within the sound bar. The purpose of this is creating the surround effect without any additional speakers.

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Typically the sound bow would be located right underneath your television. It is not possible to locate the sound bar behind you or a long one side of the room. This type of product works differently well for different people. The problem is that the effect largely depends on the environment as well as the listener. The human ears pretty complicated and is not easily fooled. So depending on the arrangement of the loudspeakers and also on the algorithm which is used for processing the sound, some people will find the surround effect convincing while others will still assume the sound coming from the front of the room.

A similar algorithm is also available for headphones. The idea is essentially the same. However, headphones only have to speakers and thus creating surround sound is even more complicated. Obviously, the advantage of a sound bar is that it is much more compact than having multiple speakers and it is also much easier to install. I would recommend doing a listening test before purchasing a sound bar.