Surround sound is one of the best inventions ever created for the movie theater. You can hear conversations from the correct sides, explosions on all sides of you, and offscreen sounds that actually sound offscreen. It got even better when this invention moved into the home theater, allowing purchasers to get that same effect when watching movies or TV or listening to music. However, since surround sound speakers and setups are out of the price range of most consumers, not a lot of people have them in their family rooms. In this article, you'll find out about cheap surround sound , so that you can affordably get great sound into your house.
There are many cheap products out there that will call themselves "surround speaker systems", when really they aren't. I've seen everything from little USB sticks that plug into your computer, to setups that supposedly only require 2.1 speakers (instead of 5.1), and products supposed to "emulate" the surround effect. There are surround headphones that can have great sound quality, and good durability, but aren't substitutes for true surround. (They do work well for playing video games or listening to your iPod on the go).
So how do you avoid the cheap, scammy products, and stick to the real thing? First off, make sure that whatever type of package or system you're buying actually has multiple speakers. No matter what claims a product may make, it's not surround if there's only two or three speakers. The most typical configuration is 5.1, meaning there are front right, front left, center, back right, and back left speakers, along with a subwoofer for bass sound (which makes up the.1). There are also 7.1 configurations, but those aren't as cheap and are harder to setup and accommodate.
Then, you need to make sure that you order your cheap surround sound from a reliable, established, and well-known brand. It may seem impossible that these big names make cheap solutions, but believe it or not, they do exist. Just do a simple Amazon search and read the surround sound reviews! If you're having trouble finding speakers that match your specifications or decor, then buy them slightly used from eBay or Craigslist. There's many ways that you can get cheap surround sound, you just have to know what you want and shop around.