Speaker Kits

Written by Serena Berger
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Many audio enthusiasts insist upon carefully selecting each individual speaker that will be used in their home theater system. They weigh the pros and cons of any speaker in relation to the other speakers that they would be using, and test them in combination with multiple receivers and CD and DVD players, as well. Not everyone has the knowledge, time, or patience available to do such meticulous research, and many people would ultimately prefer a simpler solution.

Prepackaged Speaker Kits

As a result, many companies offer speaker kits that consist of a prepackaged bundle of speakers. Some are just a set of speakers, so you still have to get a receiver, media player, and cables. Some of them include all of these extras, truly giving you everything that you need to set up your home theater. The prices of these kits range from budget-sensitive to the outrageously expensive, depending on the brand name, the size of the speakers, and the quality of the components included.

The most common home theater kits are for 5.1 channel surround sound. They consist of two front speakers, a center channel, two rear speakers (sometimes referred to as satellites because of their size) and a subwoofer. The subwoofer is the .1--but that hardly seems fair, since it such a hefty speaker with the task of boosting the bass frequencies. The center channel picks up dialogue or vocal lines in music, and you are supposed to set it right above your television, if possible. The subwoofer (or sub) can usually go anywhere in the room, including under the desk or chair.

If you buy a speaker kit, make sure that you can upgrade each component individually. If you were to damage your receiver or if you wanted to upgrade your speakers, you wouldn't want to be forced to buy additional components simply because your old equipment narrowed your options. When looking at the receiver, the safest bet is to find one that has several inputs available for other devices. Also, make sure it accepts both banana plugs and speaker wire, as these are common ways to connect speakers. This will ensure that you can upgrade or replace individual components without needing to change anything else.


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