Packaged systems take the guesswork out of purchasing the most important part of any surround-sound system. We’ll go through their component speakers and let you know what to look for.A Packaged system consists of the following components:
Front Speakers, Subwoofer, Center Speaker and Surround Speakers.
You can choose from miniature 4-inch-tall satellites or move up to big tower speakers. There’s a size and shape for every taste. While the best small speakers can sound very good, they produce less bass and have loudness limitations compared to bigger speakers. Full-size, 38-inch-tall or larger tower speakers frequently offer the best overall sound, though midsize 12- to 15-inch-tall bookshelf speakers may be the best compromise for sound-conscious buyers who can’t accept the visual intrusion of full-size speakers.
Subwoofers supply deeper bass than satellite speakers. Once again, cabinet and driver size play a large part in predicting bass quality and quantity. Lower-end HTIB models are called passive, meaning the receiver’s amplifier powers the subwoofer. Higher-quality subwoofers are powered, as they have their own onboard power amps.
The same logic applies to the vitally important center speaker, which is responsible for reproducing a large part of your DVD’s dialogue, effects, and music. The smallest 7-inch-wide models are the least visually intrusive but most sonically compromised.
A standard 5.1 system uses a pair of surround speakers, located to the sides of the main listening position. The newer Dolby EX/DTS ES 6.1 systems add either one or two surround speakers, centered behind the main listening position.