How to Set Up a Surround Sound System
Setting up your own surround sound system can be incredibly rewarding, and provide an excellent audio experience.
This guide will give you the tools and knowledge you need to create the setup at home you've always wanted, bringing your audio listening experience to the next level.
1 Surround Sound vs. Home Theater
There is a lot of overlap between Surround Sound and Home Theater. For the purposes of this guide, we will make a distinction between the two when it comes to video.
A surround sound system is focused on audio. Allowing you to listen to a record player, cassette deck, MP3 player, CD player, or any other audio source. The receiver tends not to have much, if anything in the way of HDMI or video ports.
Some surround sound systems can accept audio from your TV, but it's not as closely integrated as it is with a home theater system.
A home theater system is the integration of sound and video. It allows you to watch your favorite movies and music. The receiver has HDMI and video ports to route and connect all of your components easily.
One of the easier distinctions between the two can be made by simply looking at the connections on the receiver itself. Home theater receivers typically will have many HDMI and video inputs. Surround sound receivers typically will not in favor of focusing on audio only.
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