F16Thud's Ski Chalet 2.1 channel system
A recent Wall’o'Fame submission of a customer’s beautiful 2.1 channel system got me thinking: how do you know if you’re better off with sat/sub combination or two floorstanding speakers?
Turns out the answer is pretty simple: it’s a matter of taste! A bookshelf-speaker-and-subwoofer combination can do an excellent job of reproducing both highs and lows. It’s a significant step up from the speakers built into your television, and it does a great job of providing high-quality sound in a small room, den, dorm, or an apartment where running wires for surround sound isn’t feasible. Log in
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Choosing the best front speakers for your room can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many variations of the traditional stereo speakers that you can’t be blamed for yearning for the early days of one-size fits all brown wooden speakers with bright orange woofers.
Don’t despair: help is at hand! Here’s a guide to today’s loudspeaker formats and how to choose the best ones for your room.
First, the big boys: floorstanding speakers. Also called tower speakers, these larger models don’t need stands and they don’t compromise on sound, either! The large array of drivers (woofers and tweeters) mean that the full spectrum of sound is reproduced, and the larger cabinet means larger volume and that translates into more sound at high levels. It’s a matter of physics. Log in
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M80 Floor Standing Speakers in High Gloss Rosewood
It’s always a perplexing audio question to newcomers and to experienced home theater and stereo enthusiasts alike: Which type and size of loudspeaker do you go for? The compact and easily placed “bookshelf” speaker (small enough to fit onto or be supported by a typical bookshelf) or the relatively large floor standing speaker, which no matter the size, is still going to occupy some floor space because, well, duh, it stands on the floor! And it’s inevitably going to make its presence known as a piece of furniture. Log in
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Q. If I get M60 or M80 floorstanding speakers for my left and right front channels in my home theater system, do I still need a subwoofer?
A. You can use the M60 or M80 without a subwoofer because both have smooth, extended bass output, but for movie soundtracks and home theater applications, the subwoofer produces lots of very low-frequency effects designated just for the sub, plus bass for the center and effects channels, especially when you have the Bass Management in your receiver set to “Small” for the center and surround speakers. If you set your main floor standing tower speakers to “Large”, the subwoofer will still handle deep bass dedicated to the LFE channel and the towers will cover bass that was mixed full frequency to the front left and right towers. Log in
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