There's something so appealing about a big new television, isn't there? Thoughts of movie nights with the family gathered around, seeing the big game in thrilling HD that's so realistic you feel like you're right on the field . . . but often when you get everything set up and ready, the sound is disappointing.
What causes this phenomenon? Physics.
Before your eyes glaze over, don't worry: this isn't a grade eleven science recap! Rather, a simple explanation of why tv sound systems aren't able to keep up with the big-screen picture, and more importantly, what you can do about it.
You see, sound is influenced by the size of the drivers you use to reproduce it, and the size of the drivers used in big-screen displays - plasma or LCD - is limited by the size of the cavity that the audio engineers are given to work with. So it's only natural that whatever drivers are crammed into those tiny two-inch-wide spaces along the sides of televisions may not have the oomph to provide an exciting surround sound experience.
So, what can you do to improve the sound system for tv? Read Alan Lofft's article "7 Ways to Improve your TV Sound System Experience" and prepare for home theater nirvana!