Home cinema systems normally consists of 5 speakers plus a subwoofer to make what is commonly known as 5.1 surround sound. The means that there are 2 front speakers, a centre speaker, 2 rear ‘surround’ speakers and the .1 which is the subwoofer. It is a tried and trusted method of re-creating an encompassing audio experience.
A 2.1 surround sound system is obviously lacking 3 speakers, but does this really make a difference to your home cinema experience, and if so, why are they so popular?
The Disadvantages of a 2.1 Home Cinema System
The 3 missing speakers in a 2.1 set up (the centre speaker and the two rears) are at the very heart of the surround sound concept and do very important jobs. Therefore, at first it would appear that the overall experience will be substantially inferior, but sound engineers can do clever things these days and the effects might be better than you think:
The Advantages of 2.1 Surround Sound Systems
Despite their shortcomings, 2.1 systems have a few major benefits over the five speaker alternative, and where they really come into their own:
In this short guide we’ve seen that although there are a few disadvantages with two speaker systems, they really can bring you an improved audio experience and help you enjoy your television and films a little more. If you value style, and don’t want the hassle of having to connect extra speakers, or the inconvenience of trailing wires around the room, and you wasnt to get your system set up as quickly and easily as possible, then a 2.1 system is for you.
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