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Easy Tips for Upgrading Your Television’s Audio

by Pam Silvia

Your flatscreen HDTV delivers high-quality, lifelike images, so why shouldn't your audio offer a similarly high-quality sound experience? By their very nature, flatscreen TVs typically do not have enough space for high-quality speakers, being so thin. Most TV speakers are on the back or the bottom of the TV which doesn’t do much good, considering you’re sitting in front of the TV. Relying on your TV’s internal speakers for sound means missing out on improved audio that can easily be achieved by adding anything from a single external speaker to a full surround sound system.

There are several choices for upgrading your TV’s sound. The following describes some of the key characteristics of popular types of external speakers to easily add higher quality sound to your TV.

Soundbars are optimal speaker additions for rooms with limited space. These thin, sleek rectangular speakers are typically mounted below the TV on the wall or placed below the TV on a piece of furniture. Soundbars are an affordable option for an extra, improved layer of sound. Some soundbars have built-in subwoofers and amplifiers. They provide a straightforward and effective place to start when looking to improve your TV audio.

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Powered bookshelf speakers are similar to soundbars in that they are affordable and relatively unobtrusive. You can place the speakers anywhere you’d like in a room; many people opt for bookshelves, as the name suggests. Bookshelf speakers deliver better quality sound than a TV’s internal speaker or an external soundbar, primarily because of their higher power but also because you can direct them to where you want the sound to reach. Your TV’s internal speakers likely face outward toward the walls or down toward the floor, which is not ideal to reach the viewer. They also have larger drivers, which are the speaker part that makes the sound and allows for better clarity and volume. Bookshelf speakers can also be wireless or Bluetooth-enabled, meaning you won’t have to worry about unsightly wires or professional installation.

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Surround sound systems are the best choice for a peak TV listening experience. They are perfect for dedicated home theaters and family rooms, or for anywhere you want to experience the most immersive sound. They usually consist of five speakers or more, a powered subwoofer, a receiver with a multi-channel amplifier built in, and require wiring to connect everything together. With surround sound systems, you place speakers around the room like in a movie theater and each delivers a single channel of audio.

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Considering the importance of audio in the overall TV watching experience, it makes no sense to overlook the sound quality, especially when you have a high-quality, HDTV. If you’re looking to add more sound to your TV and need help navigating all the options, Toton’s TV provides helpful support to cater to your needs. Contact us at Toton’s TV to learn more about our products and services.