Soundbars are by now a significant feature in all homes across the world. Wish to know how to make the most of this amazing device? Check these proven and simple tips and you will be amazed by the result.
Picking the Right Soundbar for Your Space
If you haven’t purchased a soundbar yet, make sure to pick one that suits the needs and peculiarities of your living room – especially its size.
As all sound systems, soundbars have various sizes, in order to cater to the needs of rooms of different sizes. Large soundbars are perfect for larger living rooms and are designed to create a home theatre experience. Small ones would certainly underperform in such large spaces.
From an aesthetic point of view, it seems right to pick a soundbar whose length is similar to that of your TV set. True, it creates a nice, symmetric look for your living room, but this should not be the primary factor when you select a soundbar. The key factor should be the dimensions of your living room.
Deactivate the TV’s Built-In Speakers
All TV sets come with built-in speakers, and most of them perform below average. That is actually why most people opt to buy a soundbar. Hence, if you have both the built-in speakers and the soundbar working at the same time, the result will not be the best. The soundbar’s potential will not be achieved.
Just think how awful it would be to hear the same thing from two speakers of different specifications. The audio will be so badly mixed that it will distract rather than entertain you because when two different speakers run simultaneously at different frequencies or volumes they deliver a rather poor result.
Most TV sets enable the user to navigate through the settings and deactivate the built-in speakers. If that is not possible with your TV set, just push the mute button or minimise the volume.
Not all cables offer the same quality audio-wise. Should you wish for the crispest sound result, opt for top-notch cables for the connection of your soundbar.
Better steer clear from AUX and RCA cables; they are considered obsolete, despite the fact that several TV sets still use them. Prefer cables relaying higher quality digital signals, such as HDMIs and HDMI ARC cables.
Even among these cables, there are differences. Most audio experts prefer HDMI cables for home soundbars because they transmit audio and visual signals simultaneously. This option is ideal for people that wish to use various source media, like a Blu-ray player or game console.
In contrast, optical cables relay just audio signals, thus forcing you to use extra cabling if you want to connect video source devices too. True, the sound of optical cables is a bit better compared to that of an HDMI cable. But, unfortunately, they are not universally accepted.
Optimise the Equalizer Settings
Equalizer settings usually include treble and bass levels, which both improve the overall sound, depending on your preferences and the requirements of your media. Configure the equalizer settings to ensure that the soundbar delivers the best possible sound.
Several soundbars allow the user to adapt the settings of the equalizer, while specially designed mobile apps enable you to determine the best levels for your living room through your smartphone.
Another way to do it, of course, using your ear and determining which settings are best. The manual can always serve as a nice guide too, and it will help you adjust the settings faster, without fuss.
Opt for a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X Supporting Soundbar
Naturally, audio technology evolves incessantly. Most modern-day soundbars support Dolby Digital sound, but Dolby Atmos or DTS:X is the future and will soon dominate the market.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X map the sound in a 3D space; e. g. Dolby Atmos sends a sound signal off the ceiling and gets it back down towards the user, thus boosting the audio experience and making it much more realistic. DTS:X does, more or less, the same thing. The audio result is simply amazing and the experience truly immersive.
Of course, many soundbars available today do not support the Dolby Atmos or the DTS:X technology. Still, if you plan to allocate a considerable sum for this purpose, better opt for a technology that will serve you excellently for many years to come.
Get Rid of the Receiver, If you Can
If you have enough money to buy an active soundbar, then you can get rid of the receiver. Let us see why.
Receivers and quality soundbars do not get along very well, especially during the setup. Should you wish for a straightforward setup and improved sound, just connect the TV set to an active soundbar and do not even look for a receiver.
Active soundbars come with a built-in amplifier, which means that you do not need an external one or a receiver for that matter. In a way, they consist of an all-in-one speaker that improves the audio with the least possible effort.
So, if do not wish to install a full conventional surround sound system, just connect an active soundbar and you will have the audio quality sound with just a single, neat device. Without a receiver, the signals are relayed instantly between the source and the soundbar. This way you minimise possible lags, sync problems, and several other audio issues common in TV sets.
Passive soundbars, on the other hand, do not come with amplifiers. As a result, they require the purchase of an additional amplifier or receiver to boost the power of the sound via the speakers. Note, though, that this option could affect the final sound quality and generate lags.
Soundbars have revolutionised the TV market with their exceptional features and amazing sound quality. Try these tips and you can rest assured that you will get the most out of your soundbar.