When you begin to design your home theater, the amount of decisions and possibilities and become overwhelming very quickly.

Do you have the space?

How will you sound-proof the room?

What will your sound system be like?

While these are all very important questions to answer during the design phase, let’s take one of them and tackle it here.

Ever wondered how to choose a sound system? What makes a good one? Could it be surround sound? Could it be wireless?

We answer all those questions and more here, with our reasons for choosing wireless home theater systems.

Surround Sound

You know how when you’re in a movie theater, and a car screeches by the camera, and you hear the sound move across the room?

That’s because of surround sound.

Surround sound systems are designed to simulate actually being in the scene of the movie. You can hear sounds from in front of you, from behind you to the left or right, or moving across the room from one side to the other.

So what do you need to install a surround sound system in your home theater?

  • Five full-range speakers
  • One low-range “woofer”

In order to get the maximum surround sound benefit from your speaker system, make sure you set up the speakers in this fashion:

Having an A / V receiver will enable your sound system to perform with surround sound capabilities.


Something to Keep in Mind

A bipole or dipole speaker is not capable of sending sounds to different speakers – so if you want surround sound, be sure not to purchase one of these speakers.

Types of Speakers

There are many types of home theater speaker sound systems.

Amazon, for instance, lists over 700 home speaker systems.

How do you even narrow it down?

We’ve split it up into 3 different categories:


Self-Standing / Floor-Standing Speakers

While the most unsightly of the three types of speakers, and the least expensive to install, the self-standing speaker also doesn’t require drywall repair after installation. Additionally, having tower speakers standing out in the open might not be a good idea if you have people constantly walking past them, potentially leading to disasters.


Wall-Mounted Speakers

This is a good option for getting your speakers off the floor, but wall-mounted speakers must be 20 inches away from the wall, which is difficult to achieve. However, mounting a speaker to the wall is not as expensive or intrusive as inserting a speaker into a cut-out in the wall.

In-Wall Speakers

This is the most expensive and work-intensive option, but also the most professional and sleek-looking surround sound option. Not only do you get quality surround sound, but you also get it without speakers taking up space in your home theater! With a bit of drywall work, you can mount this speaker to the wall, and leave it! One thing to keep in mind, however: having a speaker in the wall means that your wall will act as a sound-proofing agent. Read this article to ensure that your walls are geared for a sound system.


Another tip: always go wireless.

With wires, you have to tear out drywall and hide the wires inside the wall, which can be expensive–and unnecessary.

Thankfully, you can buy wireless speakers, which throw the sound to the correct speaker, and enable you to install a surround sound speaker system with minimal drywall touch-up.

Still have questions about designing a home theater? Don’t hesitate to call JF Cabling. We will happily answer all of your questions, as well as give you a free quote!

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