How Surround Speakers Can Create a More Immersive Audio Experience in Home Theater Setup

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Surround sound speakers are a surefire way to elevate your home theater experience. These advanced add-ons boost the audio quality of the cinematic display to stimulate the senses of your audience. You’ll find visuals coming to life right before your very eyes as the speakers keenly reproduce the subtlest sounds - from symphonic instruments to waterfalls and whispers. 


The Affluence Infinity team sums up the main factors for creating the ultimate immersive home entertainment system. 


What Are Surround Speakers?

Surround speakers refer to components that provide an immersive and three-dimensional experience. These specialised speaker installations achieve the effect through strategic layouts with quality acoustics that permeate the home theater area. .


TThe concept of surround sound speakers originated in the 1930s when audio experts aimed to produce an immersive experience that brought audiences to the center of the listening experience.

Some of the earliest instances of surround sound technology involved a combination of multiple speakers and microphones that brought audiences to the center of the listening experience. The immersive technology has since evolved to include sophisticated multi-channel speakers that produce 360-degree acoustics. .


A well-fitted surround speaker setup matches audio systems with the visual quality of your display screens to boost overall viewing pleasure. Surround speaker arrangements have the functioning capacity to create a broad sound field that outperforms traditional soundbar add-ons.

Top Factors For Surround Speaker Theater Setups

The performance of surround speaker setups depends on primary factors, such as available space and budget. However, it is also necessary to choose the speaker model and technical calibrations needed to produce the desired sound quality. .


Speaker Format

Most homeowners go with the 5.1 surround configuration for their home theater needs. These setups comprise six channels with two speakers positioned at the front of the media room alongside the subwoofer (front-channel components) and supported by a pair of rear speakers. Popular audio compression technology like the Dolby Digital and Dolby DTS function with the 5:1 format. .


Some homeowners may opt for more immersive acoustics with a 7.1 layout with additional rear speakers. Homeowners seeking a premium speaker layout may consider Dolby Atmos setups that consider height channels. Dolby Atmos systems usually include in-ceiling speakers for producing an immersive overhead sound effect.

The revolutionary technology adds clarity to the slightest sounds with a 3D audio projection that bypasses horizontal and vertical limitations.

Speaker Distance

Surround speakers serve differing purposes according to their placement. It is important to ensure that each sound speaker aligns with a specific position for the greatest audiovisual impact. For instance, you should position the center channel speaker of your setup under or above your screen display directly facing the listening area.


Side channel speakers should sit at a 30-degree angle equidistant from your seating area. Similarly, rear surround sound speakers should stay at a 110-degree angle from the listener area.

Surround System Configuration

Distance configuration is essential in making the most of your surround speaker setup. You should ensure that the loudspeakers match the acoustic range of your media room. Your audio systems configuration should include the following considerations:

- Level adjustments - The standard height of each speaker within a surround speaker configuration to ensure that they align with an audience’s listening/ear level.

- Delay - The quality that determines the realism and coherence of your audio projections. Calibrating the delay settings helps you optimise a synchronised audio effect. As a rule of thumb, you may consider adjusting a short rear delay (at around 5-15 ms) for speakers near your listening position while going for longer rear delays of 15-35 ms for placements further than six meters.

Wireless Speaker Options

Advanced surround sound technology offers wireless models that lend your media room a sleek and modern aesthetic.


Eliminating wires from your surround sound configurations also prevents tripping accidents and the fuss of untangling lengths of cables when upgrading or integrating your audio system. Loudspeaker models from leading audio brands like Bowers & Wilkins include state-of-the-art features that refine audio transparency and accuracy.

Bass Setup

Your bass, projected by your subwoofer, plays an integral role in shaping the overall sound quality of your surround speaker setup. One effective way to enhance the bass of your configurations involves active equalisation, where you can use electronic circuits or digital signal processing (DSP) to manually toggle the bass quality.


The placement of your subwoofer also has a significant effect on your bass. For optimal effect, consider positioning the subwoofer 20-30 cm away from a wall. Alternatively, you could position your subwoofer speaker in a corner of your media room for a more powerful bass effect.

Room Design

Reflective surfaces in your media room could compromise the most powerful surround sound speaker formats. If necessary, consider adding acoustic treatments like panels that absorb excess sounds.


Carpets and thick curtains also serve as effective installations for negating highly reflective materials like hardwood. These can help optimize your surround sound by reducing echoes and reverberation.

AV Receiver Considerations

An advanced AV receiver enables you to build a surround speaker system from scratch. The receiver functions by collecting audio and visual signals from various sources and making the necessary amplifications for an immersive effect. When using an AV receiver, it is important to review its decoder standards for compatibility.


AV receivers certified for widely deployed compression technologies like Dolby Digital usually include multiple inputs and amps that support multiple channels. As such, you can conveniently use these devices to upgrade and expand your surround sound system.

Experience The Magic of a Surround Sound Theater

Setting up a surround sound configuration is a challenging but satisfying investment that takes your home entertainment system to a whole other level.


Through surround sound, you’re no longer watching content from a humble monitor as a faraway observer. Instead, a well-placed surround sound setup offers audiences an amazing personal experience that rivals the captivating presentations of an actual cinema.

Reach out to Affluence Infinity to learn how you can create the most phenomenal surround sound setup based on your home theater needs.  

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