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Enhanced Home Theater Audio With Tower Speakers and Subwoofers

For some people, sound quality is all-important, particularly when it comes to the home theater experience—they want to feel the bass vibrating in their body when listening to music and immerse themselves in the audio experience when watching movies on their TV screen. Big tower speakers and subwoofers can help you achieve this by offering a large surface area to project the sound. Companies, such as KLH, manufacture high-end tower speakers and subwoofers that you can place around your TV or amplifier for an incredible listening experience.

What Should You Consider When Buying Speakers?

One of the most important considerations before buying any speakers is determining exactly how you want to use them, as this narrows down the optimal choices. When you are a passive listener, a pair of bookshelf units will probably do the job, while active listeners wanting a more immersive experience may want to consider floor-standing tower units.

  • You also want to consider the space available in your room and where you are going to place your speakers. Decide whether you want freestanding units or some built into your furnishings, as well as speakers that complement your existing decor.
  • When you want to recreate high audio frequencies accurately and clearly, consider getting a tweeter. Tweeters are treble speakers that use a voice coil suspended in a fixed magnetic field to produce high frequencies up to 100kHz.
  • Make sure your existing amplifier is capable of driving your speakers effectively and safely by checking its impedance (measured in ohms), as well as how much power (watts) it produces.

What Should You Consider When Buying a Subwoofer?

Generally speaking, a larger woofer is going to give you a deeper and heavier sound, and the one that's right for you depends on the size of your room and the other speakers you own.

  • When using large KLH tower units, consider a 12-inch or larger sub to provide adequate boost to the low-end bass sounds.
  • Also, consider the size of your room, with large open-plan living spaces requiring a bigger sub than cozy home theaters. Measure out the space available to you in your living room before buying units that may potentially be too large or too small to fill the space.
  • You need to decide between a sealed or ported enclosure, with each creating a different bass feel. Sealed enclosures have a tight and accurate bass sound, while ported boxes feature a vent that reinforces the low bass frequencies for added punch.

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