Typical 11 channel surround sound speaker placement
Please note, on wall, bookshelf and floor standing speakers are depicted, these can easily be changed to in-ceiling and in-wall speakers disappear into your room surroundings. Many in-wall and in-ceiling speaker designes are made to be painted so the speakers vanish into the room decor.
What is Surround Sound?
To put it simply, it is a system of stereophonic sound involving three or more speakers surrounding the listener so as to create a more realistic effect enabling the listener to sense the direction from which each an every sound is coming from.
There are many different configurations of surround sound. 3 Channel all the way to 11 channel. What does 7.1 channel mean? The 7 represents the number of speakers and the .1 represents the number of subwoofers. So a 9.2 system would be 9 speakers and 2 subwoofers and a 3.1 system would represent 3 speakers and 1 subwoofer.
Speakers 1 through 3 always are your center, left and right channel speakers. (3 channel)
Speakers 4 and 5 are surround sound speakers. (5 channel)
Speakers 6 and 7 add rear surround sound speakers. (7 channel)
Speakers 8 and 9 add front left and right presence speakers. (9 channel)
Speakers 10 and 11 add rear left and right presences speaker. (11 channel)
As you can see with the addition of each speaker pair we create a sound that fully envelopse the listener, creating a 360 degree bubble of sound that makes for a more realistic listening experience.
Our surround sound technology has expaned to include wireless subwoofers, wireless speakers and complete wireless surround sound systems. What you need to know is that wireless is not completly true, they still need power, so locating your speakers are dependant on power outlet locations. An advanced feature of these wireless speakers is that they communicate over your home wireless network, which allows you to play music from any smart device you have to one or all your wireless speakers. The control app lets you see all network connected speakers, turn on or off music to that speaker and independantly control the speaker volume from anywhere in your home.
Dolby Atmos: The future
Dolby Atmos is the newest thing in surround sound, far exceeding the capabilities of surround as we’ve come to know it. Unlike Dolby Digital, Atmos can process 128 channels of sound (compared to, say, 8 channels for Dolby Digital 7.1) that can be routed to up to 64 speakers. That alone is impressive, but the real magic comes in the fact that a filmmaker can isolate individual speakers to produce a specific sound. In the past, if there was an explosion on the right of the screen, half of the theater would have the same sound. Now, each individual speaker can present its own sound, anywhere in the theater, even on the ceiling. This allows for a more realistic and immersive movie-going experience. The technology premiered in 2012 with Pixar’s Brave and is set to be available for home use in early 2015.
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