Incredible developments have taken place in LCD / LED technology that have led to the evolution of super-skinny TVs which provide amazing picture quality. But we expect better picture and sound clarity – shouldn’t the two go hand in hand? You may get high resolution picture with ultimate clarity from the television but what about sound? Can a thin television really deliver good sound quality? The thickness of flat TVs has decreased so much, that the sound quality they produce is not up to par, there just isn’t enough room for the speakers to fit into their small cabinets.
Here are the four different ways to improve the audio quality from your TV. The wide range of systems that are discussed below are designed to boost the TV’s sound quality without taking up much of your room space.
Connect TV to 2.1 Stereo Speaker System
The speakers onboard your TV are very small and do not provide sufficient sound quality. A great solution is to add a 2.1 stereo speaker setup to the TV in order to get a good sound output. The stereo speaker setup doesn’t require much wiring and provides you an easy way to place the speakers. Another benefit is that it provides a great way to get ultimate sound in small rooms. The 2.1 speaker system consists of two speakers and a subwoofer and doesn’t occupy much space.
What is the ideal setup for a 2.1 stereo speaker system?
- These systems are quite well suited for small rooms. They are compact in size and produce sound which can fill the entire room.
- If you want a solution which is easy to setup and doesn’t require much wiring.
Connect TV to 5.1 Surround Sound System
Another one is a 5.1 surround system which will definitely take your sound to the next level. These systems require more space as they consist of five speakers and a subwoofer. The three front speakers are required to be placed to the left, right and center of your TV. Two rear speakers which are placed behind and a subwoofer handles the bass. Opting for wireless speakers is a great alternative to keep the setup looking clean and uncluttered. Again, a subwoofer and receiver are required, as well as, connectivity to the surround speakers. Here a Blu-ray player is generally required but for better engaging sound you can make use of an amplifier and AV receiver. The amplifiers and AV receivers can surely provide you immersive sound.
What are the best options in which a 5.1 surround sound system can be used?
- In case the room size is large, a dedicated receiver with full sized speakers is required.
- This system setup is quite a flexible one to use. You have many options like adding a multi-room music system or go for PC networking.
Connect TV to Soundbar
A soundbar consists of a speaker design that can create a wider sound field from a single speaker cabinet. It can be placed on a shelf or table below the TV or it can be wall mounted depending on your preference. A soundbar is quite easy to setup and it doesn’t require any extra speakers or tangled wires. The self-powered soundbar is a complete audio system. You simply need to connect the audio outputs of the TV to the soundbar. It doesn’t need an external amplifier or receiver as it amplifies and reproduces the sound without the need for any additional connection. The HEOS HomeCinema for example, is a combo soundbar and wireless subwoofer which delivers high fidelity audio to provide full room sound.
Where should a soundbar be used?
- If you have limited space for speakers then the soundbar solution is the best option as you can either wall-mount it or keep it below your TV.
- If you need a setup that is quite simple. Just a few wires are used to hook up the system. No need to run wires across the room from one side to other.
Connect your TV to a Hi-Fi System
Connecting your TV to a Hi-Fi system is another way out to improve your TV sound. You need to first look at the back of the TV to see which cable is required. An optical digital out at the back of TV needs a digital optical cable and converter for phono cables to connect to the Hi-Fi system to get room filling sound.
Where is Hi-Fi system a good option to use?
- If you have an older TV then connect your TV from an audio out socket to Hi-Fi system with the phono cable.
- If you have a newer TV and there is no phono socket simply connect your TV using a Toslink cable.
- If you don’t have a phono socket or a Toslink cable then you can connect using Scart lead.
Now there is no need to worry if your flat screen TV doesn’t provide you good sound; simply try any of the above methods which suit your requirements and boost the sound quality of your TV. These options let you enjoy a cinematic experience in the comfort of your home.