Soundbars are relatively new technology and have already made their way into thousands of homes across the US and worldwide. Their convenience is evident with compact size while producing a large sound output capabilities. The built-in speakers of today’s televisions just aren’t meeting up to listener’s standards, and many homes aren’t set up for a fully integrated, multiple pieces surround sound system –making a soundbar an ideal solution. Here are some of the many reasons why a soundbar may be the future of TV sound.
TV Speakers Aren't Enough
While TV technology has been on the fast-paced, for some reason the built-in sound just isn’t meeting up to the visual advancements. The problem: physics. While everyone is pushing for thinner and thinner displays, the aesthetic of the large high definition TV’s are certainly a sight to behold. However, that less-than-an-inch TV screen doesn’t leave a lot of room for speakers – an element that requires a bit of depth in order to be properly released. Sound is translated to the ears through soundwaves, which are created through a series of compressions and rarefactions in the air. But producing these waves in a shallow area is well, less than satisfying.
Also, there is really no worse place to have speakers than the back of a TV, which is the way most new flat screen TVs are designed. The sound then must bounce from the wall (or whatever is behind the TV) and make it back to your ears. Clearly, the reflected sound looses a lot of its quality and oomph as it travels along. A soundbar resolves this issue by navigating sound directly front and center from the TV when placed properly – designed to fit neatly in front and below the display screen of the TV.
Full Speaker Sets Are Bulky
A full 6-7 set of surround sound speakers is great – if one has the room for them. However for many people, setting up a half a dozen speakers around the listening area trying to optimize sound location just isn’t practical. Not only can they become an eyesore scattered about with wires hanging in every corner, the placement can be difficult as well if the room isn’t a tiny perfect square in which the TV sits centered at one end. As a matter of fact, the only truly perfect sound location would then be centered between all speakers, in order to avoid unbalanced sound. So for multiple listeners, that sweet spot becomes something to fight for.
A soundbar on the other hand, plays music directly front and center from the TV, so sound will flow smoothly to all areas where the TV can clearly be seen. It’s almost as if this is the way Televisions were meant to come packaged – beautiful flat screen with speaker front and center.
Minimal Effort Is In
People are tired have having to put forth maximum effort for results. The convenience of minimal effort is in, and if there’s an easier way to do it without sacrificing value – then one should probably go for it. Set up for a soundbar is easy. Usually requiring only a couple hookups, providing ready entertainment without the hassle.
If you’re looking for a solution somewhere down the middle, some entertainment specialists provide a bass booster backup, which can easily be set up to increase the deep reverberations giving it a more dimensional effect. The HEOS by Denon HomeCinema is one such example of an advanced bi-amplified soundbar combo with a subwoofer speaker, delivering boosted sound, with minimal effort.
Soundbar Is the Solution
Sound quality in soundbar far exceeds that of a TV’s standard, and offers many of the features provided by full-system surround sound. And while full speaker systems may never be replaced entirely, the soundbar has made people rethink the standard for TV sound and has in many ways become the ideal solution for an advanced visual and audio experience, making soundbars, the future of TV sound.