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All About Sound

Surrounded by Sound

Like movie theater surround speakers, reverberant surround/ rear speakers envelop you in sound without drawing your attention away from the movie you’re watching. They add size and dimension to the soundstage and ensure a seamless transition when sounds and effects move from the front and center to side and rear speakers.

Movie theaters use multiple arrays of surround/rear speakers to keep viewers from being distracted by the sound of any single one (Fig. 1).

Conventional forward-radiating speakers cannot reproduce movie theater surround sound in your home. If they are loud enough for their sound to blend with the front speakers they draw attention to themselves. Turn them down so they don’t distract you and they won’t blend with the fronts (Fig. 2).

So how can you hear all of the glorious surround sound you’re supposed to? With reverberant sound field surround/rear speakers placed to the sides and rear of the listener (Figs. 3, 4 & 5).

Like movie theater surround speakers, reverberant surround/rear speakers envelop you in sound without drawing your attention away from the movie you’re watching. They add size and dimension to the soundstage and ensure a seamless transition when sound and effects move from the front and center to side and rear speakers.

They’re just as important for multichannel music. Because of their ability to create a large non-localized sound field, they contribute multidimensional realism to the reproduction of the original recording’s acoustic space.

The diffuse sound of reverberant surround/rear speakers turns your listening into a magical experience—they put the “theater” in home theater and make music sound “live”!