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A great system needs great sound! The home theater speakers you select are as important as the picture.

Rich, clear sound is such an important part of a home theater system.

Recognizing the importance of a high quality picture, it's George Lucas who said the sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.

Since it is equally important as the video, make sure you select home theater speakers that suit you, your family, and your home theater design.

Thankfully, there are several speaker options to choose from including a wireless surround sound system, and I will explain the features and the differences so you can make the right choice.

The first thing you can decided upon is how many speakers do you want? The most elaborate setups will consist of seven speakers and a subwoofer for a configuration called 7.1 channel surround. The next and currently most popular surround sound setup consists of 5 speakers and a subwoofer called 5.1 channel surround.

Other options forgo any rear speakers called 3.1 channel and 2.1 channel systems These consist of 3 speakers plus a subwoofer, and 2 speakers plus a subwoofer respectively. Finally you can simply have 2 speakers and no subwoofer, for stereo listening otherwise known as a 2.0 channel system.

  • 7.1 channel system 
  • 5.1 channel system 
  • 3.1 channel system 
  • 2.1 channel system