There is a distinction between a "surround
system" and a "home theater room"; the home theater
room is a dedicated room to recreate the theater experience in the
home. A surround system is usually a room that does more than one
family room, den or living room. The TV can usually be operated
without the sound system on, so even the system does double-duty; a TV
and a home theater. The surround system's room is sometimes known as
the Media Room, especially if there is a computer in it. Connecting
you computer to your surround system is simple so you can enjoy all
your computer media (MP3's Movies, pictures, etc.) through your big
screen surround system. Try a drop-down screen and a front projector
to truely multi-task a room (see bottom of page).
Surround systems are usually Dolby Digital©
or DTS© receivers* that
you use with a TV, DVD player, cable or satellite box and 5 (or 7) speakers
with a subwoofer. The speakers can
be "in-room" (like the pictures on the right, using
KEF "Reference Model 205" 7.1 package) or "on
wall" speakers (like the lower right hand image, using KEF
KIT200 speakers) or you can go with hidden,
"in-wall" speakers (image to the left, using Proficient
IW550's) so they donít
interfere with the aesthetics of the room. The "in-ceiling"
design has taken off in the last few years, primarily because of new
speaker technologies such as the "Ellipse 2.0" from Sonance.
It features angled drivers within the housing that directs the sound
to you, not directly into the floor. See the diagram at left.
very unique with in-ceiling speakers for surround systems are the KEF Ci3-80QT
It features a motorized speaker housing that pivots into place when
the system is turned on. It has 3 80mm drivers and a single 15mm
tweeter. Click the image to the right so see a large image, or click
on the Ci3-80 link to go to KEF's website. KEF also offers the Ci200QT,
with one 8" Uni-Q driver in a motorized housing.
|Drop Down Screen
for true "room-multi-tasking"