Soundbars have quickly become extremely popular hi-fi audio options for the casual home entertainment system. They offer a great way to improve the audio quality of your TV without investing in a multiple speaker system. While soundbars are no replacement for surround sound systems, they offer excellent audio quality at an affordable price. The role of the soundbar should never go under-appreciated, and we've already discussed the process for finding the right soundbar that suits your needs. Here we'll talk about what goes on inside a soundbar that makes it able to produce such high quality audio in such a compressed package.
We've all heard the terms "surround sound" and "stereo" in reference to types of sound systems, and along with them, loads of accusations about quality and their ability to create the clearest, most realistic sounds. But what do these terms actually mean? What is the difference between stereo and surround sound, and how do they correlate to sound quality?
In the age of technology, we are constantly surrounded with electronic devices: computers, phones, tablets, TVs -- the list goes on. Many people nowadays spend more time looking at screens than any other activity. We use them to work, to relax, to play, and to learn. They are an integral part of everyday life, and we rack up thousands of hours using electronics.
Vinyl records have been a popular listening format since their development almost 100 years ago. The 33 1/3 rpm speed vinyl we are familiar with today was first introduced in 1948. Since then, vinyl records have gone through multiple waves of popularity, and are actually gaining traction again today. Even with the modern listening formats we have now, people love the experience of vinyl. Details like putting the needle on the record and reading lyrics or liner notes on the record cover create an intimate and nostalgic experience. Many vinyl fans argue that vinyl simply sounds better than other playback methods.