What is Surround Sound?

What is surround sound? It’s a commonly asked question from customers here at JENSEN speakers. In its most basic form, surround sound describes an audio environment that “surrounds” you, but in reality it encompasses so much more. A true surround sound audio field involves the accurate placement of five speakers that project audio at you to replicate an authentic cinema experience. Each speaker plays a vital role in creating the overall sound and enhancing the immersive movie adventure, from fighter jets rocketing over your head and the earth-shattering bass of a volcanic explosion, to unnerving footsteps creeping up on you. A standard surround sound system consists of five speakers; four channel speakers, one centre channel speaker and a subwoofer. This is a “5.1” surround sound system, with the ability to expand to “7.1” or more. If you are looking to improve your overall viewing, JENSEN speakers can design and supply a high-end surround sound package.

Room Planner Wizard - Design Your Perfect Room

Surround Sound Speaker systems have evolved - especially at JENSEN. No longer do you buy a bunch of large, room-cluttering speaker boxes and hope they perform. Todays’ modern In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers from JENSEN install DIY into your walls/ceilings so all you see is stunning glass front panels. In Gloss Black or Gloss White.

Sample Layout Prepared by the Room Planner Wizard

Room Planner Wizard steps you through the process to choose your ideal Surround Sound Speaker System to suit your room all in 3D. Start with Room sizes, then progress through selections of Front Speakers, Centre Speaker, Rear Speaker and finally Subwoofer as each selection drops into your planner. When you’re done print a 2D graphic for your electrician showing speaker wire locations. Very simple.

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What You Need For Sound That Truly Surrounds

All Surround Sound/Home Theatre movies (DVDs, Foxtel, Netflix, Stan etc etc) have dedicated sound tracks to suit 5.1 channels. The 5 channels are Front Left, Front Right, Centre, Rear Left and Rear Right. The .1 (point one) is a Subwoofer signal channel to connect to a powered Subwoofer. This 5.1 is the bare minimum for any Surround Sound experience. For a fuller Surround Sound experience, upgrading to 7.1 or 9.1 uses the standard 5.1 but adds extra “effects” channels and speakers ie: Centre Rear Left, Centre Rear Right. A popular add-on to the standard 5.1 , 7.1 or 9.1 is Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Atmos is 2 extra “vertical effects” channels. With Dolby Atmos speakers located In-Ceiling, this allows sound effects to travel in a vertical plane such as explosions, rockets, planes taking off etc. Once you choose your Speaker System package, add an AV Receiver 5.1, 7.1 or 9.1 with or without Dolby Atmos to power your speaker system.

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