With tons of choices available in the market, the bookshelf speakers are the most efficient and cost-effective speakers. So the question is are bookshelf speakers good for home theater?
Bookshelf speakers are midrange speakers that are suitable for a small room and to provide the surround sound. They can be best for the home theater and also the worst. So in this article, I will discuss all the things that you should consider before setting up your home theater system with bookshelf speakers.
What do you mean by bookshelf speakers?
As the name explains itself book-shelf. They are to be placed on the bookshelf and they have to be of small size. Indeed they are compact and the most suitable place to put these speakers is on the bookshelf, table or elevated surface but not on the ground.
Bookshelf speakers consist of a woofer that can be of any size (usually 5 to 6 inches) and a twitter. There are two types of bookshelf available in the market powered and passive bookshelf speakers. Powered speakers have a built-in amplifier but passive doesn’t have. So you need to buy a separate amplifier to power them. Check out this article where I explain the difference between active and passive subwoofer in depth.
Benefits of using Bookshelf speakers
Bookshelf speakers are commonly used in homes and offices since they are mid-sized, cost effective and they have high sound quality. But the thing is there are so many speakers how bookshelf can perform better than those and why we should not use them.
Bookshelf speakers are small and don’t cost much. If I compare the prices of bookshelf vs floor standing speakers. The floor standing speakers are very expensive but on the other side, a bookshelf is not much expensive. The prices of floor standing usually start from $200 up to $2000 while the prices of most sold bookshelf speakers start from $80 and go on. This is a big thing to consider because for home theater you will not be using one or two speakers but 5.1 or 7.1 will do the job (7 speakers and 1 subwoofer).
Another advantage of using bookshelf speakers for home theater is that they are compact in my point of view I think them as the most ideal speakers because they are not much heavy and not big in size so that you can carry them and place them anywhere without any effort.
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Bookshelf speakers specifications
There are many things to consider while buying a bookshelf or any other speaker but the main one are Hertz, drivers, and watts.
- Hertz: The lower the number, the heavier the bass is going to be.
- Watts: Generally, the higher the number, the greater output you can expect. This is particularly relevant when it comes to matching your bookshelf speakers to an appropriate amplifier.
- Drivers: Basic bookshelf speakers have two – woofers (which generate bass) and tweeters (which produce high-frequency sounds). Buying a speaker set with a third mid-range driver will lend itself to better full-range sound.
Are bookshelf speakers good for surround sound?
Surround sound means that when you watch a movie you feel the boom and all the effects the movie has to offer and you feel the experience of being at the cinema.
Bookshelf speakers can be the best choice for the surround sound. As the most commonly used surround sound systems are 5.1 and 7.1.
The 5.1 speaker system is made up of two front channels, one center, and two rear-end channel. The 5.1 can be done by placing two bookshelf speakers at the left and right equally displaced for the screen. These positions are also known as front channels. One speaker is placed below the screen known as a center channel and two speakers are placed slightly at the back of sitting positions at left and right equally displaced from the center of the room. Note that you are using bookshelf speakers so you have to place them on the table all speakers facing you and for the subwoofer, the best thing you can do is to test it where it performs best.
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Below is the diagram of 5.1 channel speakers system for quick access.
And for the 7.1 channel, you just need to add two more speakers on the left and on the right of your listening position.
Is it worth it to get a subwoofer to pair with bookshelf speakers?
This is a common question do you require a subwoofer with bookshelf speakers? To answer this question you have to know the difference between the speaker and a subwoofer.
A speaker’s like a bookshelf contains a twitter and woofer also known as a driver. The twitter produces small crispy and clear sound while the main sound comes from the woofer twitter only enhances its effect and quality. Speakers produce some bass but when you increase the bass much the sound will distort. On the other hand, the sole purpose of subwoofer is to produce deep bass. It is designed to produce low-frequency sounds.
So is it worth to get a subwoofer to pair with bookshelf speakers? The answer is if you want to enjoy the booms and feel the explosions then you should get a subwoofer and if you only want to listen to music and in home theater want to experience little bass then it is okay to have only bookshelf speakers.
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How loud are bookshelf speakers?
Bookshelf speakers can be very it all depends upon two things
Decibel is an important factor that every music lover should know. Loudness is measured in decibels. For every 10 decibels increase there is twice loudness. So the small increase in decibels will have a large impact on your ears.
The unit in which electrical power is measured is called watts. The power that an amplifier or a speaker can produce at its output is measured in watts. The more watts the high power and louder the speakers are. Watts are given by the manufacturer of both the amplifier and the speaker.