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Top 5 Tips for Choosing The Right Home Theatre Speaker System

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We know choosing a set of speakers for your home theatre system can be a daunting task so we are here to help. 
1. Audition
2. Balance and Scale
3. Keeping It Centred
4. Timbre-Matching

5. Feel the Earth Move


1. Audition, Audition, Audition

Auditioning Speakers | 5 tips for choosing speakers | Brisbane Hi Fi
While it is great to look at the specifications for the speakers you are considering, nothing beats listening to them - especially with your favourite selection of music and movie scenes. At Brisbane HiFi, we have set up a comparator system that makes it easy to switch between different speakers you might be considering. All with the click of a button. And then go back and forth just as easily. This allows you to identify the nuances and differences between different systems. And find the one that is right for you.

2. Balance and Scale

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A good pair of front speakers should be the foundation of your home theatre set up. You want these speakers to convey not just the dynamics of an action scene but also the grand scale of the operatic themes in the latest John Williams soundtrack.  

3. Keeping It Centred

Center Speakers | 5 tips for choosing speakers | Brisbane Hi Fi
It is sometimes easy to forget how important the centre speaker can be. In most movies, having a well designed centre speaker is crucial, as it locks the dialogue to the centre of the screen - not just for the lucky listener in the sweet spot but for every one in the family watching the movie. 

4. Timbre-Matching

Timbre-Matching Speaker Systems | 5 tips for choosing speakers | Brisbane Hi Fi
Let's not forget that the action in any movie does not just occur in the centre of the screen. In a fast action sequence, you could have a bullet whizz past your ear from behind you to hit the target on screen, for instance. Or in the obligatory car-chase scene, the big muscle V8 swerves from the left to the right of the screen. With timbre-matched speaker system, the sound travels seamlessly from one speaker to the next. There are no sudden timbre changes and this all adds to the immersive factor of a good home theatre system.

5. Feel the Earth Move

Subwoofer selection | 5 tips to choosing speakers | Brisbane Hi Fi
Last but not least, the speaker system should include a powerful subwoofer that delivers a massive punch for explosions. A great subwoofer will not only deliver the low frequencies you hear - it will also create low frequencies that you feel on your skin and through the rumbles of the sofa.

If you want to know more, head on down to our store. We would be glad to walk you through these decisions. And more importantly, listen to how they sound.
Here are our some of our picks:

Dali Zensor Package

Dali Zensor Package | 5 tips to choosing speakers | Brisbane Hi Fi
Consisting of 
  • Dali Zensor 7's for front speaker duties - 3 way floor standing speakers
    “serve up a sweet, smoothly integrated sound that’s easy to listen to for extended periods. Dynamic shifts are dispatched with ease, and they have no problem filling a large room with sound.
    - WhatHiFi”
  • Dali Zensor Vokal for centre channel duties -
    “Dialogue is delivered with insight and there is as much subtle texture as you like, from the rustling of sheet music to the leading edges of a full orchestra.”
    - WhatHiFi
  • Dali Zensor 1's for surround duties -
    “effortlessly belts out its funky tunes, firing energy into catchy beats with a potent sense of attack and rhythmic drive… Bass is taut, and clean, sparkly highs meet a clear and communicative midrange. Dynamic insight usually makes or breaks speakers at this level, but the Dalis do not stumble. They’re slick and agile enough for the piano of Within to come through fluidly.”
    - WhatHiFi
  • a Dali Sub E-12F
    “The SUB E-12F delivers a great performance with a natural and homogeneous soundscape"
    - AreaDVD

B&W 600 Series Package

Consisting of
“The soundstage is wide and tall, and instruments are organised with plenty of room to breathe. 
There’s good clarity. The performance is sharp and precise, stopping and starting right on cue.
This helps to create a very deliberate vibe: music is performed with confidence and verve – we’d go so far as to say panache.
Tonally they are well balanced and well integrated, but we should give a shout-out to the 683 S2s’ impressive low end.
It’s deep and authoritative enough to make you briefly wonder if there’s a subwoofer hidden somewhere. And yet nothing gets drowned out by the bass.”
- What HiFi
  • B&W HTM61 S2 centre speaker that ideally complements the 683S2s
Sound & Vision described it as “well matched to the 683 S2s in real-world playback, even when I sat off center.” “The left-center-right vocal timbre over the B&Ws remained believably consistent."
“Right from the start, these B&W 685s burst to life with a powerful, clear and agile sound.
These are hugely talented and enjoyable speakers, and a definite step up from their predecessors.
The sense of scale is massive, especially coming from relatively compact standmounters.
The soundstage is wide and deep, enveloping you in a richly detailed, subtly dynamic and cohesive performance, whether you’re playing Aerosmith, Lorde or a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.
The deep and taut bass is particularly impressive. Play Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love and the bass notes are so rich and powerful that it almost feels like there’s a subwoofer in the room.” - What HiFi
  • B&W ASW 610XP subwoofer
“ASW610XP has all the real-world weight and authority most living rooms and listeners could ever wish for.
It's agile and expressive, too: the sound fairly teems with energy, blending cohesion and formidable extension in equal measure.”

- What HiFi

 


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