Types Of Multi Channel Home Theatre Systems

What are the different Types Of Multi Channel Home Theatre Systems? We have previously reviewed the best 7.1 Home theatre Systems and followed up with a collection of 10 Multi Channel Home Theatre Systems.

Home Theatre Systems

A home Theatre system has a compact design and can have up to seven speakers. The system consists of satellite speakers and a  subwoofer. Home Theatres give a sense of direction because the subwoofer only delivers the bass notes while the center speaker handles voice notes.

Surround Sound System

Surround Sound Systems are divided into virtual surround sound and true surround sound systems. True surround sound systems have a dedicated speaker, while virtual surround sound system is wireless.

Stereo Systems

Stereo systems are ideal for small spaces. The system has two sound channels that can be connected to a subwoofer for better sound.

Components Of a Multi-Channel Home Theatre System

A multi-channel home Theatre system aims to achieve surround sound and have a mini Theatre right in your living room. A multi-channel carries several components, which we want to look at in this section.


A receiver is the heart of a multichannel Home theatre system. The receiver connects the speakers(output) and the T.V (input).

Also known as an audio-video receiver, sometimes a receiver comes with a built-in amplifier to improve the input sound and deliver powerful audio through the speakers.


A surround sound system is never complete without speakers. So how many speakers do you need to have a complete multi-channel system? A multi-channel system consists of multiple speakers, and most people prefer 5.1 and 7.1 systems.

For a multichannel system to be complete, you need multiple satellite speakers and a sub-woofer. Your setup, however, does play a role in sound delivery. Ensure that your positioning is done well.

Display Device

A display device is simply the TV or a projector. We have noticed something regarding sound delivery and connection of the multichannel systems. When using the old model T.Vs the sound delivery is a little bit low compared to 4K and high-end LED T.Vs.

Room Acoustics

The room arrangement plays a vital role when positioning your multichannel system. You have to declutter your room and ensure that the speakers are not blocked by furniture or decor pieces.

How to choose the best Multi-Channel Home Theatre System

There are several factors to consider when buying a multichannel home theatre system. Below are some factors that will help you choose the right multi-channel Home Theatre system.

Your Budget

The first thing you want to consider is your budget limitations. The only pro in a competitive world market is that you get multi-channel home Theatre systems in different price ranges.

One piece of advice we can give is to avoid a system that comes at a meager price. But that doesn’t mean you should break the bank to get one. Ensure you get all the essential features you need in a sound system within your targeted budget.

Number Of Speakers

A good home Theatre system setup has at least five speakers. We already discussed the importance of speakers earlier. You can choose seven speakers for better sound delivery if your space is bigger.

Speaker Type

There are different types of speakers; floor-standing and bookshelf speakers. Floorstanding speakers tend to be heavy, and they are really powerful. Bookshelf speakers, on the other hand, as the name suggests, are small-sized speakers, and that can be placed on shelves.

Floorstanding speakers, also known as tower speakers, are heavy and deliver a powerful sound output compared to bookshelf speakers. We recommend bookshelf speakers for small rooms.

Ease Of Setup

You don’t want to purchase a multi-channel home theatre system that is hard to configure. A system should be easy to set up. You can use the user manual to set up your system, so purchasing a system that is easy to set up should be a priority.

Audio Channels

When purchasing a multi-channel home theatre system, you first want to check the number of channels the system has. Channels simply mean the speakers and subwoofer.

Most multichannel home Theatre systems in the market offer 5.1 channel sound output.

So if you want to purchase a multichannel system and don’t understand what these numbers mean, check out below:

  • A 5.1 multichannel home Theatre system comes with 5 satellite speakers and a subwoofer
  • A 5.1.4 multichannel home Theatre speaker has 5 satellite speakers, one subwoofer, and four roof speakers (supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X)
  • A 7.1 multichannel home Theatre speaker has 7 satellite speakers and one subwoofer.
  • A 7.2.4 multichannel system comes with four satellite speakers, two subwoofers, and four roof speakers. As expected, this is a high-end system ideal for larger rooms.

Television Type

It might sound absurd, but the television type does factor in when it comes to sound output. When purchasing a multi-channel sound system, check the compatibility to get the best out of your system.

Size Of Drivers

You want a system with speakers that deliver a loud and powerful sound, but it has to sound good. Start by checking the driver size before purchasing a system that delivers better sound quality.

We like to recommend 6-inch and 8-inch driver sizes for better audio quality. Check the size of your satellite speakers as well as the subwoofer.

How big should a multi-channel home Theatre system be?

It depends on the size of your room. A 5.1 or 5.2 home Theatre system will do if you have a small room or a lot of furniture.

What is the difference between the 3.1 and 5.1 systems?

3.1 soundbars have 3 channels of audio, and most don’t have built-in subwoofers, so you have to buy the subwoofer separately. 

5.1 systems, on the other hand, feature 5 channels of high-quality audio and are designed for surround sound.

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