So you stop by your local Big Box home electronics retailer to look at some home theater equipment. A friend was recently telling you about the awesome system he got at a fantastic price and you figure it can’t hurt to check things out. You wind your way through the aisles of computers and vacuum cleaners to arrive at your destination.
Loudspeakers for audio reproduction come in many sizes, styles and price points. You can pick up a pair at your local superstore for the cost of a take-out lunch, or you can spend more than you did on your car from a high-end audio boutique. The bottom line is that if you are serious about sound quality, speakers can be a substantial investment.
We’ve all seen the most esoteric of home theaters in magazines and on the Internet. Affluent people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment, architecture, furniture and cables that cost more than some cars. It is most certainly glamorous, but not within reach of most consumers. Many of us have other minor expenses like mortgages, food, auto payments and college funds to concern ourselves with.
Before deciding whether stereo or surround sound equipment is best for your needs, it is vital to define how you intend to use it. Do you prefer listening to music in one room, or do you often entertain with movies and popcorn?
From the company that was instrumental in the creation of in-wall and in-ceiling audio comes a complete offering of installable speakers steeped in performance and years of experience. It begins with their Visual Performance Series, which is equipped with a low-profile grille that is paintable to blend seamlessly into any wall or ceiling. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, this series comes in several performance levels and a range of specialty applications.
M&K Sound has been manufacturing audio loudspeakers for the film and music industries as well as home stereo and home theater applications for well over 30 years. It all began in 1973, when Walter Becker of Steely Dan approached the company to design a studio reference monitor and subwoofer system for the Pretzel Logic album mixing sessions.
Home Theater should provide a movie theater entertainment experience, but in your own home. This can range from several great A/V components in your living room to an elaborate, custom designed space intended to emulate an actual theatrical venue.