Who doesn’t love the current crop of TV sets in the market? Slim, wide screens, with the highest video resolution; just how you want to catch up on your favorite series or enjoy Monday Night Football.
But there’s one problem…the poor sound quality takes away from all the fun and this is an issue that many homeowners would like to fix. Luckily, you can get a nice set of external speakers to bring the groove back to your screen-watching sessions.
The first option you have is to get desktop speakers. This is the most affordable alternative to improve your TV’s audio output, as well as the most versatile. These speakers are conveniently lightweight and compact so that you simply place them next to your screen when you haven’t got too much space in the living room.
Some of the best desktop speakers you can buy include models like the five-star Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2s; very capable and engaging speakers. They have an optical input at the rear end of the master speaker that allows you to connect your TV.
You can also go for the amazing KEF LSX wireless system, which offers exciting streaming features and numerous connections. The bonus here is that you won’t need to add the clutter of twisting wires and cables just to get your speakers connected.
And if your preferred wireless speaker doesn’t come with an optical input, you can take the 3.5mm headphone from your TV and plug it into the speakers’ auxiliary input to control the volume from your TV.
Another great way of achieving a great surround sound for your TV is to get a quality soundbar or soundbase, especially if you don’t have the space to accommodate a traditional AV or hi-fi system.
Most soundbars have a slim construction that allows you to mount them just below your TV. However, some models like the Dali Katch One and Sennheiser Ambeo can be tall and chunky, which will mean that you create more room for them. You want to ensure that the height of the soundbar doesn’t block the IR sensor at the bottom edge of the screen.
Meanwhile, sound bases provide an alternative configuration. The flat base allows you to position your TV right above it or slide it into the TV rack. They have a bigger cabinet that delivers a bigger and bassier audio output than a soundbar.
While the majority of first-generation soundbars only offer optical inputs, you can find better modern designs like the Dolby Atmos-enabled Yamaha YAS-207 and Sony ST-HT5000 while the Sonos Beam features HDMI connections.
The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar will even support HDMI 2.1 just to offer you extra flexibility. Some like the Sonos Playbase offers you plenty of streaming features when you want to listen to music on Spotify or Tidal.
And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about overspending on these crucial devices, you can get a budget soundbar under $100 that will get the job done!
Alternatively, you can go for a powered home theater system for a complete solution that delivers surround sound without too much bulkiness. These pre-matched systems feature everything you may want, including wiring and amplification.