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Best surround sound system for projector

A projector needs a good surround sound system to fully enjoy the projector experience. We explain how to get best sound from projector to speakers and how to connect 5.1, 7.1 or Dolby Atmos sound systems with a projector. Below are some of the best surround sound system setup for a home Projector

The easiest way to get the best surround sound system is to go in for a Yamaha YSP-5600BL 7.1.2-Channel Dolby Atmos MusicCast Sound Bar. It costs around $1500- but you just need the one soundbar which will replace the amplifier and multiple speakers (9 in case of a 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos System). You also do not have to take the trouble of wiring up all the speakers. Full details of soundbars given at the very bottom of this page - but read through all the contents here to give you a good understanding of setting up a surround sound system for your projector.

5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound Systems for home Projector

5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems have multiple speakers placed in strategic locations around you when watching a projector screen. The picture here shows the locations of the placement for a 5.1 surround sound system with a projector. For a 7.1 surround sound, there will be extra 2 speakers placed behind the viewer. For a Dolby Atmos surround sound, there will be extra speakers mounted above the viewer or special upward firing front speakers are required. The picture here shows a TV, but it is the same for projectors, so just assume the TV in the image is the projector screen. The center speaker should be placed under the projector screen.

placement of the 6 speakers required for the 6 channels in a 5.1 surround system
Speaker placement in 5.1 surround sound system

How 5.1 surround sound works

The various speakers in a surround sound system have different functions as explained here:

Center speaker in 5.1 surround sound system

The sound of conversation is output from the center speaker placed just below the projector screen. This gives you the feeling it is actually the people on the screen who are speaking. It is important that the center speaker of a 5.1 or 7.1 surround system is of the best quality you can afford, because it is from this front central speakers that all voices of conversation come, so good quality speakers are essential to hear it clearly.

Front left and right surround speakers in 5.1 system

These speakers output sounds that come from the left and right sides of a TV picture. Let us take an example of a car moving from left to right in a TV scene.

The sound is higher from the left center speaker when the car is just entering the picture from the left side. As the car moves to the center of the screen, the sound from the front left speaker reduces, the sound from the front center speaker is at the maximum and when the car reaches the right side of the screen, the sound from the front right speaker increases. The car passes across the TV screen in a couple of seconds if moving slowly, or will flash across the screen in a split second if moving fast. Whatever the speed of the car, the speakers are synchronized with the movement of the car and you get that very realistic sound of the car flashing across your screen.

Rear Speakers Left and Right in 5.1 sound system

The rear left and right speakers in a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system come into play when the projector scenes require sound from the rear or from all around you. Examples of scenes when all speakers come together are for example when there is heavy rain, you will feel you are caught up in the rain. Rear speakers also come into its own when for example a plane flies past you overhead. You have to experience a quality surround sound system to really enjoy modern HDTV movies.

Subwoofer in 5.1 sound system

The Subwoofer is the sixth speaker in a 5.1 surround sound system and the .1 in the 5.1 is what the sub-woofer is represented by. The subwoofer's job is to output all the low frequency sounds, like explosions, heavy drums, very deep bass sound of a conversation, etc. Since human ears cannot make out the direction from which the low frequency sound comes from, the sub-woofer can be placed anywhere in the room.

What is Dolby Atmos Sound System

Dolby Atmos sound system is similar to the 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system with the addition of overhead speakers to give sound from the top. This creates a 3D sound effect and no words can describe the fantastic sound effects.

Dolby introduced the Dolby Atmos Sound system in 2012 and the first movie recorded in this new Atmos surround sound was the 'Brave'. The first movie theatre with Dolby Atmos Surround system is in Hollywood, the 'Dolby Theatre', the famous venue of the annual Oscar Awards ceremony.

Dolby Atmos sound is what the latest high budget Hollywood movies are recorded in. If you have seen a movie with Dolby Atmos sound, then you know what we are talking about. It is sound technology at its pinnacle. Nothing comes close to it.

Now we can experience this fantastic Dolby Atmos surround sound in our home theater systems at home. Our existing surround speakers can be used and the price for setting up a Dolby Atmos surround system at home is not that expensive. The video below demonstrates what Dolby Atmos surround sound is and also explains how it is possible to convert existing 5.1 and 7.1 ordinary surround sound systems to Dolby Atmos sound System.


Famous Audio Companies like Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer and Yamaha have many new Dolby Atmos Audio Receivers, either stand alone Dolby Atmos Receivers or as Dolby Atmos Home Theatre in a Box (HTIB) complete with receiver and all the required speakers. This is the link to see full selection of Dolby Atmos surround sound systems on Amazon USA Amazon.com website

There is a wide selection of Dolby Atmos surround sound systems on Amazon India Amazon.in website


Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround sound system
Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 System

The new Dolby Atmos home audio system can be either the standard 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound speaker systems with the addition of either 2 or 4 over head speakers. When 2 overhead speakers are used in a 5.1 surround sound speaker system, it becomes a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound speaker system and if 4 overhead speakers are used it becomes a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos surround sound speaker system. Similarly with the use of 2 or 4 overhead speakers in a 7.1 surround sound system becomes a 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos surround sound system.


Latest Yamaha YSP-5600BL 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Instead of going through all the hassles of setting up multiple speakers and the complicated wiring of a 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos Surround system, Yamaha, the original inventors of the soundbar, has come up with their latest model Yamaha YSP-5600BL 7.1.2-Channel Dolby Atmos MusicCast Sound Bar which will replace all the 9 speakers and the Amplifier, with a single front mounted soundbar. The video below explains how Yamaha achieves this magic.


Soundbars are an easy to install surround sound system consisting of just two pieces of equipment, the soundbar itself and an optional subwoofer.

The amplifier is built into the long sound bar which is kept in the same position as the central speaker in a surround sound system. There is no complicated wiring to be done, just to connect the sound output from the DVD, Blu-ray player or STB directly to the soundbar and you are all set to go.

How Soundbars work

Soundbars are new generation sound systems which is very compact and easy to install and replaces complicated amplifier and multi-speaker set up for Projectors and TVs. Soundbars works on the principle of projected sound which are reflected of walls, furniture and other surfaces to the ears of the listener. This has the virtual effect of sound coming from different directions to achieve 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound effect from a single front mounted Soundbar.

Projector with Soundbar gives a big picture with great sound

Sound bars have many focused speakers that send out focused beams of sound, much like beams of light, and these focused beams of sound get reflected off the walls around you to give the same effect as the 5 surround sound speakers in a 5.1 surround sound system. The picture here shows how the sound beams from a soundbar placed just under the large projector screen is reflected of the wall to give 5.1 surround sound effect with just one soundbar. Soundbars have many small directional speakers to make beams of sound going in different directions to get reflected off the appropriate surfaces like walls. Yamaha's sound bar has an automatic system to caliberate and point the beam of sound in the correct directions for the room it is being set up in.

Yamaha Japan revolutionized sound systems for Projectors and TVs with their invention of Soundbars. Yamaha still makes the best Soundbar for Projectors and, understandably, they are more expensive than competing brands.....For more on Soundbars visit my other website www.WhatTVs.Com

Where to buy Home Theater Projectors and Projector Screens online

The best place to buy Projectors and Projector screens is the Amazon online store in your country. Amazon is best to buy online Projectors and Screens because not only are they very competitively priced, but you also have the assurance of service, and in the worst case, even return for a refund in case you are not satisfied.

Links for Home Theater Projectors

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Links for Projector Screens

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