With the ever-changing landscape of new technologies, a few common trends have emerged in the home theater world. The first of which is a demand for higher and higher video quality, thanks to new 4K UHD TV’s. Another is a desire for more immersive audio experience, thanks to the proliferation of surround sound formats and audio equipment. This article will focus on the latter, with an emphasis on the most popular surround sound formats available today.
The 5 top surround sound connectivity types are:
1. Analog Multi Channel- This type of connectivity comes in several forms including RCA, XLR and 1/4″ phone jack. Analog multi channel can be found on many receivers, preamplifiers and processors which support up to 7.1 channels of audio input & output (i.e. 5 main speakers + 1 LFE subwoofer + 2 rear speakers).
2. HDMI- HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) is one of the newest ways to connect an AV source such as a Blu-ray player or cable box to your surround sound receiver or processor. A single HDMI cable can transmit uncompressed high definition digital video and up to 8 channels of digital audio (i.e. 5 main speakers + 1 LFE subwoofer + 2 rear
The top five surround sound connectivity types are:
HDMI – HDMI is the most common connectivity type for high-definition audio and video. HDMI cables transmit both uncompressed video and audio. There are two main versions of HDMI, 1.4 and 2.0. Version 1.4 has been around since 2009 and can handle resolutions up to 1080p and up to 32 channels of audio while version 2.0 came out in 2013 and is required for 4K Ultra HD displays. Though some HDMI cables can be quite expensive, there is no difference in signal quality between a $2 cable and a $100 cable as long as both cables are certified by the HDMI governing board. The only difference between high-end HDMI cables is their length, their durability, and their ease of use (for example, some bend easier than others).
HDMI ARC – HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) is commonly used on larger TVs with built-in sound systems to send audio from your TV back to a home theater receiver or sound bar system with fewer wires than traditional analog connections require. This eliminates the need for a separate digital optical cable or an additional set of RCA jacks. One thing to note about ARC is that it only works over one connection so if you want to
We’re here today to talk about the 5 different types of surround sound connectivity options, and to outline the positives and negatives of each.
1. Optical or Coaxial: Optical and coaxial are similar in that they use a form of digital signal to transmit audio (in this case, surround sound) from one device to another. Most commonly, you’ll see these two used as a way to connect your cable box, gaming console, or other source devices to your receiver. The advantage is that optical and coaxial tend to be less expensive than HDMI cables and can transmit surround sound without any extra setup on the consumer’s part. The downside is that optical and coaxial cables can only transmit up to 5 channels.
2. HDMI: You’ve probably seen HDMI before. It’s the same cable you use to connect your TV to all of your source devices (DVD/Blu-ray player, cable box, etc.). An HDMI cable has a small, rectangular connector on both ends that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and source device respectively. It’s by far the most common video connection type available today because it can transmit a video signal along with an audio signal at the same time – making it ideal for home theater setups where quality is key. While it
There are five different ways surround sound is transmitted to the consumer. These include HDMI, DVI, Component Video, S-Video and Composite Video. I will give you a brief description of each format and why it is important to understand the different types.
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a digital audio/video connection. This connection can transmit up to 5.1 channels of uncompressed digital audio with or without video. It also has the capability of transferring compressed multi-channel digital audio formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS. HDMI is on its way to becoming the universal standard for transmitting audio/video from your source devices to your receiver and then on to your TV or monitor.
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is an uncompressed video interface that transmits uncompressed digital video signals over a single cable. While it does not have the capability of transmitting multi-channel audio like HDMI, it can still transmit up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed linear PCM (pulse-code modulation) audio through the use of an additional cable that connects to the “audio in” ports on a surround sound receiver.
Component Video is an analog video transmission format that separates color information into three streams: red, green, blue – hence
The idea for this blog came to me during a conversation with my father. He was talking about how I should write more blogs and that I should be specific with them. A concept I agree with, but am also very bad at. I thought back to how much time I spent writing my last blog and how little of it was actually used in the final product.
So, I decided to write a blog that is more like an outline than anything else. It will allow me to say all the things I want without the worry of coming off as unpolished or unprofessional.
I’m writing this one on the different ways surround sound can be transmitted to consumers. If you’re here, you probably already have some knowledge on this subject so feel free to skim if you’d like or skip it entirely if you see something you’re familiar with or don’t care about. I’ll try my best to cover everything from basic concepts to more advanced ones and include links if you want to read into these topics further. So, let’s get started!
There are many different types of surround sound connectivity.
Each type is designed for a specific purpose and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
To make a decision on which type you need, you need to understand the difference between each one. This blog will explain what each type is, its purpose, how it works and its advantages and disadvantages.
1) HDMI: Digital Video & Audio
1. Simple 2-channel/stereo:
Has only two channels of sound, generally a left and right channel (mono can also be considered 2-channel). You don’t need many speakers to listen to this type of music. This is the most common way surround sounds is transmitted and is used by the majority of modern home theater systems.
2. 5.1 Channel Surround Sound:
Most common form of digital surround sound used in home theater systems. It consists of 5 channels, “front left”, “front right”, “center”, “surround left” and “surround right”, plus one subwoofer channel, which is 0.1 because it’s much lower than the others (and also doesn’t require any sort of speaker placement). This type of surround sound requires at least 5 speakers to use (not including the subwoofer) but can be used with more if there are more than 5 channels like in 7.1 surround sound.
3. 6 Channel Surround Sound:
This type of surround sound has 6 channels, “front left”, “front right”, “center”, “surround left”, “surround right” and a second subwoofer channel, labeled as 0.2 because it’s