Open floor plans refer to home designs where all common areas (e.g., kitchen, living room, dining room) are connected in some way. This architectural preference is a trend that has dominated modern home design since the early 1990s. Many homes either have some version of the open plan model or a great room that serves as a space for entertainment, recreation, and relaxation.
Such floor plans provide homeowners with a blank canvas to create the living space of their dreams; however, it comes at a price. Open living spaces are notorious for being difficult to create good acoustics. If you want your home theater open floor plan to provide robust, immersive sound, you’re going to need the right equipment.
When it comes to your home entertainment center, TV placement for open floor plans is less important than what speakers you have and where they are positioned. This is because these types of areas are bad for low frequency sound, prone to noise pollution, and create standing sound waves. Nothing can make or break an entertainment experience like a room with bad acoustics.
While an open plan living room isn’t ideal for a home theater, there are ways to get around the audio problems rooms like these create. If you have the right sound system and properly plan out your 5.1 surround sound speaker placement, you can still achieve great audio. Here are some of the best stereos currently available.
Sure, the Dali Oberon’s have style in spades, but their lean and attractive appearance doesn’t compare to the hardware’s performance. Despite their small footprint, the Dali Oberon 5 5.1 system is capable of producing a commanding sound stage with exquisite detail. It presents every frequency in full, but with crystal clear quality that brings the best out of any soundtrack.
The ELAC Debut is the kind of system that fits the needs of most audiophiles, regardless of the type of room. In terms of audio quality, the Debut provides a wide dynamic range, considering the size of the speakers. Couple that with a hard-hitting subwoofer that makes you feel every single kick and punch. The only area where this system lacks is in detail. It doesn’t quite deliver the level of sound detail as its more expensive competitors.
If you’re looking for a powerful sound system that’s affordable, the Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 is a fantastic solution. These boldly cinematic and entertaining speakers come with a pair of 3050i floorstanders for the front left and right channels, 3010i standmounts for the surround sound, an impressive 3090i center speaker, and a powerful 3060S subwoofer. The quality and versatility of this surround sound system make them a great value.
Although they’re one of the more expensive high fidelity options, the KEF T305’s high-quality pairing, sound, and design can’t be denied. A product for true audiophiles who only want the best, this system offers near perfect sound. When placed in the right areas of the room, you may end up mistaking your living room for a movie theater.
When putting a home theater room together, one of the more common problems people run into is space. In smaller open floor plans, it can be difficult to find the amount of room you need to spread out your surround sound speakers. The Wharfedale DX-2 solves this problem with its compact size. This little sound system that packs an impressive amount of performance at a very attractive price.
Are you a gamer that needs to feel fully immersed as you blast past enemy enforcements? Then you may be interested in picking up the Logitech Z506. These are one of the best home theater systems for gaming, placing an emphasis on bass so you can feel close to the action.
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