There are two basic ways to do both. One is a surround sound receiver system. Like all receivers, these incorporate the amplifiers, a pre-amp a power supply and a radio tuner all in one box.For almost all surround receivers, stereo is achieved by simply selecting "stereo" from the control panel or...
Best answer: There are two basic ways to do both. One is a surround sound receiver system. Like all receivers, these incorporate the amplifiers, a pre-amp a power supply and a radio tuner all in one box.For almost all surround receivers, stereo is achieved by simply selecting "stereo" from the control panel or remote. disconnecting speakers physically is not required. In addition, the wattage of all the amps is usually consolidated to drive the two front speakers in doing this. Most surround sound receivers are rated for output with 2 speakers, four speakers and full complement, in there advertising and literature. You are left to supply the speaker set. In this case, the various surround decoding is also done in the Pre-amp section. If considering some stereo or music usage, your speakers need to be full range stereo type speakers of quality. - At least in the front. A center channel, or "fill" speaker is not required, but does aid in centering dialog to the TV screen, and these are normally part of most surround sound systems. Surround receivers do provide a powered, amplified output for them. The bass unit is normally self powered,and the output from the receiver is just a whisper, a pre-amp, or line level, as it is called, output. The bass unit amplifies this all by itself from a built in amp.
The second choice would be a component system, in which you purchase the preamp / decoder ( or preamp and decoder system) separately, and add channel amplifiers of your choice as separate purchases. These are generally high end audio components, and are not competitive overall with the less expensive receiver market. These components generally are of much better quality,build, and performance and hold their value better. Many end up reselling for more than their purchase price, while most receivers end up on shelves at goodwill. Also the component route allows you to upgrade piecemeal, without having to swap out everything to make improvements to your system as time goes on. Building up a component system requires more thought and personal involvement. Expect to do more than read a few adverts. In fact, do that now. start looking at audio specialty magazines, and make a list of audio shops in your town, and expect to visit them. Listen to the equipment. Then decide which way you want to go, and define your short list of purchases. Last of all, do your bargain shopping from that list.
Music is in the details and better speakers offer more detail, and better imaging. Movie sound is more focused on impact and dynamics, and usually do not reproduce music as well, since they do not need to, for the price paid. They tend to bemore beamy, as they can depend on the support of several speakers to "spread the sound around". This is not a two way street. Speakers that are suitable for music reproduction are dynamite with film scores and theatrics.
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