Karen Russo - Worcester MA Real Estate, Holden MA Real Estate, Rutland MA Real Estate


Technologies for home theater audio are rapidly changing. At one time if you wanted a good listening experience in your living room you have to spend hundreds on surround sound speakers, subwoofers, and receivers. Then, you had to run wires throughout the room and try programming your remote to make it all work.

While surround sound speakers are still a good option, there are other ways to experience quality audio in your home. In this article, we’re giving you a guide to choosing a home audio system that fits your needs and, more importantly, your budget.

Sound bars 

The latest addition to home theater audio is the sound bar. These are slim, sleek speakers that usually come with a small subwoofer.

Sound bars come in several varieties. Some are plug-and-play, meaning you don’t need to worry about purchasing amplifiers or devices, you just plug them into your television via an HDMI cable or connect to your TV through Bluetooth and you’re done.

Other sound bars are more like bases that your TV sits on top of. Sound bases aren’t as popular as they once were, so there are limited options. Furthermore, they typically don’t include a separate subwoofer so they can lack deep bass.

The other benefit of sound bars is just how simple they are to use. Even the cheapest sound bars often come with Bluetooth, so you only have to worry about one outlet spot for the power cord.

For most homeowners who want sound quality far better than their television’s internal speakers can provide, sound bars are an easy way to vastly improve your audio experience without breaking your wallet.

Before buying a sound bar, try them out at a local electronics store to gauge what quality you need. You also might want to measure your television to find one that matches its width.

Surround sound

The classic home theater experience is a bit more complicated. However, you can often buy a “home theater in a box” which includes everything you need for an audio system.

Most commonly, you’ll find 5.1-channel surround sound. This means there are five speakers and one subwoofer included in the box. These systems have one central speaker, two speakers that are placed to the left and right side of the television, and two rear speakers. However, you can also find 7.1-channel systems which include two extra speakers.

Many “home theater in a box” packages include an audio receiver. However, if you already have one, your money will be better spent on buying a higher quality speaker system than replacing your receiver.

The downfall of buying a speaker/receiver package is that their quality is often only marginally better than a (much simpler and easier to set up) sound bar. To get the optimal experience out of a surround sound system, you’ll need to spend more and do your research.

So, if you have a high budget and want a dynamic, high-quality surround sound system, your best bet is to buy a quality receiver (usually somewhere in the $600 range) and then spend the bulk of your budget on speakers.


This Condo in Westminster, MA recently sold for $177,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Karen Russo - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


16-B West Hill Dr, Westminster, MA 01473

Condo

$172,000
Price
$177,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Wonderful 2 Bedroom Townhouse unit at The Meadows at West Hill - Move in Ready! And a wonderful picturesque view in back! This well maintained unit has wall to wall carpeting, freshly painted interior in neutral tones, Eat In Kitchen, Updated Full Bath, and your Own Garage! The large Living Room has a new Slider (2018) to the Exterior Deck recently done with all new planks (2018) - relax and enjoy the serene setting where this unit is situated. Laundry and Utility Room has space for storage as well as the extra long garage. Close to Rt 2, Wachusett Brewery, Crocker Pond and other local sites. Great commuting location and LOW Condo fees! Can't get any better than this!

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82 Bull Run, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$449,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Don't Miss this Move In Ready Spacious Young Colonial in a Fabulous A++ Neighborhood Setting! Very Generous Rooms on every level & a nice Open Floor Plan. Beautiful Hardwood Flooring, Wainscotting, Crown Molding are some of the finishes in this Neat as a Pin home. Large Kitchen w/Center Island, Tile Backsplash, Lots of Cabinet Space & Dining Area flows into the Massive Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling, Windows Galore & Fireplace w/Quadra-Fire Pellet Insert (2017). Rear Deck overlooks a serene wooded area & features a retractable awning w/screens. Formal Dining Room, Full Bath w/Laundry & Play Room/Office Space finishes out first fl. 2nd level offers a Spacious Master Suite w/Walk-in Closet & Master Bath, 2 additional Bedrooms & Full Bath. Private 3rd fl Bedrm has tons of space to relax and lots of storage. Don't forget about the Finished Walk-out Lower Level - Wonderful Family Space and Mud Room entry from garage. Easy Access to Highway.
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Don't Miss this Move In Ready Spacious Young Colonial in a Fabulous A++ Neighborhood Setting! Very Generous Rooms on every level & a nice Open Floor Plan. Beautiful Hardwood Flooring, Wainscotting, Crown Molding are some of the finishes in this Neat as a Pin home. Large Kitchen w/Center Island, Tile Backsplash, Lots of Cabinet Space & Dining Area flows into the Massive Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling, Windows Galore & Fireplace w/Quadra-Fire Pellet Insert (2017). Rear Deck overlooks a serene wooded area & features a retractable awning w/screens. Formal Dining Room, Full Bath w/Laundry & Play Room/Office Space finishes out first fl. 2nd level offers a Spacious Master Suite w/Walk-in Closet & Master Bath, 2 additional Bedrooms & Full Bath. Private 3rd fl Bedrm has tons of space to relax and lots of storage. Don't forget about the Finished Walk-out Lower Level - Wonderful Family Space and Mud Room entry from garage. Easy Access to Highway.

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82 Bull Run, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$449,900
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9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Don't Miss this Move In Ready Spacious Young Colonial in a Fabulous A++ Neighborhood Setting! Very Generous Rooms on every level & a nice Open Floor Plan. Beautiful Hardwood Flooring, Wainscotting, Crown Molding are some of the finishes in this Neat as a Pin home. Large Kitchen w/Center Island, Tile Backsplash, Lots of Cabinet Space & Dining Area flows into the Massive Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling, Windows Galore & Fireplace w/Quadra-Fire Pellet Insert (2017). Rear Deck overlooks a serene wooded area & features a retractable awning w/screens. Formal Dining Room, Full Bath w/Laundry & Play Room/Office Space finishes out first fl. 2nd level offers a Spacious Master Suite w/Walk-in Closet & Master Bath, 2 additional Bedrooms & Full Bath. Private 3rd fl Bedrm has tons of space to relax and lots of storage. Don't forget about the Finished Walk-out Lower Level - Wonderful Family Space and Mud Room entry from garage. Easy Access to Highway.
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