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Samsung expert tells us how to get the best sound from a home cinema

Audio enthusiasts and cinema lovers rejoice! We’ve got hold of Samsung Electronics, AV product manager Chris Moseley for his top tips on getting the best experience from your home cinema entertainment system.

So Chris, we’ve got all the equipment, but how do we set it up?

“When watching a film or listening to music, the centre speaker is a very important part of a surround sound system. This is where all the dialogue will come from and can be a significant proportion of a film’s soundtrack. Ideally this should be at ear height, directly in front of the viewer/listener. However, this is also where the TV should be. So unless you’re using a projector screen, placing the centre speaker just above or just below the TV is best.”

 Ok, so what about if you want to just listen to music?

“When listening to music, the front-left and front-right speakers should ideally be positioned so the sound comes from the centre, for example, from the middle of the TV. To position them, try listening to a song with a single voice singing it. If the voice sounds as if it’s not central, move the dominant speaker back slightly.”

And films?

“Rear surround speakers should also be placed at ear height, directly opposite the front pair, or 15 – 20 degrees outside of them if possible. Sound will come from these to enhance effects such as moving vehicles, fast action or explosions!”

Which surface will give you the best sound?

“Speakers should also be mounted on solid surfaces. Any flexible surfaces such as plastic or glass will absorb sound energy from the speakers and thus reduce the sound quality. If you do have to mount a speaker on a surface like this, insulate it with a small piece of rubber or similar.”

“Ideally, speakers should not be placed against walls. In practice this isn’t always possible, but if you can place the speakers away from the outer wall you will get less reflected sounds and a clearer bass.”

Speaking of bass, what do we do with the Subwoofer?

Subwoofers could be hidden out of sight. Low frequency sound carries a lot of energy so can be heard through objects like sofas and other furniture.”

How about 3D sound?

“Samsung 3D sound can further improve your surround sound experience. This is a Samsung technology that enhances the surround effects based upon the 3D effect being shown on the TV. The result is total immersion in the film’s picture and sound.”

Anything we’re not in tune with?

“ Well, soft furnishings, such as cushions, sofas and rugs can actually help improve the sound quality, especially if your room has hard floors, plain walls and lots of windows. Soft surfaces won’t reflect the sound, reducing any potential echoing, giving the listener better clarity and making it possible to hear more details.”