Building the home theater of your dreams is no easy feat. With many choices to be made and new types of technology to incorporate, it can be dazzling and yet overwhelming to make the right choice. If you already set up a basic surround system, you might want to add more to it.
Adding more speakers to your surround sound system might be more feasible than you expect. Depending on the receiver you are using, you can establish wired or wireless connections to add more speakers. Then, be sure to adjust your speaker setup for the most balanced and immersive audio experience.
Of course, being able to solve all of your problems and tell you exactly how to do this might not be realistic, but the best thing to take note of now is that this is possible.
You will simply need to figure out how to make it work based on your particular setup as it currently is and where you would like for it to go.
Truly, your surround sound system can beat that of a public cinema. Let’s take a closer look at how to make this work.
Also read: Can You Use Any Speakers for Surround Sound?
How Many Speakers Can You Hook Up to a Receiver?
While you should be able to add more speakers to your watching movies. It’s the “.1” in a 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system, there still is a (reasonably) finite number of speakers that you can add.
Sure, there are probably ways that you can add an infinite number of speakers, but going above the number of speakers that one receiver will support might run you into trouble or make your audio sound faulty.
So, how many speakers can you hook up to a receiver?
This depends on the number of speaker channels that your receiver can support as well as the number of outputs that it can power.
You might find that a 9-channel receiver might only be able to support 7 speakers and a front speaker, for example. Take a look at your receiver’s specifications first.
Once you have a better idea of how many channels your receiver has (aka how many lines of audio it can send out to various speaker output connections), you will have a better understanding of the maximum number of speakers that you can hook up to your particular receiver.
You will also want to keep in mind that your receiver may (likely) have a particular spot setup for a subwoofer output.
Since a subwoofer connection will be extremely important to the overall sound quality of your surround sound system, this is important to check out if it will take away a speaker spot or be incorporated into its own section.
Particularly, since the subwoofer is responsible for low-frequency audio emissions and thus, the low bass that is used in soundtracks and even in low dialogue, you will want to make sure that you use a high-quality subwoofer.
With that in mind, as you consider the number of speakers that you can connect to your receiver, be sure that you are choosing quality over quantity in terms of the speakers that you choose.
Sure, you can use lower-quality speakers and have them scattered throughout your home theater. However, the sound quality that will be achieved by many lower-quality speakers will not be as impressive as using fewer but higher-quality speakers.
How to Add More Speakers to a Surround Sound System
As you explore your options and seek to create the perfect home theater surround sound system in your unique space, you might come across the idea that it is time to add more speakers to your surround sound system.
And, as long as your receiver is capable of supporting more speakers (has a sufficient number of channels available), you should be ready to go.
So, how do you add more speakers to a surround sound system?
As long as your receiver has enough audio channels and respective speaker outputs available, you can connect your speakers with a wired connection or wireless connection via bluetooth, WiFi, or an audio transmitter).
Be sure to remain conscious of your space and setup, and consider quality vs. quantity in your speaker arrangement. Along with this, you will likely want to focus on making sure that there is a wide range of audio frequencies that your system is capable of supporting including using a high-quality subwoofer (or two).
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the steps to add more speakers to a surround sound system.
One option to add more speakers to your surround sound system is to connect the speakers to your receiver with a wired connection.
In this way, you will focus on the receiver and the number of speaker outputs that it has available. With this, you can take a look pretty easily to see how many output ports are left vacant.
Of course, you will also want to check to make sure that your receiver is capable of supporting the speaker that you intend to hook up to it.
In doing this, you will want to check the speaker’s ratings and other specifications, much less how it is capable of connecting with the receiver in the first place.
As you add the speaker, you will want to be conscious of the placement that you decide to use for this speaker. If you are using it in the rear, for example, then you will want to make sure that it is elevated high enough. The same goes for most other locations.
Then, once you have found the perfect location for your speakers and have decided which function they will serve in your respect to your other speakers in your system, you can simply plug the speaker into the receiver and run a test tone to make sure that all of the speakers in your surround sound system work.
Another option you have if you would like to add more speakers to your surround sound system is to add the with a wireless connection.
Now, just because you are using a wireless connection does not mean that you can necessarily exceed the number of audio channels that your receiver is capable of using.
For this reason, it is still important that you take a look at the specifications of your receiver to ensure that it is capable of handling the connection that you are attempting to make. But, as long as it is good to go, connecting speakers to your surround sound system wirelessly is not overly difficult.
If your receiver is capable of a wireless connection in itself (as in it connects to your WiFi network or is Bluetooth compatible), then you will be able to connect your speakers to the receiver with this connection, respectively.
All you will have to do is to pair your speaker with the same WiFi network or Bluetooth signal that the receiver is using and then the rest of the setup process should be pretty easy.
However, if your receiver is not naturally constructed for a wireless connection, this does not have to end this journey for you on pairing a wireless speaker to your home theater surround sound system.
Instead, you can use an audio transmitter that plugs directly into your receiver. Of course, you will need to establish which type of transmitter you use (such as if it will plug into a USB port or an RCA cable connection).
Then, once you have purchased the right type of transmitter, you will be able to pair this with your speaker wirelessly (most often via Bluetooth, but sometimes with a WiFi connection). To do this, you will plug the audio transmitter into the A/V receiver.
As you enable the connection, you will be able to place your wireless speaker wherever you would like in your home theater- not having to deal with the jumbled mess of a cabled connection that you would otherwise have to consider.
Remain Conscious of Your Space and Setup
As you consider the placement of your new speakers in your surround sound system, you will want to be sure that you consider your current setup.
Achieving a balanced audio experience is highly lucrative to your overall quality of sound in your home theater. What this means is that it likely will not benefit you to add two new speakers to the right side of the room without having a balance on the other side.
Creating an imbalance in where the sound is coming from will cause you to focus on the location of the sound rather than simply perceiving it and taking it in.
In the example of placing more speakers on one side of the room than the other, your brain will localize the sound and cause you to pay attention to this side of the room more.
Doing so removes some of the natural ability to appreciate the high-quality sound and will take away from your overall surround sound setup.
Instead, you want to focus on adding speakers that will help with a cohesive flow of the audio signals throughout your home theater space.
Be sure to point all speakers to the main seating area to encourage a more efficient and cohesive sound quality. Finally, choose high-quality speakers to begin with, and pair them with a solid subwoofer (or two) for the higher-quality bass that this will add to your surround sound system frequency range.