A close friend of mine recently posed the question, “How important are rear surround speakers?” to which I responded with a very loud “WHAT??? After examining a number of excellent surround sound systems, I am of the opinion that if you are installing a home theater, you are required to incorporate rear surround speakers into the installation. Today I thought we would have a little bit of fun by looking at why rear surround speakers are important and providing some advice for what you need to know about them. I also thought we would have a little bit of fun by giving you some information about what you need to know about them.

Why They Are Important

It is acceptable for many people in today’s world to purchase a soundbar and then consider the matter resolved. I would say for the majority of people who simply want to improve the quality of their sound as the majority of TVs these days are really lacking in the sound department due to the fact that people want their TVs to be thinner and thinner. (also check out the compact soundbars that are available for less than $200 and are great for watching TV) First and foremost, if you want surround sound, you cannot get it without a set of rear surround speakers. That is why having a set of rear surround speakers is so important.


If we take this Bomaker 190W Sound Bar as an example, it is not the only soundbar on the market that makes the claim that it provides surround sound; approximately one million other soundbars also make this claim. Even though they have a fantastic sound, there is no way at all that they can make the sound emanate from the back; it is simply not possible.

If you truly want to experience surround sound, you absolutely cannot do without rear speakers. It’s up to you to decide what kind of speakers to use. The majority of people prefer to use bookshelf speakers because, logically speaking, they take up much less space than other types of speakers. Tower speakers, in my opinion, look so much more badass if you have the space for them, but I can understand why they might not be practical for everyone.

On the disc, the soundtracks of many major motion pictures will be presented in surround sound. Take for instance the upcoming Avengers Endgame movie. The sound on this side is your typical stereo configuration, which works just fine. However, this also supports 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, and the only way for you to actually benefit to the fullest extent from those formats is if you have rear speakers. It is important to keep in mind that some older films do not include a surround sound track; if this is the case, the sound will come at you from every direction at once.

What About If I Just Listen To Music?


If you are more of a music listener than a movie fanatic, then I would have to say that rear surround speakers are not at all necessary for your home theater setup. The vast majority of albums are recorded in stereo, so it makes the most sense to listen to them in that format.

To give you an example, just this past weekend I was jamming out to one of my favorite bands, Poison, while listening to their greatest hits album from 1986 to 1996. Anyway, I was messing around with my setup, and I tried playing it with surround sound. To tell you the truth, the clarity of the sound was not as good as when I had it playing in stereo.

It is my guess that there will be a few individuals who take great pleasure in positioning themselves in the center of the space so that their preferred music can be played in all directions. When it comes to music, there is nothing that, in my opinion, can beat the sound quality of a good old-fashioned stereo system. There are some notable exceptions; for example, Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions album reportedly has a version that was recorded with 5.1 surround sound in mind, and from what I’ve heard, this version sounds incredible.

Should I Just Buy A Surround Sound System?


Investing in an all-in-one package is the most convenient way to ensure that your surround sound components are of high quality and are compatible with one another. These are at extremely high and extremely low ends of the price spectrum. For instance, we carry this Acoustic Audio by Goldwood Bluetooth 5.1 Surround Sound System. It has your rear surround speakers in addition to your center and side speakers, and it only costs somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred dollars. This is an excellent and inexpensive method for obtaining surround sound. It is also a cool way to experiment with surround sound without having to spend a lot of money, so keep that in mind as you consider it.


If you are looking to spend a little bit more money, I highly recommend that you take a closer look at this awesome VIZIO Sound Bar for TV, 36″ 5.1 Channel Home Theater Surround Sound System. Although it costs $250, I believe that is a great price for a product like this. If you are looking to spend a little bit more money, I highly recommend that you take a closer look at this awesome VIZIO Sound Bar for TV, 36″ 5.1 Channel Home Theater Surround Sound System. You not only get the soundbar for your center channels, but you also get a subwoofer, and you get two wireless rear surround speakers so that you do not have wires trawling all through your living room or home theater. This is a really cool feature that this product offers.

Wired Or Wireless?


If you ask me, this is the kind of thing that boils down to a matter of individual preference. If you read through all of our reviews of speakers, you will note that we cover both wired and wireless models. This is on purpose so that you can compare the pros and cons of each type. To me, everything hinges on how you have things set up.

The fact that I have a lot—and I do mean a lot—of speaker cable in my home is one of the more peculiar things about me. If you buy a set of wired speakers, in my experience, they either come with no speaker cord at all or they come with the lowest quantity, which means that you won’t be able to utilize them as back speakers even if you wish to. There are also certain speakers that come with the cord already attached; however, happily it is not difficult to cut an extended speaker cable.

The convenience of having wireless back speakers cannot be overstated. Despite the fact that I am primarily a wire man. I have to say that being able to simply couple the speakers and then position them anywhere you choose is a huge improvement over the alternative.

These Edifier R1280DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers serve as the rear speakers in my living room setup. My wife’s aversion to the cable that we had running along the sideboard and up the wall was the driving force for our decision. I have no choice but to own that it appeared to be abominable. If you use wireless speakers, you won’t need to be concerned about this.

I do have these Sony SSCSE Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers in our home theater, and because it is a home theater, I was able to disguise the cord more than I would have otherwise been able to. It is not always as simple to conceal the cables in a living area as it may seem.

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