Owning a great set of speakers can make all the difference in your listening experience, but only if they are set up in the proper way to maximize their sound potential. The most rudimentary setup is for two speakers for a basic stereo experience, but multi-channel surround sound systems usually require a separate receiver for the amplification and distribution of the audio signals from the source to the speakers.
Audio receivers can support between five and 11 audio channels. Receivers most commonly support 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound (with the ".1" signifying a singular subwoofer in addition to the number of speakers). Read on for tips on setting up 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 and 9.1 sound systems.
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