A 7.1 speaker* is a possible purchase for owners of an AV receiver with surround sound 7.1. Often, a 7.1 network is composed of a 5.1 system paired with two additional speakers. In contrast, the two systems presented here form complete solutions. They are self-contained and do not require additional speakers.
7.1 channel speakers
❶ Jamo D-600 Ultra 2 – 7.1 channel THX speaker system
❷ Onkyo HT-S9800THX 7.1-Channel Home Theater System
7.1 surround speaker placement
How to arrange 7.1 speakers? The correct arrangement of 7.1 surround speakers is relevant, for example, for AV receivers 7.1, 7.2, 9.2 or 11.2. Overall, a 7.1 speaker set consists of 7 audio channels plus a subwoofer for low frequency channels.
In general, it helps to imagine that the individual components of the speaker set are located on an imaginary circle. In the center of the circle is the viewer or listener.
7.1 Wireless Speakers
Wireless means wireless. The wireless connection between AV receiver and speakers succeeds in two ways. Bluetooth transmits data over short distances, which is ideal if the speakers are located in the same room.
WLAN, on the other hand, bridges larger distances without any problems, which is particularly suitable for multiroom applications. 7.1 Wireless speakers are not only incredibly practical, but also very useful.
The high practicality becomes clear when distributing the individual speakers in the home theater room. Laying cables can be associated with aesthetic losses or – due to the nature of the room – not easily feasible.
This is where wireless solutions provide an effective remedy. Furthermore, cables reduce the risk of heat buildup or heat development that is dangerous for the components of the AV receiver.
The back of an AV receiver is usually located inside a rack or a comparable piece of furniture facing the wall. Within a small space, many cables may protrude. With a free-standing unit, the danger for excessive heat production looks less serious. The waste heat is better drawn off in all directions. A 7.1 wireless speaker* in combination with a slimline AV receiver would be recommended. This has a lower overall height due to its flatter design, which creates more space in the compartments of a rack.