Buying Guide: Home Audio


  1. Choose the right kind of speakers


  1. Usage : The first factor that you need to consider is how you’re going to use the speakers. If you’re an occasional movie watcher and listen to music occasionally, a small pair of high-quality bookshelf speakers might be perfect for you.


If you’re a music professional/lover, you might want to opt for a bigger surround sound home/theatre audio system. You should remember that home theatre system/floor standing speakers deliver rich.


  1. Room Size : This is the most common question asked from you when you go to buy a speaker. The size of you room is one of the single biggest factors when choosing an AC.

- Small Rooms: If you have a small room, a bookshelf speaker with around 2.1 surround sound capacity should be sufficient. Small rooms aren’t the ideal space for large speakers mostly because they tend to take a lot of space and overload the sound with bass resulting in a muddy sound.

-Large Rooms: If you have a large room, you might want to take a look at the home theatre systems available in the market. Big audio systems in large rooms make the sound more immersive. This happens because the speakers are usually at a distance of four-five feet away from the sound source which helps in better sound projection across the room.


  1. Walls & Floors: Hard surface is good sounds main enemy as it reflects sound in a distorted manner. Similarly, soft surfaces absorb sound. You need to ensure your room doesn’t have a lot of hard surfaces for the sound to reflect off of. You can check this by standing and clapping at the center of your room, if the sound echoes, you need to shift the speakers to another room or reduce the echo. Furniture, plants, drapes or anything that helps break up long/ hard surfaces will help your speaker sound its best.

  2. Budget: When it comes to speakers, it’s normal to fall into a big price tag trap. That is why you need to be extremely careful while choosing the correct speaker. At times, an inexpensive small speaker can do wonders compared to its counterpart. Make sure you compare the prices once you’ve narrowed down on the type of speaker you’re planning to buy.

  3. Wired/Wireless: Speakers have undergone a tech evolution similar to other electronic products. The biggest feature to be added on is the 3.5 mm plug being eliminated in a lot of latest models to add portability with Bluetooth connectivity feature.

    This is another factor you need to assess before making the final call. If you need to connect your speaker to another device, you will need a wired speaker whereas if you’re looking for a more portable option, Bluetooth speakers bring a lot to the table.


  1. Pre-installed Playlist: There are now speakers in the market with a pre-fed playlist. The best example being the Saregama Carvaan which comes with preset 5000 old songs, a rechargeable battery, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone jack.


  1. Why you should choose a Home Theatre



If you wish to experience the powerful cinema-quality audio and video in your living room, invest in a top-of-the-line home theatre experience. With features such as HDMI, surround sound, HD audio and more, you can enjoy audio quality like never before. Shop for home theatre systems from top brands at the best prices only at Bajaj Finserv EMI Store.

Experience Stunning Quality with Home Theatre Systems

Whether it’s that rumbling bass effect from the action scene of a science fiction flick or crystal-clear notes in melodious Bollywood tunes, a good home theatre system will accurately recreate the audio effects experienced in a large movie hall or even in real life. Depending on the size of your room and other needs, there are different types of home theatre systems available. A 2.1 channel system is ideal for smaller bedrooms, it also comes with a sub-woofer and two satellite speakers. For larger rooms, a 5.1 home theatre system will provide you with a unique surround sound experience that takes you right in the centre of the action.

Shop for Top Home Theatre Systems

From compact 2.1 multimedia speaker systems for your desktop to massive 5.1 systems with built-in DVD or Blu-ray players, find a great selection of quality home theatre systems from leading brands at For those who don’t like compromising on quality, select from the Yamaha Yht-196, Philips HTB5580/94, Sony BDVN7200W/BME12 among others. If you prefer a minimalistic look without compromising on sound, shop for sound bars from JBL, LG, Philips and other top brands. Buy the perfect home theatre system for your home at and enjoy great discounts.

  1. 2.1 vs. 4.1 vs. 5.1 vs. 7.1 Channels

To start with the 2.0 setup, this is a basic speaker setup consisting of two speakers (left and right). Adding a sub-woofer to it for bass completes the 2.1 setup. You won’t get a surround sound like 5.1 or 7.1 setup, but the clutter of wires and the price is much less.

A 4.1 setup is what you get when you remove the center speaker from the 5.1 setup. It has most of the components of the 5.1 setup, but doesn’t exactly match the experience.


A 5.1 setup comes with 5 speakers and a sub-woofer. One of these is a central speaker, with two on the sides, while two go on the back/sides (surround channels). This setup is apt for surround sound experience at home and offers enough value for money. Shop the best 5.1 surround speakers on Bajaj Finserv EMI Store now.


For a 7.1 speaker you need to add two speakers behind along with the two surround channels. It adds to the experience, but also to the cost and the wire clutter.

Also note, you’ll need content that supports these standards. Also, the 3.5mm port doesn’t support 5.1, so don’t spend money unless you have a HDMI ARC or digital optical port.

Here is an example of how the 7.1 setup looks like:



  1. Is 1000W twice as loud as 500W?

Short answer is no, but let’s understand why it is no since this might be a bit confusing. Intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB), but it’s a logarithmic scale. It is a general belief that a normal person perceives the loudness of sound double with a 6dB increase in intensity. Now how are watts linked to decibels? Just see the chart below.

Watts Decibels
2 93
4 96
8 99
16 102
32 105
64 108
128 111
256 114
512 117
1024 120

With an increase of 6 dB, the wattage should consecutively increase four times. So, a 1000W speaker would be twice as loud as a 250W one. Again, this is subjective and not everyone may perceive the doubled loudness at 6dB.

  1. Tips & Warnings


  1. Size and price aren’t always indicators of sound quality. You can find expensive bookshelf speakers that sound worse to you than a cheaper standing speaker.

  2. It is impossible to judge speakers based on characteristics listed on the box. It’s always a good idea to listen to them in the store, preferably with a familiar song on a CD.

  3. Some stores will let you demo the speakers at home. If this isn’t an option, make sure your store has a helpful return policy.


  1. If you happen to have an amplifier then match your speakers to your amplifier. Speakers that have less impedance can get damaged. Amplifiers that don’t give enough power will cause poor sound quality.