Which is better a 3.1 or a 5.1 soundbar and why?

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  • 5 months ago

    So, you have a soundbar that's what? two to three feet long, with all the drivers packed inside the one little cabinet. What makes you think you can get actual 5.1 anything out of it? IF they use more speakers, it "might" be louder. Its a selling point that the soundbar has within it a speaker for each available surround channel, but if they are all crammed into one tiny enclosure , you are not going to get a surrounding sound out of it. Soundbars make TV;s sound better. Because TV sound sucks. You cant throw a 1/2 to 2 watt amp and a couple fifty cent speakers into a crowded flatscreen TV case and get good sound quality. Period. But decent sound is far from five separated, independently driven standard speakers set in proper positions around you room. Just be happy you are not dependent on the rotten TV built in speakers.

    When you are ready to move up to a surround system, go buy one.

    Rule of thumb; Better speaker drivers usually have better magnets and structures - which weigh more. if the soundbar seems less than say twenty pound when you pick it up, put it down and look at another soundbar before whipping out your wallet.

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  • Lance
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    6 months ago

    3.1 and 5.1 in a sound bar are not really what matters. what really matters is how many drivers they have inside and types of connections usually the more drivers inside the better...The type and amount of connections also matters i.e. HDMI optical RCA bluetooth etc...the more connections it has the better flexibility you have when using it... 5.1 should mean five or more drivers and a subwoofer but this is not always the case...If a soundbar is advertised as 5.1 and has less than 5 drivers inside plus a sub-woofer stay away from it cause the 5.1 advertising is a gimmick and not real...as a general rule the more drivers inside the sound bar the better....Driver quality also matters the amount of amplifier power matters but usually a sound bar that has at least 6 drivers inside will also have the power and performance to go with the enhancement. If you don't know and can't audition look for the number of drivers inside and also the weight of the sound bar heavier weight means more electronics inside and better build quality...

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  • 6 months ago

    Neither can be declared "better"

    unless the performance of both units is tested and evaluated.

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  • 6 months ago

    The "5.1" surround sound layout consists of a center channel for vocals, left and right for stereo separation, left and right surround for front-rear separation, and a subwoofer (the ".1") for the deep bass sounds.

    A 5.1 audio system knows how to pick the sounds for those speakers out of the mix.

    A 3.1 system leaves out the rear speakers, which can save you some money if you're not really going to take advantage of them.

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