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How Do I Choose the Best Digital Sound Projector?

Bryce Clinton
Bryce Clinton

When shopping to find the best digital sound projector, it's important to read product descriptions and reviews. If your budget is the primary factor in your choice, you'll be looking for the best projector model for the most reasonable price. If price is not an object, you might be looking for the most advanced sound projection with the most features and the sleekest look. Either way, your shopping experience should involve carefully weighing each pro and con about a given projector and reading customer reviews to ensure the quality and performance match your expectations.

A digital sound projector is a great way to replace more complicated home theater systems. Digital projectors can work as standalone units, or in conjunction with a subwoofer. They mount to the wall below your flat screen television and project sound into all corners of the room, creating the same effect as a surround-sound home theater system, but without all the speakers. The digital technology that makes these projectors work has advanced to the point where you can get truly high-quality sound, but in most cases you get what you pay for; some projectors are more advanced than others.

A HDMI® cable.
A HDMI® cable.

Digital sound projectors use tiny drivers to bounce audio off your walls, and some have a more enveloping sound than others based on the number of these drivers and their calibration. There are different sizes and styles of speaker bar with different levels of capacity, so it's important to read the specifications. Some will sound OK without the addition of a subwoofer; others will need it. Also, certain digital sound projectors are more proficient at switching modes and creating excellent sound from different digital sources, so it's important to investigate these characteristics and see how they compare between models.

Digital sound projectors can produce surround-sounds similar to those in home theaters.
Digital sound projectors can produce surround-sounds similar to those in home theaters.

Another thing to look for when trying to choose the best digital sound projector is the number of speakers in the cabinet, or speaker bar, and the presence of proprietary dynamic software, which makes strategic placement of the unit in the room less of a factor in audio quality. Some projectors have more connections than others, so if you need to have a lot of HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ins and outs for different devices, it's important to choose a digital sound projector that has them. Additional features include a dock for your phone or portable music player.

Since one of the goals of a digital sound projector is to eliminate wires, you'll probably want to choose a model that has wireless capability. Comparing sound quality between models isn't something you can easily do online, but there are many detailed reviews that can help you determine the consensus for particular models. Usually sound quality and richness improves with price, with higher-end models sounding just like a room filled with speakers.

The best digital sound projector on the market is sure to advance each year, but additional things to look for include slimness of design, the presence of a Blu-ray player in the cabinet, and the number of watts. Some units will also perform a conversion that will upgrade sound coming from older technologies. Your best bet is to read as many reviews as you can find and talk to your local electronics or audio store representative.

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    • A HDMI® cable.
      A HDMI® cable.
    • Digital sound projectors can produce surround-sounds similar to those in home theaters.
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      Digital sound projectors can produce surround-sounds similar to those in home theaters.