Having a good home theater system is easier than ever. We have a plethora of options available around us with different types of devices for all types of budgets, rooms and preferences, which can sometimes make you question which one is best for us.
This is generally the case when choosing between so-called kit home cinema systems or modular systems: what options do they offer us, what are the advantages and disadvantages compared to a traditional system?
Home cinema kit systems: main advantages
Home theater kits are an option that has grown in possibilities in recent years. They’re built-in audio systems that usually include everything you need to start enjoying our content right out of the box. They include speakers, amplifiers or AV receivers, often wireless subwoofers, and sometimes even a media player.
If we do not have a lot of knowledge about this type of equipment, they are usually a very good option as their installation is very simple and all the necessary accessories and items are included (in many cases even the cables for connecting to the speakers. ). We just have to follow a few brief instructions to assemble and install them and in a matter of minutes we’ll get it up and running.
It is common for electronics to provide connectors marked in different colors or even different ways for each of the speakers that are included, or for these to be able to communicate wirelessly at the push of a sync button, further simplifying the installation of the speaker. all.
If we get one of these kits, we will also be sure that the speakers will work perfectly with the amplifier. There will be no impedance or excess power issues, since all elements have been preselected by the manufacturer or distributor.
In addition, in general, they are generally less expensive than modular equipment when scale factors come into play or even special discounts on certain kits with elements from previous years that distributors put on sale with the arrival of new ones. models.
Home cinema kit systems: main drawbacks
Home theater kits usually have two main issues that often put even more expert users back on the road, but that may not be a problem if one is to get started in the home theater world.
The first is linked to the possibility of reusing its components, which is often deliberately made difficult by the manufacturer himself so that it is not possible or that it is not immediately possible to use an element of the kit. in another home theater system.
For example, the ease of connection, which is in principle an obvious advantage, ultimately implies that by using proprietary connectors or our own wireless protocols, we will not be able to reuse the speakers and components with future cinema or video systems. music.
It may not matter to us in the short term, but after a few years we may want to expand or improve the equipment with new speakers, put in a more powerful subwoofer, or just another to further balance the bass in the room, but we will not be able to do that, having to buy back all the elements and speakers from scratch.
The other main problem has to do with the balance in the quality of the components, as it is usual that some of them are not up to the standard of the rest. If we buy a modular set, we can make sure that every component (speaker, amplifier, subwoofer, etc.) is of the quality we are looking for or meets certain standards.
In the kits it is much more difficult, because often, in order to offer cheaper prices, the manufacturer cuts certain elements such as for example the real amplification power, the acoustic correction capacity of the room or especially in the capacities of the satellite speakers. , often low-end with plastic cases and shoddy drivers.
This gives the impression that the equipment performs wonderfully for low and medium volumes, but as soon as we start asking for decibels, one or more of the elements start to warp, deteriorating the final quality of the perceived audio.