Home Cinema Speakers - October 9th, 2008
There has always been confusion about speakers, in regards to what is and what is not suitable for a home cinema installation. The truth is that a good speaker would sound nice in a home cinema and in a listening room. It is very hard to believe that a high end speaker like Focal-JMlab Utopia Grande (a well known speaker for 2-channel systems) will not excel in a home cinema application.
The only consideration with home cinema speakers is to choose the models suitable for the specific installation. Standards require a maximum of 105 db at the seating location, from every speaker. It is pointless building a room with bespoke home cinema seating, expensive projection system, and miscalculating the speaker requirements. Dedicated home cinema rooms have all front speakers located behind the acoustically transparent screen, but in wall and in ceiling speakers and subwoofers are very often used in certain installations.
For more information on the subject, refer to “Reference Levels in a Home Cinema.”