On the back of most dedicated home cinema speakers youâ€™ll find binding posts that allow you to connect the speaker cable. As we mentioned in our AV receivers feature, the cable has to be connected to the corresponding â€˜+â€™ and â€˜-â€˜ terminals on the back of the speaker and the receiver, otherwise they will be out of phase and cause interference.
Some high-end speakers can be â€˜bi-wiredâ€™, which means that they feature two sets of binding posts and are connected to the receiver using two cables â€“ one carrying the high-frequency signals and one carrying the low-frequencies. This is most commonly used for hi-fi setups.
This all-in-one surround sound system uses spring clips to hook satellite speakers to the powered sub
Springclip speaker terminals are a common sight among all-in-one systems and ultra-cheap speaker packages, but itâ€™s rare that youâ€™ll find them on dedicated home cinema speaker systems over Â£500.
These are some of the common things youâ€™ll encounter while shopping around for a speaker system. Of course there is loads of other stuff that might influence your purchase: cabinet design, styling, build quality, available colours and whether or not they feature removable grilles on the front, but that all comes down to personal taste.