On the back of most dedicated home cinema speakers you’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 ‘+’ and ‘-‘ 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 ‘bi-wired’, which means that they feature two sets of binding posts and are connected to the receiver using two cables – one carrying the high-frequency signals and one carrying the low-frequencies. This is most commonly used for hi-fi setups.

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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 it’s rare that you’ll find them on dedicated home cinema speaker systems over £500.


These are some of the common things you’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.

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