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A home theater installation soundbar in a Bethesda MD home

Among the core components of any home entertainment setup is the sound system; what you hear is just as important as what you see, after all. However, it isn’t so cut-and-dry when deciding on what visual equipment you want to use. Choosing your sound system is also a complicated situation, as there are all kinds of systems to choose from. Overall, most systems fit into two categories: soundbars and speakers. 

At Revelation Services®, we dedicate ourselves to making sure our clients in Bethesda, MD, get the most out of their home theater installation service possible. Our services involve properly installing and turning them to their optimal settings, ensuring they provide you with a high quality audio-visual experience. 

Below, we discuss the differences between speakers and soundbars. 


A soundbar is an audio accessory that channels sound from your television through its own speaker system. It often sits in front or under your television and doesn’t cost as much as a full home theater setup. 

In regards to cost, it’s a better option especially if you have a thinner TV. Thinner TVs have lower sound quality because of their size. Most people who own thin TVs opt for purchasing a soundbar because it doesn’t break the bank.

Here are a couple of soundbars we recommend:

  1. VIZIO 46” SB46514-F6 offers an immersive and clear sound system that costs a little under $1000. It provides surround sound with Dolby Atmos with a five-channel soundbar with two speakers that direct audio upwards and two rear channel speakers for a more immersive experience. You can also integrate it with Google Assistant and stream with Chromecast or Bluetooth.
  2. The Yamaha YAS-209 is among one of the most inexpensive soundbar options. It has a built-in microphone so you can control it using Alexa and can be utilized similar to other Alexa smart speakers. Its audio quality is extensive and balanced for a smaller soundbar system.


Speaker systems are more of a traditional audio accessory that comes with a set of stereo speakers and acts as an amplifier or receiver to provide you with a surround sound experience. A complete speaker setup may cost over $1000, but you can definitely start at the standard stereo speakers and then determine your need for additional speakers. 

Here are our two top picks for speaker systems: 

  1. The Polk Signature Series is a collection of speakers created by passionate engineers dedicated to providing listeners with a superior listening experience. Not only do these speakers offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance, but they also provide a dynamic and balanced overall sound. You will truly feel as if you’re watching in a movie theater or sitting in a live audience.
  2. The ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 is another great option for a lifelike surround sound experience. As a more affordable speaker system, it easily fills a room with sound without sacrificing any details. It also offers a custom multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure seamless transitions between other channels. 

Revelation Services®: Home Theater Installation Services in Bethesda, MD

At Revelation Services®, it’s our mission to provide you with new technology so you can live better. Our experienced technicians are proud to offer high quality home theater installation services, Wi-Fi optimization, smart home automation, and more to residents in the Bethesda, MD area. While the details mentioned above are just a few options for you to consider, you may also consult with our team to determine what audio solutions will work the best for you. 

Upgrade your home theater today! Call Revelation Services® at (703) 677-4187 to schedule an appointment with our team.