Listening Room vs. Home Theater: Which is Best for You?

August 20, 2016 by

After reading the title, you must be thinking that listening room is no match of home theater. We think you shouldn’t make haste to make the conclusion.

Yes, it’s true that home theater has dated the listening room, although, it can be seen at most of the home. Why?  Reason is that listening room is used to listen to the music only, where you just feel the sound. When you’re in deep blues or want to calm yourself with “music therapy”, listening room is the great option.

Coming to home theater, it is the ultimate source of entertainment for game enthusiasts and movie goers. But that doesn’t mean home theater has made the listening room out of business. Read the differences between home theater and listening room to know why latter is still relevant in former’s dominance.


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More or less, home theater and listening room have same components like audio speakers and players. Home theater comes with big screen lacking by listening room.

Listening room has only a speaker system with an audio player. On the other hand, home theater is equipped with LCD screen, video player, AV receivers and speakers set. Latter has more complicated setting and may be costly than listening room component.



As its name speaks, listening room is only meant for enjoying the music, only music, meaning that no video or other activity. The room may have two audio channels and few sitting arrangement.

On the other hand, home theater can be used for movie watching, playing games and many more things.

But it is found that people seeking calmness always head to listening room away from the excitement of home theater.

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That’s the point which make listening room special than home theater. Since enjoying the music is the sole use of the room, making the room more acoustic is prerequisite. A good listening room has the suitable ambience for to keep the listeners interested and concentrated on the piece of music. And that ambience is created by the sound proof walls, right sound insulation and the things creating difference between vocals and heavy instruments. So, you can say that listening room helps you get to the music in its “original” form the way musician wants it to be.

With home theater, you don’t need to be strict on the acoustic environment like listening room. Although, make sure the environment is enough ideal to avoid sound distortion and light interfacing.

So, these are the key differences between listening room and home theater. If you want solitude and want “music” to calm yourself, listening room is the better idea. If you want to get those “stunning” visuals and surrounding sound, home theater is the great choice for you.


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