One of the worst parts about buying a new tv is that the audio capabilities never seem to match its brilliant picture quality. These days most TVs don’t even come with a built-in decoder to play 5.1 surround sound.

If you’ve noticed this problem first hand and are tired of insufficient sound quality during your favorite programs or movies, consider the following four ways to boost your sound quality.

# 1 – Surround Sound –

Most TVs don’t offer surround sound capabilities, and those that do often come with a hefty price tag. However, you don’t have to break the bank when purchasing a surround sound system to connect to your audio devices.

A surround sound system can be purchased for a pretty affordable price and installed easily using tools most people have in their homes. Be sure to put the speakers in areas where they are easily heard from any seat in the room.

# 2 – Digital Optical Cable

This is one of the easiest ways to boost sound quality. A digital optical cable connects directly from your audio devices (such as a cd player or DVD player) to your tv and plays Dolby surround sound. This is a cost-efficient way to boost your sound quality without installing a whole new sound system.

# 3 – Soundbar

People often wonder whether a soundbar vs. surround sound is better. In truth, the choice comes down to available space and design style. With a soundbar, you can play your favorite movies and shows without installing more wires or components.

Soundbars are also great for travel, as they don’t take up much space and are easy to pack away.

# 4 – Use Shorter Cables

In addition to switching to a surround sound system, you can also boost the quality of your audio by using shorter cables. Long cables create problems because they tend to pick up interference from household wires and other electronic devices.