jdpman wrote:Satellite speakers simply refers to the smaller form factor of speakers used in a home theater setup. They supply the mid/high frequencies but due to their size, it's pretty much required you use a subwoofer with them. There are other form factors that can be used in a home theater setup; for example bookshelf or floorstanding speakers, which are larger and usually have woofers built into them. Those are able to supply some of the low frequencies themselves, but take up more space in a room.
So it's just what fits your room and personal tastes. Satellites are popular because they don't take up much space, but they're designed to work with a matching subwoofer. Like the one supplied in this sytem.
Actually, most home theater enthusiasts are referring specifically to the "surround" speakers when they say "satellite." In many systems, they are the smallest ones, and they are above and to the side or behind the listener, like a satellite.
In this set, the front L/R just happen to be the same size/model of speaker as the satellites... but obviously not always the case.