Do you want to avoid the expense of having your new home theater system or your new loudspeakers set up by a professional? An installer is going to usually charge no less than several hundred dollars for a simple setup. There are a few problems that are commonly made. I am going to give a number of guidelines in order to help make your set up a snap.
After unpacking your new home theater system, you are going to generally find a main component in addition to five or 7 loudspeakers. The main element is going to provide the music for every one of your speakers which you are going to set up. This main component is also known as surround sound receiver or amplifier. It is the main hub of your home theater system.
Put this receiver in a place that minimizes the speaker cord run to every loudspeaker. Choose a place which is not far away from your audio source or TV because you are going to need to connect the receiver to your source. Connecting the receiver to power and to your television set or Blue-ray player is fairly straightforward. The majority of modern TVs come with an optical output which connects directly to your receiver using a fiberoptical cord. This cable may not be included with your system although it is available at any electronics store. However, installing your speakers may be a little more tricky. Determine the length of loudspeaker wire that you are going to require for connecting all of the satellite loudspeakers. You are going to require to keep in mind furnishings and carpets and add some extra length to your calculations. This way you will have sufficient cable for all of the twists and turns. If you are planning to drive a lot of power to your speakers then ensure you select a cable which is thick enough to handle the current flow. Your subwoofer is going to normally have a built-in amplifier and connect to your receiver via RCA cable. The speaker cord attaches to every speaker via the speaker terminals. These terminals are color coded. This helps observe the right polarity whilst connecting the loudspeaker cable. Pick a loudspeaker cord that shows one strand in a different color than the other. Then connect the cable to all speakers the same way. In the same way, every loudspeaker output of your surround receiver is color coded. While connecting the cord to your receiver, observe the accurate polarity once more. This is going to keep all of your speakers in phase.
Cordless speakers normally need to employ some audio buffering during the transmission in order to deal with wireless interference. This results in a short delay when the signal is transmitted. This delay is also named latency and should be taken into consideration during your install. The amount of latency is dependent on the cordless system. It is usually less than 25 ms. For best sound, all of the speakers should be in sync. If you have wireless rears then the audio is going to by to some extent out of sync with your other loudspeakers. In order to keep all speakers in sync you are going to have to tweak the receiver in order to delay the signal going to your wired speakers. Verify with the manufacturer if your surround receiver can be set to delay the audio of particular channels. If you are using cordless rears, you want to set the front-speaker and side-speaker channels to delay the audio. Normally home theater systems that were designed for wireless outdoor speakers or include a wireless transmitter will include this capability and allow your loudspeakers to be in phase.