Home Theater System Review

Surround Sound Installation

Practical COnsiderations For Surround Sound Installation And Using Stereo Speaker Stands As Part Of Your Surround Sound Setup

Surround Sound Installation

You cannot deny, that you feel a certain amount of excitement when you open up a box containing your brand new surround sound system. However, this excitement can often turn into despair once the realization kicks in of the assembly task. There are a few things that you can do to prepare yourself and your home for an easier surround sound installation process.

You can save a great deal of time and effort by planning a few hours before the surround sound installation. For example, there are many map planning programs available, so that you can map out your room and electronically move furniture around. It is essential that you know the limitations of your room and plan upon this accordingly. An example of this would be a room which is bright and sunny with many windows would not be the best room for a projection TV. However, if it is the only available room, then it may be necessary to purchase blinds or shutters for the windows.

Surround Sound Installation

It is important to know in advance where the wires to your surround system will be. Wires need to be placed along the baseboard of your walls, not under carpets or across open floors. You need to ask yourself if you need stereo speaker stands, or speaker wall mounts. If so, consider the weight of the speakers before purchasing speaker wall mounts or stereo speaker stands. For example, do not purchase 50 pound speakers and then place them on a dry wall, if you do not wish to know what is behind that particular wall!!! These are essential practical considerations for surround sound installation.

Your surround sound system will need increased power outlets, as it will need a lot more power than a standard television. Check all circuit breakers to ensure that the power lines in your home will take the load.

It is also important that you plan the position of the light sources. Indirect lighting is best for home theater, placed behind the TV screen. However in many cases this is not possible. Soft lighting off to the side is the next best solution. Having total darkness is almost as bad as having too much light, as these can both result in eye strain.

It is advised to always purchase more wiring than you actually need. Add ten percent to the measurement of wire from the position of the receiver. This will create adequate wire to run to the connection through the stand or wall unit and eliminate tension of the wire. Do not secure the wire until everything is in place, as last minute changes can be made.

It is always recommended to keep a diagram of the surround sound setup of your system. Keep it in an envelope for future reference, and remember to update the diagram if you make any changes to your system. You should also have another envelope at hand where you can place all of the manuals and documentation that were used during your surround sound installation. This can come in handy for future reference.

Once you have your system up and running it is essential that you test it. Choose a DVD with great surround sound. Forward the scenes to see how the movie is coming through your system. If the scenes are clear and crisp, then the setup of your system is correct.

Always read the manual carefully. You will not only find features that you are not aware of, but the manual may just increase your enjoyment. Always read care and safety procedures thoroughly.

Now all that remains is for you to sit back and enjoy your new surround sound system.

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