If you just purchased a home theater system or a set of loudspeakers, you might want a few guidelines on correctly setting it up if you don’t want to contract an installer. You may think you are technically savvy and that setting up your new home theater system is going to be a snap. I am going to present several recommendations that will help you steer clear of various frequently made errors.
After unpacking your new home theater system, you will generally find one central element and also 5 or 7 loudspeakers. The main component will provide the signal for every one of your speakers which you are going to install. This element is also named surround receiver and works as the main control of your home theater system.
Place this receiver in a place which minimizes the speaker cord run to every loudspeaker. If you have your TV up center then a good spot for your receiver might be somewhere near your television set. This is going to also simplify hooking up your receiver to the audio output of your television set. On the other hand, select an alternate place if your TV already is fairly crowded with other gear. It is not too complex to make the connections between your receiver and TV or DVD player by utilizing a fiberoptical cord. This cable is usually included with your system. You may also get it a many electronics stores. After you have established the audio link to your TV, you may now proceed and connect your speakers. This step requires a little more work.
You won’t need as much speaker wire if your loudspeakers are cordless. Some kits include all-wireless loudspeakers while others merely contain wireless rear speakers. For all other speakers, begin by measuring how much speaker cord you require. You might wish to add some extra length for safety. In many cases, you won’t be able to run the cord in a straight line to your speakers. You might need to consider carpets, furniture etc. Therefore make sure you include all of these extra bends in your computation. Get the gauge of the loudspeaker cord depending on how much power you plan to drive your speakers with. The higher the wattage the thicker the speaker cord. Many subwoofers will have a built-in amplifier and thus take a low-level audio signal. You can connect your woofer by utilizing a shielded RCA cable. The satellite speakers each connect by a speaker terminal which is usually color coded in order to help guarantee correct polarity. Most loudspeaker cable is going to show one strand in a different color. This is vital as it is going to help guarantee the correct polarity of the loudspeaker terminal connection. Merely connect the different-color strand to the speaker terminal which is colored. In the same method, watch the right polarity while connecting the loudspeaker cord to your surround receiver in order to keep all of your loudspeakers in phase. If you are using cordless loudspeakers, there will be a short audio delay incurred throughout the audio transmission to the speakers, also known as latency. The amount of latency is dependent on the cordless system. It is usually less than 25 ms. For optimum sound, all of the speakers should be in sync. If you have cordless rears then the audio is going to by to some extent out of sync with your remaining speakers. In order to keep all speakers in sync you are going to have to tweak the receiver in order to delay the audio going to your wired loudspeakers.
Typically the front- and center-speaker audio is going to need to be delayed. The rear-speaker audio that is going to the wireless rears must have no delay. Contact your manufacturer if you can’t figure out how to set the audio delay. Normally home theater systems that were designed for wireless outdoor speakers or include a wireless transmitter will include this capability and allow your speakers to be in phase.