If you love unbelievable graphics, ultra-loud sound effects, and seeing the
grit, grime, and sweat of your favorite sports teams in high definition, a home
theatre system is definitely for you. Not only can you enjoy your favorite shows
and movies with your family, but everyone in your neighborhood is bound to come
over to catch the biggest sporting events or reality shows.
the best home theatre equipment isn't enough-- installing the right way will
only amplify your experience.
Get a high-quality TV
. The television is going
to be the focal point of your entertainment system, so make sure it is the best
you can get. If you don't want or need a high-end plasma or a huge LCD TV, you
can still find a decently-sized TV with a good quality picture for not too much
money.Choose the optimal spot
for the TV--the rest of
the entertainment system will be arranged around it. Pick a position where the
TV can be viewed straight on without a glare. Carefully follow the instructions
that came with your TV for mounting
and setting it up. Keep in mind that it should be placed at about eye-level to
TIP: Check with HDTV service providers
in your area. Some will offer HDV or home theater setup as an incentive for
using their HDTV service.
The other major component of your home theatre
system is the surround sound. This usually encompasses five speakers (sometimes
seven), a subwoofer, and a center console, which connects and controls the
- Each speaker should be labeled according to its position (e.g., FR for front
right, RL for rear left, etc).
- The center speaker should be placed on or above the TV, and the front-right
and front-left speakers should be placed at about equal height and at the same
distance from the center speaker.
- The rear speakers should be placed approximately opposite of their front
counterparts. More specific instructions will be included with your system when
you purchase it.
Depending on your system, you may have the option to
custom balance the sound output from each speaker. Some systems can even do this
automatically by sending out signals from the speakers to a microphone that
you'll have to place in various positions in the room. Follow your system's
setup instructions carefully.
A Few Extra Tips
Here are some other things to keep in mind
while installing your system:
- If your speakers have separate positive and negative wire inputs, make sure
you connect the right wire to the right terminal.
- Try to pick a room that has enough outlets to handle everything you'll be
plugging in. Surge protectors are also a good idea, since you'll want to protect
this expensive equipment.
- Avoid setting up your system in a well-lit room or one that has a lot of
windows that will cause glare. If you don't have another viable option, invest
in some thick shades and curtains.
- You may have to test and rearrange your speakers more than once, so make
sure you don't mount anything until you're sure you have the best
Taking the extra time to get all of this equipment set up
the right way will be well worth it when you sit down to enjoy your favorite TV
show, movie, or video game. Having your TV in a good location and your sound
system set up properly can make all the difference in your viewing and listening