Do you want to dodge the cost of getting your new home theater system or your new loudspeakers installed by a specialist? An installer is going to usually charge no less than several hundred dollars for a simple install. You may think you are technically savvy and that installing your new home theater system will be a snap. I will present several suggestions that are going to help you steer clear of some usually made mistakes. Your home theater system will usually come with 5 or 7 loudspeakers – 1 central loudspeaker, two front loudspeakers, 2 rears as well as 2 sides (in case of a 7.1 system) as well as a subwoofer. It also contains a central component. This element is going to drive every one of your loudspeakers. This central component is the central hub of your home theater system. You will generally be able to control it via remote control. It will process the sound and separate it into the sound element for each separate loudspeaker.
Place this receiver in a place that minimizes the speaker cord run to each loudspeaker. Just be sure it is in a dry and secure location. Furthermore, be sure that you can easily reach the receiver from your TV or DVD/Blue-ray player since you will need to connect these. The receiver requires an audio signal to output surround sound. Generally it is going to accept an optical surround sound signal. You may connect this input to your TV by utilizing a fiberoptical cord. Connecting your satellite speakers takes a bit more work though.
Determine the length of speaker wire that you will need for attaching all of the satellite loudspeakers. You might want to add some extra length for safety. In most cases, you won’t be able to run the cable in a straight line to your loudspeakers. You might need to consider carpets, furniture etc. Therefore make sure you include all of these additional bends in your computation. Select the gauge of the loudspeaker cord depending on how much power you intend to drive your loudspeakers with. The higher the wattage the thicker the loudspeaker cable. The majority of subwoofers will have a built-in power amplifier and as a result take a low-level music signal. You may connect your subwoofer by utilizing a shielded RCA cable.
Whilst connecting the speaker cable, ensure that you attach the cable with the correct polarity. Every speaker has a color-coded terminal, normally red and black. Go with a speaker cable which shows one strand in a different color than the other. Then connect the cord to all speakers the same way. In the same method, observe the correct polarity when attaching the loudspeaker cord to your surround receiver to keep all of your loudspeakers in phase.
If you are using wireless outdoor speakers, there will be a short audio delay incurred during the audio transmission to the loudspeakers, also known as latency. The amount of latency depends 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 cordless rears then the audio is going to by somewhat out of sync with your remaining loudspeakers. In order to keep all loudspeakers in sync you will need to tweak the receiver to delay the signal going to your wired loudspeakers.
Verify with the manufacturer if your surround receiver can be set to delay the signal of specific channels. If you are using wireless rears, you want to set the front-speaker and side-speaker channels to delay the signal. Home theater systems that were not intended for wireless rear loudspeakers might not come with this capability. In this case you might want to look for a wireless speaker kit which has very low latency, ideally less than one ms. This is going to keep all of your speakers in perfect sync.