The home theatre is one of the most popular types of system in modern homes. Instead of multiple speakers, a single piece of equipment will play several audio tracks at once to give listeners the sensation that they are right in the action.
While these systems can be expensive in both equipment and setup, they are well worth it for those who want to go all out in their media setups. Follow these steps, and you’ll have a professional-grade system hooked up in no time.
The first order of business is to choose your equipment carefully, so let’s get started! Surround sound systems can be a little pricey at first glance, but they are very good at immersing the user in the media.
A system that costs $3000 will sound better than one that costs $300, but it’s important to find the balance between price and quality. A cheap piece of equipment will make you regret your purchase quickly – don’t fall into this trap!
Step One: Speakers
The first order of business is to choose the individual speakers that will comprise your system. Each speaker plays a different role – some are meant to stay still while others are meant to be mounted on walls or corners, while others hang from the ceiling. Make sure that each speaker has a purpose before you buy it!
Center Channel Speaker
This speaker is usually small and sits on top of your television or inside your media cabinet. It plays the main vocal track, which means it will be the most prominent speaker in your system! Make sure that you buy a center channel speaker if you want to use surround sound – having only front speakers makes for an incomplete experience.
Surround speakers are the most common type of speaker in surround systems. Most surround sound systems have anywhere between three and five – these will play music, sound effects, and other audio tracks through their rear-firing drivers. Some have specially-designed forward drivers that give them a unique look! These are the most important speakers in your system, so make sure you’re happy with your choice.
Most surround systems have a subwoofer, which is the only speaker that has no business being on the floor. These are large pieces of equipment that can be put in corners or against walls to provide remarkable depth to movie soundtracks and video game music. These are an absolute must when it comes to surround sound systems.
Step Two: Hooking Up Your Equipment
The next step in setting up your system is to position your speakers in the right spots. Make sure that you have plenty of space – nobody wants a crowded media cabinet! I recommend placing each speaker about five feet away from any walls or corners, but you may want to experiment with this distance. You’ll also need to decide where you’re going to put your subwoofer – some people keep it in the corner, while others put it against a wall. It’s up to you!
After that, all that remains is to connect your equipment together! There are several ways of going about this – the easiest option is to use a wireless system or a pair of RCA cables, but you can also run speaker wire if you know what you’re doing. Hook up your speakers to your subwoofer last – it has its own amplifier!
After everything is hooked up, it’s time for one final step: calibration. You’ll need to adjust the sound levels and the frequency response of each speaker to get everything sounding good together, so be sure to read your user manual for more information on this difficult process.
That’s it! You now have a professional-grade surround media system connected to your television or projector. You can play music, watch movies, and take advantage of the full soundscape – now go show it off to your friends!
And as always, if you own a surround system and want to leave an opinion on how it’s set up, be sure to comment below!
Step Three: Troubleshooting
A surround sound system is an expensive purchase, so make sure you take care of it! If one of your speakers stops working, you’ll need to troubleshoot the problem before calling customer support – here’s how.
If a front speaker is giving off poor sound quality or isn’t playing any music, check to see if it’s set up correctly. Check all wires and connections on the back of the speaker and make sure they’re tight and working – if not, tighten and reconnect them. Also, make sure that all of your speakers are set up to work in the same mode (usually this will be stereo).
If a surround sound speaker isn’t playing any sound at all, there’s probably a problem with the wire or connection between it and your receiver or amplifier. Disconnect all speakers from your system and plug in the subwoofer – if it turns on, your problem is probably with one of the speakers. If it doesn’t, check out your amplifier or receiver to see if there’s something wrong with that piece of equipment.
Here’s another scenario:
You’re having problems getting audio through your speakers. If you’re trying to listen to something on your computer and you’re not getting any sound, check to see if the cables connecting your speakers are plugged in properly. Make sure that all of the wires are pushed into their respective ports as far as they can go – this will usually fix the problem.
Surround sound systems can be complex, but they’re usually worth it – especially if you want to step up your movie-watching and video game experiences. Follow these procedures and you’ll have a state-of-the-art home theatre in no time!