Home Theater Installation – Things to Know Before You Start

Are you ready for some Home Theater Installation? If you’re anything like me, you might be a little overwhelmed with the prospect of such an undertaking. If you can’t answer yes to any of those questions, don’t worry, because it can only help you to know what level of home theater equipment you’re prepared to take on. Either way, hopefully this is useful as you decide whether or not to go it alone with your home theater installation or get the professionals in to tackle your home theater installation for you.

So what kind of home theater installation do you need when tackling your TV setup and sound system? Well, if you’ve got a fairly decent TV that’s been well set up (you’ll want to ensure its picture and sound quality), wireless internet connection, cable box, DVD player/recorder, speakers, wall unit and additional lighting, then you’re ready for your first home theater installation! If on the other hand you have neither those items nor a decent TV then you will need to take some time planning for your setup before you begin.
One of the most common pieces of equipment required in a home theater installation is your television, which will generally have a stand depending on its size. You will need to mount your television on your wall (unless you’re using the stand feature). You will also have to find a suitable place on your floor area to place your TV and other important electronics, such as speakers. You can often choose to have an entertainment centre installed instead, but unless you have the space for that, you will have to place all your electronics on a table or shelf in the room where you are mounting your TV. Depending on the type of speakers you have, you may even want to place some inside the room if you want to be able to enjoy a surround sound effect from all your speakers.
The next item in a home theater installation is the sound system; this includes your speakers, a subwoofer and a good quality amplifier. In addition to the speakers, you’ll need to buy a home theater system that will handle all the audio output for your theater; the speakers should be able to reproduce sound very clearly so that everyone in the room can hear clear dialogue without any background sounds. If you’re going for a true surround sound effect, then you’ll need a home theater system with a Dolby Pro Logic II cinema-grade audio processor – these processors are superior to cheaper models. The amplifier will help boost the sound to make it into the room.
After getting all your equipment set up, then you’re all set to enjoy your movie(s). The next thing you’ll want to do in your home theater installation is set up your movie monitor, and it is recommended that you use a dual monitor setup – one to watch the movie while you’re at home and one to use to play the movie back to ensure that you get the full effect. Once you’re done setting up your movie monitor, the last thing that you have to do is to hook up your home theater system up to your television. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting the picture perfect, then running to the living room only to see that your cable or satellite connection isn’t working.
Finally, you need to run your speakers through the ceiling to minimize wire mess and improve the overall look and feel of the room. Another thing that you might want to consider doing in your home theater system set up is mounting the speakers on the wall. This gives a better look and will also allow the cables to be hidden, which improves the ambience of the room. You can also run the wires along the floor to hide them and make your home theater system look more elegant. With the right setup and wires, your home theater system installation will go off without a hitch.

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