If you have just bought a home theater set or speaker system, you may need a guide to configure it if you do not want to hire an installer. You can think that you are technically fit, and installing a new home theater system will be very easy.
After unpacking a new home theater set you will usually find the main component and 5 or 7 speakers. The central component will provide sound for all configured speakers. This central component is also called a surround sound receiver or amplifier. This is the central center of your home theater system. Below are the awesome tips in setting up your home theater shared to us by our friends at Wavetrain:
The position of the central receiver
Remember to put the receiver in a relatively central position to minimize the amount of speaker wire you need. You do not need to place the receiver directly next to the TV. Also, make sure that you can easily reach the receiver from a TV or DVD / Blu-ray player because you will have to connect them.
Connecting the receiver to a power source and TV or DVD is quite easy. Most modern televisions have an optical output that connects directly to the receiver using a fiber optic cable. This cable may not be included in the system, but it is available in all electronic stores. However, the speaker configuration can be a bit more complicated.
Required dimensions for the speaker cable
If you have wireless rear speakers, you will not need a lot of cables and the configuration will be a bit easier. First, measure the amount of speaker cable you need. Remember to add an extra wire to match these curves and turns. Choose the size of the speaker cable, depending on the power you want to power the speakers. The more power, the more often the speaker cable. The subwoofer usually has a built-in amplifier and will connect to the receiver using an RCA cable.
Make sure that the polarity of the cable is correct
When connecting the speaker cable, be sure to connect it with the correct polarity. Each speaker has a colored terminal, usually red and black. Choose a speaker cable that shows a cable of a different color than the other. Then connect the cable to all speakers in the same way. Then, after connecting the speaker cable to the receiver, connect the cable to each speaker jack of the receiver in the same way. This will keep the sound on each speaker in the right phase and optimize the sound quality.
Proper synchronization of speakers
Wireless rear speakers usually have an acoustic delay during transmission. This delay is also called delay. The delay is usually from 1 to 20 ms. To get the best effect, it’s best to sync all the speakers. If the system uses wireless and wired connections of the front speakers.
Contact the manufacturer if you can set the surround receiver to delay the sound of some channels. If you’re using wireless connections, you want to set the front and side speaker channels to delay the sound. Home theater systems that are not designed for wireless rear speakers may not have this capacity. In this case, you can search for a set of wireless speakers with very low latency, ideally less than 1 ms.