If you just got a home theater system or a pair of wireless speakers, you may require a few guidelines on properly setting it up if you don’t want to contract an installer. I will outline the fundamental setup procedure and offer some tips in order to help stay away from some widespread problems. Your home theater system will normally have 5 or seven speakers – 1 main speaker, two front speakers, 2 rears and 2 sides (in case of a 7.1 system) as well as a woofer. It also comes with a central component. This component is going to drive every one of your speakers. This central element is the central hub of your home theater system. You are going to typically be able to control it through remote control. It will process the sound and split it into the sound component for every separate loudspeaker.
Select a place for the surround receiver. You might wish to place it where you have the largest amount of space. Then again, please also keep in mind that you will need to run speaker cable to every speaker, so do not choose a place which is too remote. Just be sure it is in a dry and safe place. Also, be certain that you can easily reach the receiver from your TV or DVD/Blue-ray player as you will need to connect those. Attaching the receiver to power and to your TV or Blue-ray player is pretty clear-cut. Most modern TVs have an optical output that connects directly to your receiver through a fiberoptical cord. This cable is generally included with your system. You may also get it a most electronics shops. After you have established the audio connection to your television set, you can now go ahead and attach your loudspeakers. This step demands a little bit more effort.
If you have wireless rear loudspeakers you will not require as much speaker cord and the install is going to be somewhat simpler. First of all, calculate how much speaker cable you are going to require. You may wish to add some extra length for safety. In most cases, you will not be able to run the cord in a straight line to your loudspeakers. You might need to consider carpets, furniture etc. Therefore make certain you include all of these additional twists in your computation. If you are planning to drive a lot of output power to your speakers then make certain you choose a cable which is thick enough to handle the current flow. The majority of subwoofers are going to have a built-in power amplifier and thus accept a low-level music signal. You can attach your woofer by using a shielded RCA cable.
Whilst connecting the loudspeaker cable, make certain that you attach the cord with the accurate polarity. Each loudspeaker has a color-coded terminal, normally red and black. Get a loudspeaker cord which is color coded in order to help ensure the correct polarity while connecting to the loudspeaker terminal. In the same manner, watch the right polarity while connecting the loudspeaker cable to your surround receiver in order to keep all of your loudspeakers in phase.
Cordless loudspeakers usually need to do some amount of audio buffering throughout the transmission in order to deal with wireless interference. This results in a brief delay whilst the audio is transmitted. This delay is also known as latency and should be taken into consideration during your install. The amount of latency depends on the cordless system. It is usually less than 25 ms. For best sound, all of the loudspeakers should be in sync. If you have wireless rears then the audio is going to by somewhat out of sync with your remaining loudspeakers. To keep all loudspeakers in sync you will have to tweak the receiver in order to delay the signal going to your wired loudspeakers. Check the user manual in order to figure out how to set a delay on specific channels. Home theater systems which were not designed for wireless rear speakers might not come with this ability. In this case you may wish to look for a wireless speaker kit which has very low latency, ideally less than 1 ms. This will keep all of your loudspeakers in perfect sync.