If you recently purchased a home theater system or a pair of cordless speakers, you may require some suggestions on correctly setting it up if you don’t want to contract an installer. You may think you are technically savvy and that installing your new home theater system will be a snap. I am going to offer several recommendations that will help you steer clear of some usually made errors.
After unpacking your new home theater system, you are going to generally find one central component and five or seven loudspeakers. The main component is going to deliver the signal for every one of your loudspeakers that you are going to install. This central component is also called surround sound receiver or amplifier. It is the central hub of your home theater system. Put this receiver in a place that minimizes the loudspeaker cord run to each loudspeaker. Just be sure it is in a dry and safe place. Moreover, be certain that you can easily reach the receiver from your television set or DVD/Blue-ray player because you will need to connect these. The receiver requires an audio signal in order to deliver surround sound. Normally it is going to accept an optical surround sound signal. You may connect this input to your television set by using a fiberoptical cable. This cable is usually included with your system. You can also get it a most electronics stores. After you have established the audio link to your television set, you may now proceed and attach your loudspeakers. This step requires a bit more work.
If you have cordless rear speakers you will not need as much speaker cable and the install is going to be somewhat easier. First of all, measure how much speaker cord you are going to need. Make sure to add some extra cable in order to take into account those twists and corners. If you are planning to drive a lot of output power to your speakers then make sure you choose a cord which is thick enough to handle the current flow. Your woofer normally is going to be an active woofer. This means that it is going to accept a low-level music signal. You can attach your subwoofer via an RCA cable.
Whilst attaching the speaker cord, be sure that you attach the cord with the accurate polarity. Each speaker offers a color-coded terminal, generally red and black. Choose a loudspeaker cable which is color coded to help ensure the correct polarity while attaching to the speaker terminal. In the same way, watch the correct polarity while connecting the speaker cord to your surround receiver to keep all of your loudspeakers in phase. If you are using wireless speakers, there will be a short audio delay incurred throughout the audio transmission to the speakers, also known as latency. Normally the latency ranges between one and twenty ms. For best result, it is best if all of the loudspeakers are in sync. If you have cordless rears then the audio will by to some extent out of sync with your remaining speakers. To keep all speakers in sync you are going to have to tweak the receiver to delay the signal going to your wired loudspeakers.
Check the user manual in order to find out how to set a delay on specific channels. Home theater systems that were not intended for cordless rear speakers might not come with this capability. In this case you may want to look for a wireless speaker kit which has very low latency, ideally less than one ms. This will keep all of your loudspeakers in perfect sync.