How to Setup a Home Theater System
Who doesn’t want to feel a theater experience at home? I know I do and so does every movie addict. That’s why to make this dream into reality, you need to set up a home theater system to take your movie-watching experience to another level.
There are endless options and your budget to consider when you are setting up a home theater system, and I am here to show you how you will be able to bring your favorite video entertainment into life.
So why are we waiting? Let’s get started!
Things You Will Need:
The first step towards setting up your system is to gather your equipment. These are as follows;
- Speakers and a subwoofer
- Television preferably HDTV or Projector
- Video sources which mean any media players
- Home theater receiver
- A broadband internet connection to stream contents online
How to Set Up A Home Theater System
Here is the step-by-step guide on setting up your home theatre system.
Step 1: Selecting the Room
First of all, the important thing is to choose which room will be suitable for your home theater system depending on your available space and preferences.
On the other hand, you also have to keep in mind that if all your equipment will fit in your selected room. To make the theater experience more real, you can also select the room where you can control the lighting and minimize other sounds.
Step 2: Choosing Your Seat
Another factor you should take into account is your seat. You can look for a couch or recliner which can help you relax and support your spine. As a result, this will reduce distractions and any uneasiness.
Seats with low backs are appropriate for home theaters as it will not get in the way of the sound flow and thus not compromising the sound quality. You have to make the seating arrangement in such a way that it will be at a minimal distance away from the sound.
Step 3: Installing Your TV And Video Source
For better quality video, the resolution of your TV is one of the vital aspects. So, for this reason, it is advised to use an HDTV when setting up a home theater system. You should arrange the seating 1 ½ or 2 times the screen size away from the TV. You can also install a projector for more theatric effects.
After installing the TV, then comes the selection of the source of entertainment. You can use a DVD player, or you can use the internet to stream movies online for which you need a smart TV.
Step 4: Placing Your Speakers
Setting up the speakers to its perfect station is the crucial part of this system. For the whole home theater system to work and provide you with crystal clear sound, you need to place the speakers properly.
When positioning your speakers, you need to decide how you would want to hear your sound. For instance, you can place several speakers around to obtain high-quality sound.
First, place your center channel speaker in front of the viewing seat above or below the TV and at the height close to your ears so that you don’t miss out any dialogues or details.
Then, position your surround speakers, who are responsible for environment sounds like crowd cheering or the rustling of the leaves, at the rear side of the seat. After that, you need to lay the wires in straight lines and buy longer cables to avoid any hassle.
For maximum effect, you can place the speakers at 90-110 degrees angle roughly and your ear level. You have to place all the speakers directed towards the center where the seating is.
Step 5: Placing Your Subwoofer
There are no specifics about where to place your subwoofer. You can station it anywhere you want as long as it is near to the receiver. However, it is not wise to place it at any corner or enclosed space as it causes the sound to be overwhelmingly loud.
Step 6: Installing A Receiver
The receiver acts as the central hub for all the components you just have installed. It will help you get the best version of the video and audio inputs. When purchasing the receiver, make sure it has at least one HDMI port.
After buying your appropriate receiver, place it under your TV or at a location where you can easily hook up all the wires to the receiver. However, don’t overcrowd the receiver as it will cause issues related to fire hazards.
Step 7: Testing Your System
As you have now assembled all of the components of your home theater system, plug it in and test how it works. Make sure that all the cables are in order and check if it provides good quality picture and sound with clarity.
Now that you have learned how to set up a home theater system properly according to your entertainment needs, it’s time to sit back, relax and munch on your popcorn while watching your favorite blockbuster movie or TV series with your new home theater system.