How to Setup a Home Theater System

Your entertainment center is your haven, a welcome reprieve from the harshness of the world, and as such you should be able to get the very best out of it. Home theaters range in cost and quality and can be bought as different parts that you assemble yourself or bought as an entire system that you can simply unbox and start enjoying.

Well, that’s not entirely true, whether you get the system in bits and pieces or as a whole, setting up of your home theater system is an art and may mean the difference between a cinema like an experience or a mediocre one that gets you teased by your friends when they come over. Luckily for you though, you don’t need to be a sound engineer to learn how to set up your home theater system and below look at how you can do it yourself and everything you need. 

So, what exactly make up a home theater system or a complete one at least? Three bits make up the life of the one thing that brings you more joy than cheat meals; the sound component, displays and sources unit and the receiver. The sound component is just that, sources of the sound; a subwoofer, for that extra bass and speakers in many cases but if you are truly serious about the complete home theatre experience then you should do well to get soundbars to take the experience even more holistic.

The display unit, usually a television, is an integral part of the home theater system and there are tons of options out there so you are you will find something that suits your taste when it comes to size, quality and price. The source also varies and usually depends on how much you can afford; a DVD or Blu-ray player will play all of your discs and meet your entertainment needs. The receiver is how you control all of this awesomeness without having to leave the comfort of your seat thanks to audio-video technology. We now know all that you need so let’s look at how it all comes together and how you should set it all up to fully enjoy your home theater system.

Step 1. Speaker placement is key

So, you have your speakers and you decide you want to place them all in one corner because that’s where the most space is; well I’ll have you know that only one idea is more ridiculous and that is connecting your speakers and letting them stay in their packaging box. Most speaker units come as 7.1 or 5.1 (the .1 is number of subwoofers) units with the latter being more effective and fulfilling if the surround speakers are strategically placed on both sides of your preferred position of listening or behind you if space is limited and placed at ear level. The 7.1 units is more or less the same with the extra speakers being put behind your sitting or listening area, facing forward and the side speakers strategically positioned to either sides of your listening position. 

Step 2. Speaker connection

The biggest rule here is to remember to connect the negative and positive to their respective ports to avoid unnecessary panic when your system is not working. This will also prevent any type of damage that you may cause due to a wrong connection.

Step 3. Connect the subwoofer to the receiver

Subwoofer cable/ single RCA cable is all you need for this connection though gear may vary from one home theater to the other but this step still remains fairly constant.

Step 4. Connect the source

It’s time we connect that Blu-ray or DVD player and it is highly recommended that you use a HDMI cable for this which comes as a standard with most machines but if your particular unit doesn’t have one in the packaging, it is an inexpensive unit that you can get from amazon or any other electronic shop. 

The final step is setting up of your receiver; video resolution, audio modes, screen brightness and volume leveling. There is no definite way to do this and you just have to play around with the options until you get one that you feel suits all your needs and then go with that. Follow the easy steps and sit back and enjoy your home theater system.

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