Setting a home theater is one of the best luxuries your house can have. When you have a home theater with a surround sound system, there is no need to leave your house for an out-of-world watching experience. However, this whole setting can seem quite frightening if you are an amateur.
From the numerous speakers to the receiver, the whole connection can confuse anyone and many people end up forgetting the basics.
So, we have compiled all the necessary information for you and made an easy-to-follow manual. Go through this to understand what you need, what you should choose, and how you should set this!
What Do I Need?
First of all, you need to determine the number of speakers you want to use. There are multiple versions out there such as 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc. The 5.1 is the most used which comes with five speakers and a subwoofer. The 2.1 and 7.1 offer 2 speakers and 7 speakers respectively.
Another device that is needed for setting surround sound is an AV receiver. The function of AV receivers is to receive both audio and visual signals to amplify them. Then, it sends the amplified signals to your desired devices.
However, HDMI ARC eliminates the need of using a receiver and can be quite convenient. The main downfall to HDMI ARC is that not every set support this. So, you need to be mindful of your device before purchasing HDMI ARC.
You also need several cables to set up your system. The speakers need speaker wire and the AV receiver requires AV cables. The speaker wire needs to be connected in a way that maintains the color code. Red should be connected with positive for better audio quality. However, not maintaining this does not pose any threat. So check all the cables properly before you start setting up.
What is Audio Type?
You need to determine the audio type of your TV. Behind the TV set, you will find an “Audio Out” (or similar) port that will help you understand the type of audio.
AV audio type has white and red color. They are basic and can be supported by any receivers available in the market.
The optic is the modern type that ensures a crispy, clear sound. The port is hexagonal.
HDMI has a similar shape as optic. However, the slot is comparatively thinner. This is also a widely-known type for receivers. The number of input ports is 2-4 and there is one output. HDMI is required for HD and 4k which are quite common nowadays.
Arranging the Speakers
This has to be the most crucial step of setting your surround sound system. The speakers need to be arranged properly to ensure the most realistic sound experience.
- Front Speakers
The front speakers need to be placed near the set. Both of these speakers need to maintain the same distance from your TV and need to maintain their left and right order.
The speakers also need to maintain an angle to your couch so that it forms a symmetrical triangle. For a better experience, lift these speakers to a height for matching your ears.
- Center Channel
The center channel has to be placed in front of the audience. Though many people make the mistake of placing this behind their TVs, it’s a mistake you should avoid.
Try to place this either above your TV or down your TV. The center channel needs to be placed properly for maintaining the sound when it shifts from left to right or right to left.
- Surround Speakers
The surround channels capture the sounds happening around you. So they need to be placed for the most realistic audio. Even though they are not as loud as front speakers, try to place them in a way that is pointed to your ears. They should also maintain a similar distance from you for perfect sync.
A subwoofer is the easiest to set up as it can function perfectly no matter where you set them. They are needed to create an ambiance that gives you the feeling of explosion and loud noises. Though it can be placed anywhere, setting it near corners can create unnecessary echoes.
Finally, the receiver should be placed near the TV and there should also be a way to supply power to your receiver. Trapping it can make the receiver heated so try to avoid this.
Connect the speakers properly by reading the manual. Plug the connectors into their respective ports. The connection between the speakers needs to maintain the desired sequence. Do not use speaker wires for the connection between front speakers.
Finally, the subwoofer should be connected to your AC receiver via AV cables. Then add your receiver to a source for the power supply. If needed, connect HDMI devices such as consoles, cable boxes to the receiver so you can direct their sound to your surround sound systems. Then turn on your TV and enjoy your new surround sound system!
You also need to be mindful about your room for ensuring perfect sound. . If the room is made of hardwood then the sounds will bounce continuously. So, try to use some carpets in your room for absorbing the sound. However, excessive cushioning can lower the quality.
Finally, try to place as little furniture as possible so that the sound waves are not disturbed. Otherwise, the sounds will reflect and create unnecessary echoes.
So, after reading our article, we hope you have found the answers to your questions. Even though your system can vary a little bit, the basic setting up system remains the same. So, don’t hesitate. Just purchase some speakers and speaker wires and set up a surround sound system. Enjoy your favorite films like you are in a theater, without even leaving your home!
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