Learning how to install a home theater will not only save you money, but will also enable you to set up your home theater exactly how you want it. There are many things to consider when you decide to install a home theater; for example, where will the cables run? Obviously, there are going to be lots of different cables. They can either be placed under carpeting, painted flush against the wall or even ran inside the wall. Another big factor is positioning everything just right for the optimal home theater experience.
Things you might need:
- Wire cutter/stripper
- Screw driver set
- Determine where it will all go. Choose a location to place all of the equipment from your home theater. You may have many different audio and video devices connected to your home theater, and you will need ample cabinet space. If you decide to make a dedicated room into a home theater, you could consider using a closet. In a living room, an entertainment center with ample shelving should do the trick.
- Attach all of the speaker cables first. After everything is unboxed and you have figured out where it will go, you need to attach the cables. Keep them organized and plug-in all the speaker cables.
- Install the speakers. Install all of your speakers. The locations may vary based on your room. Remember to have the rear speakers even with or behind the level of the main viewing area. The front speakers should be directly in front of the viewing area. Remember to mount the center of the system in the center of the room and the right and left speakers in their respective positions. For the best effect, place the sub-woofer either in the front or back of the room, centered between left and right. You can either mount the speakers up high or in the middle or the room. Remember, you can run the wires flush against the wall and paint them or run them inside the wall; the decision depends on you and your home theater preferences.
- Connect all the inputs. Connect all the inputs into your home theater. Connect the cable or satellite, any extra devices such as a TiVo or video games and of course, your television or projector. If you are unsure which components to connect where, consult their respective documentation.
- Program the remote controls. Programming the remotes is a necessary step. Chances are, your home theater will have several remotes, and it is best to get them programmed while you already have all the manuals out. You may want to consider a multi-functional universal remote to simply your home theater.
- Clean up and test the home theater. Installation is now complete, and you will need to clean everything out of your home theater. Boxes, cardboard inserts and plastic, it can all go. Remember to save any warranty cards. You may want to save the boxes in case you need to do any exchanges or returns on the equipment in your home theater. One of the best parts of learning to install a home theater is reaping the results; you can now fire up the home theater and see just how great it is.
- Make any adjustments. After the first use, you may decide you want to adjust some things. Learning to install a home theater is an art and it's hard to get it perfect on the very first try. Adjust the speakers, any inputs or the television/projector screen if you feel you need to. You can also move the seating closer or farther from the screen if necessary to make your home theater more comfortable.
Remember to purchase a power strip with built-in surge protection. It can save your home theater in the long run.
Position your seating farther away from your screen to prevent harming your eyes with your home theater.
Practice makes perfect, so don't expect everything to go perfect if this is your first time learning to install a home theater.