Knowing how to set up a compact shelf stereo requires that you realize that all such systems are different. But certain general advice is universal, in theory, and represented in the following tips. If you're looking to set up a shelf stereo, read on.
- Being level-headed is a must. Even though your system may be defined as a shelf stereo, this doesn’t mean it has to be placed on a shelf. It can just as easily sit on an end table, a floor or an in-law’s forehead—as long as the surface you choose is level. So make sure first that your equipment’s home exists in such an atmosphere.
- Be aware as you get wired. Hooking up your compact shelf stereo is as simple as the wording in its owner’s manual. But what you might not find in the aforementioned literature is the need to keep all the external wiring orderly in case you decide to move or re-arrange the system due to foreclosure, eviction or other incidences that might require a moving of your belongings. So, instead of just throwing your wiring scheme together in a way that replicates a spider having an epileptic fit, you should instead keep it orderly.
- Breathe, and let your system do likewise. A quick look at your compact shelf stereo will show you ventilation ports or grills that prevent overheating of the components as you operate them. Make sure that these are left un-obstructed (in the same way you deal with the cold air return vent connected to your home’s heating system).
- Speaker up. Most all compact shelf stereo systems have a two-wire hookup system, and it is necessary to make sure that these wires remain separated from one another. More specifically, if even one strand of either wire touches the other, one or more speakers will cease to function properly.
- What’s the buzz? Make sure that you place your speakers on a stable surface (such as a solid piece of furniture, a slab floor, etc.) Otherwise you could experience a distortion of sound as they rattle the wicker chairs (or similar stands you’ve chosen as platforms for them) when you crank-up the volume.
- Spread those suckers out! Typically, the further you can distance your speakers from one another, the better. This helps you achieve optimal sound. But remember that unless you’re sitting at or near the epicenter of the speaker set-up, you might just catch portions of a recording (mostly treble, bass, etc.) due to the modern stereo separation prevalent in most all CDs, LPs, etc.
- Capture a sound that pleases you. It’s your compact shelf stereo and it needs to suit your needs, ultimately. So after properly installing it, you should experiment with its bass, treble, etc., until the sound conveyed pleases you. Then test the limits of the compact shelf stereo—after making sure the shelf it sits on can handle it.