Home Theatre Setup Guide

Are You Ready For Surround Sound?

Would you like to have surround sound in your homes?

Watching movie in a theater might be enjoyable, but may be costly. And the experience might
also be irritating, if the crowd that you are sitting with is unruly and boisterous. When you go to a
theatre you spend quite a good amount of money, to relax, and to be at peace. But, the whole
fun is spoiled when people sitting behind talks or their mobile phone starts ringing. To my mind,
when one goes to a cinema either the cell phone must be switched off or put on silent mode or,
one should better watch the movies when it is available on cassette.

Why there should be a surround system in the house?

Thanks to surround sound technology, today people prefer to watch cinema at home without
leaving the comforts of the house, and completely at peace with oneself. Instead of wasting their
precious time and hard earned money by going to a theater, people turn their homes into
theater. Surround sound serves two purposes, it makes movie watching a happier experience
and if you are not an avid movie watcher, it amplifies the experience of watching television.

How to make your home a theatre?

Making surround sound is not that expensive. It can be started in a small way and as money
comes you can update it. Always go for a few expensive, branded, speakers than go for too
many inexpensive, local products. If you maintain quality from the beginning, you will be happier
in the long run. On the other hand, if you are not so keen to go meticulously into every detail of
purchasing the product you can buy a kit from the electronic department of superstores like
Wal-Mart or Target.

How to buy the product?

When you go to shop for a surround sound kit, take some time to look around at every available
brand before you make the final deal. In some leading electronic shops, the surround sound is
installed for you to try out the gadget and have a feel before you make up your mind on which
one suits your purpose. Otherwise, you may buy a cheap kit, when you can afford a costlier
one. So, before you actually set out to purchase, it is advisable to check your spending capacity.
Haste makes waste, so, while buying a surround sound, spend judiciously even if you have lot
of money.

Where to get the know-how about of the surround sound?

There is every chance that you will like the first kit that you bump into. But hurry causes worry;
take your own time to make the purchase. Buy at leisure giving more time before taking the
decision. You can do some ground research before doing the shopping. Remember, it is an
electronic good which is purchased for a life time and not a Fast moving consumable good.
Expert opinion is very important. In today’s world you can get a whole lot of information on
surround sound from the internet. Besides, you can even make a purchase from online
Shoppe’s. Or, if you are very particular about having a feel of the product before buying it, you
can note down the price which is quoted on the internet (if it is lower than in the shop) and
bargain with the shop keeper. By putting an extra bit of effort and time, you might land up with
something which is way beyond your wildest dreams.
Money should not be the limiting factor when you make such a valuable purchase. First, get
hold of the surround sound system of your dreams and then find the means to fulfill your
dreams.

Basic Components For A Home Theater

A lot of people shy away form the idea of buying a home theater because while purchasing the
components they are unable to decide on the right product. Most people are in doubt about the
different parts of a Home theater or they are not sure about what components are required to
make an electrifying and effective home theatre. Because of these reasons people either do not
waster their time looking into the various varieties and version of this fantastic product or
altogether they give up the idea of purchasing a Home Theatre.

You may belong to this confused lot who are not competent in selecting the individual parts of a
home theatre, because you are unaware of the parts and their operations. It is hoped that by
the time you complete reading this article, you would have better comprehensions about the
components. The most basic thing is that there are different grades of Home Theaters. The
components that are mentioned in the following paragraphs are the most basic ones, which give
brilliant performance. However, they are not the only components that go into the making of a
home theater.

Television

When you put up a home Theater for your family, the most fundamental thing that you need is
Television. It might sound like I am going too much into the basics, but you know until now I
have not found a Home theater which includes a Television. This is largely because, the most
personal decision that one has to make while choosing a Home Theater is the type and size of
the screen. Chiefly, there are three types of televisions available in the market today: The front
projector, the rear projector and the plasma. And, within each type there are various models
with small differences in the make and ranged between fairly priced to very expensive. Most
owners of a Home Theater spend a great amount of their time making this crucial decision, and
eventually this decision influences the choice of other components which effects features like
clarity, sharpness, distinctness etc.

Receiver

Another principal component is the receiver. Probably, you have some kind of recorders or
DVD players as an essential constituent of the system. You might also have a Tivo, a cable
box, a satellite and mostly some kind of speakers for the system. All these devices are plugged
into a receiver- to put it in simple words, the receiver can be said to be the coordinator which
regulates the devices. I would advise that you spend the best part of your budget on this
principal Home theater component.

Speaker

Sound flows through the speaker. I think one of the most important advantage of a home
theater is that you virtually get a theater effect at you home, where you can do things you are
not able to do in a theater (like lying under a blanket or sitting with feet’s up on your couch).
There are different types of speakers available. For some buying a speaker is a very personal
affair while others are ready to buy anything available in the market. To make it easier to select,
the speaker can also be purchase as part of the kit.
Recorder/DVD player

To end with, you have to decide on a recorder or DVD player. If you are very particular about
clarity, there are a variety of choices. If the most modern high performing DVD is not
compatible with your television, you can go for a cheaper, old version of the DVD player, till you
come across an advanced version. The above mentioned devices are wonderful to begin with.
Later, you can build on it using the most modern products. Keep on upgrading the product and
enjoy the state-of-the-art theater effect without leaving the comforts of your home.

Building A Great Home Theatre

You can easily spend a fortune on creating a home theatre of your choice and you might be
very contented with your investment, provided your family watches the homes theatre very
often. On the other hand, you can also build an excellent set at a cheaper rate provided you are
ready to spare some time and put in some effort to explore the market and surf on the web to
get hold of the appropriate product at an appropriate price. Ultimately, the key factor that
influences the building of any type of home theatre is the availability of resources.

Frankly speaking, majority of us can spend only up to ten thousand dollars to make a home
theatre of our desire. A large number of us have to cut down the expenses and save so that we
can spend a few thousand dollars on our dream home theatre. But, surprisingly, you can get an
excellent home theatre of your choice with a couple of thousands of dollar, provided you do a
market study about the components and the price and spend the money judiciously on the
gadget.

It is advisable that you build a home theatre over a period of time, by buying one part at a time.
By building up your system slowly but constantly you can spend your budget in installments.
This helps you spend more time to garner the monetary fund that is needed to buy the best
component available for your system. On the other hand, if you make a hasty purchase you will
either end up buying everything or buying nothing. Remember, when you buy the parts
separately be caution, because each part should be in tune with the system. Especially, this is
true about the speakers, so I would strongly recommend that you buy the speaker with the set
itself.

The first purchase that you should make is that of the television, because it is the most central
factor around which revolves the functions of other components. Nowadays, television with high
definition is becoming quite prevalent, and their performance is much better compared to that of
the common varieties that are available in the market today. If your funds allow then I would
advise you to buy this high-quality televisions. And, when you have made this key purchase you
can start hunting for the other components to build up your system.

Your second purchase, I would suggest should be an amplifier or a receiver. It is the one
unifying piece that coordinates the functions of all the components. It is practically unthinkable
to have a home theatre without a first-rate receiver. The receiver functions as a director and
controller of the sounds and pictures on the home theatre. You should spend lavishly on an
amplifier because this is the most essential part which gives the theatre effect to the system.
Another inescapable component is the speaker. The effective sound system is one of the most
attractive experiences in a theatre. Without an excellent speaker you cannot completely enjoy
the theatre effect at home. A superb sound system will

guarantee you the ‘movie quality’ sound that is so important for an excited movie goer, at the
same you will become the talk of the neighborhood, envied for owning such an excellent
surround sound system. I would suggest that you buy speakers as a set so that they go well
together with one another.

And at last, you purchase comes to an end with a DVD player. It is left to you to decide whether
you need a high-quality DVD player or a cheaper one. Preferably, you should go for high
definition disks only if you have a high-resolution Television. Buy a high-quality disk player only
when your set is upgraded with the latest technology, so that your surround sound system goes
in tune with the costly DVD player. The advantage of buying the parts separately is that you
can keep on upgrading the system so that you can always own the most high-tech home theatre
available in the market.

Building A Home Theater On A Budget

Americans are television buffs, be it watching movie related programs on television or renting
out movies from many internet movie rental companies. If not, we will be watching reality shows
on television. In short, we are obsessed with entertainment. I think, it is quite rational that we
spend a good amount of money on our home theatre. Since, we spend most of our time before
television we should buy the finest home theatre system.

It is human psychology that one’s preference differs from that of the other. This has lead to the
availability of wide range of electronic good which cater to the tastes of different people and it
has also lead to a healthy competition in the entertainment industry. This is refreshing news for
those who are living on a shoestring budget. As the latest technological products arrive in the
market there is a proportionate decrease in demand of the products already available.

The trick of the trade is that you should buy an older version so that you save a lot of money on
your home theatre.

If you are not keen to go along with the advanced technology, believe me I can tell you that the
technological advancement in home theatre is not going at such a fast pace. You can purchase
the home theatre on eBay or through local newspapers by spending just a portion of the budget
you have kept aside to buy the latest edition from the market. If you have a shortage of money
or if you are very careful about how much a home theatre, you can go for used home theatre
sales, where also you will come across some excellent choices.

But sometimes, you are like many others who have an aversion toward buying second hand
goods (however, I consider this as one of best option available). The most widely held reason is
that you do not get a warranty; well, if you are also of the same mind set I better suggest that
you do not make a hand-me-down purchase. Even if you do not pick up this option you have
many other options to go ahead with. The option that I love the most is to build one’s own Home
Theatre system over a period of time. If you meticulously plan and buy every component, in the
long run you will be astounded when you discover that you are the proud owners of one of the
exclusive set available in the whole world.

Life is full of choices and when it comes to home theatres there is no end to choices on the right
kind of components, according to your preferences. Even though we have budget limitations, we
still love the idea of having Bose speakers or Dolby surround sound. The good thing about
appreciating all the good things in the world, is that when you around and check the products
and make up your mind on your likes and dislikes, you are unconsciously becoming a well-informed customer.

When you go shopping for a home theatre you can compare and bargain. Make a note of the
components in different shops and bargain, see if they offer you some free gift to compete with
the other shops. Keep it in mind that it needs expertise and equipment to install a home theatre,
You might have to hire someone to do that. I think if a shop keeper offers you free installation
that should be given due consideration.

Finally, the aim is to acquire the best possible home theatre system for the money you spend.
After having learned so much about the different options available, by the time you leave the
shop you will have a fair idea about how good your deal was. There is nothing like the
knowledge that you gain about every aspect of a home theatre and also we buy a component
we can find out are really getting value for money. Moreover, you will realize how much you
have to pay when you buy branded products. You can cash in on up-coming companies, where
you will be getting introductory offers. But to make use of all these, you have to equip yourself
with a firsthand knowledge of the company before spending your life’s savings.

Box Kit Home Theaters

Ours is a world in which convenience has increasingly grown in demand. It is for this very
reason that many buyers of home theater systems expect some level of convenience when they
go shopping for a home theater system. This goes on despite the fact that there exist many
types of consumers the world over and even in matters of supply and demand, nothing has
emerged that wholly and fully fits all society. People want things that are similar for one reason
or the other yet they insist on autonomy and large options to be availed for their tastes.

The needs of a modern society which insists on convenience of making purchase has
skyrocketed to a level that packaged goods have become the norm, be it prepackaged dinner
packs to already packaged home theatre systems. There is no doubt that these prepackaged
theatre home systems offer a big deal of ease to consumers. These benefits include the ability
to get the price of the whole system prior to purchase. This is only a small level of benefits that
come in comparison to the full benefits those buyers of these home theatre systems experience.

Attunement

Buyers of these already packaged home theater systems are well informed that all related
components to these systems will harmoniously work together. They don’t have to worry about
proprietary issues, these systems components are designed in a way that doesn’t create
conflicts with the other parts but ideally complements them for highest quality and high
efficiency.

Cost

Most of these prepackaged systems cost less than buying separate components. For most
consumers, this is one major reason for purchasing a box kit. This is of course to the
convenience of realizing the cost of the entire package beforehand. There are many parts and
components in the market and you are able to find them all in separate price range, it can be a
little bit confusing when comparing prices due to the difficulty of grasping the many quality
details and simply by evaluating boxes.

Know-how

These prepackaged box kits allow you to hear and see them in action when consolidated. This
gives you the consumer a good chance of witnessing the overall performance of the system as
compared to listening to a hodgepodge of separate pieces and parts while speculating how they
really work individually. A lot can be said about having the capability to try and see something
working before you buy it. These prepackaged systems allow you to do just that.

Set up

For the majority of consumers this is one big reason to go for a prepackaged kit as opposed to a
big system with separate component-ease of mounting. Majority of these prepackaged home
theater systems are quite easy to install. This eliminates the needs for expert installation and
saves you a great deal of hassle on the set up process.

One major drawback of these prepackaged systems though, is the inability to upgrade them
once purchased and you may have to go for a different type of system. this mostly leaves true
enthusiasts feel a bit letdown by the quality of sounds from such systems. If you however have
restricted space and are limited on funds, these prepackaged systems are an ideal place to start
when considering home theater purchase. you can later give to your children if you decide to
upgrade at a later stage.

DIY Surround Sound

1. The main surround sound format is known as five-point-one. The numbers in the name refer
to the number of speakers the format can use. So five-point-one uses five discrete full-range
audio channels–three speakers at the front, which are stereo left and right, plus a centerchannel
mono and two surround sound speakers at the side or rear of the listener.

The “point-one” in five-point-one refers to the sixth, low-frequency effects channel, which carries
bass sound to the woofer or subwoofer.

2. For home theater surround, there’s new refinement to five-point-one, called seven-point-one.
This format adds two more speakers, which allow for two surround speakers to be placed
behind the seating area, and the other two to the sides of the listening position.

If a DVD movie is mixed in seven-point-one surround sound, there will be seven separate
channels of audio. But since most DVDs and other content are currently mixed in five-point-one
surround, often those two extra speakers will be duplicating the same audio you’d hear with five
speakers.
After you choose between five-point-one and seven-point-one sound surround system, it’s time
to buy your speakers. Here are some basic rules-of-thumb to follow when selecting the
speakers:

* The first rule is to get five (figure A) sound surround system, or seven, timbre-matched
speakers. Although timbre matching is quite technical, it simply means that each of your
speakers will produce similar sounds.

Note: You want to match the speakers all around the room so the sound is seamless. A small
center channel speaker from one manufacturer and large floor standing speakers from a
different manufacturer isn’t your best bet, even though this setup is found in most homes.

* For most people with a medium-size living room or den, 12″ to 15″ tall bookshelf speakers
make a lot of sense. They’re a convenient size that won’t overwhelm a room and can be found

in almost every price range. Typically, bookshelf speakers don’t bring a lot of bass, but that’s
okay because the subwoofer will handle those low frequencies.

* Only if you have a dedicated home-theater space or large multi-purpose room should you
consider speakers of the large variety–38″ and up (figure B). Although the best of the speakers
in this range do sound great, and can be loud, it’s really overkill for most rooms.

* The subwoofer is also an important part of the overall surround-sound system. It delivers all of
the deep bass impact on DVDs–as well as music. Most mid-priced systems, though, come with
a woofer–a small driver in a small cabinet with a small amplifier. This is fine for music, but
you’re not really going to hear the deep bass on DVDs. To hear them, you’ve got to pony up for
a real subwoofer with a bigger woofer driver, bigger amplifier and a bigger cabinet hand is on
the subwoofer), which all add up to one thing–deep, deep bass.

Go ahead and get the biggest and most powerful subwoofer your budget will allow. This bass
boost will make any size satellite speakers sound bigger and better.

* Some consumers get caught up in power ratings–or “wattage”–when buying speakers, but in
reality those numbers are just an advisory from the manufacturer. You don’t have to match a
100-watt amp with speakers rated at 100 watts, but use these ratings as a guide for choosing
speakers that fall at or above your amp’s wattage.

* When shopping for speakers, one of the big mistakes most people make is listening to
unfamiliar program material — usually a demo CD or DVD the store may have on hand. Unless
you’re familiar with the program material, there’s no way of knowing whether a speaker system
is really to your liking. It’s recommended that you bring your own CDs or DVDs. If you listen to
familiar sounds, one speaker system is going to stand out over the other.

* Every home theater and speakers come complete with cables, but its recommends that if
you’re spending serious money anyway, consider getting after-market cables. You’ll see better
video, you’ll hear better audio and the cables will last longer without problems. There are a lot of
inflated claims about the performance of some cables, with price tags to match. But you don’t
have to pay thousands of dollars for overly-thick cables. A good rule-of-thumb is to spend about
10 to 15 percent of the cost of your overall home-entertainment system. One thing to look for–
gold-plated connectors. Unlike nickel or tin-plated connectors, gold won’t corrode–and corrosion
causes distortion.
Always keep the above in mind when you decide to purchase and install a home theater
system.

Give Your Children The Gift Of A Surround Sound Media
Center

These moments happen most times, imagine you are seated in your in the seating room
watching your favorite game when suddenly you get interrupted by your preteen son Nichol as
he walks up with a gadget in the left hand that turns out to be the hottest and greatest version of
the children’s DVD and shoots you a look that speaks for itself. It obvious what your next plans
are. You will have to forfeit another Sunday game at the expense of your son, who will be
having an easy time in front of the Tube watching his unicorns, rainbows and fairies. It probably
may be the right time that you get your child a surround sound media center of his own. This will
of course, ensure that you watch those big sports you fancy with great peace of mind and
minimal interruption, hence happiness for everyone.

If you consider it seriously, purchasing a children’s home theater is indeed a great idea.
This will free your TV and give you enough time to watch anything you fancy other than the
children videos. Getting your children a sound surround gift is surely one way to endear yourself
to them because it will help them for many years to come. One advantage is that they will by no
means outgrow it and will always appreciate for being able to their videos at their chosen time.
A second home theatre gives you numerous advantages other than just having a single control
over the main TV set. This goes best if you are a family with more than one child, because the
surround sound entertainment system will teach them how to share the system by taking turns
in using the home theatre system. You also reap the added benefit of having the ability to
control the channel they view hence block channels you deem inappropriate. On the other side
you can unblock your TV and view any channels you with to view.

Another great advantage is the home theatre system for children which allows them to invite
friends over , their congregation is therefore always from the Television front. When you decide
to purchase a surround sound theatre for your children, it’s good to let them know that it is their
responsibility to take good control of the system. Inform them that they won’t be able to use your
system if they break down their home theaters system due to misuse. This will ensure that the
peanut butter and the home theatre system are kept separate.

If you have reservations about other people’s opinion of you giving your kids surround sound
home theater system, then you really shouldn’t have second thoughts, if your closest buddies
think you are becoming more overgenerous and maybe even spoiling your kids, just ask them if
they got to watch the big game last night.

Pieces Parts Components and Sound

It also includes Speakers–including a subwoofer–and a source (DVD, laserdisc, VHS).
Definitely the cause of much financial difficulty, but for many people it’s worth it to be able to
blast your neighbors. The sound in a home theater system is as important as the big screen TV.
A good stereo TV sitting all by itself sounds better than a bad home theater system install.

Boomy (or nonexistent) bass, no audio detail, and/or muddy, inaudible dialog can make a movie
unwatchable.

When planning a home theater, remember that the physical geometry of the room is as
important as the equipment in the system. Poor room acoustics can cause soundstage and
bass-response problems that will significantly detract from the viewing experience. With a few
exceptions, one usually can’t control the shape of the room available to use. An irregularly shaped

room can be compensated for by creating a “theater zone” within the living space.
The key is to create a sound field that centers on the viewers’ seating area.
A system sounds best when there are few or no echoes. A standing wave is created when a
sound wave’s echoes reinforce themselves, amplifying a specific tone. Another nuisance is
when an item in the room starts to resonate to a specific wavelength(s) in the sound from the
speakers. This can be dealt with by adding damping items or rearranging things like moving the
couch, adding drapes and/or rugs. A hard-core audiophile can even buy damping panels and
vertical tube-shaped corner treatments to damp echoes.

The Gear

You need to match the sound to the image, so one does not overwhelm the other. Speaker
laminates, grill covers, and other cosmetic considerations should be dealt with at this time. How
much speaker wire are you going to need, and what kind? If you are going to run cables under
the rug, you need flat cables made for such use, as regular wire will not only cause ugly bulges,
but also may cause a trip and fall hazard and eventually wear through in spots and create short
circuits.

Speakers

A home theater requires at least five speakers: Front left, front right, and center (placed directly
over or under the screen), in the back, left and right rear, and in a corner, a subwoofer. This
layout is also known as a 5.1 system. Whether you use full-range speakers for your front
channels or not, the subwoofer is needed because movies have deep bass tones not normally
found in music, especially for visceral effects like explosions.

The center channel needs to go immediately above or below the TV screen, the front speakers
need to be in the front corners of the listening area at roughly the same level as the center
speaker, and the rear speakers need to be at the rear, preferably firing sideways towards the
listening area. Bass can be adjusted by moving the sub into and out of the corner it is placed in.
It doesn’t matter much which corner you use, as the human ear cannot locate the source of low
frequency sound to any great degree.

Many speakers are sold in sets especially for home theater systems, but you can also pick out
your own components. This applies mostly in cases where one already has front speakers and
only wants to add to them. The important thing to remember is that a set of speakers sold
together is designed to work together, with tonal quality and crossover points that match one
another. If the speakers don’t sound the same, it can cause jarring differences when audio
effects travel from speaker to speaker.

There are several types of surround sound. The most prevalent are Dolby Pro Logic (analog)
and Dolby Digital (also called AC-3.) THX Cinema is a signal enhancement developed by Lucas
Film that in addition to modifying the signal, mandates power minimums for each channel for
proper sound reproduction. Simply hooking up an add-on surround speaker system to your
basic TV/Stereo VCR/DVD can make a basic HTS.

There are many such add-on systems out there, in varying levels of sophistication.
Most add-on speaker systems intended for HTS upgrade have a built-in surround sound
decoder in the subwoofer, which saves on hookup complexity and clutter. As far as the surround
mode, most basic systems only decode Dolby Pro Logic, but that is more than enough for a
basic setup. It’s always wise to spend a little more on speakers, then sort other parts later.

Professional Installation or Sweat Equity?

One of the top challenges that will surface after you finalize your purchase of a top of the range
sound surround theatre system is whether to handle the set-up work yourself or consulting the
services of an expert. The answer to this question may relatively depend on the degree of
sophistication of the system itself and your grasp of the physics and electronics involved. Many
of the prepackaged tools on the market today are easy to set up and could be mounted fairly
quickly ( by a few hours course ) even by laymen such as myself.

If you are purchasing a big home theater or sound surround system that comes with very
rigorous requirements in order to give you optimum performance equivalent to what you paid for
it, then it just might be wise to invest in the services of a professional. REMEMBER that home
theater kits come in all sizes, shapes, and price range. Being able to install a $600-30,000 tool
kit doesn’t mean that the home theatre going at a price in excess of that amount to lets say
$20,000 is as an easy of matter to install (thought such a price might actually be for a self installed

system). the point here is that if you’ve spent a lot of money for a home theater or
sound surround system you absolutely want to ensure that you are getting your dollars’ worth on
the other end. Hiring a professional to do your installation is one way to ensure that you get the
best.

Set up is an expensive venture just as everything that bears a professional word at its front. One
way of curtailing that charge is by shopping around and conducting some price comparison
research, you may end up discovering that different retailers have different installation charges,
one retailer could be expensive while another is very affordable and could even offer free
installation once you make the purchase from him. If the installation price makes the difference
between the two, then opt for it, it will help you save a lot of dollars in the process and also
secure a professional installation.

It also pays to find out whether self-installation may render some warranties null. This is a
common occurrence in some occasions where you could end up risking your guarantee on a
$20,000 sound surround speaker system in order to save a few hundred bucks on installation
upfront. For my case, some risks aren’t just worth taking, because a lot could go wrong by
operating without a warranty.

You do not have to begin your home theater or surround sound experience with a top of the line
piece of equipment. It is quite possible to start small with a surround sound system and build a
better system as you go. In fact, I seriously recommend that people invest heavily in speakers
from the beginning and sacrifice the number of speakers in favor of better quality speakers
Though you may obtain a great deal of satisfaction by doing stuff on your own, this may
sometimes prove to be an attempt in futility. If you can’t avoid the urge to install the system
yourself, then you ought to be extra cautious from the beginning and stick to every detail that
comes with the instruction manual in order to obtain the best results possible. The major
problem with many of us is that we mostly pretend to be tech-savvy enough, hence reading the
accompanied user manual becomes unnecessary, until we become stuck in some point along
the way.

If you are among the many people world over who have joined the surround sound theatre
system league and have found the installation process quite easy and straightforward and that
you don’t require expert knowledge to accomplish. Consider yourself a lucky lot. Very soon you
will be enjoying theatre quality sound from your home theater surround system whether it’s
music you are listening to or movie or the newest game. Whether you go for expert installation
or self-installation, I wish you all the best in setting up your new sound surround system and
happy listening.

Saving Money on Your Surround Sound System

It’s common knowledge that when you make a trip to the local electronics shop to purchase
some sort of gadget or any electronic equipment be it a PDA, notebook pc, or sound surround
it’s most likely out-of-date as you get it off the shelf. Don’t be surprised to find out later that
something hottest and sophisticated has already been developed to replace it. If you belong to
the rare species of people that can live merrily without fussing over electronic gadgetry, then I
bet, you must be saving a lot of cash with your frugal lifestyle. To the shoppers of sound
surround system, the most challenging part they face is of having to choose which surround
system among the many displayed is ideal for them and their budget.

To simplify your search and save your head from a possible migraine that may strikes when you
are stuck in the terrible valley of decision -AND mostly does, leave the house equipped with a
couple of CDs when you go shopping for a surround system in your local electronics store. Most
hyper marts and other stores of electronic goods usually have a dedicated place for display of
sound surround system., this are purposely set up for you to try them. Insert your CDs in one of
them and let it prove itself worth of your cash, do this in a number of them while noting your
favorites. When the mission is over, you will be able to figure out the surround system for
yourself and BELIEVE ME – you won’t regret your decision. I know visiting the electronics store
can be REAL fun.

Trying out these surround systems in the store prior to purchase will offer you the best
opportunity to decide on what elements and features you want in a surround sound system. You
must have discovered from experience that the more a system is loaded with features, the
higher the price it commands, so, you can save plenty of dollars by deciding what features you
need and what you can do without. Don’t pay more for a system just because it’s loaded with
features, some of which may be for aesthetic purposes than functionality. Be a smart shopper.
Noting down what features you want in a sound surround system, and also the systems you
like, and then conducting comparison shopping will land you in a system that will both please
you and also leave you with some spare change in your wallet. If you are connected to the
internet, then that could be the fastest and easiest way to do it. You can try virtual window
shopping in sites of well recognized electronic dealers on the wide world web, like Best Buy,
Radio Shack or Circuit City and many more and do price comparison. It very possible to find an
on-line reseller willing to give you much better price, just remember to do a background check of
their reputation first. The safest way to do on-line shopping is by using pay pal, since you don’t
have to be worried of someone hacking into your bank account. Pay pal also makes it easy to
dispute a charge, in case you are scammed.

Don’t just settle for the most expensive sound surround system that the market can offer, what
truly matters in a system that you choose to buy is that is pleases you regardless of what
someone else has. They latest technology hype isn’t always a reliable yard stick in measuring
quality of a system. latest techie can be loaded with bugs remember and could leave you very
unhappy and a substantial amount of dollars down the drain, so be cautious always and do your
survey first.

Selecting the Right Speakers

Almost all home theater systems and sound surround speakers include the following types:
* Front left and right speakers
* Center channel speaker
* Surround speakers
* Subwoofer

These speakers work together to create the surround sound experience of a movie theater in
your living room. While there are many brands and models that do a great job reproducing
sound, you will want to be sure that the various speakers in your home theater system work well
together as a cohesive unit. Check out what each speaker’s job is, and some of the things to
consider before buying.

These speakers work to deliver spectacular directional effects, like a locomotive rushing by, or
a bullet zinging past. They really help put you smack dab in the center of the action. Although a
5.1-channel surround sound system, with only one pair of surround sound speakers, is the most
common setup, most newer home theater receivers can power more than a single pair of
surround speakers – and there are surround sound formats to match. Today, many people buy
one or two additional speakers to use as “back surrounds” in a 6.1- or 7.1-channel system.
The best Specifications to look for:

* Speaker type. Ideally, your surround sound speakers should have the same performance
capability as your front left and right speakers, but that’s not always realistic when you consider
room size and space. Most people use either bookshelf or satellite speakers (when the system
also has a subwoofer) for their surrounds. Both bookshelf and satellite speakers may require
stand placement or wall mounting.

* Dipole/bipole capability. Some higher-end surround sound speakers offer a dipole/bipole
switch (sometimes referred to as a “Solid/Diffuse” switch). These speakers feature two high frequency drivers that either fire in phase (bipole) or out of phase (dipole). Dipole/bipole
speakers take advantage of reflected sound to create a wide sound field, and they provide
greater speaker placement flexibility.

* Placement. Correct surround sound speaker placement results in a very realistic three-dimensional sound field; incorrect surround speaker placement can leave people asking, “Are
our surrounds even on?” Check our speaker placement guide and consider where you’ll put
your surrounds and whether they’ll need to be stand-mounted, wall-mounted, or even in-wall or
in-ceiling models.

* Voice-matching. Again, for the most realistic listening experience, it helps if your surround
speakers are from the same “family” or series as your main and center channel speakers, and
have similar tonal characteristics.

Powered subwoofer

If you are assembling a home theater, plan on including a powered subwoofer. Many Dolby
Digital and DTS soundtracks provide a dedicated channel of deep bass (sometimes known as
low frequency effects, or LFE). This bass is what makes the entire soundtrack feel larger, fuller,
and more lifelike – and gives special effects like thunder or explosions their window-rattling
punch.

Since most speakers can’t deliver that level of bass on their own, a subwoofer is needed to
ensure that your home theater system delivers crucial low-frequency impact. A subwoofer is
also a wonderful way to enrich music listening – it can round out all types of music, from
classical to jazz to rock to R&B.

What to look for:
* Power. If you have a large room (or if you just crave that serious bass content) then you
should look for a sub with more watts in the built-in amp. Plus, as a general rule, the larger the
driver, the deeper the bass – so go for a sub with a big 10″ or 12″ woofer cone (or a multi-woofer
sub) for serious bass response.

* Placement. Low-frequency sound waves are omni-directional, so you have a great deal of
flexibility when it comes to subwoofer placement. If you have a spot in your room picked out,
consider the dimensions of the sub’s cabinet to make sure it will fit. And remember that placing
your sub near a wall, or, even better, in a corner, can increase bass impact noticeably.

*Video-shielding. If you are planning to place your subwoofer anywhere near a tube TV, be
certain to get a video-shielded sub.

These above guides should help you decide what pair of sound surround speaker are good for
your home theater system when you finally decide to join the big league of home theater
owners.

Surround Sound Possibilities

You may be wondering why a lot of people these days spent their hard-earned dollars in the
purchase of sound surround systems, equipment, and speakers, the reasons vary to many
people, that may justify their investment in the somewhat expensive Sound Surround systems.
Though, there exists no single sound surround system size, just as with any other thing in life
that is fit for all. Your reasons for doing such an investment may not be because your neighbor
the Jerries has one big surround systems that is causing tremors in the hood and you want to
counter them. For the biggest part, the reasons are personal and specific. There are also a
couple of reasons that motivate people to invest in sound surround systems and home theaters,
and we are going to look into some of them in the course of the next paragraph. This may even
provide an impetus for you to get a sound surround system of your own.

Let me give you my own and very personal reasons first. While I was growing up my dad held a
managerial job with a local cinema. That was a great opportunity for me and a privilege too,
because I spent uncountable nights in the office watching movies from the cinemas projector
room, this happens to be some of my most cherished childhood memories. I will live to
remember the one rare opportunity I had to watch the movie ” Return of the Jedi” just the night
prior to it’s public release in the projector room in the company of my dad and a few theater
staff, but that was nothing in comparison to watching the movies in the auditorium. But what
made the great difference here? Believe me it was the sound. Nothing much can be said about
the sound quality inside the movie theater. And in the days gone by it simply wasn’t reproducible
at home. But due to fast technology growth over the last ten years, all that was a preserve of the
ancient movie theaters is now available in our own homes and the price is quite reasonable.

That is a reason sufficient for me to reminisce about my most cherished childhood memories.
Another good reason for equipping your home with a sound surround system is not just about
movie watching or the fun of large on-screen video game enjoyment. Whether you are gaming
in the world of aliens or the other many amazing virtual worlds created specifically for on-line
gaming fun, you will find sound surround as a valuable tool in keeping your character active and
intact. These on-line games provide hints that place you in the center of action with full
knowledge of what’s taking place within your vicinity if you heed the audible tips and hints that
come together with the sound surround systems.

If you find the above reasons insufficient to wear down your guard and convince you to make a
visit over to the fantastic side of the entertainment chamber, then undoubtedly, the enrichment
that sound surround gives to music will give you the motivation. Think about how good your
music might sound in an enriched environment of sound surround, sound with tone
wholesomely defined and smooth sounding to the ear. So much can be said about the
difference that sound surround makes to music (best with some kinds of music than others) and
never sufficient yet. If you love live recordings, try to imagine the ability to be part of a crowd as
the tone of sounds of your presence fills the room. It’s a wonderful effect to music.

There are many reasons to get the wonders of sound surround working in your home. It’s my
hope that this piece of writing will help shed some light on the many ways that could enrich your
multimedia enjoyment and also give you some tips for enlarging your present use of sound
surround system. thanks for reading.

The Great Installation Debate

It’s a huge a question and it’s looming large, especially among those home theatre lovers or any
one who is contemplating the purchase one of those enormous home theater systems for their
homes, AND the question is: Should I do a self-installation or part with some bucks and call in a
professional to handle the job? This debate goes beyond the confines of the American borders
and into the world. Consumers worldwide are grappling with similar questions and it might not
be an easy question to answer as it seems. Self-installation wholly depends on the consumer’s
confidence level and personal ability, and to many would be buyers, this maybe the reason as to
why they keep postponing purchase of home theaters.

For my household, this depends on who feels he/she needs the product most and who feels he
is confident enough to handle the installation. I’ve discovered that when it comes to such
equipment as home theaters, my man is a superstar at having the job done straight away. On
my side I had to lag my laundry to the laundry mat for weeks while the laundry machine and
dryer sat out in the basement in wait for him to mount them. I have no doubt that a person with
my kind of mind and attitude wouldn’t hesitate to pay for a professional installation for any
equipment that requires quick installation.

With installation of complicated equipment, timing is not the only factor to consider, like for a
home theatre system. Knowledge is a major determining factor here as with most others
components. Because if you dare do it yourself and end-up breaking something during the
installation, that mat invalidate your warranty, especially if it maybe easy to prove that the item
or component was broken by the user and is not factory defect. You may also not like getting
down do the job yourself and then discover that something is missing, which may require that
you take the whole component apart, box it up again and take it to the store. Time wasted is
money wasted, and you may not like the idea of redoing the whole installation afresh which may
end up being even more frustrating and expensive.

There are many things to put in mind when considering self -installation or professional
installation, and one of them is the guarantee on your home theatre system and it’s related
components. Some warranties are nullified or rendered void if you don’t have your home theatre
system professionally installed. You therefore need to be sure if you are doing self-installation of
your home theater that the process doesn’t nullify your warranty on the product.

Self-installation also comes with benefits; first on the list is the bucks you will save by mastering
the guts of doing the installation yourself. Professional service doesn’t come cheap
REMEMBER. It may be quite costly and consumers of electronic goods don’t consider that in
their budgeting for a home theater system. For most, expert installation can be a real deal
breaker in getting a home theatre of your dreams and also enjoying the best it can offer in terms
of entertainment.

The second reason that glorifies self-installation of a home theater system yourself is the fact
that you develop the confidence of taking it part if the situation ever requires like moving
houses, or when you have to take it apart for maintenance and repair purposes. It also pays to
know where what plugs into and doing the installation yourself will give you that advantage.

At last is the sense of pride that only comes with knowing that you cracked the technical
mystery and did it on your own. It gives you a sense of accomplishment that not every john or
Jane is capable or even willing to do this task on their own, and that is remarkable and
something to make you proud. So, whether you decide that your installation has to be done by a
pro or not. I wish you all the best in your endeavor and hope you emerge victoriously.

Why Surround Sound?

You may be one among the many people across the globe that are still hooked to their old
transistor radios or that hand me down ghetto-blaster from your granny, you are indeed a
conservative and are still wondering what the ruckus is all about this new thing called a sound
surround system. You are surprised about the many things being said about this sound
surround systemania and the difference in can make to the TV watching experience. Does it
ring a bell? The best response to that is that unless you are a mute and totally deaf, this
surround thing can make a real positive impact to your movie viewing, gaming, and music
experience. Nothing beats being at the center of some cool action, and believe me, sound
surround, does exactly that.

The Sound surround experience makes it possible for you to hear and even feel those eerie
sounds a victim hears in your favorite horror films and even from the similar direction as the onscreen character. This means you are literally in the midst of the action together with the
character. Your emotions will be evoked by the subwoofer in anticipation of the worst. ( all this
courtesy of the sound surround system) as in those edgy moments of horror. This indescribably
shows you the ways that sound surround has revolutionized movie watching. It never as it
used to be anymore.

I must admit that am a renowned knitter and novel reader when it comes to television watching
or maybe movies, and I’m only jostled up from my preoccupation with the crotchet or book when
something catches up my attention, be it a flash from the screen or a sound I heard. This
definitely means that sound will mostly arouse my attention to the action taking place on the
screen. I have recently noted my increased interest in movies and TV shows since I purchased
sound surround system for my home theater. It’s remarkable that scarves and other things take
long to achieve and I lay the blame entirely on the incredible sound of my sound surround
system.

You may not be much of a TV enthusiast or even a movies goer for that matter, but if computer
gaming is your thing then you may surely love what sound surround has to offer you. If you’ve
already forgotten about that “BEING THE CENTER OF THE ACTION”, this works magic in the
game world and gives you essential hints and tips to whatever is happening around you. You’ll
hear the villains or the other side attempt to creep up on you and know exactly where they may
emerge from. You can also listen to the hoof beats at a distance or even a fire burning in barrels
off to your left. You can listen to the Alien ships fly by as is you were standing next to them in
the midst of it all. It adds excellent experience to the virtual reality of the game and is real fun.

Music lovers on their side can feel as if they are seated right in front of the rock band or in the
first row at a concert for your cherished orchestra. If you happen to be playing music that is live
recorded, you will enjoy the feeling that comes from being in the center of the crowd minus
smoke or the fumes that may detract you from having a good time. Regardless of your first love
being music, video, games, or movies or whatever, it is, be assured that sound surround has
ways to make each of those experience real fun at the coziness of your own home.

Home Theater- Make It Worth Even with A Small Budget!

When you decide to have a room, while you are constructing your house, exclusive for movie
watching or a home theatre system, then you should be spending good money to decorate the
room. In today’s market, there are various options or you when it comes to decorating a wall or
a room. The prices of these decorations also are amazingly varied that anyone can afford it. As
we all know art imitates life, but with these kinds of options for decoration available in the market
you can imitate the awesome art we watch in the movies or television shows at home. Mind you,
all this can be done at a peach of a price.

A nice and a compact home theatre system is a worthy investment only when it is used in a neat
private room. The decorations you will proceed to do shouldn’t be disturbing you anyway from
movie-watching. There are lots of ways to do this and mostly the customers feel the price tag
with which it comes is mammoth. If you decide to have special lighting, you need not go for the
ones at $500 apiece as you have various options. In a good home improvement store you will
find magnificent sconces in stores which have home theatre equipment. You will get all this at
a fraction of the cost. You should keep in mind that the whole jazz is about watching the movie,
so make your decorations neat as well as subdued. Buy inexpensive lightings or strings and
sometimes even a Christmas tree light to use for decoration.

Instead of hanging some expensive drapery on the walls of your home you can use textured
paint in pretty dark colors so as to avoid any kind of glaring effect on the screen.

You also might be tempted to use sound-proof materials, but it is totally your say as to whether
you need it or not. It can be quite useful if you live in a basement floor of an apartment and if
you want to keep it hush from your family.

As far as the floors are concerned, use dark carpets in most areas of your room. In basement
floors, cork can be a good option for flooring as it absorbs the sound escaping from the room
and also provides a resistance naturally to moisture-based problems that often occur in
basements. It is quite inexpensive but never really popular.

Dark furnishing for the home theater at your place can be the best possible icing in the cake.
Use colored sofas in your room if you want your family to enjoy some space together. Beanbags
and various other special seating can be apt for children. Children, this way, would not fight for
seating as they will have their own places to sit and enjoy the movie.

The point is not to spend a whopping amount on your home theater. Choose the best
combination of things to make your home theatre interesting and enticing. I recommend plastic
popcorn boxes and a few flameless tea light candles along the floor to add to the beauty of your
theater. Try to be at your creative best to carve out the best possible home theater n your
house. Let your imagination some room and make your home theatre splendid.

Home Theatre Setup Guide

Home Theatre Setup Guide