Skip to content

How To Avoid Common Home Theater Installation Problems

Whenever you buy a new home theater system you are eager to get home and enjoy the magic it has to offer. There is only one step between you and the magic of the home theater: installation.

You can avoid the most common installation problems by following this simple guideline.

First of all, we need to start with the basics. A home theater is composed of a few components: the TV, a receiver, a disc player, and a full set of surround speakers

Read the user manual

The first and probably most common problem to start with is that almost nobody reads the user manual. No manual will make the top of your best readings but they will give you the most important details for proper installation and set-up of your system. If something is not clear after reading the instructions in the manual don’t be shy and use the internet. You can find plenty of tutorials that show you how to install home theaters and it might seem even easier if you first see how someone else does it.

Get the right sound

The stereo audio cables provided (the red and white cables) will carry sound to the receiver they are usually not the best fit. If you wish to get that discrete Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround sound you’ll need an optical or coaxial digital audio cable. DVD players, as well as Blu-ray players, come with an HDMI cable. This kind of cable allows the transmission of both audio and video signals with a single wire. You shouldn’t neglect the optical/coaxial digital cable.

Settings, settings and again settings

Standard settings both for video or audio will give you some image and sound but you might not benefit from the high-quality ones you paid for. Choosing the proper aspect ratio ensures you a picture that is best suited for your screen.

For best sound, you should always check the settings and make sure that surround sound setting ( bitstream/ Dolby digital) is checked and if you have a built-in DTS coder that should be enabled as well.

You should know that most DVDs and Blu-Ray discs don’t have a surround sound set as their default playback mode. You’ll just have to play with the settings from the disc menu, in the section languages or audio setup. Here you’ll choose the best surround format for your system.

After your home theater installation Jax and getting thru with all the settings there is only one other thing recommended to do: calibration. Most systems come with a built-in calibration system which is automatic and will do a great job.

The sound of gunshots or planes flying over you will sound more realistic and you’ll get all the magic your home theater has to offer.


No Trackbacks


Display comments as Linear | Threaded

No comments

The author does not allow comments to this entry

Add Comment

Form options