Wiring Up Your Home Theatre System

Simple as pie they say, just open the millions of boxes and follow the confusing directions. How misleading this can be, most people can’t even identify the wires by their names never mind properly connect them to something.

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This isn’t an inexpensive investment, the theatre in a box system can be a substantial investment on its own, and installing it incorrectly can be a disaster. It isn’t just a matter of plugging components together, there are always the questions of are the wires properly secured or will it overload the electrical supply? Wouldn’t it be great to watch a movie without worry about an electrical fire starting!

The basics are simple enough- decide where each speaker will go, as well as the subwoofer. The right and left front speakers are supposed to be kept the same distance from the listener and pointed away from them not towards them- unless it’s the centre speaker. The recommended height is head level, so try to keep all friends about the same size. The subwoofers should be close to the front speakers and proudly displayed with plants or other accompaniments. After several attempts at measuring the ceiling many consumers have already put down the instructions and called a professional.

Now for the really easy part- the wiring! Most people are surprised to learn that wireless speakers may not be wireless at all. They need power so there is a wire to the control box. This wire along with the other bundles can be hidden under a rug or secured to the floor.

The instructions warn consumers to be careful to follow the colour coded connections, in other words, the red inputs go to the red outputs on the AV receiver. Likewise with the black cables-the only problem is that not all systems follow through on applying the colours to the parts. Is it time to call a pro? Av receivers get hot too, so give them plenty of air space. It is the housing for the amplifiers and wire connections so it is a vital piece of the puzzle and it must be easily accessed to keep it clean.

Last but most important is to know if the home has enough power to support the system being installed. Is the house electrical supply properly grounded and stable? Is the house protected against surges from such things as turning on high powered devices? A question all DIY participants must ask themselves is if they know how to correctly place speaker wires for polarity at the receiver and the speaker sites. If these questions provide a cause to pause, please call an electrician before installing any sophisticated theater system in your home.