Home Theater Installation Tips
These do-it-yourself home theater installation tips will be helpful if you are installing or building your own home theater. Hopefully you have read the other, various sections of this site, acquired the necessary info to make an informed decision on what components you need, have purchased those system components and now you're ready to put it all together to achieve the maximum home theater effect. Here are a few pointers to help make your home theater installation go just a bit smoother.
Plan Your Installation
Make sure you have everything you need in place before beginning. Having all of your necessary home theater cables and wiring will save that "quick trip to Radio Shack" where you will pay twice what the cable is actually worth. Assess your wiring needs and order the necessary cables ahead of time with discount cables at Amazon to ensure you have quality cables at way less than MONSTER prices.
Make sure the wires you order are long enough. Measure the distances between your components and then add a foot because it is way better to "have it and not need it than to need it and not have it". In other words -- it's better to coil up a short bit of wire than to come up a bit short on wire -- as wire is a lot easier to coil than to stretch.
Ensure adequate, power protection is available. At the very least make sure you use surge-protected power strips. I highly recommend you get a UPS (battery back-up) to prevent sudden shut-off of your components. Suddenly cutting power to your expensive components is not good for them. In addition to losing your preference settings on any volatile memory components -- some devices (in particular projectors) need an extended fan-cooling period after powering off. Suddenly killing power to a projector can lead to greatly diminished lamp life.
Home Theater Installation Tips - A Few Helpful Tools
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Now that you have a plan and your tools it's time to put it all together. Unbox and lay out your equipment in a logically arranged order. Create a priority order on what you will install first. Those priorities will depend on what type of video display you are using and where your audio-video components will be housed. I suggest you run any in-wall wiring first - TV cables from the TV to your A/V rack and speaker cables to your surround speakers.
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