Kudos on your first surround sound purchase! The next step you need to do is learn how to set up your new surround sound, which you’ll learn below.
After days of looking for the right surround sound system that fits your home, finally, you have purchased your first sound system.
However, it does not end here. You need to learn how to set up your new audio equipment. Follow this guideline on how to set up your surround sound system.
Step 1: Basic Home Theater Setup
If you bought a complete set of home theater systems, then you’re good to follow the next step. But if you decided to purchase a sound system separately, make sure to follow this step.
First, you will need an amplifier aside from the speakers you already have. If you don’t have an amplifier but have an existing hi-fi system at home, this will do. However, a hi-fi system only reproduces a stereo sound. If your goal is to have a surround sound set up, you’ll need to purchase an AV receiver if the sound system you bought has none.
It is why an all-in-one home theater system is always the best option for rookies. It is easier to set up and install compared to purchasing audio and visual equipment one by one. You can check out the Home Cinema Effect to see the best collection of state-of-the-art home theater system sets.
When looking for a possible AV amplifier to buy, make sure to choose one that is compatible with your sound system. Specify if it is a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 amp.
Step 2: Connect the Player to the Amplifier
You have to split the audio signal from the picture. It is possible by connecting the TV to another source such as a DVD player, a Blu-ray, or satellite TV box.
Another option to split the audio from the pictures is through an HDMI cable. It is the best choice if you’re using a separate speaker system. If the surround sound you bought has a built-in wireless connection similar to your TV and amplifier, you can choose this option.
Step 3: Setting Up a 5.1 Surround Sound
The 5.1 is a standard sound system and compatible with DVD, Blu-ray, Dolby Digital, and Dolby DTS sound formats.
A 5.1 consists of five speakers and one subwoofer. The center channel speaker does in front of your couch. You could also position it above the TV or below it, as long as it is facing forward directly towards the audience. The two speakers are positioned a bit behind the TV slightly angled about 22 to 30 degrees towards the center. The side channel speakers are positioned at the sides of a listener at a sharper 90 to 110 degrees angle. Also, side speakers should sit above the ears.
Step 4: Setting Up a 7.1 Surround Sound
Follow the positioning of the five main speakers in a 5.1 sound system. In a 7.1 you have an additional two rear speakers. These speakers must be placed at the back of the listeners for a surrounding feel. Likewise, it should sit above the ears for a better listening experience.
After setting up your sound system, the next step is to do a test run.