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Do-It-Yourself Home Theatre Installation San Diego – Style

By Alfreda Saunders

You’ve all heard the technical terminology, but defining home theatre is tricky. Is it a big TV with a lot of speakers, or a digital wide-screen TV connected to various video players and maybe a computer? The truth is that these are all parts of a home system, but not the whole story. To truly experience the best home theatre installation San Diego offers, all components must perform well enough to make those watching forget about everything but the movie. Viewers should become totally involved in the visual experience, not distracted by the need to make picture or sound adjustments.

The key to this is the correct setup and assembly of all parts. Because of budget limitations, many people can’t afford the cost of professional installation. With a little preparation and instruction, however, many can do it themselves, and the first thing to consider is the buying the right TV. Sometimes it may be tempting to get the largest screen in the store, but this is not always the right decision. The viewing room itself should dictate screen size. A good rule is to measure the size of the diagonal screen in inches, and then multiply by 2.5 feet to get the right seating distance. Another viewing factor is lighting. Don’t plan on putting the screen across the room from a large window, unless all the glare can be blocked out.

The next important component is the speaker system. A common mistake is spending all the budget on a HDTV, leaving little for the sound system. Take a favorite CD or DVD with you when shopping for surround sound, and get an audio demonstration. The familiar disc will help you compare the sound to your present system. A surround sound system usually has a set of back and front speakers, possibly a middle channel speaker, and definitely a sub-woofer. At home these need to be calibrated using a test tone generator, usually included with the amplifier. The amplifier itself should be powerful enough to meet your needs for a few years.

One factor often overlooked by do-it-yourself installers is the ever-present tangle of cables. Use a high quality speaker wire that is not going to break or degrade. Gold wiring is nice, but not necessary. And once connected, there are wire covering kits available that can help organize and hide that jungle. Color code the wires as you connect them, eliminating confusion during later trouble-shooting. Don’t waste time and money on cabling that will be too short, because it will ultimately be inflexible in terms of system expansion.

Stop yourself from automatically choosing a familiar brand. Some high name-brand prices don’t automatically guarantee superb quality. Read the reviews, and shop around to find the best bargains, also avoiding price-tags that may seem too low. Sometimes a store will advertise a product simply to get you in the door, but that low price doesn’t necessarily mean the equipment is right for your needs.

Once you have selected the right sized screen and a quality set of matching surround sound speakers, consider covering them all with a repair contract. Today’s wide-screen digital televisions are expensive and complicated, and repairs may require a house call. A contract can save money in this situation, so carefully think about what is offered. Without a repair plan, it is sometimes cheaper just to replace the entire set, even though that might not really be necessary.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Home theatre installation San Diego style can easily correct any problems. If you have read the instructions, and completed all the connections, but still have sub-par sound or video, don’t hesitate to call any one of several business in the area that specialize in all phases of home setup. Make sure they are fully licensed and professional. They will be able to finish the job for you correctly, quickly, and efficiently.

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