5 Tips For Better Home Theater Sound

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Affinity Properties, Inc 509937

If you are not getting the rich home theater sound you paid for, there are a few vital sound checks and components that will deliver a perfect audio performance every time. Check your sound equippment for proper configuration and be sure that you are using the correct speakers for your system.

Home theaters are expensive, and when they are not working properly, the repair and replacement costs can be sky high. If your audio system is not up to par, there are few things you can do before calling a repairman or replacing the components. Try these five easy steps for inspection, adjustment and a do-it-yourself approach to crystal clear sound.

1. Matched Speaker System.

When one of your speakers goes out, there is a temptation to buy what's on sale rather than matching your speakers with the manufacturer suggestions. If you must replace a speaker component, be sure that the new speaker is the same as the original unit sold in a sound ensemble. This will ensure you receive an even tone and quality of sound. In addition, your speakers should be raised on stands or brackets, careful to ensure they are placed at the same levels to project the sound evenly across the room. Match them with their elevation and angle in the direction to reach your listening center.

2. Speaker Alignment.

To optimize your listening pleasure, be sure that the speakers are placed in a strategic position in the room to deliver the sound to the sitting area. In some cases, one speaker is too far from the listening center and can throw the volume balance out of whack. The speakers should be turned to the listening area and placed an equal distance away. In addition, be sure to keep fabric furniture out of the way of the immediate area of the speaker, as this can cause an unequally balanced absorbing of sound.

3. Power Up.

Home theaters set up in larger rooms may need the assistance of an amplifier to project the sound. Not every speaker system is equipped with an amplifier jack, but you will find out by checking with your owner's manual or inspecting the back hook-up panel for an amp jack reception.

4. Adjust The Bass.

If your bass performance is too deep and gravely, lower the tone quality to fit the size and acoustics in the room. Living spaces with hardwood floors or tile will elevate and transport sound must faster than carpeted areas. You may need to make an adjustment to tailor the bass speaker to accommodate the construction of the viewing room. In cases where the floor is tiled, just adding a few throw rugs are sufficient to absorb the echo effect and deliver a better quality of sound.

5. Upgrade Your Cables.

By using sturdier and commercial grade cables, the delivery of quality sound may be enhanced. Cable replacement is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your audio performance, and they should be replaced and upgraded when the audio system crackles or loses some of its power.

Joe Cline writes articles for Austin real estate. Other articles written by the author related to Austin Texas real estate and Lakeway real estate can be found on the net.


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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I think the speaker wires are one of the most important factors in receiving good sound. . .among other things

Mar 29, 2010 12:34 AM #1
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