There is nothing like surround sound in your home – listening to music, playing video games and watching movies just isn’t the same with regular mono speakers. In fact, many movies and even records have been produced and sound designed for surround sound, so when you are listening to music or watching movies on regular speakers, you are missing out on the full experience. However, you can also miss out on the experience if you set up your speakers the wrong way. If you want to watch a movie or listen to music, it is critical that you know exactly how to position your speakers for full impact. Here are the top five tips for setting up a surround sound system in your home.
- Always position the center speaker below or above the television. This is the main speaker – the mono speaker – that will equalize and make all the other speakers sound their best. Some people like to position this speaker below, rather than above, because of aesthetic reasons and because it sounds better. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter – just as long as you keep the speaker in that generally area.
- Always use optic or digital cables. Other cables just don’t cut it when it comes to surround sound. If you have already made the investment in a surround sound system, why put a damper on the sound quality by purchasing inferior cables? When it comes down to it, digital and optic cables aren’t that much more expensive. However, the sound quality is vastly different and better with these cables, because they transfer information much faster. If you like watching high definition movies, having digital cables is critical, or else it could look pixelated and sound really bad.
- Always turn up the center speaker’s volume to match the right and left speakers. If you want to provide the best and most crisp sound quality, it is important to boost the center speaker’s sound accordingly. If you watch a lot of action films, or listen to music with heavy base, turning the center speaker up will allow you to better hear actor’s lines and the lyrics in music. Why watch a movie when you can barely hear the dialogue?
- Always make sure to move the subwoofer near your channel speakers or else the base and the audio track of the movie or music you are listening to will sound unnatural. If you have gotten a full surround sound set up from a retailer, like CasaTunes, it is important to get the most out of your system. In most cases, the base will come blaring out of the subwoofer, but if it isn’t within proximity of the channel speakers, the sound will appear unbalanced.
- Always put the rear speakers above your head – preferably on the ceiling. If you go to a movie, you will notice that the rear surround sound speakers are above your head on the wall. In your home, you want to have the same set up. If a movie is in surround sound, you will get the full experience if your rear speakers are set up right.