To get the most out of your movie watching or gaming experience you need some of the best surround sound speakers available. More importantly you need to know how to install surround sound speakers properly. Installation and placement make all the difference. We have put together this step by step guide of how to install surround sound speakers to make sure you get it right and with ease.
How to Install Surround Sound Speakers – Steps
Step 1: Knowing how to install surround sound speakers for optimal audio is all about the arrangement. Proper speaker placement is integral to getting the right audio experience with surround sound.
Make sure your subwoofer is facing the viewer and is near the center of the room. The front speakers should be about equal distance from the TV itself, and should also face the audience. Turn these speakers at an angle so they both point directly toward the viewer, and raise them up (if necessary) so that they are right at the audience’s ear level. The center speaker should be placed directly below or directly above the TV itself for optimal sound. The surround speakers go to the side of and slightly behind the audience, and should be pointed toward the listener. These speakers should be above the ear level of the audience by approximately two feet. Finally, the back speakers should go behind the audience, and like the surround speakers, should be mounted above the ear level of the listener.
Step 2: Connect your AV receiver to your devices. You can’t have surround sound without an AV receiver. If you want epic sound with TV shows, DVDs, Blu-rays and games, you will need to connect your devices to the AV receiver in order to get them ready to broadcast in surround sound. Run your cables into the ports of your video game consoles, television, and media players and connect these cables to your receiver.
Step 3: Connect your speakers to the receiver. Once your devices are connected to your AV receiver, it’s time to get the speakers hooked up. If you have a clip-style speaker connection, you will need to run speaker wire that has a quarter-inch to a half-inch exposed at the point that it connects to the receiver. Make sure you align the positive wire with the positive input and the negative wire with the negative input or your surround speakers will not function correctly. If your speakers are plug connected, simply plug your speakers into the correct ports on the receiver.
Step 4: Configure your devices for surround sound. You can’t get the most out of your surround speaker setup until you have configured your compatible devices for it. Go into the settings of each device you’ve connected to the receiver and turn on the surround mode. This may be labeled as Dolby 5.1, Dolby 7.1, etc.
Step 5: Set up the AV receiver. After your devices are surround ready, it’s time to configure your AV receiver, or rather, tell it to configure itself. Use the microphone and automatic setup feature of your receiver and allow the process to run. Your receiver will automatically adjust its audio settings and sound levels to suit the acoustics of the room during this time.
Step 6: Test the system. Now you’re ready to give your new surround speakers a field test. Turn on your devices and test the audio, manually adjusting the equalizer levels as needed to suit your taste. Once you’ve accomplished that, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new surround sound speaker setup.
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