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Tips and Tricks for the arrangement of your Home Theatre System

Loudspeaker positioning angles for the home theatre system

The disposition of the sound diffusers should be symmetrical inside the rooms : schemes for the correct positioning of a 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1. home theater system

for a start, think of triangles. Ideally, the front-left and front-right loudspeaker should be the two corners of an equilateral triangle and the listening position should be the third corner.

The front speakers, the right, left channel and central one of the home theater should be placed at the same height as the listener’s head when sitting.

If the center front speaker must be mounted above the screen, you should point it down slightly so that it is directed towards the head of the listener.

When they are placed on the corners of the room, you can tilt the front speakers (left and right) to point toward the listener to get an even better sound.

The rear speakers, however, should be positioned a few inches above the head of the listener and always directed at the point of listening.

Room acoustics

The configuration of the environment, the furniture and surfaces have a significant impact on the sound quality of your home theater system.

Smooth walls, the ceiling and the floor reflect sound. The carpets, curtains and upholstery absorb or dampen the sound (as well as the audience in the hall).

It takes a fair balance between reflective surfaces and absorbent. A room that reflects or absorbs sounds is not good it could give a dull sound effect.

The shape of the room and measurement are characteristics that can affect sound: Use these tips as a starting point for proper configuration of your home theater system but do not hesitate to move your speakers if you are not happy with the sound.

It’s question of centimeters

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects about the configuration of a home theater system is the fact that small changes in speaker placement can make a big difference on the sound.

If you feel that the volume balance between channels is uneven in many scenes of the movie, try to rotate, raise, lower, or move the speakers a few inches.

Try to imagine the way in which the sound can be reflected in the room, test it and try again until you find the optimal arrangement for your home theater speakers.

Subwoofer reposition trick

Contrary to popular beliefs (and many diagrams published online) subwoofers for home theater systems should not be placed close to the screen, or near the front speakers.

A trick to get a good position for the subwoofer is the exchange of the subwoofer.

First, place the subwoofer as close as possible to the point of listening to your home theatre system.

Now put the subwoofer in action and walk around the room trying to find the point where the basses are perceived with more “body”. This spot will be the optimal one in which to place your subwoofer, right under your feet.

 

A happy family of Loudspeakers

When the timbre of your speakers is the same across the line, you will get a richer, clearer and more consistent sound.

The easiest way to make sure all tones of your speakers match, is to buy the same brand and the same line of speakers.

 

Hiding Cables

Home theaters speakers need to run cables. It is necessary that they are as tidy as possible and do not form unsightly skeins. We recommend to wrap the excess cables in small ordered skeins.

If there is no way to put the cables within the wall, consider using colored cables so that they can better camouflage with the color of the plaster.

To hide the cables the best solution is always to slide them into the walls and under the floors inside the corrugated (for this type of installation is best to consult a professional installer).

There are also wireless solutions for home theater systems, however, the wireless speakers currently offer less choice than traditional speakers.

SoloSuono can give you some informations about wireless solutions suitable for your needs.

 

Suggestions

For further details we advise you to view the installation guide of a home theatre system that SoloSuono summed up for you starting with the official Dolby guidelines.

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