Tips for Installation of Home Theatre Systems

Tips for Installation of Home Theatre Systems

Though the film industry most probably has many complaints regarding the increase of popularity in home theatre systems, homeowners certainly have no reason to complain about the quality of imaging, sound and comfort associated with such systems.

Since their initial introduction to the market, these home theatre systems have become more affordable and rather than being limited to the television, the systems today include high definition screens, highly attractive surround sound options and even sub-woofers that will make sound engineers rather jealous.

The clarity of images attainable with technology ranging from Plasma to LCD screens is one reason not to compromise on the type of home theatre system you select. The systems are now more advanced than ever before with the addition of DVD systems. Add to such the ability to control the sound, image, DVD player, and television channel from the comfort of the couch and one can understand why the sport stands are empty on Saturdays.

Correct installation of the home theatre system will enhance the overall viewing and listening experience considerably. To ensure that your system will provide the desired experience, be sure to follow the tips below…

Correct Height

Your neck will quickly become sore and eye problems may develop over time if the system is placed too high. Rather install the system at eye height or below eye height to prevent fatigue from setting in because of neck, back and eye strain. The screen should be placed in the centre of your view to ensure that your eyes focus more on the upper part of the screen if you look straight ahead.


You invest a considerable amount into the surround sound. Don’t dilute the experience through wrong seat placement. Seats against the wall can affect the sound flow, reducing the purity and clarity of the sound.  Provide adequate back support since discomfort will detract from the viewing experience and you won’t be able to appreciate the bass thrills. Place the couches and seats clear from the sound path as to prevent blockages.

Room Setup

Don’t setup the system in the general entertainment room where people play pool or sit at a bar. The noise will disturb your listening experience. Remove all background noises and set the right ambience with automated dimming or remote control lighting.

If there are lights that shine on the screen, remove such immediately and darken the room completely using blinds or thick curtains to prevent sunlight from entering and shining onto the screen. Though the room doesn’t have to be completely darkened, dimmed lights or proper shade will improve the visibility of the images on the screen. Never place the screen opposite a window as sun glare will affect viewing quality. Relocate any bright surfaces far from the screen as this will especially affect 3D viewing capacity.

Don’t go overboard with sound proofing as the furnishings, blinds and shelves will be adequate for dampening sound. Going overboard will affect sound quality. However, also avoid having a completely empty room, especially if the room has a tile floor as this will increase echo, making it difficult to listen without having to turn down the volume.

Of course, when you buy one of our home theatre systems you also receive expert installation advice and assistance.