How to Install a Surround Sound System

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Do you want to experience more sound while watching TV series and movies at home with the surround sound system, but are not sure where to start?

The good news is that installing a cinema-quality surround sound system isn’t all that difficult. It doesn’t have to be very expensive either.

Even low cost surround sound systems tuned correctly; It can let you hear the distant rain, the speeding cars in front of you, or those horror movie hits behind you.

This article will walk you through the process of what to buy and how to set up a surround sound system for the best entertainment experience you can ask for.

Which Surround Sound System Should I Buy?

You don’t have to pay a fortune for a surround sound system. Yes, high-end systems can give you a much clearer, more accurate sound. But if you’re on a tight budget, there’s no reason not to opt for a cheaper system.

As long as you can get all the right components and place them neatly around the room, you can enjoy an immersive entertainment experience.

Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound system

An example of a perfect mid-range system is the Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound System. THX can handle Dolby Digital and DTS Digital entertainment. Any movie or show that offers this surround sound content will look great on this system.

What you are looking for in any system you buy; are the essential components you need for an immersive surround sound experience. These include:

  • Subwoofer (this is sometimes combined with a tweeter and control unit. But these sometimes come separately).
  • Front Center speaker
  • Front Right speaker
  • left speaker
  • Rear Right speaker
  • Rear Left speaker

The front speakers are sometimes combined into a single “soundbar” depending on the system.

Prices of other brands range from $100 to $1000. So shop within your budget. Some of the best brands to look for include:

  • Bose
  • JBL
  • rockville
  • Logitech
  • Samsung
  • clipc

How to Install a Surround Sound System

Once your new surround sound system arrives and you have unpacked all the components, you need to know how to set it all up.

With surround sound, the placement of the speakers is everything.

Use the diagram below to guide you where to place the speakers.

Note that the subwoofer, center speaker, and left and right speakers are usually placed next to the TV. You might consider placing the left and right speakers in the upper corners of the same wall as the TV. However, running the cables should be pretty easy since they’re on the same wall.

Rear Left and Right Rear speakers generally require wiring to be run over ceiling tiles (if you’re in a basement theater room) or below along baseboards in a regular living room. These wires are relatively small. So they should be easy enough to hide along the corners of walls and along the edges of your baseboards.

Run all wires from each speaker back to the controller. The control unit is sometimes combined with a subwoofer. Either way, place this close to the TV itself.

Cabling Your Surround Sound System

On the back of the controller you should see 10 small square ports, 2 per speaker. Cables are often color-coded to help you understand where they should go.

You will see a black stripe along one wire and the other wire is usually solid. Black striped cable enters port with black stripe ; and the flat cable goes to the matching color protruding port.

Pull the tab, insert the copper end of the wire into the port and release the tab. This will hold each speaker wire in place.

note : Some systems use component audio cables from speakers . In this case, instead of placing the copper wire ends at the connection points; you must insert each component lead into the correct port. Usually this is a single white wire coming from the Front Left speaker; A single red wire from Front Right Speaker etc.

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With all speakers connected to the controller, you’ve just finished 90% of your surround sound system setup!

Edit Your Front Screen and Audio

Most of the big sounds coming from your system will come from the front, just like in the cinema.

The Front Right and Front Left speakers are usually larger speakers that contain their own bass ports . You can hang them on the front right and left corners of your entertainment room, or you can place them on the left and right corners of your television.

You can also hang the Center speaker at ceiling level just in front of where people will be sitting in the room. Or if you don’t have a place to hang it, it’s okay to place it somewhere in the front of the room (or even on the same table as the TV).

The subwoofer and control unit should be located at the front of the room, preferably at floor level.

Why ground level?

Well, have you ever watched a movie in the cinema where a huge freight train is flying and you can literally feel its vibrations from the ground?

You reproduce effects like this by placing the subwoofer on the floor. Very low bass sounds will actually make the floor vibrate and give everyone in the room a immersive experience of the movie.

As for the Center, Rear Right and Rear Left speakers, these are usually much smaller units.

This makes them super easy to hang in the back corners of the room when you set up your surround sound system. These offer amazing sound coming from the sides or the back of the room, which makes the entertainment experience so immersive.

These provide the heart of the surround sound experience . Do you want to feel like you are in the middle of a rainstorm with thunder or in the middle of the crowd watching a car race? Placing these speakers correctly allows you to experience true surround sound.

They are small speakers, but they make a very powerful impact.

Connecting to Your Sound System

Of course, a surround sound system is no good if you don’t have any sound connected.

Most TVs today have an Audio Out port for exactly this purpose. A lot of people never use them because television sound is pretty impressive nowadays.

But if you want to install a surround sound system for a richer and higher quality sound experience, this Audio Output you will have to look for the port.

For this purpose, your sound system must have an audio cable. Plug the end of the audio plug into this single audio output port on your TV.

The other end of this cable is typically of the component audio type.

This means a white connector for the left and a yellow or red connector for the right.

If you don’t see a dedicated jack for ‘TV’ or ‘TV’, look for an AUX-in port.

On the back of your surround sound controller you can see other audio input connections for other devices. These are inputs for DVD players, game consoles and more. The connections will follow the same approach and color scheme as the TV input described above.

Using Your New Sound System

That’s all it takes to install a surround sound system. Now just plug in your TV and sound system and turn it on. Make sure the correct audio input is selected and turn up the volume!

To truly take advantage of the full capacity of your sound system; Search for shows and movies that offer THX, Dolby Digital, and DTS Digital audio content. This means that unique spatial sound elements are programmed into the content as it is being filmed, making it seem like something is happening around you.

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