Home Audio Installation Tips
You’ve made the decision to add a home audio system to your home. With so many equipment options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. In choosing to undertake a home audio installation project, you want to make sure you choose the right components and method of installation. Here are some home audio installation tips to help make the process easier.
Plan Speaker Layout
Do you need to move around the room layout for optimal audio? A little bit of planning will help you determine if your room has limitations and how to use your home audio installation to work with them. Sketching a floor plan will help. Where will you locate speakers? You want to make sure your speakers are safe and easily accessible. Stands are an option but they should also be located in an area where it is not susceptible to being knocked over. Wall mounts are an option to keep speakers safe and secure. Wall mounts are an option that adds to room décor, but they should hold more weight than the actual speaker. Wall units are often used to hold speakers, but don’t move easily and restrict accessibility. Moveable stands with wheels allow you to relocate speakers if necessary and access the rear for adjustments or repair.
Where will you place wires for your audio system? Cables stretched across the floor and even under carpets are dangerous to people and equipment. One trip could send a person to the hospital and your equipment to a repair shop. Placing wires along baseboards is safer and visually acceptable. Also, consider the times you need to locate a component wire. Looking at a spaghetti-like collection of wires can be quite frustrating. Simple organization of wires during a home audio installation makes troubleshooting or upgrading your system easier. Wire holders give your wire collection a neater appearance. Plastic ties or tubes are simple solutions to contain wires. Color coding your wires with stickers or labels and then documenting also helps with organization.
Inventory Power Outlets
As home entertainment systems advance and components are added, the need for power outlets increases. An inventory determines how many power outlets are in the room and where they are located. Most outlets have two sockets. Power strips allow you to add more components and protect equipment in case of a power surge. Installation-grade surge protection is a superior option to power strips purchased from a local hardware store. Check the circuit breakers to make sure your home can handle the load of your home audio installation. It’s a good idea to place your home system on one circuit breaker. If there is an overload, your entire home is not affected.
Home Audio Installation with Synergy
Taking these tips into consideration will help you get the best out of your home audio system. Don’t just depend on high-quality gear for your home audio installation to live up to its potential. DIY home audio installation often falls short of system capabilities due to inexperience. Synergy Integrated System’s certified installers will install and troubleshoot problems with home audio systems. If you need help designing or buying components, our experienced team can provide personalized service with customized solutions for your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.