Archive for October, 2009
No guessing!!!! This is what a lot of installers will do. The main way to stop the guess work is to inspect and measure before any holes are drilled. Remember, the goal is not to make any mistakes. Lets say that your wiring up a home theater system and you want to run the wire to the attic and drop the speaker wire down to the locations you want. First inspect the attic area to make sure you can get to the area. Now when you’re ready, lets pinpoint where you want to drill. Here’s a trick. Get a micro-thin and drill into the ceiling and leave the bit in and go find the bit up in the attic. As soon as you find the bit, you will finally know exectly where to drill with out making a mistake. You will be able to fix the tiny hole with a little putty or speckle. Performing this installation technique will help you avoid any costly repairs along with faster performance.
To install speakers on the wall, be sure that you can run wire there first. Test this by running a push pull rod in the wall to make sure of no firebreaks. As soon as you have the push pull rod in the wall with wire attached then go ahead and make the necessary hole for the speaker. Remember take your time when performing this important step when hooking up a home theater surround sound system. MORE TIPS COMING SOON.
Through the years of performing audio video installations; it seems that over 50% of the customers were not getting the full digital sound. Take for example; I performed a install that was to perform a rewire of a existing system. The customers told me that they were having some problems and tried to have there son fix it. The son couldn’t figure it out either. So then, the customers called me and asked me to see what I could do. Well as soon as I pulled out the home theater receiver, I saw a absolute mess of audio video cables. There were probably about seven or eight cables that were just a waste. The customer had a Onkyo receiver that had all the necessary plugs that could make a digital surround sound. All that I was going to hook up was a digital cable box and a regular DVD player. With just using two digital cables, one fiber optic and one digital coax, I got rid of all other cables. As soon as the customers saw all pluged in, I had to give the big spill about the differences in cables.
Well here is my spill. Regular rca cables will only give you left and right stereo sound unless you have a pro logic system. In order to get digital surround sound, you have three choices, HDMI, fiber optic, and digital coax. Hooking one of those cable up from a digital source and as long as that digital source is setup correctly, you will finally have Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound. The differences is that Dolby Digital or DTS will allow all speakers to perform separately, every speaker does their own thing. Now finally you will be put where the action is in you movie. I know there are more things to this so feel free to comment.