The past few months of lockdown and social distancing has meant we’ve all spent a lot more time at home in front of the TV. For many of us, our home entertainment systems have become integral to our daily lives. It’s served as a way to communicate with work colleagues, social with friends and family, exercise, and enjoy various forms of entertainment. While most people with a smart TV are able to take advantage of many of these features at home, there’s always room for improvement and simple upgrades can help you optimise your home theatre system. Here are 5 easy ways to upgrade your home theatre system to work better for your needs.
1. Speaker placement is crucial:
Speaker placement is crucial to optimising the sound of your home theatre system. Avoid spreading your speakers to the four corners of the room, rather place them on either side of your TV angled towards the couch. Surround sound speakers should be placed behind you for the surround sound effects.
2. Stick to one brand
Ideally, it’s best to have one brand of speakers instead of a combination, as they each have their own specific way of interacting with sound and this helps to ensure similar performance and tonality to give you the immersive experience that you are looking for. If you’re able to, aim to stick with the same brand and invest in matching speakers of the same make and model. If you’re unsure of which speakers to invest in, chat to speaker specialists about the best options for your home.
3. Add some oomph
For added oomph, think about investing in a subwoofer. Many people underestimate the value of a subwoofer but having a subwoofer is crucial to a top-notch sound experience as it is responsible for the depth of the sound. If you like to feel the impact of that musical crescendo or be blown away by the explosion in an action movie then a subwoofer is a must. The subwoofer is the hardest working speaker in your surround sound system and often times the performance for the system as a whole, is dependent on the performance (and integration with the rest of the speakers) of the subwoofer.
It’s also important to invest in a good amplifier. The amplifier provides the power to your speakers and is an essential component to any home theatre system. A good amplifier can give even mediocre speakers a much-needed boost. Take into consideration your room size when adding or upgrading your amp.
4. Don’t forget about acoustics
Good acoustics can make all the difference to your home theatre experience and are a big part of upgrading your sound system. Walls, ceilings, and windows are flat, hard surfaces which create sound distortion. To solve this problem, soften the hard surfaces in the room by adding textures such as curtains, carpets, or rugs and which can be enough to ensure the room sounds good. You are looking for a natural sound with limited reverberation (like in a bathroom) but not too flat or dead either. If you can hold a conversation with someone in the room without their voice sounding funny or losing audibility, then you have a good base for a great home theatre room.
5. The cherry on top
If you really want to get the most out of your home theatre’s AV system then consider adding a power conditioner or power distribution unit. These not only get the best out of your system by ensuring clean power to the units but also offer surge protection to protect your investment from power spikes in the event of a power outage or storm.
These few key changes will make all the difference to your home theatre system and give you the ultimate home entertainment experience.
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