So, you've finally purchased yourself a new home theater system. Getting a new setup can be exciting, but it can also be a little nerve racking. Finding out where to put the speakers can be just as complicated as making sure everything is connected correctly. While the whole process can be a bit daunting, setting up a new home theater system is actually a lot easier than you think. Here's a set-by-step guide to making it happen.
Start From Scratch
Before you do anything, take a moment and disconnect your old home theater system. Put things like HDMI cables on a coffee table or the floor nearby, and move everything else into another room, or at least out of the way, so you can focus on attaching your new stuff.
Removing everything now will ensure you don't get tangled up in your old components while you're trying to attach the new. Everything is a lot simpler when you start clutter free.
Read the Instructions
Take a good look at the instructions before setting up. While you read, do an inventory of what you have and make sure you have all the cables you'll need to get the job done.
Lay Everything Out
Decide where you'd like to put your new speakers and television as well as things like your Blu-ray player and cable box. Lay everything out where you think it's going to go, but don't connect anything yet. If you're mounting your television on the wall, think about where you want the cables to go once they're connected. If your cable box and Blu-ray are going to be on a nearby table, make sure your cables are long enough to make that happen.
Think about how everything is going to need to connect. For instance, your cable box will need to output to the television. Having a mental picture of how the process will go will make connecting everything go much faster.
Once you've got everything laid out, it's time to start connecting. While your first instinct might be to get your television up and running, connect up everything else first. That way, the last thing you'll need to do is make the final connections to your TV and hang it on the wall (or place it whenever else you've chosen). If you start off with your TV, you're going to find yourself trying to squeeze behind it multiple times, and likely shuffling around cables as you go. It's much easier to just do that part once.
If you have a receiver, then you likely want to connect your cable box, Blu-ray player, and everything else to it. Doing that makes it so you only have to use one remote control for everything, which is much easier.
Once you've got everything set up, it's time to start programming all your remotes. Pull out the trusty manual for the devices you have and get a feel for each's capabilities. You may also want to try out a home theater setup app from someone like THX, they'll help you make sure the colors on your TV are perfect and ensure you've connected all your speakers appropriately.