The Importance of getting your system professionally installed

The best system in the world only sounds as good as it was set up!! Theatre and Hi-Fi set-up is as much an art as it is a science!! It is for this reason that we at Digital Revolution insist that we also install the systems we sell!

Although installing a home theatre seems quite easy, the reality is something else altogether!

Because we have had numerous occasions where clients have asked us to come and do the installation for free, we have taken the time to put information together to give better understanding and insight to what pertains to the pain and effort that goes into a great installation. We use a descriptive guide to do a better estimation of what your installation would cost. Our purpose is not to make a profit on installation, but rather just to cover the cost of the job.

It is sad to see how many people are confused with installation of satellite and theatre systems. These are two completely different trades that must not be confused with each other! When it comes to cinema systems it takes knowledge to do it right! And lots of experience!! Just like with other fields of expertise, the amount of technicians that really know their “stuff” in the hi-fi industry is becoming scarcer by the day! Even our most experienced people don't always get it right and have to spend extra time and effort to get a system to “feel” just right! This is when the system turns you on emotionally and makes you feel good!!

 It is definitely a myth that your Satellite installer will be able to install your system so that it sounds the best it can.

Yes sure you will get the thing to play, but will it give you goose-bumps?

 When you buy a car you could drive it up and down the drive way in first gear and think that is the whole of the experience... It is only when you take it on the open road and shift all the gears that you experience the full monty..What a great loss if you have invested hard owned cash into a system and it is only performing half as good as it could.. And the sad part is that you will not even know it..

It is only an experienced technician with everyday experience that will know the difference!! You have invested in a double cream chocolate cake, make sure it does not sound like a half-baked cookie...


Installation Guides

You have just bought the entertainment systems of your dreams. So how what do you do to make sure it meets your expectations? The best sounding systems are the ones that have been set up properly! We will never doubt the abilities and knowledge of our customers, but we seldom come across clients that do the setup properly. It is disappointing to visit a customer that have chosen to do the installation and setup themselves and the system sounds horrible because they are not prepared to pay a bit extra!

We therefore strongly advise that you hire a competent professional to plan and execute your installation! It is definitely worth every cent to invest in the proper setup of your system!

If you choose not to make use of our installation teams, here are some basic guides that will assist you understanding how audio visual equipment should be installed as well as how to blend it into your decor...

Contrary to popular belief, we still have not reached the stage where current electronics are universally plug and play. It’s more a question of how to integrate converging technologies and to get the best result from available audio-visual and control products.
However if you are a strong DIY person who is buying or installing audio visual products we would like you to consider the following:
1. Read as much as you can about what current technology can and cannot do. Refer to our information pages for a better understanding of all the buzzwords used in the industry.

2. Don't allow yourself to be bamboozled by incompetent sales people. Verify everything that you are told about a product.

3. Only a knowledgeable sales consultant is qualified to take your money.

4. You are welcome to contact us if you are unsure about what you have been told. 

5. Plan where you want everything to go and what you want it to do, but bear in mind that everything has to be powered and cabled together and even though there are wireless products they will still need power to make them work.

6. Please use furniture with good ventilation to prevent heat problems and related installation and control issues. Failure to take note of this information can void your warrantee/guarantee and lead to safety issues for your family.

7. Remember that safety is a prime consideration with the installation and use of electronic products. It is not advisable to test cabling and wiring with random plug ins!

Thank you for reading to this point.

Please read more on speakers and amplification under the relevant headings to get basic know-how on doing an effective installation.


System Calibration

After we have installed and hooked up your home theatre system, the important next step is “calibrating” the system.

This simply means that we use the internal test tone generator included in every surround processor and adjust each speaker’s output so that it is equally loud when heard at the viewing/listening position.

You can “earstimate” the levels and do a very satisfactory job or you can opt for a relatively inexpensive sound pressure meter and use its readings as a guide. In either case, follow the calibration instructions included with your surround processor.

Calibration’s goal is simple: The creation of a single coherent sound field between front and surround speakers.

 Most people have a tendency to turn up surround gain until they hear the surround speakers as a separate source.

Generally speaking, this is not good: Surrounds that are too loud draw attention away from the screen and destroy the sense of envelopment.

Although we tweak levels using program material, avoid the temptation to turn the surrounds up until they are as loud as the front speakers.

Remember that directors and sound engineers usually intentionally mix surround material so that it is lower in level than front channel information. 

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