The quality of a system depends greatly on how well it is set up. Setting up a theater or hi-fi system requires both artistic and scientific skills. That's why at Digital Revolution, we insist on handling the installation of the systems we sell. While installing a home theater may seem simple, the reality is quite different. We have encountered situations where clients expected free installation services. To provide better understanding and insight into the effort involved in a great installation, we have compiled information and created a descriptive guide to estimate installation costs. Our goal is not to profit from installation but to cover the expenses incurred. It is disheartening to see the confusion surrounding the installation of satellite and theater systems. These are distinct trades that should not be mistaken for one another. Knowledge and experience are essential in achieving the optimal performance of a cinema system. Like any other field of expertise, skilled technicians in the hi-fi industry are becoming scarce. Even our most experienced technicians sometimes require additional time and effort to fine-tune a system and create an emotionally captivating experience. It is a misconception that a satellite installer can deliver the best possible sound from your system. While they can make it function, achieving the goosebump-inducing quality is a different story. To draw a comparison, when you buy a car, driving it in first gear along the driveway only provides a fraction of the experience. It's when you take it on the open road and utilize all the gears that you truly appreciate its full potential. It would be a significant loss to invest your hard-earned money in a system that performs at only half its capability, especially if you remain unaware of it. Only an experienced technician with practical knowledge can discern the difference. Just as you wouldn't want a double cream chocolate cake to taste like a half-baked cookie, ensure your system lives up to its full potential.
To ensure your entertainment system meets your expectations, proper setup is crucial. While we respect our customers' abilities, we often find that self-installed systems disappoint due to lack of expertise and unwillingness to invest extra. We strongly recommend hiring a competent professional for your installation, as it's worth every penny to achieve the best setup. If you choose not to use our installation services, we provide basic guides to help you understand how to install audio-visual equipment and integrate it with your decor. Despite the notion of universal plug and play, current electronics require careful integration and optimization. If you prefer a DIY approach, consider the following: 1. Educate yourself about current technology and industry buzzwords. 2. Verify information provided by salespeople. 3. Consult knowledgeable sales consultants before making purchases. 4. Reach out to us for clarification if needed. 5. Plan the placement and functionality of your equipment, keeping in mind power and connectivity requirements. 6. Ensure furniture has proper ventilation to avoid heat-related issues and safety concerns. 7. Prioritize safety in cabling and wiring, avoiding random plug-ins. For more guidance, explore relevant sections on speakers and amplification to enhance your understanding of effective installation. Thank you for your attention.
After installing your home theater system, the next important step is to calibrate it. Calibration involves using the built-in test tone generator in your surround processor to adjust each speaker's output, ensuring they are equally loud when heard from the viewing/listening position. You can estimate the levels by ear, which can yield satisfactory results, or you can use a sound pressure meter for more precise measurements. Follow the calibration instructions provided with your surround processor to guide you. The goal of calibration is to create a cohesive sound field where the front and surround speakers work together harmoniously. It's common for people to increase the surround gain until the surround speakers become a distinct source. However, this is generally not ideal as overly loud surrounds can distract from the screen and diminish the immersive experience. While adjusting the levels, it's important to avoid turning the surrounds up to match the loudness of the front speakers. Directors and sound engineers typically mix surround material at lower levels compared to the front channels intentionally. By calibrating your system properly and respecting the intended level balance, you can achieve an immersive and balanced sound experience.