If you are going to the trouble of investing in a new home theatre system, everything must sound and look its best. It doesn't take an audiophile or a cinema-buff to appreciate the difference between great visuals and sound and a sub-par system. A well-appointed audio-visual setup/smart TV setup is vital to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Setting these things up is notoriously tricky, so to help, the experts at Kenner Electrics have detailed some key tips when it comes to a quality audio-visual setup/smart TV setup for your home. And if all this is just gobble-de-gook, don't worry. Just give us a call and we'll be able to help you out.
Setting up your system
The first thing you need to do is consider what you will be using your system for. A good audio-visual setup/smart TV setup should meet your needs. Will you be using it primarily for audio? Movies? Both?
Clarify this before you begin purchasing products. From here, you can go about connecting one speaker to another throughout your entire home for the best experience possible.
Using a digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
Digital music, for all of its benefits, does lower the quality of your sound. It also needs to be converted to an analog signal before it comes through your speakers. The DAC that lives inside your computer, phone, or tablet is fine, but if you want better quality sound, consider an outboard DAC, receiver or amplifier with a built-in hi-fi DAC.
If you use something like Spotify to listen to your music, ensure your settings allow for 320 kilobits-per-second (kbps). This is the highest quality send that you can access via services like this.
Bi-amp your speakers and set-up a space
Your front speakers likely have two pairs of input terminals. You can redirect the surround power using your receiver's "surround back" channels to bi-amp your front left and right speakers. Doing this means you have four amp channels to drive your front speakers, doubling the available power creating a more dynamic and higher-quality sound.
Ensure that your room is set-up in a way that you are sitting facing the speakers. Ensure the sound is reflected off hard surfaces and absorbed by softer ones. Room positioning and acoustics can have a considerable impact on your sound quality, and whether you are listening to a vinyl record or watching an action movie with huge explosions, you'll notice the difference.
Do you have an open floor plan?
A lot of modern homes have an open, expansive floor plan. If this is the case for you, a stereo system may not be the best choice. Think about a situation where you are throwing a gathering. Your guests will be continually moving around, so a set-up with ceiling speakers or wireless speakers set in strategic locations would be better suited to the space.
If your smart TV is in a specific home theatre location where you will be sitting directly in front of it and stationary, a stereo set-up is the way to go! In these cases, larger spaces may benefit from a surround sound set-up, while smaller areas really only need a front-facing stereo source. All you need to go with it is a very comfy recliner...
Consider the source
A compressed MP3 file will never stand up to a 180-gram, specially mastered vinyl. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to consider. If the source of your music, or even your movies for that matter, is poor quality, your system will also seem lacking.
The visual equivalent is your wi-fi or internet connection and its capacity to stream your films or TV shows. Are you having constant connectivity issues? The issue may not lie with your entertainment equipment, but your router, Wi Fi or antennas. Ensuring all of these are in working order is an essential part of the correct set-up process.
Ensuring the best audio-visual set-up/smart TV set-up for your home
To make sure you tick all of the necessary boxes, and achieve the best audio-visual set-up/smart TV set-up for your home, speak to the experts at Kenner Electrics. We service and maintain the electrical needs of those in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.
We offer our local community reliable and trusted electrical services to improve the connectivity, functionality and safety of both homes and businesses. This includes the optimal set-up and design of your audio-visual set-up/smart TV set-up.
Along with your entertainment needs, we can offer other electrical solutions, including power points, light fittings, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, TV antennas and outlets, switchboard upgrades, and more. Speak to one of our experts today about the best set-up for the ultimate enjoyment of your home.