In part one of this series we discussed the electronics required to set up a killer home theater system. Now here’s what you’ll need to complete the system: essential information on speakers, cables and accessories, compiled by our expert DTV Installations staff.
- The center speaker, which goes right above or below the screen (above is the better choice). If you have a projector system with a screen that allows sound to pass through, put the center speaker behind the screen.
- Right and left front speakers. These should ideally be floor standing or bookshelf models, placed halfway between the screen and the side walls – they won’t perform optimally if they’re positioned in the corners of the room. They should be placed so the tweeters are at ear level.
- Two surround speakers which go behind or beside the seating area. Bookshelf speakers are fine, specialized ceiling or wall-mounted ones are better. If they’re on the floor, point them straight up; if they’re on the ceiling, either point them toward the viewing area or straight down. Never point them at each other because that can cancel out some of the audio.
- A powered subwoofer, placed on the floor. The exact location is best determined by trial and error.