How To Set Up a Home Theater: Cable Management

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Room Tuning

There has been extensive research into how a room’s shape, dimensions and composition affect the acoustics of the room. The mathematics and science behind acoustics are fairly complex so here is the very simplified version. The only factor in acoustics that can be easily modified is the room’s reverberation.

A room with a lot of hard or solid surfaces will have more reverberation and will sound brighter as the higher frequencies will be amplified as they bounce around more. Rooms that are coated in soft surfaces or stuffed with lots of plush furniture will have less reverberation and will sound more dull.

Making a Bright Room Dull


Most rooms that are problematic are bright rooms. Dull rooms are actually preferred since acoustic adjustments can be easily corrected with the DSP or equalizer of a system. This is why recording studios are lined in specially shaped and coated tiles and fabrics.

Bright rooms, however create unwanted ancillary sound effects. If that is the case, it is time to channel your inner Tim Gunn and start decorating. Accent rugs and wall tapestries can help a lot as well as full window treatments like drapes. Don’t worry as much about the ceiling as the sound energy of most speakers projects out, not up.  If the budget allows for new furniture, veer towards the plush and comfy that rests on the floor with little or no elevating legs.

Don\’t Panic

Don’t let all these recommendations and guidelines ruin the excitement of enjoying new gear. Go ahead, rip open the box, unwrap the toy and get it up and running ASAP so you can enjoy your new purchase.

All these steps can be implemented individually or in small groups later on down the road. As each little change is made it will gradually bring the system that much closer to an amazing home theater experience.

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