If you are intent on creating a nice place for entertainment in your home, then the first thing you should consider is organizing a home theater. Creating space for a home theater is one of the best things you could possibly do in your home, especially if you are a movie buff. To be able to set up a home theater, you have to make sure that you have the proper equipment, and that you know where to put it so you can maximize the effect and provide a surround-sound, theater experience. One of the equipments you have to set up is the central channel speakers. The central channel speakers are important because they provide the audio for dialogue. A movie means nothing if not for its brilliant dialogue, so make sure that you set up these speakers perfectly. If you want to embark on this project without hiring an electrician, then follow the steps below.
- Get the equipment and materials you need. You will naturally need a home theater system with a central channel speaker, some wire strippers and a razor blade. You can purchase the wire strippers and the razor blade along in your local hardware store. If you are undecided on which brand of home theater system you wish to purchase, do some research over the Internet, or ask your friends for any recommendations. Make sure that you consider your budget as well as the performance of the brands so you can maximize your spending.
- Find out where you want to put the home theater. Of course, once you have established this, you have to scout the location for where you can best put the central channel speaker. Take note that the central channel speaker will carry the dialogue, so place it in a place where the channel speaker's output will be directed to the location where you will usually be seated while you are watching movies or listening to music. Usually, central channel speaker can be placed above the television set, or below this. What is important is that you keep the central channel speaker centered in reference to the screen so the sound will come out evenly.
- Measure the wire that you will need. With a measuring tape, measure the distance between the receiver and the speakers. You will then cut the speaker wire accordingly. Don't make the measurements exact. Add around 7 inches to your measurement so you can move the speaker around without having to cut out a new length of speaker wire. With your wire strippers, expose about half an inch of the speaker wire's metal by removing the plastic coating.
- Connect the wire to the speakers. Speaker wires usually come with white stripes or other marks so you can identify how to connect them to the speaker. As a general rule, all you have to do is follow the colors. The white marked wire connects to the white-coded socket, and the red marked wire connects to the red-coded socket. If the wire only has a white mark, then the unmarked wire will be connected to the red socket by default. Make sure that you plug the wire securely into the sockets. Do the same to the receiver.
- Position the speaker. Now try out the sound and see if the sound coming out from the speaker suits your preferences.
Don't hesitate to move the speaker around if you feel that the sound quality is not as excellent. Just make sure to unplug the speaker first before moving it around the area.