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How to Convert a Regular Room to a Home Theater

So you've got the itch to put in a home theater. But, how does one go about doing this and what room should you use? This quick guide and

How to Convert a Regular Room to a Home Theater
How to Calibrate Your HDTV For Better Picture Quality in Minutes!

This is a very basic guide on how to calibrate a new HDTV display to get the most accurate picture. We discuss setting black level and the

How to Calibrate Your HDTV For Better Picture Quality in Minutes!
Six Steps to Increasing Dynamic Range of Your Home Theater System

Dynamic range is the ratio of maximum system output to the noise floor. In this article and YouTube video, we provide 6 steps for improving your

Six Steps to Increasing Dynamic Range of Your Home Theater System

Recent Home Theater Calibration Articles

How to Convert a Regular Room to a Home Theater

How to Convert a Regular Room to a Home Theater

So you've got the itch to put in a home theater. But, how does one go about doing this and what room should you use? This quick guide gives you a step by step procedure to make it a reality. Be sure to watch our related YouTube video and check out all of the embedded article links to dive further into each topic. Also, feel free to share your stories and pics on our related forum thread for the benefit of our community.

So you've got the itch to put in a home theater. But, how does one go about doing this and what room should you use? This quick guide and YouTube video gives you a step by step procedure.

— April 17, 2017 13:00 in Home Theater Calibration

How to Calibrate Your HDTV For Better Picture Quality in Minutes!

How to Calibrate Your HDTV For Better Picture Quality in Minutes!

This is a very basic guide on how to calibrate a new HDTV display. We offer a step by step procedure on how to take the display out of torch mode and how to disable many of the auto features that cause deleterious effects on picture quality. We also show you how to properly set black level to ensure the best picture quality. Be sure to also check out our YouTube Instructional Video on how to Calibrate an HDTV Display using the Spears & Munsil Blu-ray.

This is a very basic guide on how to calibrate a new HDTV display to get the most accurate picture. We discuss setting black level and the picture enhancement settings which often make things worse.

— December 18, 2016 13:00 in Home Theater Calibration

Six Steps to Increasing Dynamic Range of Your Home Theater System

Six Steps to Increasing Dynamic Range of Your Home Theater System

Dynamic range is the ratio of maximum system output to the noise floor. The more you improve upon this ratio, the better sounding your system will be since it would not have to work as hard for you to hear the loudest and softest musical passages with absolute clarity. In this article and related YouTube video, we provide the six (6) essential steps for improving system dynamic range. Be sure to share your experiences and tips in our related forum thread too.

Dynamic range is the ratio of maximum system output to the noise floor. In this article and YouTube video, we provide 6 steps for improving your home theater system dynamic range for better sound.

— August 27, 2016 11:00 in Home Theater Calibration

Free HDTV Calibration Procedure

Free HDTV Calibration Procedure

So you bought that new HDTV and the colors just don't POP like they did in the store. The following article on HDTV Calibration explains the do's and don't of calibrating your new TV's blacks, whites, and colors with near professional results and (don't tell installers) you can do it yourself for free! You start with getting your TV out of the factory default mode (aka. Torch mode). Read on to find out how.

So you bought a new HDTV and the colors just don't POP like they did in the store. The following article on HDTV Calibration explains the do's and don't of calibrating your new set perfectly.

Walter Waes — August 16, 2016 11:00 in Home Theater Calibration

How to Set Up a Blu-ray Player for HD Audio and Video

How to Set Up a Blu-ray Player for HD Audio and Video

If you are fortunate enough to own a Blu-ray player and HDMI 1.3 or newer AV receiver, then welcome to the wonderful world of HD Audio and Video! You've got the tools to, at the very minimum, enjoy 1080P video with lossless audio via Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD or even the new immersive surround formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. But, is your player configured correctly to transmit these signals? Our YouTube instructional video shows you how to properly set up and test to make sure it is.

If you own a new Blu-ray player and AV receiver, then welcome to the wonderful world of HD Audio and Video! But, is your player properly set up? Watch our YouTube instructional video to be sure!

— June 15, 2016 19:30 in Home Theater Calibration

Subwoofer Integration: Bass Management and Distance Settings Explained

Subwoofer Integration: Bass Management and Distance Settings Explained

Is your subwoofer properly integrated into YOUR A/V system? A great subwoofer can sound, in a word, "great", but a properly integrated subwoofer can help your entire system sound great. This article will talk about two settings that can make or break that process: bass management and the distance setting. Failure to get these adjustments right can adversely impact the sound quality of your home theater and its ability to reproduce the rumbles in action sequences of blockbuster movies. Let us show you how to ensure you get the BIGGEST WOW effect! Be sure to check out our recently added YouTube instructional video.

Got small speakers and a desire for bigger, better output and more bass? Experimenting with your receiver’s bass management and distance setting could be just the ticket. Read on to find out how.

— June 05, 2016 18:00 in Home Theater Calibration

10 Tips to Improve your Home Theater Experience

10 Tips to Improve your Home Theater Experience

When we surveyed some of our neighbors' home theater systems, we discovered about 90% of them didn't even have a digital connection between their DVD players and receivers and 100% of them didn't even bother with level calibration or proper bass management setup. To say we were shocked is an understatement! While most of our neighbors still don't understand what Audioholics is all about, they know that it's a safe bet to come to us with their audio woes. This Top 10 Tips and Setup Guide will help flesh out those issues for either you or one of your fortunate neighbors that needs your help. Be sure to check out our related YouTube video discussion for more insights.

This Home Theater Setup Guide contains a wealth of knowledge to help get your Hi-Fi system properly connected and setup. Check out our 10 tips YouTube video to improve your experience.

— April 27, 2016 07:00 in Home Theater Calibration

Bass Optimization for Home Theater with Multi-Sub + mDSP

Bass Optimization for Home Theater with Multi-Sub + mDSP

For the past decade I've been on a quest to achieve what seemed to be the impossible in my theater room: state-of-the-art bass reproduction for EVERY seat, not just the sweet spots. Using multi-sub to manipulate room modes in order to reduce destructive interference is part of the solution. The other pivotal part lies in an inexpensive, little black box from a company called MiniDSP. If you want to learn how to achieve perfect bass reproduction for EVERY seat in your home theater and you have the ability to take basic in-room frequency response measurements, this article and our associated YouTube Video are a must read/watch. Get your bass fixed here!

Through the process of modal manipulation using multi-sub, EQ and proper set up, we demonstrate how to achieve perfect bass reproduction for EVERY seat in your home theater. Get you bass fixed here!

— March 03, 2016 08:00 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Receiver Set Up Guide: Setting Crossover, Distance, Level, and EQ

AV Receiver Set Up Guide: Setting Crossover, Distance, Level, and EQ

Have a hot new AV receiver in your hands, but no idea how to get everything up and running optimally? Fret not; in this article the Audioholics go over the critical settings for getting the best sound, including bass management, distance, level matching, and equalization and more. Have a AV receiver with an auto-calibration system like Audyssey MultEQ or Yamaha's YPAO? We've got tips to help you get the most out of those systems as well. Click to keep reading and be sure to watch our youtube video!

Tech Article: Have a new A/V receiver and want to know how to set it up? We go over how to calibrate everything including bass management, distance, level, crossover, and EQ settings and more.

— May 11, 2014 08:00 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Tip: Why Do My Speakers Sound Like They Are in a Tunnel?

AV Tip: Why Do My Speakers Sound Like They Are in a Tunnel?

Do your speakers sound like they are in a tunnel, cave, bathroom, auditorium, or a similar location? If so, chances are that you have some type of DSP, or Digital Signal Processing, going on in your system. AV receiver manufacturers often include a number of different DSPs that are supposed to recreate the sound of a particular venue, but these modes can be distracting. Yamaha tends to be the king of DSPs, with options like Hall in Munich, Hall in Vienna, and The Roxy Theater. Their current flagship receiver, the RX-A3020, actually boasts a total of 23 different DSP programs! Check your A/V receiver settings to be sure you're running Dolby TrueHD / DTS HD without DSP processing if your experiencing undesirable results.

Do your speakers sound like they are in a tunnel, cave, bathroom, auditorium, or the like? If so, chances are that you have some type of DSP, or Digital Signal Processing, going on in your system.

— February 05, 2013 06:00 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Tip: A TV is Not A Flood Light

AV Tip: A TV is Not A Flood Light

In stores, manufacturers purposefully crank up brightness and contrast, among other settings, to make their TVs look "better" than the competition. We know that "better" actually means, "We jacked with the settings as much as possible, at the expense of an accurate picture, so you would buy our TV." Unfortunately, this means your brand new TV doesn't look anywhere close to how it should. If you can afford the money to have your display professionally calibrated by an ISF or THX certified technician, great! If not, you can still get 80% of the way there by utilizing a test disc. Below are a few of the most popular tests discs on the market. If you don't want to spend any money on calibrating your display, then look through your movie collection for a THX certified disc that has the THX Optimizer included. Set your TV's picture mode to cinema or movie (or THX if it's available) and run through the THX Optimizer.

In stores, manufacturers purposefully crank up brightness and contrast, among other settings, to make their TVs look "better" than the competition. Here are a few tips to make your display accurate.

— January 30, 2013 04:25 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Tip: You're Smarter Than Your AV Receiver

AV Tip: You're Smarter Than Your AV Receiver

Just because your new-fangled receiver has an automatic calibration mic doesn't mean it's guaranteed to setup your speakers properly. Sure, the automatic calibration can be beneficial, but it will almost always get a few things wrong. We frequently read posts that say something to the effect of "My receiver set my speakers to +10dB, my sub to -10dB, and set my mains to large." Results like this are a good indicator that the auto-setup mic on your receiver has some major flaws. Sometimes the answer is just to relocate the mic and retest or change the position of some of your speakers, but typically the best route is to scrap the auto-setup mic and do things manually. For extra tips on how to properly place your speakers or setup your receiver, checkout our complete "Tips & Tricks" section.

Just because your new-fangled receiver has automatic calibration does not mean it is going to properly place your speakers in your room for you. Double check each setting manually.

— December 30, 2012 17:15 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Tip: Choose the Right Picture Mode on Your TV

AV Tip: Choose the Right Picture Mode on Your TV

Years ago we used to wax on endlessly about calibrating your television and getting the perfect calibration. While there are some of us who still love to pull out the calibration kit and dial in our settings for that perfect picture, it's not like it used to be. Manufacturers are starting to get pretty good at providing workable and truly helpful default picture modes on their flat screen television sets. While the generic or near-generic brands may not be nearly as good as some of the more widely-known manufacturers, televisions can deliver a pretty decent picture right out of the box these days. You just have to know what Picture Mode means and how to use it.

Televisions can deliver a pretty decent picture right out of the box these days. You just have to know what the Picture Mode setting means and how to use it to your advantage when setting up your TV.

— December 16, 2012 18:20 in Home Theater Calibration

AV Tip: Safe Listening Levels

AV Tip: Safe Listening Levels

It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or in this case, their hearing. Even a modest sound system is capable of delivering sufficiently loud sounds to cause significant damage to your hearing over time. Investing in an SPL (sound pressure level) meter can be useful for things like system setup, but it is also an important tool to let you know whether you are indeed getting too much of a good thing. Have fun, but be careful!

Listening to music or movies too loud, even for short periods, can damage your hearing. Here are some tips to keep your home theater at a safe level.

— December 06, 2012 16:15 in Home Theater Calibration