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Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Frustrated with your wireless WiFi network? We give you 5 pro tips on how to get a rock solid WiFi signal to your home theater to create a

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability
Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

There are many different ways to create a hidden home theater. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creativity. This article addresses

Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui
Common Mistakes When Setting Up a Home Theater System

From selecting AV components in the wrong order to inappropriate gear for the venue, this article and YouTube video discusses the most common

Common Mistakes When Setting Up a Home Theater System

Recent Speaker Setup Articles

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

One of the most frustrating and often overlooked components of your home theater system can be the lowly WiFi network. By following these 5 tips from seasoned professionals you can make sure you have a reliable network that will make your home theater A/V and smart home tech shine.

Frustrated with your wireless WiFi network? We give you 5 pro tips on how to get a rock solid WiFi signal to your home theater to create a stable network throughout your home.

Brad Hintze — March 20, 2019 08:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

There are many different ways to create a hidden home theater. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creativity. “I don’t want to see it,” or “Can’t you hide it?” is one of the most ubiquitous expressions in custom AV. The following article addresses these concerns and more to help ramp up the wife acceptance factor for home theaters, speakers, and displays. We include examples and illustrations to show you just how concealed the gear could be while still achieving good surround sound and Feng Shui.

There are many different ways to create a hidden home theater. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creativity. This article addresses these concerns and shows real world solutions. Read on.

Dawn Gordon Luks — May 22, 2017 00:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Common Mistakes When Setting Up a Home Theater System

Common Mistakes When Setting Up a Home Theater System

From selecting components in the wrong order to inappropriate gear for the venue, this article enlightens us on the most common mistakes when setting up a home theater system. To get the most bang for your buck when assembling an audio/video system, it’s important to make each piece of equipment and the room all work together. Simply buying good equipment isn’t enough. Some rooms are multi-purpose and have inherent compromises, and some errors are egregious. Here are, in no particular order, some of the more common mistakes made when conceiving and integrating an AV system into a home theater. Check out our recently added YouTube discussion for further insights.

From selecting AV components in the wrong order to inappropriate gear for the venue, this article and YouTube video discusses the most common mistakes when setting up a home theater system.

— August 17, 2015 08:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Optimizing Front LCR Speaker Placement, Configuration and Performance

Optimizing Front LCR Speaker Placement, Configuration and Performance

Integrating main loudspeakers into a home will always involve at least some compromise. Even a dedicated home theater or two-channel venue will mandate some give and take, maintaining balance between sound quality, aesthetics and other variables. In this article, we discuss the importance of placement symmetry, proper positioning and calibration of the critical front three LCR speakers to ensure the best home theater experience possible. The importance of good component selection and room acoustics is also discussed. A related YouTube Video discussion has recently been added to supplement this article.

Selecting the right type of speakers is just the start. Optimizing Front LCR speaker placement, and configuration will help you maximize home theater system performance. We show you on how YouTube.

— July 20, 2015 00:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Protecting Your Home Theater from Everything

Protecting Your Home Theater from Everything

There are many ways to ruin fragile speakers and expensive electronics, but there are just as many safeguards you can implement to protect your equipment. There are well known solutions, such as surge protectors, but power surges aren’t the only threat. You can also overheat amplifiers, melt tweeters, blow drives, burn out bulbs, or short receivers. By following the tips in this article, you can avoid the issues above and secure a long, healthy life for your equipment.

There are many ways to damage speakers and electronics in general, but follow these home theater setup tips and your system is sure to work flawlessly for years.

— February 16, 2015 08:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

How to Make Surround Sound Work in an Apartment

How to Make Surround Sound Work in an Apartment

Not everyone can enjoy the luxury of living in a stand-alone home. Many of us, especially those in large cities, have no choice but to partake in apartment living. Limited space, sound bleed to neighboring units, and an inability to modify the construction of the home, are all obstacles to having a great sound system in an apartment. Here are our suggestions to overcome each of these issues and more.

Home theater systems and apartments don't normally mix, but these tips will help you set up a killer surround sound in a small space.

— October 09, 2014 06:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Speaker Placement Tips: How many do I need and where to put them?

Speaker Placement Tips: How many do I need and where to put them?

We received numerous emails from fellow Audioholics who recently upgraded their home theater systems to find that the sonic improvements were less than expected. This is a topic that comes up more often than you think when the Home Theater enthusiast upgrades his or her equipment. There are a few factors you need to consider to solve this issue, which we discuss within such as proper placement and calibration. Also, be sure to check out our recent Youtube Video which addresses the topic of how many speakers you need for a good home theater surround experience.

Speaker Placement and Setup Tips for a 5.1 or 7.1 Home Theater System. We discuss how many speakers do you need for a great home surround sound experience.

, — October 02, 2014 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

How to Set Up Plex on Roku and Rip Blu-ray Discs

How to Set Up Plex on Roku and Rip Blu-ray Discs

Media Servers are all the rage lately, but few of them are versatile enough to handle your entire content library plus streaming services. Plex offers a little to no cost option for people who want to use one hub to access all of their media and a host of streaming services. In this article and YouTube video, we show you how to set up Plex on a Roku streaming stick and how to rip your Blu-rays and DVDs.

Follow this guide for step by step instructions on how to set up Plex with Roku and ripp your Blu-rays and DVDs.

— June 19, 2014 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

How To Set Up a 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

How To Set Up a 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

Speaker placement can be a tricky deal, but this article makes it easy. We go over everything you need to know, but skip what you don't, in order to properly set up your 5.1 home theater system. This article and accompanying video guide you through placement of front, center, and surround speakers. This includes tips about avoiding negative room interactions, ideal speaker height, and how to angle each speaker. Click though to learn how to get the most out of your speakers!

Setting up a 5.1 home theater speaker system can be as easy as 1-2-3. Check out this video and article for expert help with speaker placement to get the best out of your 5.1 speaker system!

— April 27, 2014 10:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

When to Add a Power Amplifier to an A/V Receiver

When to Add a Power Amplifier to an A/V Receiver

The question often comes up on our forums asking what benefits a user may see from connecting an external power amplifier to their A/V Receiver. The answer depends on many factors including listening habits, room size, speaker load, and bass management. Find out if you're a good candidate for adding external amplification to your system. This article has been updated with an exclusive YouTube interview discussion attempting to answer the age old question "Do All Amplifiers Sound the Same?" Please also share your experiences on our forum.

What benefit does a user get connecting an external power amplifier to their A/V Receiver? This article gives guidelines when it may be time to consider external amplification for your A/V system.

— April 25, 2014 11:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

How to Extend Wireless Internet for Full Coverage in Large Homes

How to Extend Wireless Internet for Full Coverage in Large Homes

This article gives you the Jedi Master IT skills needed to defeat the wireless woes of any home. We already wrote about how to set up a router and how to optimize wireless performance, but in some cases no matter where you place a router or what settings you tweak, there’s just no way a single router can provide fast and reliable wireless throughout the entire home. If that’s the situation you’re in, then this is the article for you. We cover basic wireless range extenders, Ethernet over powerline kits, and three methods of installing additional wireless access points throughout a home. Read on to learn the skills necessary to defeat the anti-wireless Dark Sith lord.

Getting a reliable wireless network in large homes, or through materials like lath and plaster, is difficult but not impossible. Read on to see how to get fast WiFi throughout your whole home.

— January 19, 2014 10:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

How to Set Up a Wireless Network From Start to Finish

How to Set Up a Wireless Network From Start to Finish

Setting up a wireless router can be a daunting task for many people. How does everything hook up? What do I name the network? What about security? This guide answers all your questions, and is easy enough to follow that even the most basic of computer users will be able to figure it out. In the process we not only give you the "what to do" but also explain the "why" so you can have a good grasp of each step. Read on to become an expert (that may be exaggerating a bit) wireless network setter-uper.

Setting up a Wireless Router or fast WiFi Network in your home is super simple with this guide. From un-boxing to final security configuration, we'll take you through the entire process.

— July 10, 2013 16:30 in Home Theater Connection Help

AV Tip: Utilizing The "Extra Bass" Feature in an AV Receiver

AV Tip: Utilizing The "Extra Bass" Feature in an AV Receiver

These days, A/V receivers are filled with a plethora of options to help you tune the sound of your system to your room and of course, your taste. While most Audioholics are probably aware that the preponderance of receivers these days come with some manner of room correction software (Audyssey, MCACC, YPAO, etc.), there is one typically overlooked option that could be handy depending on your circumstances. It’s a feature that goes by many names: Yamaha refers to it as "Extra Bass", Onkyo "Double Bass", Denon "LFE+Main", and so on. So why exactly would you want to enable this feature? Keep reading to find out.

Do you like your sound with an extra helping of punchy bass? One simple tip could be just what the doctor ordered. The largely ignored Extra bass feature could give your system a needed boost.

— July 10, 2013 08:30 in Home Theater Connection Help

How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners' Guide

How to Login to a Wireless Router: A Beginners' Guide

Whether you need to set up a network or update firmware, the ability to login to a router is an important and valuable skill. Leaning this fool-proof process will allow you to find out the IP address of and login to any wireless router. And the process is as simple as 1-2-3, proverbially speaking. First we explain what an IP address is, then how to find it and use it to access the router, then where to find the password for the router. Easy Peasy.

This simple guide provides instructions on how to login to a wireless router, including finding the IP address and password. Easy as 1-2-3.

— June 26, 2013 18:05 in Home Theater Connection Help