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Home Theater Setup

Got a question on how to setup a surround system or calibrate a subwoofer? Audioholics has the answers. Most of our writers are industry trained professional and installers and they share their trade secrets in our articles. Learn how to shop for the right AV gear to fit your needs. Then get invaluable tips on proper setup and calibration so you can achieve the best home theater experience possible.

Home Theater AV Cable Prewire Basics 101

Home Theater AV Cable Prewire Basics 101

Pre-wiring homes for today’s complex home theater systems can often times be a very frustrating task even for the highly skilled A/V professional. There are many factors that need to be considered before a home is wired for video and sound. This basic tech tip article may help guide you through the rigorous process, thus turning this project from daunting to fun and educational. We will give you guidance on how and where to route your cables, as well as tips on the proper cables to use for your installation. Get your home ready for tomorrow's state of the art home theater systems today. Read our article and watch our Youtube video.

Prewire your home theater with the right AV cables, HDMI, speaker cable, audio and video interconnects. Get ready for a Dolby Atmos home theater if you follow our guidelines.

— September 01, 2014 16:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Find Studs in Any Wall

How to Find Studs in Any Wall

Whether you are mounting a TV, speaker, or on-wall shelf, it’s always best to anchor into a stud. Drywall anchors can work well, but you never truly know the quality of drywall. In this article, we provide differ different methods for findings studs, plus a number of extra tips. No single method will work for every situation, but using a combination of these methods should ensure that you always locate a stud, that is, as long as there’s actually a stud in the wall.

Locating studs in a wall can be easy if you know the right techniques. Here's our expert advice on how to locate a stud in any wall for easy HDTV installation.

— July 22, 2014 08:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

2014 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

2014 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

The Audioholics Consumer Excellence Awards aren't just about picking good or even great products for a given category. We look for innovative thinking that drives the industry forward, or even creates a new product category in its own right. Here we look at a variety of devices, from budget priced projectors and a wireless HDMI extender to loudspeakers and subwoofers. Suffice it to say, we feel each of the products selected isn't just another "me too" product; there's something that sets each one apart from the pack. Curious to see our picks? Click to keep reading!

The Audioholics 2014 Consumer Excellence Awards aim to single out the most advanced, forward thinking AV products in the industry. From HDTV displays, projectors to speakers, click to read our picks.

— July 08, 2014 08:05 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

$6,500 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$6,500 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

The Audioholics $6,500 recommended home theater is a bit different from some of our other systems. This time, we wanted to build a setup where attention to aesthetics went beyond the usual "well...it's not THAT ugly." Needless to say, there are no towers in this system, nor is our first choice of subwoofer a ported, refrigerator sized behemoth. Does that mean performance went out the window? Not at all. Interested to see our component choices? Click to keep reading.

Recommended System: The Audioholics $6,500 home theater is a slight deviation from our norm: instead of running big tower speakers, we're aiming for high WAF without compromising performance.

— June 22, 2014 12:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

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

The Audioholics High End 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

The Audioholics High End 7.x Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Today we're going to have a little fun building a high end home theater system. That whole business about budgets and making compromises to meet a price? That's going out the window. At the same time, we're not looking to burn money just for the sake of doing so. We're not wasting time on magic cables, nor are we recommending ultra-exotic gear because of the intangible cool factor. Simply put, we're building a system that looks and sounds like a million bucks, without going out of our way to actually try and spend seven figures.

Recommended System: The Audioholics High End 7.x Home Theater ditches the idea of a budget, but not value. We build a top of the line speaker setup, without flushing money down the toilet.

— June 10, 2014 20:15 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Father’s Day Electronics Gift Guide 2014

Father’s Day Electronics Gift Guide 2014

It's June, and that means Father's Day is right around the corner. If you're unsure what to give to the father figure in your life, let the Audioholics give you a few ideas. Forget the tie and cologne, we've got some gadgets in mind that guys actually want. From high quality headphones and computer speakers to starter stereo systems and Blu-ray players, you're sure to find something(s) that Dad is sure to love.

Fathers Day Gift Guide: Gift ideas for the father figure in your life courtesy of the Audioholics. Forget the tie and cologne, we recommend some electronic gadgets he'll actually want.

— June 07, 2014 00:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

$6,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

$6,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

For many people, listening to music on a great two-channel system for the first time is like rediscovering their music collection. There are innumerable combinations of equipment that one could choose and it can be a very daunting task for anyone to sift through the options and put together a well rounded system. In our recommendations, we decided to focus on proven brands and equipment that most people can find or order at a local HiFi shop. We also wanted to allow you to play all of the music you can find, so we included SACD and USB functionality. Each piece in this system is matched in quality with the other components, and a couple of alternatives for each piece of equipment are provided. This is certainly not a budget system, but rather a system that will allow someone to take a leap into high-end audio with confidence that the end result will be sonic bliss.

Two-Channel: A Solid Hi-fi audio system is a sonic treat. Rediscover your music collection and have a long lasting system with this $6k stereo system featuring MartinLogan, Yamaha, Marantz and more.

— June 04, 2014 00:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$5,000 5.2 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

$5,000 5.2 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

If you've ever been on our forums, you'll have run into a post (or made one yourself) along the lines of "I have $XXXX to spend, please help me build a home theater." If $5,000 happens to be your magic number, to you we say: have no fear, the Audioholics are here! Today we're put together a killer 5.2 channel system that combines affordability, high performance, and respectable WAF. Curious to see our component choices? Click to keep reading.

Recommended Home Theater System: The Audioholics build a killer 5.2 channel setup for $5,000. Curious to see what components we picked? Click to find out.

— May 27, 2014 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$4,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$4,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

If your first impression after reading our $10,000 two channel system recommendations was "maybe when I hit the lotto", never fear, the Audioholics have you covered. This time around, we drop the price down to the $4,000 mark, with an aim to retain as much performance as possible. Needless to say, there are a few compromises; niceties like dual SB13-Ultras and $1,200 CD/SACD players aren't happening on this budget. However, no apologies need to made for the end performance of the resulting system. This is one killer combo that will provide many fine years of service with upgrade paths to the future.

Recommended System: Audioholics puts together a killer two-channel hifi system that doesn't sacrifice aesthetics on a modest $4,000 budget. Click to see the choices we made.

— May 22, 2014 20:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$1000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$1000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

Trying to be an Audioholic when you have a cash flow problem can be a challenge. But we all started somewhere and we aren't so far removed from those heady days of college that we can't remember what it was like to scrape together all your change to buy a new speaker or component. We asked ourselves a question - "If we only had a grand and wanted to buy a brand new $1000 stereo system, what would we get?" Here is the answer.

We think the best thing you can do when you are buying an entry-level stereo system is to think about the future. We help you do that with our $1000 2-channel recommended system.

— May 21, 2014 09:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$10,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

$10,000 Two-Channel Stereo Recommended System

Are you an audiophile? Do you happen to have $10,000 laying around? Do you need a new two channel system? Even if you answered no to any of these questions, you'll want to check out our equipment choices for building a top of the line hifi stereo system in the $10,000 price class. With a focus on achieving exceptional performance without sacrificing good looks, this is a system both you and your interior decorator can appreciate.

Interested in building a top notch hifi stereo system with a $10,000 budget? Click to see what components the Audioholics recommend to achieve audiophile nirvana.

— May 19, 2014 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

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

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