17 Clever Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Home Entertainment System!

Hi everyone! If you’re like me, you love getting the most out of your home entertainment system. You’ve probably spent a lot on your tv and/or speakers, so why not get to know how to use them properly? 

The tips below will help you get started with calibrating and using your home entertainment system:

Home Theater Tips For Beginners!
Key Takeaways
– Position your TV or projector screen at eye level for comfortable viewing.
– Make sure your sound system is properly calibrated to ensure the best audio quality.
– Use blackout curtains or blinds to eliminate glare on your screen.
– Consider investing in a universal remote to control all your home theater equipment with one device.
– Use sound-absorbing materials like carpets and curtains to reduce echoes and sound distortion.
– Upgrade to a 4K or Ultra HD TV or projector for a sharper, more detailed image.
– Invest in a dedicated media player or streaming device for faster and more reliable streaming.
– Add mood lighting to your home theater room to create a more immersive atmosphere.
– Optimize your seating arrangement for the best viewing distance and angle.
– Set aside a designated space for your home theater system to minimize distractions and maximize enjoyment.
– Use cable management tools to keep cords and wires organized and out of sight.
– Regularly clean and maintain your equipment to ensure optimal performance.
– Consider adding surround sound speakers or a subwoofer for a more immersive audio experience.
– Upgrade to a high-quality soundbar for better audio quality without the need for multiple speakers.
– Use wireless or Bluetooth headphones for private listening without disturbing others.
– Invest in smart home devices like voice-activated assistants or home automation systems for added convenience.
– Experiment with different types of content, from movies to live sports events and concerts, to get the most out of your home entertainment system.

1) Calibrate Your System

I love a good home entertainment system, and I know you do too. You’ve invested a lot of time and money into creating your dream setup, but without proper calibration, it’s not going to sound as good as it could.

Calibration is the process of adjusting your receiver so that each speaker plays at its optimal volume level. 

Calibrating your system will make sure your speakers are properly set up and adjusted for the room they’re in, resulting in cleaner sound quality than if you didn’t calibrate them (and if you don’t have a dedicated home theater receiver or universal remote control yet which both make this much easier they’re worth considering). 

The ultimate home theater setup can be daunting, but our Ultimate Home Theater Setup Guide for Movie Lovers has got you covered. From projectors to sound systems, we’ve researched and compiled all the information you need to transform your living room into a cinema-quality home theater.

2) Use The Right Cables

For example, if you have an HDMI cable that’s not long enough to connect your home theater system, routing it through another device like a router or switch may be necessary. The wrong cable can cause interference and distortion, which can ruin the quality of your system. 

Also remember: there are different types of HDMI cables for different purposes such as video, audio and power delivery. You’ll need to make sure that whatever you choose will be compatible with your equipment before making a purchase!

3) Set The Channel Correctly

Whether you’re watching cable, a DVD or Blu-ray, or listening to music on your home theater system, it’s important to set up your speakers correctly. In this case, “correctly” means using the right combination of speaker placement and size to best match the room where they’ll be used. This can be as simple as having all your speakers on the same wall or spaced apart throughout different parts of the room (a surround sound setup). 

You can also use individual speakers for each task: one big speaker for movies, another small one for gaming and music listening. 

There are no hard rules about where things go; find what works best for you by experimenting with different options until you find something that sounds good!

Audio Channel Setup Guide

Speaker PlacementChannel Setup
2.0 StereoFront left and right speakers
3.0 FrontLeft, right, and center speakers
3.1 FrontLeft, right, center, and subwoofer
5.1 SurroundFront left, right, center, rear left, right, and subwoofer
7.1 SurroundFront left, right, center, side left, right, rear left, right, and subwoofer
Dolby AtmosAdditional height speakers above front left and right speakers

Setting the correct audio channel will depend on the specific model of your home theater system and the number and placement of your speakers.

Above table lists some common speaker placement and channel setups to consider when setting up your home entertainment system. It’s important to note that some setups may require additional components such as a separate amplifier or receiver to properly route and calibrate audio signals.

4) Don’t Use The Speakers Built Into Your Tv

If you’re using the speakers built into your TV, it’s time to upgrade. Soundbars are relatively affordable and can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand. They offer much better sound than the speakers built into your TV, which is why they’re a good investment for any home theater system.

You will need to make sure that the soundbar has an HDMI port so that it can connect directly with your television set. 

If the soundbar does not have an HDMI port, then you’ll need an adapter cable (Roku recommends these AmazonBasics HDMI cables).

If you’re looking to improve your at-home movie watching experience, look no further than our guide on 17 Surprising Ways to Enhance Your Home Theater Experience. From comfy seating to blackout curtains, we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to help you create the perfect cinematic atmosphere.

5) Invest In A Soundbar To Get Better Tv Audio

The soundbar is a great way to increase the volume of the audio coming from your TV. You can set it up in front of where you watch television and connect it to your TV with either HDMI or optical cables. 

6) Remove Any Obstructions Between Your Speakers And Where You’re Sitting

Measure the distance between the speakers and where you are sitting with a tape measure. If there’s a sofa or other object blocking the path, move it out of the way so that sound can travel freely from speaker to your ears or if that seems like too much work, consider moving closer to or farther away from one of them (this is also an easy way to customize your listening experience for movies).

Make sure there is no furniture, walls or other objects blocking the sound path.

7) Place Your Subwoofer Optimally In The Room

The placement of a subwoofer is very important. If you don’t have a corner, try putting it near a wall—but not too close to the wall. 

The closer you put it to the wall, the less bass will be generated and reflected back into your room by that wall. The less distance there is between your subwoofer and walls, floor or furniture, the better!

Subwoofer Placement Tips

Placement OptionBenefitsDrawbacks
Corner of the RoomMaximizes bass output, minimizes size of subwooferCan lead to uneven bass response and “boomy” sound in some rooms
Along a WallCan provide balanced bass response without overpowering the roomMay require frequent calibration to achieve optimal sound balance
Near the Front of the RoomOffers more precise bass response and greater flexibility in placement of other speakersCan limit furniture arrangement and take up valuable space
In a Custom EnclosureProvides controlled, consistent bass response and minimizes vibrationsRequires a professional installation and can be more expensive than other options

The optimal placement of a subwoofer will depend on the size and layout of your room, as well as the specific model of your subwoofer. However, the table above provides some general benefits and drawbacks of common subwoofer placements to consider when setting up your home entertainment system.

Ultimately, it’s important to experiment with subwoofer placement and calibrate your sound system to achieve the best possible audio quality.

8) Keep The Volume Low To Avoid Damaging Speakers.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when listening to music is turning up the volume too high. If you do this, you run the risk of damaging your speakers or headphones—and possibly even your hearing.

So take note: if you want to keep your home entertainment system in good shape, it’s wise to keep down the volume. Not only will this protect against damage to your equipment but also prevent damage from occurring over time as well. 

After all, who wants an expensive speaker that can no longer produce clear sound? Likewise, nobody wants impaired hearing!

It’s important to remember that high volumes are not necessary for enjoying music; there’s no need for deafening levels in order for us all to enjoy ourselves at parties and other gatherings. 

So next time someone tells you about how loud they like things turned up…just politely decline their invitation (unless they’re willing) and go about life as usual!

Think you can’t upgrade your home entertainment system without breaking the bank? Our guide on 10 Surprising Ways to Upgrade Your Home Entertainment System on a Budget begs to differ. Learn about affordable upgrades like soundbar speakers and streaming devices to take your entertainment setup to the next level.

9) Consider Different Speaker Materials Like Silk, Foam Or Metal Tweeters Or Woven Glass Fiber Cones

You may be surprised to learn that the material a speaker cone is made from can actually affect the sound quality. 

Silk, for example, is great at producing low-frequency sounds (think bass), while fiberglass and metal are better suited to high-frequency sounds (think treble). It’s worth considering these factors when choosing your speakers.

10) Enjoy Good Music While You Burn-In Your Speakers

If you’ve got new speakers, it’s important to let them break in a bit before you start using them. This will help get rid of any unwanted buzzes or rattles, so that when you’re listening with the full effect of your home theater system, everything is crystal clear and smooth.

So how do you go about doing this?

The best way is to just play music for a while on low volume. You can either use headphones or run some speakers from an old stereo system through the back channels on your receiver so they can blast away while not bothering anyone else in the house who might be sleeping or trying to watch TV on another channel. 

Speakers Burn-In Music Recommendations

Music GenreSong/Album Name
Classical“The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi
Jazz“Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis
Rock“Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
Electronic“Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk
Pop“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

When breaking in new speakers, it’s important to play a variety of music at a moderate volume to ensure that all frequency ranges are properly calibrated. Classical, jazz, rock, electronic, and pop are all great genres to try.

Above table has a few suggestions for popular albums to try during your speakers’ burn-in period. By playing music through your speakers for numerous hours at medium volumes, you can ensure they are ready to perform at their best when it comes time to set up your fully functional home entertainment system.

Anything goes just keep playing music at a lower level than usual until the speaker sounds nice and clean!

Ready to take your home theater setup to the next level? Check out our 15 Amazing Home Theater Ideas You Need to Try Now for inspiration. From converting a spare room to upgrading your sound system, we’ve got plenty of ideas to transform your movie-watching experience.

11) Calibrate Your System With A Test Disc Or App

The next thing you should do is calibrate your system with a test disc or app. You can find these at your local electronics store, or online if you prefer buying from home.

The calibration process involves running the test disc and using its outline of colored boxes to ensure that your TV is displaying the correct colors for reds and greens, for instance.

While some systems have built-in color calibrators that allow you to skip this step, many don’t—and even if they did, it wouldn’t hurt to double check things with a test disc anyway! 

Even more importantly: if you don’t have access to one at all, there are plenty of apps available on smartphones and tablets that will let you do the same thing so long as they’re connected wirelessly through HDMI ports (though these may not be able).

What’s a great home entertainment system without smart devices? Our guide on 10 Smart Home Devices You Need in Your Life Right Now lists out some essential gadgets to help maximize your streaming experience, from voice-activated assistants to home security cameras.


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Further Reading

If you’re looking to further improve your home entertainment experience and setup, check out some of these helpful resources:

Tips to Improve Your Home Theater Experience: This article offers tips and tricks for maximizing your home theater experience, from selecting the right screen to optimizing your sound system.

Home Theater Set Up Basics 101: If you’re just starting out with your home theater system, this guide covers all the basics you need to know, from choosing the right room to setting up your speakers and screen correctly.

Home Theater Maintenance Tips and Tricks: Keeping your home theater equipment in top condition is key to ensuring optimal performance. This article offers maintenance and cleaning tips for various home theater components.


What equipment do I need for a home theater setup?

The essential components of a home theater setup include a projector or TV, a screen, speakers (including a subwoofer), an amplifier or receiver, and a media player or source device. Some setups may also include additional components like a soundbar, gaming console, or streaming device.

How do I position my speakers for optimal sound quality?

The positioning of your speakers is crucial to achieving optimal sound quality. Generally, speakers should be placed at ear level, angled towards the listener, and with some distance between each other. The exact positioning will depend on the specific model of your speakers and your room size and layout.

How can I improve the picture quality of my projector or TV?

To improve the picture quality of your projector or TV, consider adjusting the brightness and contrast settings, calibrating the color and tint, or upgrading to a higher quality display. For projectors, using a dedicated projection screen can also improve image quality.

What is the difference between a stereo and surround sound system?

A stereo system typically consists of two speakers, while a surround sound system includes multiple speakers placed around the room for a more immersive experience. Surround sound systems can range from 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, up to 11.2 channel systems, with the number indicating the number of speakers and subwoofers.

How can I control my home theater setup remotely?

Smart home devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home can be used to control your home theater setup using voice commands. Alternatively, you can use a dedicated remote control or a smartphone app to control your equipment. Some equipment may even offer integration with home automation systems for added convenience.