Whether you’re a true crime fan or you love nothing more than a Godfather marathon, having your own home theater elevates the experience. And no matter what you look forward to watching after a long day, there’s no substitute for a well-designed home theater.

As anyone who loves good TV can attest to, there is so much more to good home theater installation than simply installing a TV and speakers. In this post from SevenAV, we’re breaking down some of the top home theater installation mistakes so you can avoid them by calling our technicians to install your perfect home theater. Give us a call to schedule your home theater installation today!

1.   Bad Speaker Placement

For the ultimate home theater experience, you’ll need a good sound system. But without the help of a professional audiovisual team, even good speakers are never going to fully capture the movie theater experience.

When a professional home theater installation team installs your surround sound system, they’re not just thinking about creating surround sound. They’re also thinking about viewers’ listening positions to create a perfectly balanced sound system. Home viewing has never sounded so good!

2.   Subwoofer Mistakes

By and large, most people don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to subwoofer installation whether it’s choosing the wrong subwoofer or putting it in the wrong location. It’s easy to end up with a subwoofer that’s too small for your space, and most people don’t realize it until they’ve already installed the thing. And if there’s one area you shouldn’t try to cut costs on, it’s your subwoofer, since a cheap subwoofer can completely sabotage your entire setup.

Another common problem is poor subwoofer placement. When installing a subwoofer themselves, most people will simply place it where it looks right or near the speakers instead of where its sound and performance are ideal. When it comes to subwoofer installation, this is one of those areas where there’s simply no substitute for a professional opinion and experience.

3.   Chaotic Wires

One of the biggest indicators that a home theater installation was performed by the homeowner is a mess of cords and wiring. Not only can this be unattractive and messy, but it can also represent a fire safety hazard. When installing your electronics, it’s also essential to use a surge protector to protect your equipment. Everything that’s connected to your home theater system should run through a surge protector including your cable box or ethernet cable.

4.   Too Many Remotes

These days, most home theaters use several devices from Rokus to home gaming systems. Too many remote controls can make switching from one device to another a perilous endeavor, especially when several people share the home theater and only one knows which control operates what. Our SevenAV team can simplify this age-old problem with a remote programming package that operates up to 12 devices.

5.   Wrong Display For Your Home

After a new home theater is installed, you may be eager to sit down and dive into your favorite streamer. But don’t forget to adjust the settings on your screen before you do. The default mode might be fine for your viewing needs, but there’s a good chance it won’t offer you the best picture. Take some time to check out the settings on your system and find out if there’s a home theater mode. If you need help working out the settings, you can read through the instruction manual, but you can probably easily find a simple video tutorial from a YouTuber. Just type in a simple Google search for what you’re looking for.

6.   Putting Form Over Function

When deciding on a speaker set, of course you want to think about how it’s going to look in your home before pulling out your debit card. But don’t be tempted to pick out a slick-looking system without considering how well it’s going to perform in your home. If your home entertainment center looks great but you can’t hear every sound in crystal clarity, you’ve dumped a whole lot of cash into home decor.

7.   Poor Screen Placement or Size

The most common home theater mistake is to underestimate the size of the screen you need. However, a screen that’s too big can also ruin the viewing experience. A good rule of thumb is to fill as much of your vision with the screen as you would experience at the movie theater.

Call Our Home Theater Installation Pros

Are you tired of messy cords all over the place and too many remote controls? Have you been dreaming of a functional setup that lets you binge your favorite Hulu series in style?

If you would love to trade your current setup for a professional home theater, give SevenAV a call today. Get your free estimate by calling us at 763-420-1070 or contact us online to schedule your installation.