5 Common Home Theater Problems

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Home theater frameworks are confounded. At the point when you have a framework with this numerous wires and settings, it’s shockingly simple for things to turn out badly. Throughout setting up and testing many bits of home theater gear over the course of the years, we’ve experienced a lot of issues ourselves. Luckily, we’ve taken in a couple of things en route. In this How To manage, we’ll separate ten of the most widely recognized issues individuals experience when setting up a home theater framework, and how to fix them.

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1. I’m Not Getting Any Sound At All

You’ve removed everything from the crate, associated it, went through hours tinkering with sources of info and stripping speaker wire, and you’re at long last prepared to crash on the lounge chair with a bowl of popcorn and watch Netflix in brilliant 5.1. In any case, you can’t, on the grounds that there’s no solid coming out of your speakers.

Fortunately it’s amazingly impossible you’ve endured a total framework disappointment. For that to occur, each and every speaker in your arrangement would need to go acting up at the same time, which won’t occur except if there is a cataclysmic power flood at the specific second you plunked down.

Step one: unplug your collector from the power source. You can’t peruse the remainder of this guide in case you’re dead from an electric stun. The following thing you have to do is watch that your A/V beneficiary is associated appropriately. Try not to giggle – it’s more normal than you might suspect. ‘Associated appropriately’ signifies the power link is completely embedded and the speaker wires have been appropriately pushed (in case you’re utilizing banana plugs). In case you’re utilizing exposed wire, you have to ensure that it’s held down firmly by the coupling post screws, without an excess of overabundance wire obvious.

Accepting everything is right and associated appropriately, the following best supposition is that the issue is with a setting in your beneficiary’s product. Explore to the on-screen settings menu, and begin testing diverse speaker settings. Now and again, you may need to physically relegate speakers to specific channels, and in others, the source material will most likely be unable to play in the speaker arrangement you have. In any case, testing various settings should rapidly tackle this issue. From multiple points of view, a total absence of sound is the least demanding issue to settle – except if you truly have been hit by a power flood or delivered a totally flop set of speakers. In which case, we can’t support you. Possibly next time, you should purchase a flood defender too.

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2. My Surround Speakers Aren’t Working

We’re going to propose an almost absurdly obvious solution – one that probably won’t solve the problem, but is worth doing anyway. Turn up the volume. In some cases, the surround material in a particular scene of the movie or series can be very subtle, and your initial impression of there being a lack of surround sound might be because it’s playing too quietly. You’ll need to navigate to your receiver’s setup menu to adjust volume for individual speakers.

Assuming that’s not the case, check the speaker connections to make sure that everything is screwed in correctly.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time to take a long, hard look in your source material. The question you need to ask yourself is whether your source material is, in fact, capable of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. If you’re playing music through your receiver, then it probably won’t be, as most songs are mixed for two channels, not five or seven. Movies and series are far more likely to have a surround mix, but not always. If that’s the case, you may need to set your receiver to translate a 2.1 mix into a 5.1 or larger. Receiver settings differ, but you should find the option for this under something labelled DSP Settings or similar. Again, play around with different settings, and see if it makes a difference. You can always test a source you know is capable of full surround sound in order to check if your receiver or speaker is at fault.

If you’re using a Blu-ray player, you may need to set the output to multi-channel bitstream. You should be able to find this option in its own settings menu.

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3. My Front Speakers Don’t Sound Right

Again, this is something that can almost certainly be fixed by playing around in your receiver settings menu. 90% of the time, there’s an issue with the speaker size settings. Most receivers allow you to set the size of your speakers as either Small or Large. This allows it to integrate them more effectively with the other speakers in your setup. Obviously, Small and Large cover quite a wide range, but it’s fairly easy to pick the right one. If you have a pair of floorstanding speakers in your setup, then pick Large. If your front speakers are a satellite type, then pick Small.

Another option is to adjust your subwoofer’s crossover. This is the point in the frequency spectrum where the speakers start to roll off their sound, and the subwoofer picks it up. You may have it set so that your front speakers are taking too much of the bass load, which could distort or otherwise muddy the sound. Start by setting it at 80Hz and go from there.

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4. My Height Speakers Don’t Sound Right

Ceiling and height speakers are tricky to get right. Assuming everything is connected correctly, the first thing you should try is adjusting the settings on your A/V receiver. If you have height speakers, you almost certainly have a receiver capable of 9.2 or 11.2 sound. The solution may simply be changing your codec settings, which is a term for the software that encodes sound.

If that doesn’t work, you may need to put more thought into how you’re placing the speakers. Obviously, this takes a bit more effort (and possibly some exasperating hole-drilling) if you have ceiling speakers, but it’s less problematic when you have height speakers. Rather than being installed within your ceiling aiming downwards, height speakers bounce sound off the ceiling, or angle it into your listening position.

Try moving your height speakers around and test them with the same source material you used previously. Is there a difference? Is it better or worse? Will angling the speakers in a different way improve the material? It may simply be a case of needing to fix positioning and direction – check the documentation your speakers came with to see if the manufacturer recommends anything specific.

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5. There’s Static Coming From My Speakers

In almost all cases, static is a sign of issues with the speaker connection. A wire may have been jarred loose from its socket, and all that is required is that you wiggle it back in. Not solved? The next step is to drill down into the source of the problem. Is the static persistent or does it only appear at certain points? If so, what are they? A good way of narrowing the options is to try switching out various sources. If you’re using a Blu-ray player, try a different one if you have it, or watch something on a streaming service to see if the static reproduces itself. The process of elimination should help you figure out which part of your system is causing the problem. If you use a power amplifier with your receiver, you may find that the issue is with the connection there – an outcome that is far more common than you’d think.

Ultimately, solving a problem with static is almost always an issue with a loose connection, and once you know where it is, it’s relatively easy to fix. Unless, horror of horrors, your speakers might have blown from being mismatched with your amp. You should check this guide so it doesn’t happen again.