Tips for Installing a Home Theater System

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( — May 2, 2013) Tampa, FL — Most people when they go through the process of putting in a home theater system, tend to pick out the components and equipment before they craft a design.  Nothing could be further from the proper order of planning an installation and purchase of such an audio visual system.  The design should be carefully laid out similar to constructing a custom built home.  The plans and macro visualization should supersede any specific equipment ideas that one may have.

By taking the commonly used route of equipment choice first, Shaw reiterates this as being a potential “recipe for disaster” as mistakes are generally made that can be costly requiring construction work and lengthy repairs once realizing the flaws. 

New construction is always a luxury for the home theater installers where walls are open and wiring is easily facilitated before ceilings, floors, and walls are permanently set in place and much more difficult to open up.  Shaw mentions that with technology changing rapidly within their industry, they try to head off any potential technological changes that they foresee in the near future.  Wiring is always tricky and where they can put in advanced wiring ahead of time, any future changes may be saved protecting the owner’s wallet and hassle factors involved.  Extra wire and extra fiber is often run through a home to pre-empt later construction and installation work. 

Existing home structures pose to be more challenging since pre-wiring probably does not exist, however drywall work and opening structures within a household can be accommodated and quite successfully. Again, the need for design planning cannot be underscored enough to implement a system of home theater equipment and all logistics involved.   

There are always thoughts that with wireless technology proliferating the computer connectivity that this might also transcend into the audio video market as well.  As with computers, there is no substitute for “hard wiring” given the bandwidth and information that is required in order to transmit efficiently and effectively for capacity and quality level.  Perhaps at some point as Shaw states, there will be a greater usage of wireless technology, but for now, only in extremely extenuating circumstances where physical wiring is impossible, is this option recommended. 

One other strong reason for hard wiring is also the safety issues of “spamming” and “hackers” that have used wireless access to steal information, passwords, and the like that can corrupt a system and its components causing irreparable harm.

For additional in depth information on installation and design for custom home theaters in Tampa, Florida, contact Sound and Vision Design  5911 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite K  Tampa, FL  33610   (813) 237-5757

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