Installing a new Hi-Fi system in your home is going to take proper planning and some time, so it’s best to start installing it on a day when you have a couple of hours free. When you invest in buying a high quality Hi-Fi system, you will need to take several things into consideration. Some of the important things you will need to consider are; size of the room, furnishing in the room, placing the speakers, etc. When you take these things into consideration before you start installing your Hi-Fi system, you can be sure that everything will turn out right. So here’s a list of what you need to do to get started.
Size and Dimension of Your Room
The first thing you will need to consider, is the size of the room where you will be installing your Hi-Fi system. Your listening room should be the right size for your speakers. If the room is too small, the sound will be distorted, and if the room is too large the sound will be weak.
The other important thing about your listening room is its dimensions. The length, breadth and height of the room should not be the same. If the dimensions in your listening room are the same, then the sound waves will bounce off the walls and room and converge in the centre of the room at the same time thereby causing distortions in the sound.
Placing Your Speakers
The next important thing to consider is where to place the speakers. This will depend on what size speakers you have. This is one area where you will need to work with trial and error to get the right position for your speakers. Here are some tips to help you:
- Place your speakers at a distance of at least 1.5 metres away from each other (call this D1). If the speakers are large, then the distance should be more.
- Draw an imaginary line from one speaker to the other (horizontal), and draw a vertical line from the centre of the horizontal line you just made (like a “T”). The distance from the centre of D1 to your listening position should be more than the distance between the two speakers.
- Speakers should be placed in a “toed in” position, so turn your speakers to face your listening position. Again you can only do this by trial and error. You can draw an imaginary line from each speaker to your listening position and see if it meets right in the centre.
The furnishing in your listening room is going to play an important part in affecting the sound. If you have carpets and soft furnishings, it will affect the sound by reducing the bass. If you have too much carpets in the listening room, it will diminish the treble and mid-band.
If your room has solid walls with handing wall ornaments, it will break up the standing waves and will create a better sound. On the other hand, if there are loose items in the room, it could vibrate and create other sounds. So it would be best to remove all loose items from your listening room.
Placing the Hi-Fi System and Cabling
Where you actually place the Hi-Fi system is not very important; however, the longer the length of the cables to the speaker, the lower the quality of sound you will get. It would be best to place the Hi-Fi system in between the two front speakers.
Placing your surround sound speakers will definitely need more cable length, so make sure the cables are not hanging loose along the floor or on the wall.