Installing the wiring for your home theater is a bit like putting together a high-tech puzzle with many parts that need to be in the correct place to be complete and functional. After you’ve selected all of your theater components (TV, soundbars, speakers, and so on.), it is a wise move to call in the pros to handle this intricate job. Having proper wiring ensures a great multi-sensory viewing experience for years to come.
The Pros Can Put All Those Pieces Together
Our home theater wiring experts in Clearwater know all about the cables and wires you need to get your system up and running quickly so that you can get the most out of your home theater. For instance, they will know how many HDMI connectors you need for your gaming systems, what size and thickness of wire you need for your audio system, and which cables are best to use for your movie players and TV.
How to Determine What Wires You Need
Did you know that most home theater systems don’t come with speaker wires included? That’s because your needs will vary based on your space configuration, the thickness of the wire, and type of wire that is best for your system. Therefore, the job of selecting your speaker wire will fall to you, which is why you should rely on the guidance of professionals.
You need to select the correct wire gauge (the thickness). The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire. Thicker wires are recommended for more powerful speakers, long wire runs, or high power sources.
If you are running speaker wire through the walls or ceiling, you need to choose one that is rated for in-wall installation (it should have a CL2 or CL3 rating). This is potentially dangerous work if you aren’t qualified, which is another reason to hire professional help. Also, if you are placing speakers outside, ensure that you have wires that are rated for direct burial.
Coaxial Analog Cable vs. Coaxial Digital Cable
A coaxial analog cable enables an antenna, cable, or satellite to connect to the TV. A coaxial digital cable looks very similar but sends signals between digital devices. Analog cables were used more widely in decades past, but digital cables are more common now to support streaming in home theater receivers, music streaming devices, and disc players.
Component Video Cables and HDMI Cables
Component video cables are most commonly used with DVD players and some older gaming systems. For the most part, HDMI cables have replaced these and many other cables. HDMI cables offer the most transmission benefits, maintaining strength over longer distances. They are also easier to install because they have similar connectors on each end. They are a one-stop shop for gaming systems, TVs, HD monitors, computers, and home theater receivers.
Call in the professionals to help with your home theater wiring in Clearwater. Setting up a home theater is technical work that can be very time consuming and prone to error if you are not familiar with the process. Don’t run that risk. Call for professional help instead at (727) 736-4328 or contact us online!