Whether you are enjoying a movie, listening to music, or catching the game, having a great entertainment centre setup is an excellent way to relax and enjoy life. In order to properly enjoy your media centre, there are some tricks that can be employed that will help to keep your mess of cords organized, protect your equipment, and optimize the unit’s performance.
Home Entertainment Centre Setup Tips
Few things beat being able to kick back and enjoy the perfect entertainment centre setup. The best entertainment units should be planned carefully to ensure the best operation possible. In order to protect your home and get the most enjoyment possible out of your unit, make sure you observe the following entertainment centre setup tips:
1. Plan the Furniture Placement First
Whether you are using a wall unit, a cabinet setup, or a simple series of shelves, make sure you plan out the placement of the entertainment centre and seating before getting started. This will affect speaker placement and wiring for the entertainment centre. Be sure that your entertainment centre has access to as many electrical outlets as possible.
2. Keep Control of Cables
Cables and wires can get out of hand really quickly. Use clips to keep wires in place from the television to the different electronic devices, and make sure that the wires leading to the sound system are all organized and contained. You can use sleeves or zip ties to colour code so that you know which cable leads to which device.
3. Use Surge Protectors
Make sure that every single device is plugged into surge protectors to ensure that your equipment is safe. A power surge is unlikely, but it can cause costly damage if it occurs, and surge protectors are incredibly inexpensive, so do not risk it.
4. Do Not Overload Circuits
Make sure that you disperse your power draw evenly across outlets. Do not plug all of your equipment into one outlet. Check on which breakers control the different outlets in your home and do your best to separate equipment onto the different circuits.
5. Monitor Heat Output
If your entertainment centre has closed shelves, make sure that there is somewhere for the heat from your different systems to go. Electronic devices generate heat and, when multiple devices are put together, this heat can become a fire hazard or it can fry your equipment.
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