If you are looking to upgrade from a regular television sound system to a home theater surround sound system, it is best to have it installed by a professional for a number of reasons.
While some retailers offer installation for a reasonable price, they might not be as highly trained as you would expect. This is not just as simple as pulling stuff out of the packing carton and hooking it up. It can take some planning and some finesse to get the speakers mounted and hooked up correctly. The speakers have to be mounted at the right height, level and angle so that the sound travels to your ears the right way. If you want to have the same effect of a movie theater right in your own home, they must be installed correctly.
Before you allow the retailers “installation crew” to hook up your surround sound system, you should ask a few questions beforehand:
- What was the training process for this crew?
- Are any of the crew members certified in any way?
- Who checks the work for the crew?
- Is the crew bonded or licensed?
- Is the crew insured?
If the answers to these questions make you nervous in any way, then it is well within your rights to have your own professional installer set up your expensive surround sound system. To find the right installation professional, make sure that you are asking these questions:
- Are you licensed and bonded?
- Are you certified in electrical or another trade?
- Are you insured?
- Do you provide estimates or a flat rate fee for this project?
- Do you warranty your work?
Setting up a home theater surround sound system can be a very intricate procedure. If one of the speakers is not hooked up correctly, the sound will not be nearly as good. However if the sound system is installed and hooked up correctly, you will be astounded by the quality. You have probably paid a lot of money for your home theater surround sound system so why not spend the right amount of money to get it installed correctly?
Make sure that you seriously consider how important it is to have the right sound system set up the right way by the right person before you allow just anyone to do it.