10 Mistakes Hooking Up Home Theater

31 October, 2022 by Admin

When you had finished installing your new home cinema system, you noticed that something didn't sound quite right. Is there anything you could have done better? There are a wide variety of faults that might occur, from minor problems to ones that could lead to the early failure of a device.

When putting up an audio or audio/video system, it's critical that all of the components, including the space itself, function in harmony with one another in order to maximize efficiency. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and just purchasing high-quality equipment isn't enough. In spite of the fact that certain audio/TV rooms have inherent compromises, some faults are terrible.

As a result of this, I've compiled a list of the 10 Mistakes Hooking Up Home Theater scenario.

Buying the wrong speaker cables

That 50-foot run from your surround sound speakers' AV receivers isn't going to be possible with just some leftover 24-gauge cable, so you'll need a more costly cable for that purpose.

This is why, in a nutshell: There is resistance in every cable. Because we're discussing electrical resistance, it seems a bit backwards. The more resistance a cable has, the thinner it is. This is by far the most important, however there are others. The frequency response that may be achieved at the end of a cable run decreases as the resistance of the cable increases. When driving two speakers, the amount of load the amplifier needs to handle varies with frequency. You may affect the sound, especially at higher frequencies, if you use too-thin wires to provide resistance.

Connecting a home theater system is easy with 16 gauge wire, but if your runs are going to be longer than 40-50 feet, you'll get better sound quality with 12 gauge cable since it has less resistance and won't act as a sound equalizer. A multi-zone audio system should be rethought if the wires need to be run further than 50-60 feet.

As they didn't include them when they purchased their speakers, many end up buying the most costly cables at the last minute. In the sense that your system would not function without them, interconnect cables are critical components. Battery-powered HDMI cables or gold-plated RCA cords won't improve the sound quality of your system.

For a three-foot cable run between a DISH satellite receiver and an AV player, you're unlikely to have any problems if the cable is adequately manufactured. No issues or loss of frequency response will occur because of the little distance. Digital HDMI wires are the same. Over ten feet is where the difficulty lies. Avoid overpaying by planning ahead and keeping things simple.

Buying the Wrong Size Television

The average screen size bought by customers is currently 55-inches, which means that a lot of bigger screen sets are making their way into many homes. It is not always preferable to have a huge television in a room with a limited amount of space to see it from.

A viewing distance of 1-1/2 to 2 times the width of the screen is ideal for HDTVs with 720p and 1080p resolution.

For a 55-inch television, this implies you should be 6 to 8 feet away from the screen. There is a larger probability that you will see the line or pixel structure of the picture, as well as any processing abnormalities, if you sit too near to a TV screen (but you won't hurt your eyes).

With today's 4K Ultra HD TV trend, you can now have a better viewing experience at tighter sitting distances than previously advised. A 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV, for example, allows you to sit as close as 5 feet from it.

4K Ultra HD TVs may have a closer viewing distance since the screen's pixels are smaller in comparison to the screen's size, making the structure of the screen less obvious (perhaps as close as just a little over one times the screen width).

Buying a TV that's too tiny is another common blunder. If the TV is too tiny or you sit too far away, the experience of watching TV becomes more like seeing through a little window. For a satisfying 3D viewing experience, a screen has to encompass as much of your front field of vision as possible, without being so huge that you notice the screen's pixel structure or unattractive artifacts. This is particularly true if you are contemplating a 3D TV.

Take a look in the room where the TV will be put before deciding on a screen size. Take note of the available space in terms of width and height, as well as the sitting distances from the TV screen.

Once you've recorded your dimensions, you'll need to bring your tape measure to the shop as well. When shopping for a new television, make careful to see it from a variety of angles and distances (based on your own dimensions) to decide the best and worst places to place it in your home.

Your TV size selection should be based on the mix of your personal preferences and the amount of space that you have available.

It is one of the most common reasons for returning a television because it is either too large or too tiny for the room it is intended for.

To get the greatest TV for your needs, you must first decide on the size of the screen you want to use.

Buying Wrong HDMI Cables

The "any old HDMI cable will do" mindset has been banished courtesy to the geniuses at HDMI Licensing. It was possible to use any HDMI cable up to 20 feet in length when it only supported 1080p video and audio.

Integrated Ethernet and 4K capability are now available. The HDMI cables you purchase today should be able to withstand the "next big thing" in the future, if you're planning ahead. Cables installed in the wall or crawl space, where they can't be improved or removed, are a particular problem. In the long run, you'll thank yourself for paying attention to HDMI cable labeling. Always purchase "High Speed" HDMI cables as a starting point, as they are more likely to have the most up-to-date design and so support the majority of the most recent features.

If you don’t know what’s available in HDMI, here are the basic features:

HDMI Ethernet Channel

High-speed bidirectional communication is made possible by the addition of a data channel to the original HDMI connection. Internet-enabled HDMI devices may share an Internet connection over the HDMI link, without the need for a separate Ethernet cable, as long as the connected devices have this functionality. It also serves as a connecting platform for HDMI-enabled components, allowing them to transfer data back and forth between them.

Audio Return Channel

This is a genuine audio channel that allows a TV to transmit audio upstream to the A/V receiver through the HDMI connection from either a built-in tuner or DVD player A second cable is no longer required (or AV receiver input connection).

3D

Cabling must be capable of handling 3D formats and resolutions up to dual 1080p for HDMI-enabled devices.

4K Resolution Support

Compared to a conventional 1080p transmission, these new ultra-high HD resolutions provide a fourfold increase in detail. HDMI resolutions up to and including 4K are supported by these cables.

There is a catch with HDMI cables: certification does not indicate that all possible cable lengths have been examined. However, we've seen too many cases when longer cables exist on the market, and they simply don't do the job.

It's Best to Use Active HDMI Cables for Longevity and Future-Proofing

Modern active HDMI cables include a chip that is powered by the HDMI connector's 5V power supply. Long-distance degradation of digital signals may be compensated for using these "smart" connections. Remember that HDMI can deliver billions of bits of data each second. That's a LOT of information that may easily be messed up. When it gets out of whack, you don't receive a picture anymore.

In most cases, active HDMI cables eliminate this issue and allow you to use the format at previously unimaginable distances. Active cables' costs are also falling as the chipsets within them become more affordable to produce. In order to get 1080p video over a regular high-speed connection, you'll need to run the line no longer than 25 feet. To extend a line longer than 15 feet and with 4K in mind, an active HDMI cable should be considered.

Ignoring room acoustics

It's hard to believe that you can hear a $2,000 difference in speaker wire and interconnects when half of what hits your ears is reflected due of your room acoustics. Hard surfaces such as hardwood floors should be avoided. If you're utilizing hardwood floors, you'll want to use absorption to reduce reflections.

First-reflection-killing acoustic panels are optional, and their placement is dependent on the room's liveliness and the off-axis qualities of the speakers themselves. Direct sound is preferable than reflected, muddled, and incoherent sound because it is easier on the hearing. After clapping my hands hard once in the sound room, I'll be ready to go.

This will help me get a sense of how loud the room is.  Clap your hands and listen for lengthy decay, slap echo, or flutter echo. Fast, repeating flutter echo is created by hard opposing parallel surfaces, while the sound of slap echo occurs when a hard object is struck by another object. It's important to get rid of flutter and slap, but at least get rid of the decay.

First Reflections

If your loudspeakers perform properly off-axis, absorption of the initial lateral reflection is not necessary. Most individuals, according to Dr. Floyd Toole's studies, like the extra openness that comes with not receiving the early reflections. It is possible to get a better center phantom picture for two-channel listening by using early reflections to fill in the large frequency response hole. Mixers recognized that a powerful straight sound field made their work simpler, hence the notion for eliminating early lateral reflections was born. Mastering engineers like to listen in more reflecting locations, according to a new JAES article, which backs up the previous statement about their listening preferences. That's great, since that's where customers are most likely to pay attention.

A minimum of three inches of fiberglass or solid (not sculpted) foam is required to "eliminate initial reflections," as the term suggests. The lower the treble, the worse the quality of the sound.

The "THX Clap" Test

It's better to have one person stand next to the speaker and clap their hands while you sit in front of the speaker and listen for fluttering or slap echo. People sitting in the crowd are the only ones who can hear the flutter echoes from the loudspeakers. It doesn't matter whether you can hear yourself talking in other parts of the room.

How reverberant is the room? The litmus test is the ability to understand what is being said. Move about the room and have a chat with the person speaking from the dialog's center channel position. You're done if it works. In the event that this is not the case, consider adding some absorption or scattering.

The Room Has Windows and/Or Other Light Issues

A dimly lit room is adequate for most TVs, but video projectors in particular benefit from a darker setting. In no way, shape, or form should you mount your television on a wall directly across from a window. To prevent light from leaking into the room while the curtains are closed, make sure they are completely opaque.

Also keep in mind the TV's screen surface. TVs with matte or anti-reflective surfaces reduce glare from windows, lights, and other light sources, while those with a glass-like covering on the screen panel shield the LCD, Plasma, or OLED display from accidental damage. Glass with an additional layer or coating may reflect light, which can be distracting in a setting with other light sources.

Curved-screen TVs, when placed in a room with windows or other uncontrolled sources of light, may cause unwanted light reflections as well as alter the form of those reflections, both of which are aggravating.

In a highly lit retail area, stand in front of and off to the side of the screen to notice how the TV responds to the light.

It's also a good idea to check out the TVs in the store's darkened display room to see how they seem. It's important to remember that merchants often use "Vivid" or "Torch Mode" on their TVs, which enhances the color and contrast of the image, but this doesn't eliminate the possibility of light reflection issues.

Objects in front of speakers or poorly placed speakers

Moving that ficus tree will allow the speaker to be heard. In any case, it doesn't care about your Night Ranger and Whitesnake songs. Another typical blunder is to place a low table immediately in front of the chairs, blocking the view of the speakers from the listening position. However, it's a terrible location for music or conversation. It's difficult to concentrate and hear clearly because of the combination of direct sound from your speakers and reflected (delayed somewhat) sound off of the table.

There's nothing worse than having a center speaker beneath a screen with the second row of seats elevated, as discussed in a recent post regarding optimum front LCR speaker placement. The speaker's height should be adjusted to the audience's position. The tweeters in your front channel should be placed at or near sitting ear level.

To eliminate diffraction, speakers on shelves must be moved out to the front edge of the shelf. Foam or other acoustical dampening material must be used around speakers in shelving units to prevent a hollow, resonant sound.

You're going to get the bug for surround sound as soon as you start using it. You also want to be able to easily update your system when the time comes. This requires some forethought on your part. Often, this is only a matter of purchasing equipment that can be upgraded. If you don't use a Bose system or anything else with proprietary connections via the subwoofer, you should be able to upgrade most AV receivers and speakers with a regular AV receiver with speaker level outputs and connectors.

In many cases, ensuring that your surround sound speakers are correctly installed is another important step in upgrading your system. Regardless of whether you're using in-ceiling or on-wall or stand-mounted surround speakers, I don't care what you do. You can ultimately update them with just a small amount of work if you connect them correctly and carefully. Instead of putting the wire through an opening in the wall and attaching it to a speaker, it could be better to use normal speaker binding posts instead. If you're building a house, you may want to install Surround Back speakers even if you don't intend to utilize them right immediately. Making preparations in advance may save you a great lot of time and effort in the days and weeks to come.

Buying The Wrong Speakers

A substantial sum is spent on audio/video components, but not enough consideration is given to the quality of the loudspeakers and subwoofer. This does not imply that you must spend hundreds of dollars on a small system, but it does suggest that you consider speakers that are capable of doing the job.

Speakers are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from large floor-standing models to small bookshelf models, as well as both box and spherical designs — and, of course, a subwoofer is required for home cinema use.

Tiny cube speakers may be fashionable, but they will not be able to fill a big room with high-quality music because they simply cannot move enough air. Large floor-standing speakers, on the other hand, may not be the greatest choice for a small area since they just take up too much space for your personal preference or physical comfort.

In the case of a medium- or large-sized room, a set of floor-standing speakers may be the ideal choice since they often provide a complete spectrum of sound and have huge drivers that can move enough air to fill the space. As an alternative, if you have a limited amount of available space, a pair of bookshelf speakers in conjunction with a subwoofer may be the ideal solution to your needs.

If you are using floor-standing speakers or bookshelf speakers for your home theater, or if you are using a combination of both, you will also need a center channel speaker that can be placed above or below a television or video projection screen, and you will also need a subwoofer for those low-frequency effects.

While making any speaker purchasing selections, you should sample to a few at a dealer (or take advantage of a longer test time from online-only vendors) before making your final pick. Make your own comparisons, and bring your own CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs so that you can hear how they sound when played via different speakers.

Although sound quality should be your first consideration, you should also consider the size of the speakers, how they will seem in your home, and how much money you have to spend.

Unbalanced Speaker Levels

You've set up the speakers, connected them, and turned them on, but nothing sounds right; the subwoofer fills the room, and the dialogue is drowned out by the music. The sound in the surrounds isn't loud enough.

Get rid of any obstructions between your speakers and your listening location. Also, avoid placing your speakers behind an entertainment center's door.

With a soundmeter and CD, DVD, or Blu-ray discs that have test tones available, or a test tone generator built-in to most home theater receivers, you can balance them.

Setup programs on most home theater receivers make it easy to match your speakers' capabilities to the features of your environment. Anthem Room Correction, Audyssey, Onkyo/Integra AccuEQ, Sony Digital Cinema Auto Calibration, Pioneer MCACC, and Yamaha Digital Cinema Auto Calibration are just a few of the many names for these tools (YPAO).

These systems employ a built-in test tone generator in the receiver and a given microphone to identify the size and distance of the speakers from the primary listening location, and then use that information to help modify the sound output level of each speaker, including the subwoofer.

Despite the fact that none of these solutions are perfect, they assist to reduce the guesswork of balancing the sound that comes out of your speakers with the surrounding setting. The majority of the time, you have the option to further customize your listening experience by making manual adjustments.

Not reading the user manuals and buying things based on brand or price instead of what you really want

No, I don't believe you can figure it out. Always read the owner's instructions for your components, no matter how simple they seem, even before you take them out of their packaging. Before you begin connecting and configuring anything, be sure you understand how everything works.

The on-screen menu system of many TVs now includes a user handbook (sometimes referred to as an E-manual) that can be accessed through the TV's on-screen menu. It's also common for manufacturers to give access to their official product or support website to browse or download a complete printed or on-screen user manual.

In spite of the fact that it's helpful to start with a well-known brand, it doesn't mean the "best" brand for a certain item is perfect for you. Consider a wide range of brands, models, and prices while you're purchasing.

In addition, be clear of deals that seem too good to be true. For the most part, high-priced items aren't going to live up to expectations in terms of performance or flexibility, regardless of whether or not they're advertised as "doorbusters." Ads should be carefully read.

Not Getting Professional Help When You Need It

There is still a problem even after you have connected everything, adjusted the sound settings, and utilized high-quality connections. In addition to the poor sound, the television also seems to be in poor condition.

Before you get into a panic, check to see whether you've forgotten anything or if there's anything you can fix by yourself.

If you can't figure out what's wrong, you may want to consider hiring a professional installation. Investing in a house call, even if it costs $100 or more, may save a home theater catastrophe and convert it into home theatre gold.

A home theater installer should always be consulted if you are contemplating a bespoke installation. Depending on your needs and budget, a home theater installation may give a comprehensive component package that includes everything you need to enjoy your favorite movies and music.

Final Thoughts

If you follow these tips, you should be able to start making your own home theater. You're already on the right track if you don't make any of these 10 mistakes. These tips are for people who want to build their own home theaters, but don't be afraid to ask for help if you assume you need it. The extra money you spend on good advice is worth it for a fully functional home theater and peace of mind.

With these suggestions, you can design a home theater you'll love for years to come, even if you live in an apartment.

FAQs

What is the best way to hook up surround sound?

In order to get the best sound, you should put the front left and right speakers at a 22-30-degree angle. The subwoofer should be on the floor on either side of your screen. There are two front stereo channels, and you want them to be about two to three feet from the wall.

What is needed for surround sound?

It's important to have two to three speakers in front of you and two to three speakers on your sides or behind you if you want to have a good surround-sound system. The audio signal is broken up into many different channels so that different sound information comes out of each speaker. The most important sounds come from the speakers in the front of the room.

Do you need a receiver and amplifier?

A lot of the time, no. When you buy an A/V receiver, it comes with a built-in speaker. If you have an A/V receiver, you can get an audio signal, process it, send it to the speakers, and let the video go through to a TV or projector.

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Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System [amazon box="B09G6SB45P" title= " "] [/amazon] Set of four speakers that interact wirelessly through a little box the size of an Apple TV. HT-A9 is a set of four speakers You may use this box to stream audio from your TV, as well as from other devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, to your TV via the eARC connector on your TV. Because the HT-A9 speaker system doesn't need to be exactly positioned in your space, you may enjoy the best sound possible. Two microphones are attached to each of the four speakers, which each include a soft dome-type tweeter and a large directivity subwoofer. The HT-speakers A9's can produce an extra twelve "phantom" speakers by bouncing sound off your ceilings and walls. This gives you a 360-degree sound configuration. While the HT-A9 can't be utilised in rooms with high or domed ceilings, it nevertheless works well if you don't have a large TV room. We found the Xbox Series X to be the best of the applications integrated into our television, an Apple TV 4K, and an Xbox One X. This arrangement does not contain a subwoofer, so anybody who wants to get the most out of their HT-A9 system will need to buy one of the two wireless subwoofers that work well with it. As for the centre channel, there isn't one built-in to the television, but you can use the 3.5mm cable included with certain Sony TVs to turn your TV into one. It's an unflashy workaround, but it's there if you need it. What we don’t like Compared to buying a soundbar, this is more costly. Doesn't have a subwoofer built in. Doesn't work well in places with high or vaulted ceilings. VIZIO Elevate Sound Bar [amazon box="B08BNQDL1J" title= " "] [/amazon] We think the VIZIO Elevate Sound Bar for TV is the best all-around choice for most people. It's easy to set up and use, and it has great sound. It fits 5.1.4 channels of Dolby Atmos-ready sound into a package that looks like it's simple. Looking at the setup, things are pretty easy. With your soundbar, you have the main soundbar unit as well as two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. When you buy this system, you have a wireless subwoofer instead of wires for the satellite speakers. This makes setting up this system very simple. When you look at this system, it looks and there are only a few speakers in it. In fact, Vizio has equipped the Elevate soundbar with 18 speakers of its own. It helps give users more depth and width than you'd expect from a soundbar system, which is what this helps do. A few of them fire upward for Atmos and DTS:X, as well as a few other things. A pair of adaptive height speakers even rotate to add even more depth to the audio of your TV shows, movies, and music, making them sound even more real. The Elevate soundbar has many other smart features, like a remote with such a backlit screen, which makes it easier to use when the lights are dimmed so you can see the screen. Vizio comes with mounting hardware both for soundbar and satellite speakers so that you can put them on the wall. It's all in all, VIZIO's Elevate Sound Bar is indeed a good deal for most people. What we don’t like It has a bass-heavy sound profile, which may not be good for some types of music. When the volume is turned up to its maximum, there is some distortion. SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package [amazon box="B00WR26ZEO" title= " "] [/amazon] A lot of people have come to trust SVS over the last two decades. Today's SVS systems can compete with anyone, and the SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 home theatre package is a great example. They were first known for subwoofers that made your sternum vibrate, shook the room, and won awards. It's small and easy to fit into a smaller room, but when you turn it up, your small room turns into the Hollywood Bowl. Each SVS Prime Satellite speaker is all about the size of a piece of bread. It has a 4.5-inch midrange driver and a one-inch tweeter, which make the sound clear and clear. They are small, but they can fight like Roberto Durán. SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package could be the biggest "little" 5.1 system that you can get for the price. The system is wired instead of wireless. Playing games is another big benefit of SVS. A lot of people keep their gaming systems in small rooms like dens or spare rooms. SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package is really for people who want to be in the middle of a game but don't want to spend a fortune. What we don’t like As with any speaker with a single 4.5-inch woofer, one thing to think about just how much sound they could indeed fill the room with. It might not sound as good if your room is very big, because you like to hear two-channel music only with the front left and right channels firing. This is because the Prime Satellite system doesn't have bigger speakers with bigger drivers. Wrapping Up After doing a lot of research, we have found these best Dolby Atmos sound systems for you. They would be great for movies, music, TV, and more, as well. We looked at style, aesthetics, and the most up-to-date technology. I hope this article has helped you get the best Dolby Atmos home theatre out there, by giving you some tips. Also, you can try a lot of new ways to work with systems with the help of an expert.  FAQs If you're still confused about some parts of the article, check out this section. Do I need HDMI 2.1 to listen to Atmos? It's possible to play Dolby Atmos over a normal HDMI ARC connection with streaming services that use the Dolby Digital Plus codec. When the connection works, it's very good. If you want the full-blown Dolby Atmos experience, you might need to buy a new TV with an HDMI 2.1 port. This port will allow Blu-ray players and gaming consoles to send higher-quality Atmos streams. Is a Dolby Atmos soundbar worth paying extra for? If you're a gamer or enjoy watching the latest blockbusters, yes, a Dolby Atmos soundbar is worth paying more for. But you need to make sure that you have a TV with an ARC HDMI port (for Dolby Digital Plus) and a Dolby Atmos-capable source such as the Xbox Series X or the latest Roku streamers. Is 7.1 or Dolby Atmos better? Atmos adds overhead sound and better calibration software, that also makes the audio deeper and much more precise than conventional Surround 7.1 systems. This makes it better than any other type of surround sound.
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How to Connect 4 Speakers to a 2 Channel Amp
Connect four speakers to a two-channel amplifier if you know the impedance of the speakers and divide the power evenly across the channels. let's find out How to Connect 4 Speakers to a 2 Channel Amp. Connecting four speakers in a row or a group can be done. If you have a different kind of speaker and amplifier, it will change the way you do things. An amplifier's impedance and limits are very strict on both speakers and amplifiers. In series connections, the impedance rises, but in parallel connections, the impedance falls. Impedance must stay within the amplifier's limits at all times. If it's too heavy, it could hurt people or make them have a bad experience. Know whether to use parallel or series method Determine the maximum and lowest impedances of the amplifier you want to use to connect the speakers to the amplifier. The amplifier will be damaged if the load is lower than the minimum impedance. As a result, ensure that the weight does not fall below or exceed the set limitations. The impedance of the amplifier and the speakers may be found in the handbook or on the label. Incorporate the additional impedance of the two speakers you'll be connecting to a single channel at this point. If the total impedance of both speakers falls within the amplifier's capabilities, connect them in series. As an example, suppose you have two 4-ohm speakers. Powers are multiplied when we link in series, as you are aware. So, 8-ohm is the sum of the two powers. The series connection will work as long as your amplifier is capable of handling 8 ohm per channel. Parallel connections may be used if series connections are not possible. Divide the sum of two speakers' impedances by the sum of their impedances. A parallel connection may be made if the response falls within the parameters. You can't use the amplifier if the impedance of both routes doesn't meet the amplifier's requirements. Once you know how you'll be connecting them, wiring them is a breeze. Solid State Amps vs. Tube Amps: Which Is Better? One thing to think about when figuring out how many speakers you can use with your system is how your amp is built. There are two different ways to do this right now. Depending on your system, you might have a solid-state amp or a tube amp. Because solid-state amplifiers have a lot of power, they can be hard to work with in a multi-speaker system. That figure changes when the impedance changes. That means that you can get more power with a lower impedance, which could make an in-parallel wiring scheme not work as well. If you have a tube amplifier, the power ratings will not change even if the impedance changes. You don't get an advantage or disadvantage with this equipment when you use it in series or in parallel. This makes it more flexible for some people, making it a better choice for them. Wiring 4 Speakers in Series The positive end of one speaker is linked to the negative terminal of the second speaker in a series circuit. circuit. Assume that two speakers on the left side are connected in series. First, connect a wire from the amplifier's positive terminal to the speaker's positive terminal. Connect the wire from the negative speaker terminal to the positive speaker terminal now. Afterwards, connect a wire from the second speaker's negative terminal to the negative terminal of the amplifier's left side. The left channel of the amplifier is connected to two speakers in series in this manner. Make sure you connect two speakers to the proper channel. As a result, two-channel amplifiers will be used to link all four speakers in series. Our first choice for connecting four speakers to a two-channel amp is to use series wiring. It's time for parallel wiring. Pros of Having a Series Circuit The setup makes the amplifier run more efficiently or with less heat because it makes the equipment more resistant. Each speaker gets a certain amount of the amplified sound. You get a stronger bass EQ with a lot more emphasis on the low frequencies. Cons of Having a Series Circuit When one connection is broken, it can stop all of the speakers from working, which can be very bad. It might be hard to hear the sounds coming from the speaker at first. Wiring 4 Speakers in Parallel Let's say we wish to use two speakers in parallel to link the left channel. Connect the wire from the left channel's negative terminal to the first speaker's negative terminal. The first speaker's positive terminal should be connected to the left channel's positive terminal via a wire. Using this method, we may link the left channel and the first speaker's corresponding terminals together. Using the same method, connect the first speaker to the second speaker. Two speakers may be linked in parallel to a single channel in this manner. As a result, two amplifier channels are used to power all four speakers in tandem. Parallel wiring is the last option for connecting four speakers to a two-channel amplifier. Pros of Having a Parallel Circuit This means that if one of the connections is broken, the other three speakers can still work with the amp's help. The lower the impedance rating, the more acoustical output there is. There is a way for the speaker output to go up, because the amp's power output goes up, too. Cons of Having a Parallel Circuit If there is a short circuit in your setup, the changes in current can make your installation get hot. Your load impedance must be at least 2 ohms, or the lowest setting your amp can handle. Tips For Wiring 4 Speakers To 2 Channel Amplifier Avoid overloading the amplifier, since doing so will only cause it to fail. In order to improve the sound quality, you must increase the power of the amplifier, not just increase the size of the speakers. If you want to increase the volume of your music, you need also improve your speakers and amplifier. Checking the impedance of your audio system is a must if you want it to last for a long time. To produce a clean sound and deep bass, always keep the amplifier's load below the limit. All of your delight will be snuffed out by distortion caused by a full load or overload. You can simply connect four speakers to a two-channel amp without damaging any equipment or sacrificing sound quality if you follow all of the steps. Speaker Selector Switch Connecting four or more speakers to a two-channel amplifier is the most straightforward and safest method. What Is a Speaker Selector Switch? Multiple speakers may be fed music at the same time while keeping the amplifier from overheating via speaker selection controls. Typically, they are used with low-power amplifiers of about 100 watts. Protecting yourself is a failure. It is possible that the amplifier will go into protection mode, preventing further damage in the worst-case scenario. With this approach, you just plug in the selection box to the output jack of the amplifier, and then all of your speakers will be connected. The amplifier won't be overloaded because of speaker impedance issues thanks to the selection switch. Depending on the switch, you may also be able to adjust the level of each speaker separately. If you're installing speakers throughout your house, this method is perfect for you. When used with amplifiers rated at more than 100 watts, however, it may not operate as effectively. Please consult this page on distributed speaker systems for business audio installations. Connecting Passive Subwoofers and Loudspeakers to Your 2 Channel Amp If you plan on attaching a passive subwoofer to your 2-channel amplifier, you will need to follow some extra procedures. It is not straightforward; all that is required is the connection of an RCA cable; nevertheless, there are certain limitations.  When developing this link, there are a few factors to keep in mind. In addition, we have a comprehensive explanation on how to connect passive subwoofers to powered amplifiers using speaker cables or speaker wires, which you can access here. What If My Speaker Has 4 Terminals? You can bi-amp or even bi-wire your speakers if they have four connections. Learn how to connect speakers using terminals in our how-to tutorial. Connecting Multiple Speakers to An Amplifier Adding a second speaker to an amplifier often entails increasing the amp's power draw in some way. To put it another way, a pair of speakers has double the power of a single speaker. Two speakers will be no problem for most amplifiers. There are some drawbacks, though. If you have more than two speakers connected to the amp at once, the amp may overheat and shut itself down, or it may blow an internal fuse. Speaker Selector with Volume Controls A more practical (and more costly) solution is to replace the selection switch with a volume-controlling device. This enables the central management of the volume in each zone (region with a pair of speakers). In addition to impedance matching the four speaker selector volume switches, some volume control systems provide these as well. These devices contain a switch (usually on the back panel, but occasionally inside) that enables you to tell it you are connecting 2, 4, or 8 pairs of speakers to the same amplifier. You don't have to worry about overloading the amplifier once this switch is in place. Despite the lack of a switch on certain models, the default is to use four speakers. To the amplifier, impedance matching seems to be a single speaker, but in fact it equally distributes the signal to all four speakers, so that each speaker receives only a quarter of the sound produced by the amplifier if the x4 switch is activated. The impedance matching of other volume control devices is missing. These systems are predicated on the assumption that you won't need to crank up all four sets of speakers at once. Some setups may benefit from this, even if it isn't as safe as impedance matching. To play low-volume music in the family room and workshop, this is a good option. Just make sure the workshop and living room are turned down so that just one or two pairs of speakers are connected to the amplifier if you are hosting a party and want loud music outdoors. It is important to remember to include volume controls for the lounge area speakers as well. In-Wall Volume Controls When the phone rings and you're a long distance away, it might be inconvenient to travel to the living room to adjust the level of the speakers. Therefore, having a volume control in each place where speakers are present might be helpful. The speakers' volume may be changed in the workshop this manner. In the event that you leave the volume control up (say for the outdoor speakers) and play music without going outside the following morning, you'll be entertaining the neighbors both morning and night, even though you're not really outside. There are in-wall volume controls, which are identical to the volume controls stated above, except that they may either be impedance-matched or not. Impedance matching is often required when using more than one speaker. On the rear of the impedance matching volume control, choose x2 if you have two zones (two pairs of speakers or four speakers). When employing three or four sets of speakers, you'll want to go with x4. Consider the fact that most of these controllers are "in-wall" devices. On a solid brick or concrete wall, you'll need a large mounting block or an even deeper depression in the wall if you want to hang them. It is common for volume controllers to have transformers that are deeper than ordinary wall mounting blocks. The wider the volume control recess, the more power it can handle (and the more expensive the control). Volume controls may be easily wired. You'll need to connect a speaker cable (usually two), which will go from your amplifier to your volume control. Then, connect each speaker to the volume control by running a speaker cord from it. Remember to include a volume control for the speakers in the living room. Two, four, or more speakers can benefit from this strategy. Practical Considerations in Wiring Four Speakers They will work, but there are some problems with them, like not having enough space. Because of how the amplifier controls volume, there is a big problem. Here, you can set the maximum volume for all four speakers. The individual volume controls for each speaker only change the level of sound coming from the amplifier. They can't make the sound louder than the amplifier can make it sound. So the amplifier volume control should be turned up to the point where you want to be able to hear the loudest sound from each speaker at once. That's not a good idea. There is a better way to run the amplifier than to run it at full power and then only let the clutch out a little bit. This is like revving the car engine at full power and then only letting the clutch out a little bit. You should set up a system like this: Turn all of the speaker volume controls all the way up, then turn them off again. It will take a little while to get to a point where the music is just a little louder than you would normally want. This is where the volume control for the amplifier is. In this case, you can now turn down each speaker a few steps until it sounds the way you want. The above method will work fine until someone changes the volume with a remote. A lot of the time, when you watch movies or TV and listen to the sound through your HiFi amplifier/speakers, this will happen, too. You can hide the remote control, but this isn't always the best way to go about it. If you don't need it, there is a better way. The speaker selector switch or the volume controls can be used in a lot of different places. They are very good if you want the same music to be played all over the house and you don't want to touch the amplifier. Several of these systems have been set up in homes where the amplifier is only turned on in the morning and turned off at night. Sometimes, the amplifier is put in a ventilated cabinet so that it can't be seen or touched. This lets the family move around the house and listen to the same music in each room. However, if your amplifier is used while you're watching TV or movies and you keep changing the volume with the remote control, the other speakers in your house will also be changed to the same volume level as well. In order to solve this problem, all you need to do is get a second amplifier. This is the way I like to do things. When you connect the line out of the main amplifier to the "slave" amplifier, you will get better sound. A HiFi amplifier volume can be changed as much as you want without having an effect on any other speakers. This way, the program is the same in every room; however, the HiFi amplifier volume can be changed as much as you want, without having an effect on the other speakers. The volume on the slave amplifier can be set (as shown above) and then not changed again. This is how it works. An old "stereo," a second-hand stereo, or a new stereo could be used as the slave amp. Some HiFi (main) amplifiers have a power socket on the back that can be used to connect other things to the amplifiers. if so, then plug the slave amplifier into this power socket and it will be turned on and off at the same time as the main amplifier. What Should I Expect to Pay for a Great Amp? Using a two-channel amp to drive four speakers requires a minimum 8-ohm impedance rating. Using a 16-ohm unit will make it much simpler to get the installation you desire. Most high-quality sounding amplifiers may be found for about $200 and $500. Even if you can find cheaper units, you may not have enough electricity to distribute with the building. Over 16 ohms normally costs at least $750 to get the best results. The top units in the business now cost between $2,000 and $4,000 after you go past the 20-ohm mark. Expect to invest $10,000 if you want a model that provides unconditional assistance and is very flexible. The Bottom Line These methods will work, but it's important to make sure that your amplifier doesn't get too much power. Remember that connecting the speakers in series enhances the amplifier's impedance, but connecting them in parallel decreases it. That could very quickly damage your amplifier. Another common way to connect 6 speakers to a 2-channel amp is to connect them to 6 speakers. If you don't want to damage your amplifier, the best way to connect your multiple speakers to a single amplifier is to use a selector switch. It not only ensures the safety of your amplifier, but it also simplifies the process of setting up and controlling your sound system much more straightforward. FAQs Can you bridge a 4-channel amp to 4 speakers? Speaker level signals can damage your head unit's RCA outputs if you connect both the speaker level and RCA jacks at the same time. If you want to put in a 4-channel amp for 4 speakers and a subwoofer but only have two stereo channels, that's fine. How many RCA cables do I need for a 4-channel amp? For a 4-channel amplifier, you will need two RCA wires. For your front and rear speakers, each RCA cable will have two signal channels: left and right for your front and rear speakers, and left and right for your rear speakers. This means that each cable will have two signal channels. If you want the sound quality you want, then that's how to get it, too. What is the difference between 2 and 4 channel amps? It's easy to say that with a two-channel amp, you'll be able to fully power two speakers. It can then feed up to four speakers with the sound. That's about all there is to it. Remember that each channel is a separate power source that can only power one speaker at a time.
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How To Mirror iPhone To TV Without Wi-Fi
There's a chance you're spending the night at a motel or that the power went out at your house. But you still want to show what's on your iPhone to other people. Many people want to learn more about the functionalities on their device, but that depends on whether or not they can connect their TV to the internet. But what if you don't have internet on your TV but still have to use your iPhone? With that in mind, here are a few things to keep in mind while you're using your new smart TV. Do you want to show what's on your iPhone screen on your TV without using Wi-Fi? If that ever happens, there are some things that can be done about it. Using Apple Peer-to-Peer Airplay Peer-to-Peer Airplay will work without Wi-Fi on the latest Apple TVs, like the Apple TV 4K (2nd generation, 2021) or the Apple TV HD (originally called Apple TV 4th generation, 2015). If you have an Apple TV (Third Generation Rev. A–2012), it should also be running Apple TV Software 7.0 or later. Also, you'll need an iOS device that was made at least in 2012 or later and is running at least iOS 8. Peer-to-Peer Airplay isn't available on older devices, which is a shame. Screen mirroring can still be used on older devices, but they need to be connected to Wi-Fi. Screen Mirroring through Peer-to-Peer Airplay is easy to do if you have all the devices you need. Peer-to-Peer Airplay works without Wi-Fi, and it might not work if any of your devices are connected to a network. Because of this, you must first disconnect your Apple TV and iOS from any Wi-Fi network and then connect them again. Click "Settings," then "Network," and then "Wi-Fi." Any network that the Apple TV is connected to will be shown on your TV screen. Select the name of the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to, then click "Forget Network." Go to "Settings" on your iOS device and then choose "Wi-Fi" to see information about your current connection. Click "Forget Network" to leave the network. Be aware that forgetting the system is done so that the devices don't auto reconnect to your Wi-Fi. If you want to use your Wi-Fi again, you'll need to keep in mind both its SSID and password. As mentioned in Step 4, don't move on if you don't know your current Wi-SSID Fi's or password. Peer to Peer Airplay is a wireless feature that needs both devices to be connected to Bluetooth. This step makes it possible for the two devices to talk to each other. To use Peer-to-Peer Airplay on your iOS, you need to turn on Wi-Fi. You don't have to be connected, but the device has to be on. Screen Mirroring is what the Airplay Control systems show up as in the Control Center. If it's not there, move the devices pretty close together. If that doesn't work, try turning off and on your iOS device. Tap "Screen Mirroring" on the menu. The list should have your Apple TV. If you are asked for a password, it should show up on the screen of your TV. Enter those details to turn on the feature. If you do all of the above, you should be able to use Peer-to-Peer Airplay to mirror your iOS screen to your TV. Read: A Complete Guide To Home Theater System How to AirPlay to an AirPlay 2 Compatible TV If you have an AirPlay 2-compatible TV, everything is probably already set up to work straight out of the box. If you're using a streaming app to watch a video and then you see this same AirPlay icon, all you must do is tap it and choose your TV to start AirPlay. On the TV, you could perhaps also see a code. On your iOS device, you'll need to type this code. Read: How To Mirror Android Device To Tv Without Wi-Fi Using the Apple Lightning Connector to HDMI Port Another way to mirror your iPhone screen is to use a cable to connect both devices. Apple's Lightning Connector connects the bottom port on your iPhone to an HDMI cable.Connect the device to your phone's Lightning port, plug an HDMI cable into your TV, and then plug this same HDMI cable through into Lightning Connector. Your screen is instantly shown on your TV.If you don't mind having to deal with all the wires, this method is quick and easy. You don't even need an Apple TV for this to work. To use this method, you'll need your TV to have at least one HDMI port. If you don't want to mirror anymore, just unplug the cables.You can use other connector cables that aren't made by Apple if you want to. But you can't be sure that it will work and be safe. If you want to make sure your devices don't get damaged, it's best to use the official product. Read: How to Reset Hisense TV with No Picture Is There an App to Mirror iPhone to TV? There are a few apps that let you wirelessly mirror your iPhone to a TV that doesn't work with AirPlay 2. Most of these apps, though, need a streaming device like a Roku or Chromecast in order to work. If you have one of these devices, you can usually mirror your iPhone just by using the software on that device. For example, you only need the Roku app on your iPhone to mirror it to Roku. Parting Words Last but not least, not everyone has Wi-Fi all the time. It's helpful to be able to mirror your iPhone to your TV without Wi-Fi. Yes, you shouldn't have to be connected to Wi-Fi to share what's on your phone on a bigger screen, and Apple gives you the chance to do just that! I hope this article help you to mirror phone now more easily. Frequently Asked Questions let's answer some of the most asked question from internet, regarding this issue. What is the difference between AirPlay and screen mirroring? AirPlay lets you stream content online without any problems, while Screen Mirroring mirrors a device's screen on another device with a bigger screen. Do you have to pay for AirPlay? Your iOS device already has AirPlay built in. There is no cost to use it. Does AirPlay affect sound quality? Sound quality is not changed by AirPlay. In fact, AirPlay can play large lossless audio files with high quality like ALAC. Is AirPlay 2 an app? AirPlay 2 is not an app; it is a feature that comes with all iOS devices.
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Loudest Bluetooth Speaker in 2023
In case you love to party, then you need to choose the loudest Bluetooth speaker in the market. SOUNDBOKs Go, JBL PartyBox 310 and Marshal Woburn II are some of the loudest Bluetooth speakers. Apart from these, other models are louder as well that is adequate for partying in large spaces. We have listed the top 10 loudest Bluetooth speaker available in different price range. Loudness of a speaker is measured in SPL (dB) and depends on the wattage. Most of the manufacturer lists the SPL in their specs list. Portability, Bluetooth strength and number of ports are some other factors to look into while choosing the loudest Bluetooth speaker. Table: Comparison of top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers Name Watts SPL Best for Category SOUNDBOKS Gen 3 3x72W 126dB Concerts Loudest Bluetooth speaker Sony SRS-XB43 12W Not mentioned Large parties Loudest Budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker   Anker Soundcore Rave Mini 80W 101dB Tailgating, camping Loudest portable Bluetooth speaker SOUNDBOKs Go 3x72W 121dB Long listening sessions Loudest upper mid-range Bluetooth speaker JBL PartyBox 310 240W 106.6dB (plugged in) DJs, karaoke Loudest mid-range Bluetooth speaker JBL PartBox 100 160W 104.7dB Movies, music Loudest lower mid-range Bluetooth speaker Marshal Woburn II 110W 110dB Deck, backyard Classy and loudest Bluetooth speaker ION Pathfinder 280 120W 100.5dB (measured) Tailgate parties Loudest affordable Bluetooth speaker Anker Soundcore Motion Boom 80W 93.1dB (measured) Camping, pool parties Loudest cheap Bluetooth speaker UE Hyperboom 229W 100dBC (max) Any place (roof, pool, yard, beach, indoor) Loudest portable Bluetooth speaker Most Loudest bluetooth Speaker: SOUNDBOKS Gen 3 [ds]-803-[/ds] Sound Quality: SOUNDBOKS Gen 3 is a large speaker that weighs around 15kg.  It has poplar cabinet that is covered with powder coated grille. although it has built-in handle, the speaker is still heavy to carry. You can place it on the ground or mount it on pole of tripod. The built-in hole helps in this case. On the corner of the speaker, you will see silicone balls that are used for extra protection. Although it doesn’t have any IP rating, the manufacturer claims the internal electronics to be splashproof. The speaker is quite durable and has good built. Driver Specifications: It has 2 10” woofers and a 1” tweeter inside the speaker. Performance: SOUNDBOKS Gen 3 is an expensive Bluetooth speaker that can get ‘crazy loud’. It is not needed to tune up the speaker to 100% volume for most cases which might otherwise show artifacts. It has decent soundfield and good dynamics. It shows clarity, details and can fill up large spaces. There is a Pulse Reflex Port in the speaker that boosts up the low ends. The speaker can play music or vocal-heavy content with good clarity. Bass heads will love this speaker as it has punchier low ends. This Bluetooth party speaker shows crisp and clear mids and highs. It has a V-shaped sound profile and is designed for large gatherings. Ease of use: You can choose one from Engage Bass+, Power, Indoor modes, or use the EQ options to adjust the sound. The mobile app is handy and easy to use. At 50% of volume level, the speaker can run up to 40 hours. In case you boost it up to 100% volume, it can run for 5 hours. The battery charges within only 3.5 hours. Along with Bluetooth, the speaker has 3.5 mm in and out, and 2 XLR in. Unfortunately like other loudest Bluetooth speakers, it doesn’t support multiple pairing so switching between devices isn’t possible. Pros Cons Extremely loud Longer battery life Intuitive app Can be used as PA speaker Versatile connectivity Heav   Best affordable loudest Bluetooth speaker: Sony SRS-XB43 [ds]-785-[/ds] Audio Quality: Sony SRS-XB43 Bluetooth speaker has sturdy build quality. The speaker is covered by net-like grille. It has IP67 rating, so it is protective against dust and water. Also, you can wash the speaker in case it gets dirty. LED strips on the speaker will bring on party mood. Driver specifications: It has 2 woofers and two 20mm tweeters. Performance: Sony SRS-XB43 is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers under $150. Along with loudness, it has a bass forward sound nature. Treble and midrange are precise enough to deliver crisp and clear sound. Drums, vocals, and other instruments have decent clarity to make the overall music enjoyable. Play it at mid volume level or pump it up to max, the speaker is under control without showing major distortions. It has impressive stereo separation and decent soundstage. Sony claims the X-Balanced speaker unit will improve the sound. It has excellent dynamics, and the speaker can be loud enough to fill up large spaces. For most cases 70% of the volume is more than enough. The speaker produces rich and detailed sound. It has excellent price to performance and is worth spending after. Ease of use: This loud Bluetooth speaker can run up to 24 hours or if you enable Extra Bass, then it will run for 14 hours. We think it’s more than enough for most people. With Sony app and Fiestable app, it is much easier to control the speaker as you sit back and relax. Although the speaker is not super lightweight, it is still easy to carry it around. It doesn’t have voice assistants, but you can still use them with your smartphone. Sony SRS-XB43 has several options that you can tweak including EQ, Live preset, Stamina along with multiple DJ effects. Pros Cons Light show EQ Speakerphone Flexible placement Portable No Wi-Fi   Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Quality Anker Soundcore Rave Mini comes with a handle so that it is easier to carry. It has beat-driven light show that you can change and control in the Light DJ option of the Soundcore app. You can choose from six lighting modes. The speaker has IPX7 rating so it will be resistant from water only and for most use case, it is alright. Performance Anker Soundcore Rave Mini has 2” tweeter, 5.25” woofer and 5.25” passive radiator. With SPL of 101 dB, the speaker can get quite loud. The BassUpTM feature ensures clean and tight low ends. With the Bass Boost settings, you can adjust the amount of whoomph you need. It produces rich sound with clarity in both indoor and outdoor places. The 80W amplifier runs the speaker to produce louder sound than its size. Use the EQ options to change overall sound easily. You can also enjoy party games with your friends. You can create more powerful sound by pairing two wireless Rave Mini speakers. Ease of use The speaker has a playback time of 18 hours which is long enough to go through a day. You can control the speaker with the Rave Mini mobile app. It supports multiple devices pairing so switching between devices is easy. Along with Bluetooth, it has ⅛-inch AUX and USB ports.   Pros Cons Louder EQ options Built-in USB Highly portable Good design No USB-C Loudest upper mid-range Bluetooth speaker: SOUNDBOKS Go [ds]-802-[/ds] Quality SOUNDBOKs Go is a compact speaker that weighs 9.2kg. Although it is not lightweight, still the speaker is easy to carry. It has a handle, and you can also include a carrying strap. It is made of ABS + Polycarbonate cabinet and grill. The electronics have IP65 rating. Driver specifications The speaker has a single 1” tweeter and a 10” woofer driver in it. Performance In case you are a fan of SOUNDBOKS but seek a loud Bluetooth speaker at reasonable price, the SOUNDBOKS Go is for you. The SOUNDBOKS Go can get very loud but not as much as the Gen 3. Still, we think its adequate enough for large crowds. In case you play the speaker in your backyard, it might poke the neighbors as well. This model has the main intention of being loud while lowering distortion. The speaker has a forward sounding treble and tight bass. Music is enjoyable with this model and if you want stereo sound, make sure to pair two of them. Although it has a poor soundstage, we think its alright as the speaker isn’t made for movies. While partying, enable the Power EQ for best performance. It has TeamUP feature that allows you to connect to 4 extra speakers. It is compatible with another SOUNDBOKs Go or Gen 3 models. To ensure synchronization and minimize latency between the speakers, SKAA mode helps. Ease of use The speaker has good control options including volume, JOIN, SOLO/HOST and BOND button. At mid volume levels, the speaker runs for 40 hours. If you play it at max volume, you can use it for 10 hours. The battery takes 3.5 hours to charge. Use the mobile app to adjust settings like Custom EQ, Bass+, Power, Indoor sound profiles. Pros Cons Louder 3.5mm port TeamUP feature Extra strap to carry Several settings No XLR ports Loudest mid-range Bluetooth speaker :JBL PartyBox 310 [ds]-806-[/ds] Quality Weighing around 17.4kg, the speaker isn’t something that you can carry everywhere with you. However, with the handle and wheels, it is much easier to drag. It has IPX4 rating and is splashproof. You can use it in the rain easily. Like other Bluetooth party speakers, it has two RGB light patterns that will bring on the mood. You can choose form 5 different light modes. The speaker body is made of plastic and a metal grille covers the drivers. Build quality is decent and suitable for outdoors. Along with placing it on the ground, you can it on the stand. Driver specifications: Inside the grille, it has two 2.5” tweeters and two 6.5” woofers. Performance: JBL PartyBox 310 is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers that you can use for karaoke. With JBL Pro Sound, the speaker can produce rich and detailed audio. This loudest Bluetooth speaker is best for music. It produces engaging stereo sound that is clear and very loud. For bass heads, use the Bass Boost feature. The low ends and overall audio performance is more than what we expected at this price point. It can loud enough to fill up a house party or any backyard. This JBL model is full of feature. You can add wireless dynamic mic or purchase Wireless Microphone Kit. Ease of use: The speaker has 18 hours of playback time by charging the battery for 3 hours only. You also have the option to plug it in. EQ options in the mobile app gives you access to change the sound as per your preference. JBL PartyBox app is very handy. It has several controls on the speaker including Bluetooth, Bass Boost, Sound Effect, Karaoke, etc.  The speaker allows you to connect a maximum of two compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS. You can also use the aux port. It has USB port that support USB MSC devices and can be used to charge USB supported device like smartphone. You will also find ¼” port for mic and another ¼” port that can be used for mic or guitar. Pros Cons Splashproof DJ control pad Impressive performance Louder Wireless pairing Average soundstage. Loudest lower mid-range Bluetooth speaker: JBL PartyBox 100 [ds]-740-[/ds] Quality JBL PartyBox 100 is smaller than the 310 model. It weighs 9.8kg and isn’t very portable. It has built-in handles but loses the wheels that are available in 310 model. For this weight, you won’t need the wheels anyway. Build quality is decent with plastic body and metal grille. It has rubber feet, and the handle is rubberized as well. The front has two RGB light rings and there are several patterns to choose from. It is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers under $300. Driver specification The speaker has two front-firing woofers and two tweeters. It has output power of 160W, but this is when the speaker is plugged in. When you are running this on battery, it gives out 100W. Performance Comparing JBL PartyBox 310 vs 100, the 310 is louder but the JBL 100 is still capable of producing room-filling sound. JBL PartyBox is a good sounding speaker that shows balanced sound profile if you can adjust the settings correctly. Although for best results, it is better to keep the speaker plugged in, the loud sound produced through internal battery is satisfactory as well. To produces deep and detailed sound with clarity when Bass Boost is enabled. This speaker has broad soundstage with clear vocals. So, in case you want a party speaker for watching videos or movies, JBL PartyBox 100 is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers out there. It can handle all types of contents with ease. Ease of use Multiple physical controls are available including Bass Boost, Mic Echo option, Bluetooth, volume, etc. Unlike other Bluetooth speakers, it doesn’t have any mobile app. So, you need to rely on physical controls. It’s battery life is up to 12 hours and charging time is 6.5 hours. Similar to JBL 310 PartyBox speaker, it has TWS that allows to connect 2 speakers. Pros Cons Intuitive physical controls Bass Boost option TWS feature Quite loud Good soundstage No EQ. Loudest affordable Bluetooth speaker: ION Pathfinder 280 [ds]-812-[/ds] Quality: The top of the speaker has a water-resistant compartment inside which you can charge your phone or place belongings like keys or wallet to keep them safe. On the front side there is another USB charger but that is for fast charging. The aesthetics is improved further with bright lights. It has IPX5 rating, so it is water-resistant but doesn’t have protection against dust. The speaker is portable with long handle and wheels to easily carry it outside. It is made of good quality plastic and covered by metal grilles. It feels sturdy and durable. Input ports are protected with rubber flaps. Driver specifications: It has 8” woofer and three 3” tweeters in the speaker. Performance: If you don’t have surround speakers and need an all-in-one solution, ION Pathfinder 280 is the best Bluetooth speaker. It can get very loud while maintaining accuracy. Although there is a Boom button for extended bass, we think you hardly need to use it. Low ends are clean and tight. The cost is reasonable, and the performance exceeds the cost. As the name suggests, the 280 stands for 280-degree wide sound dispersion. To have more powerful sound, you can connect multiple ION Audio speakers with the help of Wireless Stereo-Link feature. Connect another speaker to create stereo sound. The speaker has average soundstage and is good for outdoor usage and music. Ease of use: Use the ION Sound XP mobile app to easily control settings, light options and more. Inside the app under EQ option (Normal, Rock, Classical, Jazz, Country, Pop, and Bassa), there is a Boom Button, and you can adjust high, mids and lows. It has USB port for charging and a 3.5mm port for connecting devices. The speaker has 100 hours of rechargeable battery from a 10-hour charging time. In real life if the speaker doesn’t show 100 hours of playback, the longer battery life is still impressive. It is ideal for partying for several days. Unlike other Bluetooth speakers, this model has Radio and 16 built-in station presets. The speaker has several controls like Bluetooth, light, Boom, link button, etc. Pros Cons Bottle opener Portable with long handle Impressive performance Tighter bass Affordable Bluetooth latency is high   Loudest cheap Bluetooth speaker :Anker Soundcore Motion Boom [ds]-822-[/ds] Quality Anker Soundcore Motion Boom weighs around 2 kg and is easy to carry with the handle. It is mostly made of plastic and is covered by metal grille. The handle and speaker feet are wrapped with rubber for better stability and grip. Driver specifications The speaker drivers are made of pure 100% titanium and it has passive radiators on both side of it. Performance It uses BassUp feature to boost the low ends. The speaker handles music pretty well. It produces vocals and instruments with clarity. With balanced mids and clear highs, this loudest Bluetooth speaker produces engaging sound. Like other Anker Soundcore speakers, the Motion Boom has TWS with which you can pair another speaker to receiver stereo sound. Loudness is impressive and enough to fill up parties on the yard, by the beach or pool. The 9-band graphic equalizer improves the sound quality. Ease of use Anker Soundcore Motion Boom has an IP rating of IPX7. Along with being waterproof, it can float on water. Use the Soundcore app to select EQ modes, Voice mode, Treble Boost and other features to change the sound pattern. With a charge time of 4 hours, the speaker can run up to 24 hours. On the speaker there are multiple easy to use control like multifunctional button, volume, TWS button, Bluetooth, etc. It has a USB port for charging other devices. Instead of having any built-in voice assistants, it relies on voice assistants on the smartphone. Pros Cons Calling features Well built Portable Long battery lifetime EQ options No ports Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM   Quality UE Hyberboom has a IPX4 rating and is splashproof. It weighs around 6 kg but with the carrying strap, you can carry it from one place to another. The speaker sits vertically and has a rectangular shaped design. It is made of plastic and covered in fabric grille. Driver specifications It has two 4.5” woofers, two 1” tweeters, and two passive radiators. Performance It uses Adaptive EQ feature with which the speaker can detect via built-in microphone as you move it. Based on the place (backyard, patio, rooftop), it will adjust the sound. The speaker has clear vocals and can get loud without major distortion. It plays music pretty well with the balanced sound profile. Low ends are cleaner and punchier. If you need a loudest Bluetooth speaker with optical input, UE Hyperboom is best for you. It has good soundstage and has accurate sound representation. It can also handle movies and vocal-heavy contents easily. This is something attractive as most other Bluetooth speaker focus on music only. Ease of use It allows you to connect 4 devices, two through Bluetooth and other two through aux and optical inputs. Use the source selector to switch between them. With the use of app you can connect multiple UE speakers. It will work with Boom and Megaboom. Instead of having several buttons, the one-touch button allows you to play, pause, skip, create playlist. It has a battery life of 24 hours from a 2.6 hour of charging time. In real life, it can last up to 22 or 23 hours based on the volume level. Pros Cons Impressive soundstage Intuitive control buttons Good for movies and music Can connect multiple devices. Adaptive EQ Heavy Parting words: Which one is the loudest Bluetooth speaker with good sound quality? Well, UE Hyperboom, SOUNDBOKs Go and Marshal Woburn II are some of the loudest Bluetooth speaker. But along with choosing a speaker with high sound quality, other features are important as well. In case you need a loudest Bluetooth speaker that floats, Anker Motion Boom is a good choice. On the other hand, if you need a speaker to party for weeks then ION Pathfinder 280 is ideal for you. A loud speaker with optical input is UE Hyperboom. For indoor parties, a speaker with 70 to 80dB is adequate. For outdoors 110dB of SPL is a good choice. FAQ Are all Bluetooth speakers good for outdoor parties? Bluetooth speakers are best for outdoor parties, but it also depends on portability. If you want to carry it on your backpack, choose a speaker with low weight. On the other hand, if you simply need to take to the concert location, hall, then heavy weight will not matter. This is because, you will possibly take it in your car. A good handle and wheels will make it easy. Which speaker has the best battery life? Among the top 10 loudest Bluetooth speaker, ION Pathfinder 280 has the highest battery life of 100 hours. However, for most cases a 12 hour of battery life is more than enough. In case you are a professional DJ, you can choose one with your personal preference.
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How to Turn on Sony Soundbar without Remote
You have bought a Sony soundbar so that you can enjoy the deep range bass as well as surround sound. However, you can't find the remote, which results in mixed and bad settings. Yet, there's nothing to worry about.  Even if you lose your Sony soundbar's remote and it doesn't have a power button on it, you can turn it on and still use it. Here, I tried to write down all of the ways you can turn on your Sony soundbar without having to use a remote. Turning on a Sony Soundbar Without a Remote In some cases, you'll need to use the remote control to get the most out of your Sony soundbar. So, if you lose the remote, you won't be able to do some things until you get another. But that doesn't have to happen. The best way to use your Sony Soundbar without a remote is to connect it to your TV. It will work with your TV once you get it set up. Then, you only need your TV remote to control both the TV and the soundbar. There isn't much to worry about if you lose the remote or if the power button on the soundbar doesn't work for some reason. The TV can control it if you have already synced it before the remote control is gone, so you can control it that way. Method 1: Power Switch on Soundbar The first thing you need to check is whether the soundbar has a power switch button. It is usually in the bottom right-hand corner of the sound bar. The manual can help you figure out which button to use if there are a lot of different ones. In most cases, the power button is embossed, and it looks like this icon. Try pressing all the buttons on the soundbar one by one if there are more than one in the bottom right corner and you don't have the manual. You'll see LED lights blink if you press the power button. As soon as you find the power button, press and hold it until the LED light turns on. Method 2: Connect to TV To turn on the sound bar, connect and sync the sound bar to your TV. An optical cable or an HDMI cable can help you connect the two. Then, turn on the TV and enjoy your show. Go to the TV setting and choose CEC and turn on HDMI. A TV remote will be able to do all of this. If that doesn't work, here is another way to connect the soundbar to the TV and use the TV's remote to control it. To avoid any problems, ensure sure the devices are properly connected to the TV before to turning it on. When you turn the TV on, go to the settings and turn it on. Select the Sony soundbar as the sound source and close the settings. This will enable you to use the TV remote to control the soundbar's volume and other functions. Method 3: Sony Soundbar Control App If you have a smartphone, you can turn your Soundbar on or off, without the remote. For Android users, you will go to the Google app store and look for the Soundbar remote app there. To use this app, you need to install it on your Android phone and turn on the sound. If you have an iPhone, you need to go to the Apple App store and look for your Soundbar remote app. Then, download and install it. It's then that you can turn on your Soundbar through your iPhone, and you can do that. As soon as you don't find your Soundbar remote app there, you need to get the universal Soundbar remote app instead. The universal soundbar remote app will most likely solve your problem, and you can use your smartphone or iPhone as the soundbar remote to control your soundbar. You can not only turn on or off your Soundbar with the help of that app, but you can also change the volume of your soundbar with the help of that app. Method 4: Universal Remote Control You can buy a universal remote if the other methods don't work for your sound bar. In the same way that the remote-control app works, a universal remote does the same thing. The infrared signal from the universal remote to the Sony soundbar goes through the universal remote and back again. It is important to remember that the closer the two devices are to each other, the better they work together. Universal remotes can be bought at your local electronics store for less money, but if you want the best performance, you should buy a substitute universal remote from a Sony dealer. Remote not working You can also buy a universal remote if the other methods don't work. A universal remote works in the same way as the remote-control app. The infrared signal from the universal remote to the Sony soundbar travels through the universal remote and back to the Sony soundbar. Because the two devices are close together, they can connect better. This is important to keep in mind! It is better to buy a new universal remote from a Sony dealer than from a store that sells them. Contact Sony Support Call Sony support if you still don't understand what's going on and they'll help you figure it out. These people can help you find better options based on the model of your soundbar. To turn on your Sony soundbar, you don't need to use your remote at all! In at least one of these ways, you'll be happy. Conclusion If you don't have the remote to turn on the Sony soundbar, these are good ways to do so. Sony support should be called if all of this doesn't work. The problem may be more than just a lost remote control, and it may need to be fixed. If you just lost the remote control for your soundbar, then these steps from our experts will help you get it back. Frequently Asked Questions How do I turn on my soundbar? The first thing you'll do is connect your soundbar to an electricity source. This will make your soundbar start up. The power button on the soundbar or the soundbar remote control can be used to turn it on if it's still not turned on. Your soundbar will start up, so you can connect it to any of your devices and watch your favorite TV show, music, or movie. Can I control my Soundbar with my TV remote? If you have a Sony soundbar and a Sony TV, it might work if you use the same brand. Mostly, it doesn't work. In this case, when you lower the volume on your TV, your soundbar will automatically lower its volume as well. This is because your soundbar gives you the sounds from your TV. Can I control my Soundbar with my phone? It's true that you can use your phone to control your sound bar. In order to do this, you will need to download the soundbar remote control app to your phone and then use it. It can see in the dark. The most advanced Android phones have infrared. If you have an old Android phone, it won't work.
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How to Hide Speaker Wire
In today's society, if you want to make your home theater look good or just set up your computer with PC speakers, you have to deal with the wires. There are a lot of wires all over the place, which makes it hard to keep things looking good and match them to your own tastes. At the very least, you should hide those wires. To get the look you want, how far are you willing to go to get it? What are you willing to spend? There are many ways to solve this problem. I'll go over them in this article. Precautions: Before we begin to hide the Speaker Wires, make sure that all of your cables are removed and ready to be reconfigured. Make sure you have all the tools you'll need for your little DIY cleaning projects, like wire strippers, a tape measure, ruler, pliers, a utility knife, drills, and any other tools you think are important. If you reside in a leased house, be sure to get permission from your landlord before beginning any drilling into your walls. Best Ways to Hide Speaker Wire and Audio Cables Some ideas for hiding speaker wires are shown here Use existing room décor If you want to hide the speaker wires on a budget, you can use what you already have. In a room with posters or other art on the walls, you can run speaker wires behind them to surround speakers that are behind them. Some of the wires can be hidden with things like curtains, plant pots, and decorations. The best way to move your home decor is to fit your TV-Speaker connections behind your TV stand, or place your wall-mounted stand so that it covers the path from your speaker wires to the nearest power outlet. This will not hide them completely, but it is a simple and effective way to get rid of them. Run the speaker wires above your ceiling If you have a suspended ceiling or haven't yet constructed a drywall ceiling, this choice is very convenient. In a home theater, speaker wire can be run through the ceiling joists or suspended from a cable tray that can be bought at a hardware store. In order to match the wall color of your speakers, you may paint the wires that connect them. Tuck Speaker Wire between Carpet and Baseboard There are likely baseboards in your home if you have carpet. To make room for carpeting, baseboards are often installed a little off the ground. Under the carpet and the baseboard, there should also be space for a tack strip to be able to move. This is a great place to run speaker wire around and between rooms. If you have a piece of wire, try to slip it between the rug and the baseboard with your hands. If the space is tight, use a small screwdriver as well as ruler to gently push the wire toward the wall until it shows no more. If everything goes as planned, measure and lay out enough cabling so that the speakers can get to the stereo. Keep the wires out of sight before you connect them to the terminals. As long as this method is simple for most people, some people might have trouble getting the wires in between the carpet and the baseboard. Use a pair of pliers to pull up a piece of carpet slowly from one end. You should be able to see all the wood flooring, the tack strip, and the gap between the wall as well as the tack strip. The tack strip is sharp, so be careful (underneath the baseboard). When you slide the speaker wire into the hole, push the carpet edge down on the tack strip. You should keep making your way around until all the speaker wire you want to hide is hidden. Home Theater Wiring Tips Speaker Wire Tape If you don't want to cut holes in walls or run wires through walls, then just a flat speaker wire tape seems to be the best way to hide your wires. It looks like ribbon and can be used in the same way that packaging tape does. It opens up when you remove the tape's backing. This side of the tape is strong enough to stick to almost anything. This sticky side can be used on any flat surface. Because wires are very flexible and thin, folks can use the tape to wrap the wire around it completely, even in the corner. You can even paint the outside of the tape so that it matches the color of the baseboard or wall it is next to. The most common type of speaker wire is 16 gauge and has either two or four conductors. For people who want to cover two-amp speaker wires, the four-conductor option is the best choice for you. You also need to buy terminal blocks with two pairs of wires for each speaker if you use these wires. Connect the flat copper wire on the opposite side of each terminal block, while the other end is clipped to the rear of the speaker's standard speaker cord. Use Cable clips If you want to attach speaker cables to the baseboards in your room, you can also use cable clips with built-in nails to do it. These are cheap and very easy to use and set up. When it comes to cable clips, most of them come with self-adhesive, which is great. To put the clips in place, you don't have to drill them into the wall. This makes them very useful if you rent a home. It's easy to overlook cable clips because of their modest size, and you may use whatever many you like. If you want to buy ones that can be nailed to the wall, this is also possible and is the best way to keep them there for a long time. Remove the clips and make sure the self-adhesive doesn't peel off the paint on the walls when you do. It's also not completely hidden in this case, although they are completely out of the way. Cable Organizers and Cable Concealers While there are many ways to hide surround sound speaker cables, few of them work as well as cable organizers and concealers do. Such tools are easy to use and hide the wire so it doesn't look awkward. Because these products are also cheap, they are both a good deal. That kind of means that you don't have to spend loads of money or time to hide all of your speaker wires. Many options, like corner ducts, come with extras like pre-applied adhesive backing, within and without corners, tee reducers, and fittings. These things can help you make your wire management look the way you want it to. Use Guide Systems A guide system is like a cable holder in that it doesn't hide the cords. Use them to make a trail for cables or wires on the wall or floor. They are outside tools, like cable clamps, that you can use to make the trail. It's good for people who have a lot of thick wires which will be hard to hide with the other tricks. The cable guide systems are beneficial to them. You won't be able to have a wire-free space with guide systems, but they will make your floor cleaner. Guide To Home Theater System Make the best use of your Doorways In general, there are some things that you can do with a doorway, like: In some cases, you might have wires that are just in the way of a doorway or are going to another room. You can use wire covers or runners to hide the wires. Even so, there is another way to use doorways. If you want, you can also hide wires around the doorway by running them through the door frame. This will take a few steps. You should keep in mind that this is going to be a more difficult process as well. Remove the molding or trim because it is at the top of the door and throw it away. Take the nails out as well. Small holes should be made in the wall just behind the trim. The holes should be big enough for your wire to fit through. An electric saw can be used for this. There should be a hole in the wall near the top of the door frame. Find this hole and feed a long string or chain through it. Then, run the string or chain behind the wall to the open baseboard underneath the door. A chain or a strong string can then be used for the next step. You can then use this to feed the cord through a door frame and down to the other side. Keep the wire in place behind the baseboard by running it through a wire raceway or runner, like this one. In this step, put back all the trim or baseboard you took down earlier, making sure to put everything back where you took it down. Corner Duct Raceways In most circumstances, speaker wire tape is a good choice, but some people prefer something else. The corner duct cable raceway is a cheaper alternative to wire tape. It can be used for industrial, commercial, and residential projects to store and hide cables in the corner of the living room or cables that operate from the ceiling to the floor. These duct raceways are good at keeping cables as well as speaker wires neat and safe from damage. This not only hides the ugly speaker wire, but it can also fit most types of cables or power cords. Most of these concealers come in a unique three-sided design. These tools also come with a pre-applied adhesive backing which will help you when you're putting them together. But nevertheless, you may need more screws or glue for some projects. Using the triangle-shaped ducts, you can connect them to right-angle walls. The third hypotenuse side mostly has a snap-on cover that makes it easier to put in the duct. Because of its simple design and ease of use, the raceway is ideal for quick cable upkeep and allows you to avoid any internal damage to the wall when you remove the cable from a corner duct. Finally, you can paint these to match your wall. Use Flat Adhesive Speaker Wire If you don't want to cut holes in the walls or run wires through the walls, flat speaker wire could be the way to go. If you want to make a wire that looks and moves like ribbon or packaging tape, you can use Sewell's Ghost Wire. When you peel off the backing, you can see the advanced manufacturing adhesive side, which can stick to almost any flat surface. Because this wire is versatile and very thin, you won't have any trouble going around corners. If you want to match the wall or baseboard color, you can paint the side that is visible to the outside world. Flat speaker wire is usually made of 16-gauge wire with two or four conductors. This wire is best for people who want to bi-wire or bi-amp their speakers, because it can be used for both. When you use this kind of cord, you'll really need some flat wire terminal blocks to connect the wires (one pair for each speaker). There are two terminal blocks on each side. One side of each one clips to the flat copper wire, and the other side clips to the regular cable for speakers. Then, carefully measure and put in the flat speaker wire. After which, you can paint. Snake Through Walls and Ceiling It will take some time if you want to put in-wall or ceiling speakers in your home. Make sure you think about whether in-wall or in-ceiling speakers are better for your home before you start. If you don't think you do that kind of project on your own, you might want to hire a contractor. It takes a lot of planning to setup in-wall and in-ceiling sound systems because there are a lot of things to think about. But what did happen? It will not only be impossible to see the speaker wires, but you might also have your speakers flush as well as hidden in walls. As long as you don't have or plan to use speakers that are built into the walls or ceilings, you can still run speaker wires through walls and ceilings. Some times, it's easier to cut small holes in the walls, particularly if your stereo receiver can control speakers in several rooms. If you want your wires to look clean and classy, are using speaker wall plates. These plates look like power outlet covers, but they have binding posts or spring clip terminals for several sets of speakers. Some even have HDMI ports, which are great for home theater systems. Take advantage of light strips If you like pretty lights more than painting, cover the speaker wires with flexible LED light strips. They come in different lengths, lumens (brightness), temperatures, output colors and materials. LED light strips also have a lot of different options. AC wall adapters can be used to charge some of them, while USB power can be used for others. All but a few come with remotes, and some of them can be controlled with a smartphone app. With all these kinds of lights on the walls, you could indeed run speaker wires along them and no one will know. You should please remember that many light strips are LEDs with a peel-away backing which lets them stick to things. Hook the hooks to the wall where you want them, hang the speaker wire behind or under the LED light strips, plug everything in, and afterwards enjoy the atmosphere! Camouflage With Paint If you have wall-mounted speakers, like a multi-channel surround system, you should expect wire to run up the walls. You can hide wires between carpets and base boards, but if you don't have the option of doing that, wires from any speaker may still have to run horizontally along walls. Paint these cords so they don't stand out as much. Check first if you're not sure if you can use a staple gun when you rent a place and you can use nails to hang things. Among other things, you'll need a lot of staples, twist or zip ties (twist are better because you can remove them at any time), paint brushes, and paint to match your walls. Make sure the speaker wires are straight and flush with the walls prior to actually painting them. But instead of using a staple gun to pin wires, staple the twist/zip ties together with a staple gun instead. A tie should be hung wherever you want the speaker cord to be before you staple the tie across the middle. After which, place the wire just above staple and tie the tie. This is how it should look. Putting the speaker wire together with a staple doesn't cause any damage because you're not. Every few feet, do this. Trim extra tie lengths with such a pair of scissors to make the tie fit better. When you're done, paint the wires as well as ties in the same color as the walls to hide them. For example, if you need to move or remove wires, there are only small staple holes left behind. This is the best thing about this method. Hide Speaker Wire Behind Your Baseboard This is, of course, one of the more complicated options. In general, it's not the best thing for most people. However, if you're good with your hands, you could go this way. To do this: First, you need to cut the paint seal where the wall meets the molding with either a utility knife or a razor, so you can remove the molding. Take down the base moldings next. This is where you'll be running the speaker wire on your wall. Starting at the first stud of molding is the best way to get the molding off. Keep shaking one stop of the pry bar in between the drywall and the molding. Then, you have to be very careful when you pull back to remove the molding from the wall. Continue to do this for each stud until all of your molding is gone. To keep the molding from blemishing or cracking, be very gentle when you do it. It's time to put the molding in a place where it won't get damaged. It would be smart to keep them in order, so you can put them in the same place they were before. You might want to write the number on the back just in case. Now you have two options. You can look for the part of the floor that meets the wall. Between the wall and the edges of planks, hardwood flooring usually has a little extra space. This gives the flooring space when it grows. Run the wire through this space and cover it with molding if that's what you want to do. Yet, there is always the chance that your wood will expand and damage your speaker wire at some point in the future. I don't think it's very likely, though. As another option, you can also run the wire through a hole you make in the wall behind the molding. There is also a lot of molding you can buy that has channels on the back, so you can run your wires through them. The next step is to hide your speaker wire. After you figure out where to hide it, carefully run the wire through your channel. Finally, you'll need to put the molding back in place very carefully. You should try to put each strip of molding in the same place it was before to make sure everything fits together. Explore other panel molding options. At about mid-height, chair-rail molding can be used to hide speaker cables. It can also be used to make the walls look nicer. Consider Chair Rail Molding Most people know about crown molding, which are the interior pieces that match the ceiling and the wall. The molding that goes across the middle of the walls is called Chair Rail Molding or wainscotting. People often paint the walls so that the color above the chair rail is different from the color below. Many types of chair rail molding have a design that makes speaker wires to be tucked away under the molding. This makes living spaces look more modern and cleaner. To install chair rail molding, you will need a lot of thought and planning. Measure the walls to figure out how much molding to buy. To make sure the chair rails stay in place, you need to find the studs first. Pieces need to be cut very carefully so that all the ends connect with each other in the same way. Also, there are things to do like sand, finish, and paint the house, too. The speaker wires should be run through in a safe way if they need to. Go Wireless (when possible) You can get rid of some cables by going wireless. You can go wireless if you want to hide speaker wire. This is a fantastic way to do it because there are no wires at all. These things can be used to make this happen. Speakers, keyboards, mice, and other things of that kind can be used. You'll only need Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-enabled ones that can send signals from your computer or mobile device without wanting to stay plugged in, like when you use an HDMI or optical cable to connect your computer or device. These usually cost a little more than other surround sound speakers. In other words: They might be good to think about. They have a lot of connections, but they will need to be charged often to stay connected. Final Thoughts We hope that this article has been helpful to you, and we thank you for reading it. This is why it is important to hide the speaker wires that are a part of every audio system. There are many ways to do this. Some are simple and cheap, while others are hard and expensive. Even though, if you want to put the wires into the walls, we'd rather you hire a pro. Most of the time, these options aren't too pricey, and they do a good job of keeping the wires neat and hidden. And in the end, you will have a clean and tidy room that lets you focus on what's important, which is great sound! Connect External Speakers to TV without Audio Output Frequently Asked Questions How do you hide speaker wire in drywall? There is a way to hide speaker wires in drywall. You can drill holes through the drywall, and then the studs, to get them through. They can then be recovered through the wall where you want to connect them. How do you hide speaker wire on hardwood floors? When you have hardwood floors, there are two options: You can either use rugs or flat adhesive wires and paint wood texture over them, or you can use raceways that look like wood. What gauge is speaker wire? As a general rule, a speaker cable is 12 to 16 gauge for long connections, and 18 gauge is the standard for short connections. Is flat speaker wire good? They are more flexible and low-profile than round cables, making them easier for installers to work with, especially if you want to run your cables through the wall or under the carpet.
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