Home Theater Setup for Dummies

Home Theater Setup for Dummies

Anthony Nguyen
Jan 4, 2011

If you're one of the lucky few who got to open a brand new, gift wrapped HDTV or surround sound system over the holidays, you'll want to make sure everything is calibrated and up to par with today's entertainment standards. We've gone ahead and made it dead simple - using the combination of Dolby's interactive app and visual guides that makes setting up that new home theater dead simple.

Dolby's interactive guide makes good use of the viewing distance guide Taryn provided a few months back. While we understand that the larger the screen is, the further back we should sit, it's nice to have an interactive app that also helps us with the rest of the parameters of the home theater, especially speaker angles and listening distance.

You can choose from a number of sound system setups, depending on your current equipment (2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 are available). Dolby then provides a list of listening distances so you can get a better idea on where to put that sofa. It also explains the role of the speakers and why audiophiles often obsess about the "sweet spot" while listening to music.

You can have a go at the app over here.

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