How to Test Your Home Theater

Now that you’ve got the ideal home theater constructed, it’s time to test it out. The tests ensure that your television speakers produce clear, precise sounds. It also allows you to make a few tweaks in the system before you sit down and enjoy it. Here are a few things you need to test your home theater.

Test Your Speakers

You need to test your speakers before you do anything else. You want to make sure you didn’t mix anything up, such as your left speaker with your right. Here’s an example of what the test does. Keep in mind that your home theater setup and controls might be different.

Place your system in “Stop” mode.
Locate the menu and arrow or move down to “Audio.”
Click on this and then choose the “Test Tone” option.

The tester will go through every speaker beginning with the left one and ending with the subwoofer. If you don’t hear a tone for any of your speakers, you need to service the system. You can readjust the speaker wires by making sure they’re plugged in correctly. Repeat the test until every speaker gives off a tone.

Test Your Surround Sound

You can improve your speakers’ surround sound by placing them in specific locations in the room. For instance, if you have five speakers and a subwoofer for surround sound, you can place your speakers in these locations:

One speaker in front of the television but positioned within the center of it
One speaker on the left and right of the television and even with the center speaker
The subwoofer between the television and left speaker

You can also go on the brand of your home theater’s website for additional help. Most name brands provide a “how to set up your speakers” instructional guide. The guide works for 5.1, 7.1 and 9.1 surround sound speakers.