Whether you're setting up a new home or you just bought a state of the art entertainment system, you should know how to set up the equipment properly. This means not only getting all the wires hooked up the right way so that the individual devices actually work, but also how to set the system up without it looking tacky. There's nothing worse than an entertainment system that's set up clumsily, with wires poking out every which way. It throws the entire look of the room off. The following are some tips to help you set up that room and entertainment system properly.
When you're ready to start setting up you electronics equipment properly, it might help to get a pencil and piece of a paper and design a mock-up of the room you're in. Unpack all the equipment and set the components to the side. This is so you know how big they are and so you can visualize them in their individual positions. With the pencil and paper, play with scenarios of where the stereo should go, the speakers, the surround sound speakers, the flat screen television, the X Box, Playstation 3, Wii, Blue Ray player, or whatever else you have to set up. When you're satisfied with your design, start setting up, paying attention to dangle the wires directly behind each component.
Wires should be positioned behind the components so they don't show. If possible, put them onto shelves with the cardboard backing that you can poke holes and thread the wires through those holes. This does wonders for hiding your wires so they're not noticeable and ugly. Now, start plugging the various wires into the separate components. You may have to use adapters or lengtheners to hook up the components to a sound system, such as the ones that allow you to hook everything up to your stereo for ultimate surround sound. Just make sure any long cords are tucked away. Use rubber bands to tie them in half if you have to.
Speaking of rubber bands, when you're finished setting up all of your electronics equipment, use rubber bands, or zip ties, to bundle all the wires together. This alleviates the problem of having the wires that must show look disorderly. When you bundle them together, they look like one big wire, provided they're all the same color. If wires do have to show, find a small plant or something to cover them up. It's amazing what you can hide with a strategically placed knick knack or house plant.
There you have it. That's how to set up a room with electronics equipment that's both fun and easy. It's important to plan before you actually start setting up because you don't want to keep moving pieces around. They could get damaged, marked up and you'd be creating much more work for yourself. So plan first, write down every detail, where every component is going to go and every wire. Make sure you bundle your wires together and make sure all the wires are connected properly. Then, when everything's hooked up, you can sit in your recliner or comfortable couch and enjoy the ultimate movie, video game, or music experience.
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