Since the early ‘90s, surround sound has become the gold standard among home theater setups. The only problem for homeowners is that all the wires can make surround sound setup a mind-numbingly arduous task.
Wires are a necessary evil in most surround systems, especially in ones that are going for a high-quality sound. Fortunately, there are many efficient, mess-free ways of handling surround home theater setup that doesn’t involve wire spaghetti poking out from behind your couch or entertainment center.
1. Go Wireless
Wireless systems do away with all speaker wires, but they are not strictly wireless, per se. Most speakers need an AC power adapter plugged in, meaning you will have to have outlets in just the right spots or contend with extension cords.
Making matters worse, low-end wireless sound signals can get distorted by other signals like WiFi, 4G or cellular. The end result is a lower-quality sound on a system that can cost much more than a better-sounding wired setup. There are certainly options out there that avoid such problems, like a SONOS system, but exploring wired options first may be worth your while.
2. Use a CordMate
CordMate and similar products are used for discretely running wires. These devices tuck the cords neatly into a neutral colored rubber channel that can be adhered along baseboards, wall corners or ceiling edges with minimal visibility. They can also be painted to match your decor.
3. Use a Flat Speaker Wire
Many manufacturers like Monster offer a flat version of their speaker wire, making it easier to disguise underneath carpet or along room perimeters. Some, like Sewell’s Ghost Wire are completely flat, whereas others have a small profile just a few millimeters thick. Gluing or taping the wire along its route can allow you to paint it to match its respective surface.
4. Run Speaker Wire Along Baseboard or Moulding
The next level of involvement from simply “dealing” with the cords is to tuck them along convenient channels located within the architecture of your house. Namely, you can run wire under baseboards or hide it inside crown moulding if you have either feature. This process requires a bit of delicate removal and replacement of the trim, but it does not necessarily need a professional.
5. Run Wires Internally
By far the most slick but complex and involved option, running wires under floors, through ceilings or between stud bays involves a lot of work and professional know-how, but the end results are far worth it. You can even install integrated speaker wire input receptacles in your wall or floor, just like you would an electrical outlet.
Assuming you don’t intend to rearrange your home theater room drastically every few months, this method allows for convenient, invisible access to speaker wire conduits. You also have the option to install the speakers directly into walls or ceilings. Putting a subwoofer in the floor is a great idea, too!
Naturally, the drawbacks are that you will likely need a professional installer, adding installation costs, but the end results are nothing short of impressive. Whether you have the desire to fish wire lines yourself or invest in a professional team to do it for you, integrating home wiring is the direction to go for a truly professional surround sound systems set up
Find Out Which Wire-Hiding Approach Is Right for Your Home Theater Setup
To discuss all of these options and which one would be best for your home theater goals, you can consult with a business that does professional surround sound installation in Scottsdale like Infinity HD.
Get the best strategy for your surround sound system setup. Request a free estimate or call Infinity HD today at (480) 787-0443.