Thanks to easy access to online how-to videos and manuals, you may be tempted to put in your own home theater sound system. Don't. While you are happily humming away on your project, thinking about how much you have saved, you may actually be putting yourself - not to mention your wallet - in harm's way. Here are four reasons why it really does pay to hire professional audio equipment installers instead of tackling the home-theater job yourself.
Risk of Electrocution
Electrocution can happen even to professionals, and this is one area where you really, really don't want to make a mistake – incorrect electrical wiring could prove fatal. When you wire up a home theater, you have to know all about your home's wiring as well as the wiring for the theater itself. Unless this is a simple plug-in and go system, hire someone to do the wiring or risk electrical burns or even death.
Wiring Speakers is Harder than You Think
Correctly wiring speakers and a sound system is a science in and of itself. You need to ensure that you have the right gauge and type of wire, the correct polarity, connections, and be able to hook up the speakers to the amplifier and other digital devices. If you make mistakes during the wiring, you could blow out your system or speakers.
Better Sound Quality
The ultimate goal is to have a great sounding system, but it's not a simple matter of setting up good speakers haphazardly. The room itself has a great deal to do with the quality of the sound within it. A professional audio equipment installer will be able to measure the sound quality, and add buffers where needed, such as in corners. (Corners are notorious for enhancing low frequencies that can drown out higher frequencies.) An installer can check that you have correct soundproofing and will have the tools to measure sound quality itself.
Most people opt for recessed speakers for their home theaters, and this can be a difficult task. Recessed speakers can distort and muffle sound if not installed correctly and require a lot of skill to install. Unless you have knowledge about carpentry, as well as sound quality and wiring, recessed speakers are a job for the pros. Additionally, you want the final result to look like a professionally installed theater, as well as sound like one.
These are just four reasons why, in the long run, it's best to let a professional handle your sound needs for your home theater.