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There are a lot of decisions to make when installing surround sound in your new entertainment area. Where should I put the speakers? What kind of surround sound do I want? What is 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound vs. 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound?
Your new entertainment system is going to cost a lot of money. TV, speakers, and receiver can all cost thousands separately and by the time it's all said and done with you could buy a car for the price of a good system. Therefore, let's make sure, at the very least, the new surround sound system is properly installed by a professional that is going to make sure you new surround sound system is united and works in harmony to create the home entertainment experience you have been looking for.
Home Sound System Installation Costs
The average costs for surround sound system installation is $125 to $700. These costs vary greatly depending on the complexity of the installation. The lower end of the spectrum is for a basic, quick hookup from the speakers to the television, using wiring you have already run to the proper location, and does not include mounting speakers in the corners of the rooms, running wire, etc.
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Things to Consider
How many satellite speakers will I need to set up? Will I have 5 satellite speakers for 5.1 Dolby Digital or 7 speakers for 7.1 Dolby Digital? A couple of extra speakers could be an extra $100 to mount. What is the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 regarding sound quality? 5.1 VS. 7.1 surround
Do you need speaker wires to be run along the baseboard and walls? Or was the speaker wire pre-run during prior to construction of the room. If you did run wire you will save on paying for the home theatre installation company to run wire and secure it the floor, wall, or ceiling. If you happen to be in construction phase and want to run your own speaker wire but don't know how to do it you can learn about the basics of home theatre speaker wiring here.
How big is the room where the speakers will go? Good speaker cable will cost $1 to $1.50 per foot. Lesser quality cable can be purchased for $.35 to $1 per square foot. Do not be frugal when it comes to the quality of the wire if you spent a lot of money on speakers! A high quality connection is important in delivering high quality sound! A chain is as strong as its weakest link. Do not let the cable be the chink in the armor of your expensive surround sound system. Shop speaker wire prices and compare user reviews here