If you want the perfect surround sound installation, you have many options.
We’d like to cover three of those options for you here today.
If, after reading this article, you decide we should help you with your installation please call or email.
You can definitely look for something off the shelf do your own surround sound installation.
If that’s what you’d like to do, we recommend checking out a bunch of online reviews before you buy your equipment.
One great article is Crutchfield’s article about surround sound and systems (at least is a great article as of September, 2017).
So, depending on the size and complexity of your project, as well as your background, you might be able to install your own surround sound system.
This is probably especially true if you’re just installing the sound in one room. In one room, you can get a good idea of how the sound will be laid out. It’s pretty straightforward to install surround sound if you are keeping it simple for yourself. (Where it gets more difficult is multiple inputs, wanting multiple sources of audio, etc.)
Here’s an example of a YouTube video you could watch to educate yourself on the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound
This is probably the most expensive way to go if you want a surround sound system.
You’ll probably pay full retail price (rather than getting wholesale discounts through a company like Lighthouse Technologies – which we often pass along to help save money on your projects).
And even if you didn’t, you might get hooked up with some great system somewhere (garage sale, ebay, found on the side of the road, etc.).
The problems with this are many, but might include:
And even if neither of those are true, when you bring a system to someone who is a professional installer, you might be bringing them gear that they’re not familiar with. You might end up paying more for them to take the time to learn about the off-brand system
When you hire a professional company to install your surround sound system, you’re not only buying their service, you’re also buying their expertise.
Look for a company that is trained and licensed, with an excellent track record.
You’re not just buying their labor, you may also be getting their:
They should be able to provide you with:
A good AV company can handle your installation. You may be surprised by how great the experience is!
(At least that’s been the experience of many of our previous customers.)