Of course you want surround sound. But what about hiding the cables? And which cables are best? Here's your complete guide on home theater wiring.

Even if you aren't a celebrity you may just get to enjoy your movies like one when you upgrade to a home theater. Actors from Melanie Griffith to Beverly Hills billionaires have home theaters as a standard in their opulent dwellings. 

Plus, it's never been easier to upgrade to a home theater. The only challenge with home theaters these days is making sure you get them setup right. And designing a home theater using cables and cords properly can be confusing for some. 

There's no doubt you will need to know how to wrap cords and cable properly, choose between HDMI and other types, and design your system for the best performance. 

Wondering how to get your home theater wiring just right? Let us show you. 

Here goes:

Use the Best to Get the Best 

Too many home theater enthusiasts invest their hard earned money in the best equipment but don't pay attention to the quality of their cords and cables. With the high demands for great sound quality, picture quality, and an integrated system with all your components, it's essential to have the right cords.

Some standard system cords won't deliver the picture performance your components are capable of. If you have ever tried to watch a beautiful television without the proper High Definition connection it can be miserable. 

The picture is blurry and too magnified for the size of the screen. The same is true with improperly installed speaker cables and components.

If what you are aiming for is a surround sound experience like the movie theater the wrong cables and placement can bring hissing and popping-- not to mention the subpar sound quality all around.  

You just invested in the best components, screens, and content. If you make sure your cords are consistent and high quality, the equipment will perform accordingly. 

Estimating Amounts 

As you are planning your home theater installation and placing TV, speakers, and components where you think you want them you will be starting to think about your order. 

Especially for home theater wiring projects that will be done through the walls to hide cords and cables, the question becomes: how much do I need?

When estimating the amount of cable and cord you need it is wise to add 20% to the amount. These connections should be close without being tense.   

Adding to your estimate will ensure you have the right amount.  

Stay Safe

Remember when you are dealing with a home theater wiring project you are working with materials that could cause electrocution or fire if mishandled. Pay attention to all your manufacturer recommendations as well as your local fire and building regulations when performing a home theater wiring project.

You will want to make sure that all components are unplugged from power sources before beginning any work as well. Because of all the components involved, it can be easy to miss something and get a shock down the road.  

Double-check to make sure everything is unplugged. Staying safe means making sure the cords and connections you use are in full compliance.  

Not only could you risk danger during the installation, but you also could cause fire or damage to home and equipment if you don't perform carefully. 

Think About Expansion 

We all know about High Definition (HD) picture screens. But did you know those pictures are about to get even clearer? 

Japan hopes to have 8K HD technology in place in time for the 2020 Olympics.  

If you review technology changes over just the past 20 years there is no doubt that there will be the next great thing when it comes to home theaters. Remember this as you conduct your home theater wiring installation.  

When wiring your home theater through the walls you should keep alterations and expansion in mind down the road. Wires should be easily removed, altered and changed.  

This will save you from a large drywall and wall alteration down the road. Make sure you can make changes as you go-- every home theater changes over time. 

Make sure you can adapt to technology as it comes available and your investment will last longer as a result. 

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Make sure that you have a surge protector or an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) at the hub of our home theater wiring design. Not only is this option safer for you and your home, it also will protect your equipment.

An electrical storm or power surge at the wrong time could do damage to your equipment. Protect them with the basic electrical protection.

Do It Yourself?  

If you are planning an in-wall wiring project it is important to design the wiring and components before you begin. Figuring it out as you go can spell disaster for your equipment and your walls. 

You might leave your home theater walls looking like Swiss Cheese.

As you assess the needs of your equipment and your home theater you might consider hiring a professional installation. If you have the right equipment, supplies, and approach the project can be easy. 

But make sure you know what you are doing before you begin. If not, hire a professional. 

Get Connected With Home Theater Wiring

One of the best parts of home theaters these days is how versatile they are. Your home theater wiring will transform your equipment into a movie theater, a concert hall, a gaming console, and a gateway to the internet. 

But like all facets of a home theater, the equipment is only as good as what brings it all together. With the demands of streaming movies and multi-player gaming systems-- not to mention advances in virtual technology and basic internet access--it's never been more important to get your internet connection right.

While you may opt for wireless networking throughout your home, many home theaters rely on the right ethernet cable to stay connected to the possibilities of the internet. 

Cables.ie can help with all your Audio Visual cable needs. We will help you bring the entertainment home. 

Make sure you know the best way to bring the internet into your home theater. Check out our information on 6 Types of Ethernet Cable You Need To Know.