Subwoofers are an essential part of a home 4. Turning it up too loud can damage the
theater package. They make those deep, subwoofer’s internal speaker or power supply.
throbbing sounds that are part of a movie If you hear a “clacking” noise coming
or show’s audio mix. Here are tips to help a from the subwoofer, turn it down. That is
subwoofer sound best. most likely the speaker’s voice coil banging
1. Keep the subwoofer low in the room. against metal pieces in the speaker.
Don’t try to mount it or place it on top of 5. Some subwoofers have a “crossover
something. Bass likes to be “down low.” frequency” adjustment on the back. The rule
2. Placement in the corner of a room is usually of thumb is, the larger your front speakers
best. Sit in your favorite listening position are, the lower the crossover frequency can
and have someone move the subwoofer be set. If you have tiny front speakers, turn
around the room. You’ll probably find that the crossover frequency up to its maximum
a room corner gives the nicest, deepest, position. Large speakers easily work down
most detailed bass. to low frequencies; little speakers don’t.
With small speakers, you need the subwoofer
3. Make sure the subwoofer is placed on a to do more of the work, so turn the cross-
hard surface, such as the floor or a hardwood over setting as high as it will go.
board. Carpet will absorb the sound. Most
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Mounting an HDTV
You can hire a professional to hang
your HDTV, but you can also get wall
mounts for flat panels for the do-it-yourselfer. In general, you will need only
a few standard tools, and the kit will
include all of the details about how to
install the mount so it will hold your
Keep in mind that a large flat-panel
TV can weigh 100 pounds or more, so follow the directions carefully. It’s a good
idea to have at least one other person on
hand to help with the installation.
Hanging an HDTV on the wall creates the problem of where to run the
cables. An easy alternative to snaking the cables behind the wall is to get
plastic cable channels to conceal them. These channels can often be painted to match the wall, which makes them all but disappear. Important note:
Don’t snake electrical power cords through a wall—leave any adjustments
to your power supply to professionals.
Some people opt for professional mounting, but it can be
done by a do-it-yourselfer.