There are plenty of tips and recommendations out there involving the selection, purchase and installation of home theater rigs. With home theater popularity skyrocketing, many have taken it upon themselves to provide resources and direction for those considering a home theater purchase.
What about those who have already made the investment in a great home theater system? Those who are buying systems have a world of valuable information right at their fingertips. One the check is signed or the credit card processed, however, these buyers disappear from the sites of the home theater experts.
As such, there are very few tips or recommendations available for those who already own a home theater system. This article, however, does spell out some very simple things you can do to maximize the enjoyment of your home theater.
One of the best things a new home theater owner can do is to find a place for their paperwork. Too often, installation guides, warranties and other documentation end up in a box or bag, destined for the garbage.
These documents are actually quite important. If there is ever a problem with the system, the materials provided with your system will help you to understand exactly what is happening. In addition to being a valuable troubleshooting aid, the owner’s manuals are exceedingly handy when one forgets how to use a particular feature. The documentation is also useful when one moves or rearranges the system, as the provided schematics will help you to make sure all the proper connections are in place. If there is ever a serious problem with the equipment and it stops operating, the manufacturer’s warranty an/or store guarantees will be necessary to secure new equipment or free repairs.
If you have a home filing cabinet, this is a great place to store the information. If not, store it somewhere easy to find and remember.
Another helpful hint for home theater systems involves remote control batteries. Sometimes it seems as if a remote control’s batteries will last forever. As soon as we convince ourselves of that, however, we suddenly find the remote difficult to operate or completely dead. Invariably, it seems, we never have the right replacement batteries immediately available, making for an annoying evening in front of the big screen!
Purchase and store an extra set of batteries for all remote controls. Put them somewhere you can easily find them and one commonly encountered hassle can be completely avoided. Some advocate storing batteries in a refrigerator or freezer to increase their active lifespan. This is one possibility that might be considered.
Another commonly encountered problem occurs after we let someone else use or operate our home entertainment system. A multi-component system can seem complicated for a new user. It seems as if every time someone else, whether it be a novice family member, friend or babysitter, takes the helm of the home entertainment system, they run into problems trying to figure out how to make it work. Sometimes this is just an inconvenience to them. On other occasions, it results in changed settings and subsequent confusions for the primary user, too.
One can find relief from this problem by writing or typing up a simple step-by-step instruction sheet for use of the system. This will allow other users to enjoy the home theater system without risking a frustrating experience. A home theater "cheat sheet" can make things run quite smoothly no matter who holds the remote.
Home theaters can be complicated assemblies, and there are several great resources for hints and tips regarding their use and optimization. However, it is easy to lose track of some of the more basic issues involved with home theater ownership. It is also easy to overlook some basic things we can do to make our home theater system a better investment.
By storing all documentation in a centralized location, maintaining extra remote control batteries and creating a step-by-step user "cheat sheet," one can make owning a home theater system a little easier and a lot more efficient
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