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Complete Home Theater Set Up Guide

Complete Home Theater Set Up Guide

Complete Home Theater Guide

Home Theater Guide

The Ultimate Home Theater Guide

Welcome to the all encompassing Sewell home theater guide- the place to find helpful information on all the elements you need for the ultimate home theater setup. You can find general information, tutorials, comparisons, helpful videos as well as links to corresponding products, making it easy for you to find everything you need. Whether you want to know how to install a wall plate, or are just wondering what a banana plug is, you've come to the right place. Whether you're making a dedicated home theater or just want to upgrade your entertainment center, let this be a guide to that weekend project you've always wanted to work on and come out of it with the sleekest, most professional home theater possible. Click through the table of contents to navigate through the guide

Home Theater Guide Contents

HDMI cables - Find basic information, a comparison guide, as well as how you can use HDMI wall plates.

Wall Plates - Learn all about wall-plates, from what what flavors they come in to how to install them.

Banana Plugs - Cheap and convenient, with a tip that resembles a banana. Find out why you need them. 

Wall-Mounts - Elevate that TV out of reach of children and the family dog for the best viewing angle of the big game.

IR Emitters and Receivers - Hide that ugly cable box in a cabinet while still retaining the power of your remote.

Speaker Cable - Learn about jacket quality, resistance levels, and wire gauge.

5 Things You Never Thought About in Your Home Theater Installation

Setting up your home theater involves a lot of new equipment: speakers, seating, Blu-Ray players, amps, consoles, and of course…the all-important TV or projector. However, there are some (less exciting) things that people usually don’t think about when they are installing their new home theater. Here are 5 things to think about that can make your home theater that much better.


Cable is usually one of the last things people think about when installing a home theater system. In reality, it should be one of the first. You can have the highest quality equipment and still have poor quality sound and video if you have bad cable. Not only do you need good quality cable, you also need your cable to meet safety requirements. Check out these articles to learn more about electrical safety and understanding cable safety regulations.

While there might be various different types of cables speaker cable and HDMI cable are probably the two most commonly needed in any home theater setup.

Speaker Cable

All speaker cable is not created equal. Make sure to buy quality cable that matches your application. At Sewell we have all kinds and lengths of high quality speaker wire to fit your needs, from 16 AWG to 14 AWG to 12 AWG. Check out this article to learn more about how to choose the best speaker cable for your surround sound setup.

Pre-Terminated Speaker Cable

HDMI Cable

It’s also important to get high quality HDMI cable, especially if you need long lengths of cable. Sewell’s 100 ft HDMI cable comes with a repeater built in, ensuring no signal loss even over long distances. We also offer many other lengths and styles of cable including various lengths of high quality cable, premium quality cable, and swivel cables for tight applications.

HDMI Diagram

HDMI Over Ethernet

The HD Link HDMI over Ethernet extender allows you to transmit HDMI over Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6 Ethernet cable. Because of the nature of digital transmissions, HDMI has specific distance limitations. Because of this signal boosters are required for long cable runs. Add the boosters to the cost of HDMI cable, and that can get expensive. By using the HD Link, you can transmit HDMI signals over Ethernet cable over distances of up to 200 ft. Since Ethernet cable is so much cheaper than HDMI cable, and is often already installed in many modern homes, this is a much less expensive solution for long cable runs.

Banana Plugs

Traditional speaker wire connections work by connecting the bare wire in a clumsy screw-down or clasp-down connection. Not only are these connections time consuming and annoying, they are also unreliable. Banana plugs come in many different varieties, but they all serve to simplify your speaker installation process and give you a much better connection. We have a bunch of different banana plugs that you can choose from to find just the right one to fit your needs. To learn more about how banana plugs work and how to install them, check out this article.

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