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8. Calibration > 74. Annual Home Theater Tune-Up

Annual Home Theater Tune-Up

All the calibration in the world won’t do your theater any good if you don’t keep it in tiptop shape. Tuning things up every 12 to 18 months will keep your theater sounding and looking good.

You might be amazed at how speaker wires come loose, connectors loosen, and dust bunnies reproduce over time. An annual tune-up keeps things working at their best. Here is a list of things to do:

  • Disconnect and trim off the ends of all your speaker wires. Cut back the ends enough to expose fresh, shiny copper wire (you are getting rid of the dull-brown oxidized wire). Reconnect the speaker wires, making sure no strands of wire are sticking out.

  • Dust the top and underneath of all the electronics in your rack. You can use a can of compressed air to clean out your receiver/amp, but don’t do this to your DVD player. You really don’t want to stir up dust inside an optical device.


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