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Home Theater Design and Installation


Online Course Length: 8 hours | Course Price: $149

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Learn how to design, select components, install and calibrate a home theater system

Create the best home theater viewing experience possible. Understand key concepts of home theater including aspect ratios, resolution, video and audio formats, signal reproduction and power conditioning. Grasp detailed step-by-step design, installation procedures, along with video and audio calibration to maximize performance.


Students should be familiar with the video display system (TV and input components) and have basic knowledge of audio.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain the technology fundamentals of home theater signals, displays, audio reproduction, and home theater processing
  • Identify the steps to follow when designing and planning the installation of the home theater system
  • List the specific steps involved in the pre-wire, trim-out, and final installation phases of a project

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Information

  • System Requirements
  • Navigating the Course
  • Course Learning Objectives

2. Introducing Home Theater

  • The Digital Home
  • Home Theater Experience
  • Components
  • Types of Home Theater Systems

3. Benefits of a Home Theater

  • Entertainment
  • Convenience
  • Family Time
  • Integrates All Media

4. Safety, Tools, and Standards

  • Safety Considerations
  • Planning Tools
  • Rough-in Tools
  • Trim-out Tools
  • Testing Tools

5. Home Theater Sources

  • Analog Audio and Video Sources
  • Digital Audio and Video Sources
  • Digital Media Center

6. Home Theater A/V Processing

  • Video Basics
  • Signal Routing Options
  • Audio and Video Signal Types
  • Sound and Video Connectors
  • Analog and Digital Connections
  • Audio Formats
  • Video Formats

7. Home Theater Displays

  • Aspect Ratio and Format
  • Video Scanning
  • Direct View Displays
  • Projection Displays

8. Home Theater Audio

  • Speaker, Amplifier and Power Relationships
  • Speaker Types and Features
  • Equalization
  • Surround Sound Options

9. Home Theater Control and Environment

  • Remote Control Options
  • Acoustics
  • Power Conditioning
  • Environment Options

10. Designing a Home Theater System

  • Steps in the Design Process
  • Display and Source Selection
  • Amplification Considerations
  • Home Theater Examples

11. Installing a Home Theater System

  • Phases of Installation
  • Start Up and Testing Procedures
  • Programming
  • Documentation and Training

12. Calibrating a Home Theater System

  • Audio Calibration
  • Video Calibration
  • Calibration Tools

13. Troubleshooting a Home Theater System

  • Methodology
  • Common Problems
  • Ground Loop
  • Troubleshooting Tools

14. Course Summary