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How To Move Hi Fi Gear When You Move

Here’s Our Tips for Moving Your TV and Hi Fi Gear.

Hi FI and AV gear can be complicated! A multimedia receiver can have as many 20 or more connections. Turn off all equipment to start!

Disconnect speaker cables and label the ends of the cables and reuse them in the same order. This will reduce the chances of getting cables out of ‘Phase”. It’s essential for cables to reconnected the same way to ensure your speakers sound the same. Out of Phase speakers sound dull and lifeless.

Components once removed should be cleaned. Dust is the biggest killer of Hi Fi gear – remove all dust, use a paintbrush to clean around fascias and terminals. Don’t spray cleaners directly onto equipment as the spray will enter the equipment through ventilation slots.

Glad I used Labels...!

TV’s need to be packed very well to avoid damage and Plasma and LCD flat screens must remain upright. If you don’t have the original carton for your TV, ask  one of the Managers at Capital to order you one.

Complicated hi fi setups can be mad a bit easier with good labels on each lead. Colour coding works as well. Some cables are specific to equipment, for example HDMI 1.4 cables are different to HDMI 1.3. Mix them up and the next 3D movie might be 2D instead of 3D.

Package all gear in boxes with plenty of padding. HI FI Gear is delicate. DVD players often have a device to “Park the Heads” for transit. Have a look on the bottom of the unit. Turntables should have the arms secured so the stylus and head can’t hit the platter in transit.

Protect the front of your speakers. The cones are prone to damage and older speakers can tear at the first touch, rendering them useless. Transport them with the covers on.

If you’re not sure about hooking all your gear back up, consider engaging a home theatre specialist to reinstall your system. There are good experts around Canberra.