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How to set up a Home Theater Sound System

26.03.2014: Minor updates for Room acoustics.
06.01.2015: Info for new immersive sound formats Dolby Atmos, Auro3D, DTS:X.
20.08.2015: Revised version. Updated content, more images, more on acoustics.

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About the Author

I run the Norwegian registered company Kvålsvoll Design AS.

I like to create things, I like to work on engineering challenges as well as shape and visual appearance. I also enjoy working on abstractions like systems and concepts. This forms the foundation of Kvålsvoll Design.

I am an engineer in cybernetics and electronics. I have started several companies, and I have designed, built and tested complex cybernetic systems involving advanced dynamic control algorithms.

I designed and built my first speakers around age 14, and continued exploring and building audio speakers and amplifiers as a hobby throughout the years, learning more and applying what I learned in school about electronics, system theory and mathematics.

In 2012-2013 I started designing loudspeaker systems for home entertainment. Development is based on my expertise on simulation and dynamic systems. I have also learned a lot about how we perceive sound, which is of vital importance for defining proper requirements for sound system design.

The development of audio solutions in Kvålsvoll Design has lead to several new technologies for sound reproduction, such as the Compact Horn subwoofers, controlled directivity waveguide horns, very-high-slope crossover networks.

Acknowledging the importance of set-up and calibration, a new method for subwoofer calibration has been developed, which accounts for sound-field intensity for better tactile feel. This is new, and Kvålsvoll Design is so far the only company using this method.

Thank you for reading,

Øyvind Kvålsvoll