A sound system can make or break your entertainment consumption experience. Whether you’re watching the Star Wars Saga or zoning out to the some classic Kanye, a weak system can destroy your perception of digital surround sound and even persuade us to tune out of our favorite soundtracks. That’s when you know the audio struggle is real.

But before seeking a solution, you should know that achieving great sound is more than just investing in a high-quality home-theater system or surround speakers. Ask any expert or studio engineer—it’s simply a matter of properly setting up your equipment and tapping into the audio powers hidden within the circuitry. With that said, here are some tips to upgrade your home audio.