When setting up any piece of audio equipment, you should follow certain rules. If you don’t want to do the job yourself then you can always contracted out to a professional. A professional not only will be able to select suitable equipment but also would know how to protect the equipment against damage. So spending the extra money to hire an installer might actually pay off in the long run. However, if you want to set up your gear yourself then feel free. However, read through this post to make sure that you don’t risk damage to the equipment.
Obviously, you should always use common sense when installing any type of equipment. The first thing you have to make sure is that you pick a solid foundation. There’s nothing worse than setting up some expensive equipment on a platform which is not stable thus resulting in the equipment getting damaged walls crashing to the floor. So spend some extra time to make sure that the foundation cannot tip. Also, never install equipment in moist environments. High humidity can do damage not only to the exterior but also to the circuit board inside the equipment.
Audio equipment needs ventilation. Especially components such as power amplifiers which dissipate a fair amount of energy, have to have sufficient space above and behind it. Don’t stack other equipment directly onto a power amplifier if that would lead to heat vents being blocked. It has to circulate freely. Some power amplifiers use the enclosure for ventilation. In that case, don’t place anything right onto the enclosure. If you are stacking up several components, I recommend putting the amplifier at the top. That will ensure that the air can vent freely.
When connecting each component, use high-quality cables. Cables are a common cause of problems. A good-quality cable can reduce a lot of issues. Also, pick cables with suitable length. Cables which dangle down the only can cause clutter but also bear the risk of somebody tripping over them. Certainly, if you trip over cable then chances are you are going to pull down some piece of equipment.
Always preferred digital interconnects versus analog interconnects. A digital signal is not prone to any degradation. Also, connecting different pieces of equipment always bears the risk of a ground loop. A ground loop is established through the ground connection which is part of every audio connector. If you have multiple audio connections between two types of equipment then they can be current circulating through ground in cause unwanted noise. I personally prefer optical interconnects because they totally insulate different pieces of equipment.