Hooking up a Home Theater System

 

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Even though home theater systems are more advanced than ever, they are now easier than ever to install. If you simply follow these step-by-step instructions you can have your HDTV and surround sound going in no time.

Choose your cables- this is more for length than price. Even though you might assume that the more expensive cable will work better when in fact, most HDMI cables are the same. Before measuring, make sure you know where to measure from. Locate where the HDMI connections are on your components. Proceed to measure out how long your cable will need to be in order to reach the TV and the receiver. Be sure to choose one size greater in case your measurements are a little off.

Connection- Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the output on your Blu-ray disc player or component of your choosing. Connect the other end of your HDMI cable to your AV receiver (if you do not own an AV receiver, then it should connect to your television). Usually there are multiple HDMI inputs on your receiver, therefore make sure to take note that everything is labeled. This will be helpful when programming your receiver.

Connect the satellite or cable to the AV receiver (or as previously mentioned to your TV) and make sure to again take note what label you are plugging each cable into. All of the cables connected to your AV should be set up by now. Continue to connect your AV receiver with the provided cable to your TV. In order to do so, you will need to find the HDMI port on the receiver that is labeled “out”, the other end will be labeled on the TV as HDMI 1, 2 or 3 input.

The only thing left to do is plug in your TV and components into an electrical outlet and choose the correct input when you wish to use your Blu-ray, PS4 or Xbox.  You now have a collaborative home theater setup that is ready to be used. Go watch Monday Night Football!

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