How to Connect Surround Sound to a Samsung TV

Updated February 21, 2017

Samsung televisions are equipped with a variety of jacks for connecting the sets the different types of audio video equipment. Only a single video jack is needed to connect a Samsung TV to a surround sound system because the surround sound speakers are powered by a home theatre audio/video receiver and only an image is needed from the Samsung. The television's built-in speakers are not required for surround sound and can be shut off by using the TV remote control. Use the best video cable available depending on the available jacks on the surround sound receiver and the TV.

Check the back of the Samsung TV and the surround sound receiver to determine which connection jacks are available. If the Samsung is an HDTV set and the receiver supports High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI), use an HDMI cable, which has six sides and 19 pins for digital audio and video. If HDMI jacks are not available on the Samsung and the receiver, use an RGB component video cable with red, green and blue plugs and skip to Step 3.

Attach an HDMI cable to the "HDMI Out" jack on the receiver and the "HDMI In" jack on the Samsung TV if a high-definition digital connection is available.

Insert the colour-coded RGB plugs into the component "Video Out" jacks on the back of the surround sound receiver.

Plug the other ends of the cables into the Samsung TV's red, green and blue component "Video In" jacks.

Turn on the receiver and TV and set the receiver to use an attached audio-video component, such as a DVD player.


Use the Samsung remote control to turn off the built-in TV speakers by pressing "Menu" and toggling with the up and down arrow keys to "Speakers," then using the left and right arrow keys to turn the speakers on and off.


Unplug the receiver and Samsung TV from the wall outlet while connecting cables.

Things You'll Need

  • Samsung TV
  • Video cable
  • Surround sound receiver
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.