How to hook up a Samsung surround sound system

Updated February 21, 2017

Samsung manufactures a line of surround sound systems for home theatre that offer fast, plug-and-play set-up. The systems come with a speaker package and an audio/video (AV) receiver with built-in Blu-ray disc player. Samsung also offers models with built-in Wi-Fi (wireless Internet connection), so the system can receive streaming movies and music over the web. The user only needs to add a television to set up a complete home theatre out of the box.

Arrange the speakers into a home theatre set-up with the two front speakers placed on each side of the television and the centre channel speaker placed above or below the TV. The two rear speakers should be placed behind and slightly above the main seating area on bookshelves or speaker stands at an angle turned 45 degrees inward toward the back of the seating area. The powered subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room where it will not get in the way.

Connect speakers wires to the back of each speaker by lifting the plastic, spring-loaded clips to reveal a hole for the wire. The red wire connects to the red clip and the other wire connects to the black clip.

Attach the other ends of the speaker wires to the back of the Samsung AV receiver, making sure to connect the speakers to the correct terminals on the receiver. For example, the left front speaker must be connected to the left front speaker connection on the back of the receiver. Each speaker has a labelled connection on the Samsung receiver for the surround sound to work properly.

Check the back of the TV to determine which jacks are available for connecting to the Samsung receiver. Use the high definition media interface (HDMI) jack if available. This six-sided jack contains 19 holes for transmitting digital audio and video. The plug inserts with the wider side turned upward. Connect the HDMI cable to an HDMI "In" on the TV and an HDMI "Out" jack on the Samsung. If HDMI is not available, continue to Step 5.

Use component AV cables to connect the Samsung to a TV if HDMI is unavailable. For the video connections, insert the RGB (red, green, blue) plugs into the corresponding video "Out" jacks on the Samsung. Connect the other ends to the video "In" jacks on the TV, using the same colour codes. Connect the audio cables to the audio "Out" jacks on the Samsung, using the white plug for the left audio and the red plug for the right. Attach the other ends to the TV audio "In" jacks.

Connect the Samsung receiver and TV to a surge protector. Plug the surge protector into a wall outlet.


The Samsung receiver contains a built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Press the "Wi-Fi" button on the remote control to activate this feature and access web content when the receiver is within range of a Wi-Fi signal.


Do not connect the components to the electricity until all the cable connections are complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Samsung surround sound system
  • Speaker wire
  • HDMI cable or component AV cables
  • TV
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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.