An audio video receiver does for home entertainment centers what wireless routers do for home networks. But instead of bringing multiple computers together, receivers converge all of your audio and video equipment into one system. With the massive array of ports lining the back of your receiver, setting one up may seem like a daunting task. But slowly attacking it piece-by-piece can get the job done right--and maybe with less stress than you anticipate.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Place the receiver in a well ventilated area near your television--preferably in the same entertainment center. Plug the receiver into an outlet, but do not turn it on.
The back of the A/V receiver houses all of the input/output ports for the receiver. The red, white and yellow composite ports are grouped in one area, while the blue, green and red component are grouped in another.
Connect your television to the receiver. Run a video cable from the video port on your television to a matching port on the receiver. Whatever type of port you choose, make sure you select the one in the group labeled "Out."
Select a composite, component or HDMI cable to run from your cable box to the receiver. Connect one end of the selected cable to a video port on the back of the cable and connect the other end to a video port on the back of the receiver--this time you'll be plugging the cable into a port labeled "In."
Choose a video cable to run from the DVD player to the receiver. And just like the cable box, you want to plug one end of the cable into the back of the DVD player and the other end into a matching "In" port on the back of the receiver--your receiver will have multiple "In" ports.
Connect your video game console to another "In" port on the back of your receiver. You'll need a cable compatible with your console, so you'll have to use the cable supplied by the manufacturer or purchase one from a local video game store. Match the cable to it's port on the back of the receiver.
Place the speakers on top of the receiver and organize them by position--front left and right speakers in the front left and right respectively.
Connect the speaker to the port bearing the same name on the back of the receiver (e.g. Insert the center speaker into the "Center Speaker" port). Each speaker input on the back of the receiver, and the back of the speakers, will be broken down into two ports--one negative and one positive.
Match red and black, positive and negative, ends of the speaker cable to the red and black ports on back of each speaker and their matching red and black ports on the back of the receiver.
Screw the coax head running from your indoor or outdoor antenna into the port labeled "Antenna" on the back of the receiver.
Connect RCA audio cable between the receiver and any component of your entertainment center that uses audio--like your DVD player or video game console. Run a red and white RCA cable from the "Out" port on the back of the component requiring an audio connection to an "In" port from the group of red and white RCA ports on the back of the receiver.
Tips and warnings
- Components connected via HDMI or coax won't require an audio cable--they handle audio as well as video.