How to Hook Up a PlayStation 3 to a Home Stereo

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How to Hook Up a PlayStation 3 to a Home Stereo
Connect a PS3 to a home stereo with the gaming system's audio cables. (video game control pad image by Paul Hill from

A PlayStation 3 gaming system connects to audio/video equipment with five component plugs, three for video and two for audio. When hooking up the PS3 to a home theatre, the customary set-up involves connecting all five plugs to an A/V receiver, which is attached to a TV and a speaker system. Connecting the PS3 to a home stereo is slightly different, since only audio is involved with this set-up. The cable connections must be divided between a TV for video and the stereo, which provides audio. Setting up the PS3 this way should take less than 10 minutes.

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Things you need

  • Component PS3 cable, which comes with the gaming system

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  1. 1

    Push in the square plug on one end of the PS3 component cable into the square port on the back of the game console. The plug inserts in one direction only.

  2. 2

    Connect the red, green and blue (RGB) video cables from the PS3 to the matching video inputs on a TV set, if the plugs aren't already hooked up to a television.

  3. 3

    Connect the white and red audio plugs on the component cables to any free set of audio input jacks on the home stereo amplifier or receiver, for example, the auxiliary (AUX) jacks or an extra set of jacks such as for a tape deck.

  4. 4

    Dial the component selector knob on the amp or receiver to whichever input you connected to the PS3.

  5. 5

    Turn on the PS3 and the TV to play games or watch Blu-ray discs on the television, using the home stereo system for audio.

Tips and warnings

  • Unplug the PS3 from the electrical socket while hooking up audio cables to the stereo.

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