How to Connect My Surround Sound to My TV

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How to Connect My Surround Sound to My TV
Hooking up your stereo to your TV is easy. (luxury home movie theatre image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

Hooking up your stereo to your TV is a great way to enjoy a movie theatre experience even when you're watching the nightly news. With the myriad of wiring coming from the stereo and the connection process, the whole process can become a little confusing. However, you can connect your surround sound to your TV easily.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Home stereo
  • TV
  • RCA cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate all the components to your stereo system. You will need both main speakers and the surround sound speakers. These speakers will be smaller than the main speakers and have longer wires attached to them.

  2. 2

    Place the main speakers on each side of the TV or on the media centre furniture you are planning to use for your set-up. Media system furniture will have specific places for your main speakers and a hole in the back to run the wires out of.

  3. 3

    Connect the red and white wires from your main speakers to the red and white inputs of your stereo receiver. There will be a section labelled "Main Speakers" or something similar.

  4. 4

    Find an end table or another piece of furniture in your room to rest the surround sound speakers on. You want them behind your couch or main seating area so you get the surround sound experience.

  5. 5

    Run the wires from the back of the surround sound speakers under a rug or along the wall so they are out of the way of room traffic.

  6. 6

    Connect the red and white wires from your surround sound speakers into the red and wire inputs of your stereo receiver. These will be labelled "Surround Sound Speakers" or something similar.

  7. 7

    Look at the back of your TV and see what kind of audio outputs it has. Most TVs have an RCA audio output. Connect your RCA wires from the output of your TV to the "Video" or "Aux" input of your stereo receiver.

  8. 8

    Turn on your TV. Turn the volume down on your TV to about half of what you normally have it at.

  9. 9

    Turn on your stereo and select "Video" or "Aux."

  10. 10

    Adjust the stereo accordingly to find the best volume for the sound quality.

Tips and warnings

  • For even better sound quality, you can find a stud on your wall and drill a screw into it to hang your surround-sound speakers.

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