How to Set Up Home Theater Speakers With the TV in the Corner of the Room

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How to Set Up Home Theater Speakers With the TV in the Corner of the Room
Home theatre set-up with TV in the corner. (Interior with home cinema image by Nikolay Okhitin from

A basic home theatre system consists of five speakers and a subwoofer wired to an audio-video receiver, which is connected to a TV set. When the TV is located in the corner of the room, the left and right front speakers flank the screen, as with a standard home theatre set-up, and the centre speaker goes above the television. The centre speaker produces most of the dialogue on movie soundtracks, so it needs to be above the television.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Speaker wire
  • Wire cutters
  • AV receiver
  • Subwoofer cable
  • Subwoofer
  • Video cable

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  1. 1

    Place one speaker on the left side of the TV and another speaker on the right side. Set the centre channel speaker above or below the TV and place the two rear speakers behind the sofa or your main seats. Set a powered subwoofer anywhere in the room within connecting distance of the AV receiver. Turn the speakers and the TV so that they point toward the centre of the room. Because the TV is in the corner, by necessity the main seating area might not be turned directly toward the television, but might face a fireplace, for example.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of speaker wire to connect the receiver to each of the two front speakers, the centre speaker and the two rear speakers. Remove 1/2 inch of insulation from both ends of each wire.

  3. 3

    Attach one strand on one end of a wire to the positive terminals on the left front speaker and one end of the same strand to the negative terminal. Connect the other ends to the respective terminals on your receiver labelled for the left front speaker.

  4. 4

    Hook up the centre speaker, right front and two rear speakers in the same manner, connecting each speaker to the labelled terminals on the receiver.

  5. 5

    Plug in the subwoofer cable from the receiver's round jack labelled for a subwoofer output to the input jack on the back of your subwoofer.

  6. 6

    Hook up a video cable compatible with both the receiver and TV from one of the receiver's video outputs to a video input on the television.

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