How to Set Up a Kenwood Surround Sound System

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How to Set Up a Kenwood Surround Sound System
A Kenwood surround-sound system can transform your living room into a home theatre. (Interior with home cinema image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Take advantage of the surround-sound capabilities of your favourite movies and TV shows by purchasing a Kenwood surround-sound system. Most of Kenwood's systems can be purchased for less than £650, which makes the set-up affordable for many people. The company's systems typically feature five surround-sound speakers, a powered subwoofer, a home-theatre receiver and a DVD or Blu-ray player.

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Things you need

  • Television set
  • Speaker stands, bookshelf, or wall mounts

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    Place the left and right front speakers next to your television set. Have at least 10 feet between them.

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    Place the centre channel speaker directly above or below the television.

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    Place the rear channel surround-sound speakers behind and slightly above your main seating area at a 45-degree angle.

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    The subwoofer and Kenwood receiver can be placed anywhere that is convenient within the room. It is recommended to place them near the television set.

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    Set your DVD or Blu-ray player next to the Kenwood receiver. Connect the player's audio/video cord into the corresponding input jacks on the back of the receiver.

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    Connect the video output jack on the receiver with a cable leading to the video input jack on the back of the television.

  3. 3

    Connect the speakers systematically to the Kenwood receiver. Connect the front-channel speaker wire to the receiver, then to the receiver itself.

  4. 4

    Repeat this with all the speakers and subwoofer until everything is connected to the receiver.

  5. 5

    Plug the Kenwood receiver into a power strip. Turn on the system.

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    Insert a disc into the player's tray. Adjust the volume to the desired level with your remote control.

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    Toggle to the audio-settings menu to set your preferred levels for the individual surround-sound speakers.

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    Set the audio-delay effects. Audio-delay creates the sensation of action moving throughout the room.

Tips and warnings

  • It is recommended to use a surge protector with your Kenwood system.

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