How to Set Up an RCA Surround Sound

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How to Set Up an RCA Surround Sound
Correctly set up your surround-sound system. (home sinema system image by Pavel Losevsky from

Correctly connect your RCA surround sound to get the best audio results. RCA has been making consumer electronics devices since 1929 and is currently under the Audiovox corporate umbrella. There surround-sound systems are designed to complement your home theatre set-up and create a more intense audio experience. You can set up your RCA surround-sound system correctly and place the speakers in the correct locations by following some specific steps.

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Things you need

  • Remote control
  • HDMI cable
  • Speaker wire
  • Subwoofer cable

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    Connect the devices to the correct inputs on your unplugged RCA receiver. Some receivers will have the inputs labelled to allow easy identification of what devices to connect to the correct inputs. If it's available, use an HDMI cable to get the best possible audio and video connection.

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    Connect the speakers to the receiver using the provided speaker clips or speaker wire. Most systems will use a 5.1 set-up, which allows five speakers and one subwoofer. Each speaker connector in the rear of the receiver will have a label identifying where the speaker will be placed. For example, the centre speaker should be placed in the centre of the room facing the seated area.

  3. 3

    Place one speaker above or below the location of the television depending on the height of the television. Place one speaker on each side of the television and two speakers in the rear of the room behind the seating area. Angle the speakers to allow them to converge onto the seating area.

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    Connect the subwoofer to the RCA surround-sound receiver using a subwoofer cable and place it in a corner facing the seated area if possible. If the subwoofer is self-powered and needs to be plugged into an outlet, then plug it in. Turn on the receiver and all the connected devices including the television.

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    Test the speaker functionality. Press "Test Tone" in the remote control and adjust the volume using the knob on the front of the receiver. Properly connect any speaker that is not playing a tone. Press "Test Tone" again to exit and save the settings.

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    Adjust the speaker volume level of each speaker by pressing "Level" on the remote control. Continue pressing "Level" to select each speaker and press the up and down directional buttons to adjust the volume level of each speaker.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a calibration audio DVD to adjust the speaker levels.
  • Do not run speaker wires into the wall unless they are CL rated to avoid a fire hazard.

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