How to Hook Up My XBox 360 to Surround Sound With HDMI Cables

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How to Hook Up My XBox 360 to Surround Sound With HDMI Cables
Connect your Xbox 360 to your surround sound system using an HDMI cable. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The Xbox 360 includes multiple audio and video options. For instance, you can connect an HDMI cable to your high-definition television to play your games with enhanced visuals. The HDMI cable presents problems for beginner audio/video enthusiasts attempting to connect the console to their surround sound receiver because the HDMI cable transfers sound and video through a single plug-in. If you want to use an HDMI cable with your console, you have to purchase a digital audio cable to transfer the sound from the console to your surround sound receiver.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • S/PDIF digital audio cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the console, TV and receiver.

  2. 2

    Connect the HDMI cable to your console's "HDMI" port, positioned in the middle of the system's backside. Hook the other end into your HDTV's "HDMI" port.

  3. 3

    Plug the digital audio cable into your console's "S/PDIF" port to the left of the "HDMI" port. Plug the opposite end into your receiver's "S/PDIF" or "Digital" port. This cable transfers your console's sound to the receiver.

  4. 4

    Turn on the console, TV and receiver.

  5. 5

    Set your receiver to the "Digital" input. See the receiver's manual if you are unsure how to change the device's input setting.

  6. 6

    Set your TV's input to "HDMI." See the TV's manual if you are unsure how to change the device's input setting.

  7. 7

    Open the console's "System Settings" menu from the dashboard's "My Xbox" area.

  8. 8

    Open "Console Settings."

  9. 9

    Choose the "Audio" option.

  10. 10

    Choose "Digital Output." Digital audio options appear.

  11. 11

    Choose "Dolby Digital 5.1"

Tips and warnings

  • The console does not support anything higher than Dolby Digital 5.1.

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