How to Install a Home Theater : Connecting Audio Cables for Home Theater System Setup

How to Install a Home Theater : Connecting Audio Cables for Home Theater System Setup


I know it looks confusing with so many wires
and cables; just remember that everything has a from and a to. Video output from DVD
player will either go to your receiver or to the back of your television; same with
the audio; from and to. If your DVD player uses a digital coax cable for digital audio,
simply plug one end of the digital cable to your DVD player’s output, which is usually
an orange color for digital coax. On the back of your receiver, you will send an orange
digital coax input; just plug it in. For use of an optical cable, simply follow the same
steps from the back of the DVD player to the receiver. The input and output for your optical
cable usually glows red. Your speaker wires will also be plugged into the back of your
receiver. A good tip is to always label your cables and wires for quick reference. Use
masking tape or colored electrical tape as I have done here. This is extremely helpful
when you need to trouble shoot a problem. Plug the coppered color side of the wire to
the red input of your receiver and the silver colored wire to the black input. Repeat these
color attachments to the back of each speaker; copper color to red and silver color to black.
Some speaker wires will have the same color wires. In this case, there will be markings
or writing on the wire sleeves to distinguish the difference between the 2 sides. The active
or powered subwoofer we are using will be attached with a RCA cable. This will transmit
the signal from the receiver to the subwoofer’s amplifier.

42 thoughts on “How to Install a Home Theater : Connecting Audio Cables for Home Theater System Setup

  1. Optical cables are usually going to be your best choice for your audio signal because it is a pure digital signal; its generally the same audio quality you'd get from an HDMI cable. I'd also suggest using the shortest cord that your system will allow to help maximize it's performance.

  2. Do XLR interconnect cables support bass? I'm looking to buy an esoteric X-03 audio player and am wondering what caple would connect to the bass, cause I know that there are 2 XLR outputs but what about the bass output? would that be the ilink.

    Also what does a word sync do?

  3. The wire with writing is always positive.
    Positive is Red and Negative is Black, So put the wire with writing to the Red hook-up on the receiver.

  4. The video editor needs to be shot … Also I always like to see my professional A/V tech standing in his bare feet. Talk about a low-budget production.

  5. not all back panels to amps are the same mine are really simply plus my wires to my surround speakers arent the same color as the socks where you put them at my wires are gray and the sockets were you put them at at the back of the speaker are black & red.

  6. plug the copper coloured wire to RED terminal and silver coloured wire to BLACK terminal of the OUTPUT of the receiver! NOT INPUT

  7. can i connect 2 different speakers in one output like 2 reds and 2 blacks because i dont have anymore outputs to install more

  8. can someone help me i just bought some surround sound speaker. do i need buy a receiver or i can just buy .a dvd player

  9. i hooked up my ps2 to my onkyo 5300 system,theres sound but no color,its in black n white,i hooked up optical cable to right spot,yellow single cable from tv monito to sony video input,my older sony that i had for 10 years had tv monitor plug in but not on newer sony….whats wrong????

  10. @lentine1502

    The subwoofer has a built in amplifier
    So there is a coaxial or digital output on the back of the receiver! And there you plug in the subwoofer

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