How to Set Up a Home Theater System : Connecting a DVD Player to a Home Theater


Hello, I’m Reggie Hayes here with Expert Village.
It’s starting to get a little hot in here. I want to go ahead and make a point right
now, this is why it’s important to watch all these series before you go and try to build
your own home theater system, I encourage you to watch really all these clips that are
associated with this series. For demonstration purposes, these components have been unplugged.
This is our stereo receiver from earlier, this is our DVD player. If you will notice,
our stereo system has a lot of components underneath it right here. It has breather
holes on it, and those are very, very important that this machine be able to dissipate its’
heat. So, I have the DVD player stacked on top of it to show you how to hook it up. Don’t
do this when it’s in operation mode, and even when you put it into your entertainment center
cabinet, you’re going to want to make sure that you allow breather holes both in the
top and the sides as well so that it can breathe. You’ll want at least one to two inches around
the component, if it has breather holes. Our DVD player is very basic, and it doesn’t need
breather holes, but our stereo is much bigger, and it requires it. Okay, so let’s hook up
a DVD player. Now, a DVD player is just an output device, it does not need to take any
audio or video into the player, not if it’s a player. Now if it’s a recorder, that’s a
whole other ballgame. But right here, you can see, this DVD player has, as we stated
earlier, your basic video, which is your composite video, going up a level is your “S” video,
and going up another level is your high definition component cables. Newer DVD players are also
going to offer HDMI. Over here on the audio, you can see it has digital coax, which is
a digital audio form, and it also has optical, which is going to be fiber optic, they’re
also called toslink connectors. It uses rays of light to interpret the audio signals, or
to send out the audio signals in this case. So, these are really simple to hook up. They’re
very, very easy. If you have a basic TV, you’re just going to use the three right here, the
yellow, the white, and the red, or maybe the “S” video to get a little better picture quality.
But we’re going for a nice elaborate home theater system, so we have our little toslink
cable right here. These are kind of expensive, especially this particular brand right here,
these are THX certified, and we’ll get into that later, but it uses light through these
little tubes right here. So basically what you do, they’re both the same ends, you just
connect it right here, it will only go in one certain way, and it snaps in. Now, (I’ll
move it out of the way so you can see here), the bottom stereo receiver does just that
– it receives the audio, and in this one, also the video. So we’ve got two optical inputs
right here, so we’ll go with optical one. We’ll be able to set up all the receiver later
on. Now, next is our video. And since we have a 27″ tube type TV, it’s not high definition,
so the best we can get out of it is “S” video. So we’ll go with the “S” video out right here,
and our stereo has “S” video inputs as well right here at the bottom. And it’s conveniently
labeled DVD, so we’ll just plug it in. And, voila! Our DVD player is ready to go. We have
video and we have audio. And that’s really all we need for a DVD player.

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