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The Essentials of Connecting a Home Theater

Figuring out how to connect all the components and devices of your home theater using various cables and parts can be a challenge. You may need some guidance on the essentials of how to hook everything up as well as how to fine-tune your home theater system for best performance.

Tips for Setting Up a Hub in a Home Theater

A home theater requires a centralized connection point — a hub — for the A/V gear. For most people, the hub is the A/V receiver. An A/V receiver should be capable of accepting the connections from every [more…]

Tips for Hooking Up Speakers

Hooking up speakers is prettyeasy after you've carefully positioned the speakers in your surround-sound home theater. To hook up speakers, you just connect the speaker wires to the appropriate outlets [more…]

How to Connect Source Devices to the A/V Receiver

Connecting source devices into your home theater is as simple as using the right cables to connect them to the back of your A/V receiver. (The A/V receiver or controller in a home theater provides a central [more…]

How to Connect the A/V Receiver to the Video Display

C after you’ve connected your source devices to the A/V receiver or controller. To connect the receiver to your video display, you must use one or more video cables and a set of analog audio interconnects [more…]

Getting Television Signals into Your Home Theater

Television signals come into your home theater system from a cable TV service, a DSS satellite dish, or an antenna for broadcast TV (or in some cases, from a combination of these devices). [more…]

Connecting Your Game Console or Home Theater PC

Most A/V receivers don't have provisions for connecting game consoles or a Home Theater PC (HTPC). Although game consoles and HTPC devices are too new to have been incorporated into most receiver designs [more…]

Powering the Home Theater Network

When it's time to power up your home theater network, first make sure that your power connections will ensure the safety of all the devices and equipment in your home theater. Of course, this is something [more…]

How to Calibrate a Video Display

To calibrate a video display, you adjust things like contrast, brightness, tint, and color. Most video displays come from the factory improperly calibrated. The brightness, contrast, tint, and color are [more…]

How to Adjust an Audio System

Get the best possible sound from your audio system by adjusting the A/V receiver (or controller). You need to do the initial setup to make sure that your A/V receiver knows what kind of speakers you’re [more…]

Connecting Your Home Theater to a Computer LAN

Connect your home theater to a computer LAN to broaden your A/V enjoyment. Accessing a whole-home computer network opens up your home theater to any data point on the network. [more…]

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