How to Wire Home Entertainment Center (Part 2): Connecting TV to video console to sound

Connecting the TV to a video console such as a DVD player, Blu-Ray player or a gaming console is rather simple and easy. When purchasing a new entertainment center, consider looking for entertainment center with built in wire management systems.

A wire management system consists of two circular wholes, one on top and one on the back placed about 90 degrees from the top. A wire management system provides a centralized location for all of your wires to thread and also allows proper air flow to your machines. This is very important because it keeps all of your essential wiring in one location.

How to connect the TV to video console and surround sound:

Most DVD players, Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles are built with audio decoders. This allows for the audio to be decoded into multiple channels and sent to the receiver for amplification. Some, however, don’t have built in audio in which you must use a connecting cable in order to for your surround sound system to pick it up. If you DVD player that does not have all the bells and whistles then you will need to purchase an audio/video receiver to handle the decoding amplification.

How to Connect a DVD to Surround Sound Video Guide 

Step 1: Connecting a video console to your surround sound is the same as connecting a cable box to the surround sound except that the input cables are reversed. Some TV’s only have one HDMI input and if this is the case for you, then you will need to find another one.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI connection, located in the rear of your DVD player, to the output of your television. If you purchased an audio/video receiver, they must have the same HDMI outputs are your DVD player.
Step 3: Once the audio is received, it can be decoded and amplified and sent to your speaker system.
Step 4: Turn your TV and DVD player on and select the audio menu and highlight digital audio output. Make sure to check the owner’s manual for specifications because each system has small variations.



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