Article ID : 00020614 / Last Modified : 08/26/2016

How to hear sound from a disc player, cable set-top box or satellite receiver through the speakers of the audio system.

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Follow the steps below to connect the disc player, cable set-top box, satellite receiver or other similar source device to the audio/video (A/V) receiver or home theater system.

IMPORTANT: Although there may be other methods, the methods provided below are the most common scenarios. For model-specific information about other possible connections and system settings, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the product. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

HDMI® cable:

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NOTE: The following are some advantages of using HDMI over other connections:

  • HDMI transfers uncompressed digital audio and video for the highest, crispest image quality.
  • HDMI combines video and multi-channel audio into a single cable, eliminating the cost, complexity, and confusion of multiple cables currently used in A/V systems.
  • HDMI supports multiple audio formats, from standard stereo to multi-channel surround-sound.
  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT of the source device.
  2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI IN on the A/V receiver or Home Theatre system.
  3. Using a second HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT of the A/V receiver or Home Theatre system.
  4. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to an HDMI IN on the TV.
  5. Set the TV and the audio system to the HDMI input.
  6. From the Settings menu of the source device, set the Audio Output setting to HDMI.
  7. From the Settings menu of the source device, make sure that the HDMI settings match the capability of the audio system.

    NOTE: Refer to the manual of the audio system and the source device for model-specific information regarding the various audio settings and capabilities.

Coaxial audio cable or Optical audio cable:

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NOTE: The following are some advantages of using an Optical audio cable or coaxial audio cable over other connections

  • An optical audio cable uses pulse light instead of electrical impulses which makes it less likely to suffer from interference.
  • Both coaxial audio cables and optical audio cables support surround-sound for up to 5.1 channels of sound.
  • Both coaxial audio cables and optical audio cables transfer a digital signal with a wider frequency bandwidth to provide superior signal transfer.
  1. Connect either the coaxial audio cable or optical audio cable to the COAX OUT or OPTICAL OUT of the source device.
  2. Connect the other end of the coaxial audio cable or optical audio cable to the COAX IN or OPTICAL IN of the A/V receiver or Home Theatre system.
  3. Using one of the cables below, connect a separate video cable from the VIDEO OUT of the source device to the VIDEO IN on the A/V receiver or Home Theatre system.

    NOTE: If the A/V receiver or Home Theatre system being used does not have a VIDEO OUT connection to send the signal to the TV, you can also make the video connection from the source device directly to the TV.

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  4. Set the TV and the audio system to the input mode being used by the above connections.
  5. From the Settings menu of the source device, set the Dolby® Digital and DTS settings to either Optical or Coaxial.

Composite audio video cable:

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NOTE: The following are some advantages of using an composite audio video cables:

  • This is the most common type of cable to make a stereo audio connection between components.
  • This cable is typically found in the box with audio components
  • Provides a stereo audio connection between components.
  1. Connect the composite audio and video cables to the LINE OUT on the source device.
  2. Connect the other end of the composite audio and video cable to the LINE IN on the A/V receiver or home theatre system.
  3. Connect a composite video cable from the VIDEO OUT of the A/V receiver or home theatre system to the VIDEO IN on the TV.
  4. Set the TV and the audio system to the composite input.
  5. From the Settings menu of the source device, set the Audio setting or Downmix setting to Stereo.