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Home Theater - HDMI

    Before Connecting

    An A/V Receiver is a typical component of a Home Theater system. It's basic functionality is to receive and amplify an audio signal and allow it to pass through the video signal from other A/V devices to the TV.

    Making a Connection

    HDMI cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI)
    1. Antenna cable
    2. HDMI cable with ARC (Audio Return Channel)

    If your Home Theater System, TV, and the HDMI® cable support ARC, the TV can transmit sound to the Home Theater System. When you connect the TV to the Antenna/Cable directly (without a Set Top Box), it allows you to hear the TV sound through the speakers of your Home Theater System.

    If you are using a Set Top Box, you'll need to output the sound from the Set Top Box to the Home Theater System.

    When connecting a BRAVIA™ Sync-compatible digital audio system with Audio Return Channel (ARC) technology, find the HDMI jack (socket) that carries the ARC mark (HDMI IN 1 or HDMI IN 2, depending on the model of your TV) and connect to it with an HDMI cable. However, if connecting a system that is not BRAVIA Sync-compatible or ARC capable, an additional audio connection via DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) is necessary.

    If connecting a system that isn't compatible with Control for HDMI or ARC, an additional audio connection is necessary:

    HDMI + Optical Audio cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI with Optical Audio cable)
    1. Antenna cable
    2. Audio cable (optional) - Optical Audio cable
    3. HDMI cable

    HDMI + Mini-plug audio to RCA cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI with Mini-plug audio to RCA cable
    1. Antenna cable
    2. Audio cable (optional) - Mini-plug to RCA/Composite Audio cable
    3. HDMI cable

    This connection will transfer analogue audio, so the quality is lower than when you use Optical audio cable.

    TV Set-up

    1. After making a connection, turn on the TV and Home Theater System..
    2. Press the (Input) button repeatedly to select the input to the connected Home Theater System.

    3. For audio connection, access the Settings screen
      • If the remote control has a Quick Settings (spanner or gear) button, press the Quick Settings button and select Settings.
      • If the remote control does not have a Quick Settings (spanner or gear) button, press the HOME button and select Settings.
    4. The next steps will depend on your TV menu options:
      • Select Display & SoundAudio outputSpeakersAudio system.
      • Select SoundSpeakersAudio System.
    5. The connected audio system is turned on automatically. The volume can be controlled using the TV's remote.
      If you connect a BRAVIA Sync-compatible device, you can control it by simply using the TV's remote.
      Notes:
      • For HDMI ARC and Optical audio connection, you need to configure the Digital Audio Out settings according to your audio system:
        • If the remote control has a Quick Settings (spanner or gear) button, press the Quick Settings button and select Settings.
        • If the remote control does not have a Quick Settings (spanner or gear) button, press the HOME button and select Settings.
      • The next steps will depend on your TV menu options:
        • Select Display & SoundAudio outputAudio system settingsDigital audio output.
        • Select Display & SoundAudio outputDigital audio output.
        • Select SoundDigital Audio Out.
      • Select Auto or PCM (Select Auto if the device connected via DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) is compatible with Dolby Digital. Select PCM if the device isn't compatible with Dolby Digital).

    Troubleshooting

    These are basic troubleshooting steps based on the latest TV models. Refer to your product manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
    If the symptom still persists, please contact Product Support.

    No picture appears on the TV screen when connected to the home theatre system via HDMI.

    For some 2014 TV models (i.e. KDL-xxWxxxB Series), there is Problem Diagnosis feature that may detect connected device symptom: Press HOME button on the remote → HelpCustomer Support → Problem Diagnosis: External Device Symptom.

    Please check the following:

    • Is the HDMI cable connected correctly?
    • Is the HDMI input selected on TV?
    • If a resolution setting unacceptable to your TV is mistakenly selected, you can reset it to the factory default. In this case, press STOP button on the player for more than 10 seconds to reset the video output resolution to the lowest resolution.
    No audio or low audio when connected to audio system
    • Ensure proper connection and both TV and Home Theatre System are on.
    • Ensure proper input settings for both TV (see above TV Setup) and Home Theatre System.
    • If your TV has following setting menu items, make sure the settings are set as below:
      Note: The steps below are an example.
      • Speakers: Audio System.
        Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio outputSpeakers → Set to Audio system.
      • Headphone/Audio Out: Audio Out.
        Select SettingsSoundHeadphone/Audio out → Set to Audio out (Fixed).
      • Audio Out: Fixed.
    • If the audio system is not compatible with Dolby Digital or DTS, set Digital audio output to PCM. The steps below are an example:
      Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio outputAudio system settings → Set Digital audio out to PCM.
      If Audio system settings is not shown, skip this step.
    • Check if the TV's Digital audio out volume setting is at maximum. The steps below are an example:
      Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio outputAudio system settingsOptical digital audio output volume.
      If Audio system settings is not shown, skip this step.
    • When using HDMI input with Super Audio CD or DVD-Audio, DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) may not provide an audio signal.
    • If there is still no audio, slightly increase the television volume.
    • If there is still no audio, slightly increase the volume level on the Home Theatre System.