How to Set Up a Basic 5.1 Home Theater System

If you or your family just loves movies then do you think that’s it’s about time to have your own home movie theater? Imagine being able to watch movie theater-quality films in the comforts of your own home. With the awesome video and audio equipment available these days, you can have the best basic 5.1 home theater system that you can buy. Here’s how to set everything up.

5.1 Home Theater System

5.1 Home Theater System

Things You Need:

• Home theater receiver or surround sound receiver
• Television or a video projector screen
• Antenna, cable or satellite box (optional)
• A disc player compatible with one or more of the following formats Ultra HD Discs, Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs
• Loudspeakers
• Subwoofer
• Connection cables and speaker wire.
• Wire stripper (for speaker wire)

Connecting Everything

Possibly the first thing you might need to do is to decide where you would like to place your home theater system. The source components like the satellite/cable box, media streamer, Blu-ray Disc or DVD player are the beginning points. Your TV and loudspeakers are your endpoints. You have to get the video signal from your source component to your TV, video display, or projector, and the audio signal to your loudspeakers.

Connecting the Home Theater Receiver

Home Theater Receiver

Home Theater Receiver

The receiver provides most of the source connectivity as well as the switching. The receiver also takes care of audio decoding, processing, and the sound amplification to the speakers. The rest of your audio and video components are connected to the home theater receiver.

Sending Video From the Home Theater Receiver to Your TV

1. Connect the TV monitor output using HDMI of the AV receiver to one of the HDMI inputs of your TV.
2. The AV receiver needs to be on and the correct source input selected, with your TV switched to the video input in order to view the video feed from your home theater receiver on the TV screen. In this case, choose HDMI 1, 2 or 3 on your TV depending on which HDMI port you connected.

Sending Audio From the TV to Home Theater

1. Connect the audio outputs of the TV to the TV or Aux audio inputs on your AV receiver.
2. Another way is to use the Audio Return Channel or HDMII-ARCif your TV and receiver have this feature. Either method will let you watch any sources connected to the TV and hear stereo or surround sound audio from the home theater system.

Connecting a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and/or CD player

Connecting a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and/or CD player

Connecting a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and/or CD player

For a Blu-ray Disc player, the connection will depend on whether your home theater receiver has HDMI and whether your receiver can get audio and video signals through those connections.

1. Connect the HDMI output from the player to the receiver and from the receiver to your TV.
2. If your receiver only offers HDMI pass-through, then you may have to make an additional digital audio or analog audio connection between the player and the receiver to access audio from the player.

Connecting Your Loudspeakers and Subwoofer

1. Connect your speakers up to the AV receiver. The speaker wires should be at the correct polarity and, make sure the speakers are connected to the correct channel.
2. Connect the subwoofer line out of the receiver to your subwoofer.
3. Position your loudspeakers correctly. Do not place them flush against walls.
4. Use built-in test tone generator and/or automatic speaker setup features if it is available on your receiver to test your sound levels. All speakers should be able to output the same volume level. You may need to adjust your speaker placement for other room shapes and in the presence of additional acoustical factors.

5.1 Channel Speaker Placement

5.1 Channel Speaker

5.1 Channel Speaker

A home theater setup with 5.1 channels is the most popular choice among home theater owners. For this, you need 5 speakers (left, center, right, left surround, right surround) plus a subwoofer. Here is how they should be placed.
• Front Center Channel – You must place the center speaker directly in front, either above or below the television.
• Subwoofer –this lone speaker should be at the left or right of the television.
• Left and Right Main/Front speakers –These should be equidistant from the center speaker, about a 30-degree angle from the center channel.
• Surround speakers –You must place to the left and right side, just to the side or slightly behind the person who will listen to or view the movie – about 90-110 degrees from the center channel. These may also be elevated above the listener to improve sound quality.

How to Set up a 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

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