How to Connect a Home Theatre to an Amplifier


The speakers of your home theater system are its final link. They provide the enveloping, realistic wrap-around sound that puts you in the middle of the action when you're watching a movie. The amplifier performs the no-less vital role of sending the signal to the home theater speakers. It's essential that you connect the amplifier properly to your home theater.

Things You'll Need

  • Speaker wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Subwoofer cable
  • Lay out lengths of speaker wire from each of the speakers in your system to the rear of the amplifier, conforming to the path you want the speaker wire to follow -- for example, around the perimeter of the room. Cut the speaker wire to length with wire cutters.

  • Pull apart the two leads on each end of each speaker wire with your fingers, and remove 1/2 inch of insulation from the ends of each wire.

  • Push in the red terminal on the back of each speaker and insert the bare end of the speaker wire lead marked with + marks. Put the other lead into the black terminal. Connect all the speakers in the same manner.

  • Connect the speaker wires at the amplifier end to the speaker terminals of the amplifier. There will be a set of speaker terminals for each speaker, marked with the location of the speaker it's designated to power -- for example, "R Front" for the right front speaker. The terminals on the amplifier will be similar to the terminals on the speakers.

  • Plug a subwoofer cable into the "Sub Out" jack on the amplifier. Plug the other end of the cable into the "Line In" jack on the subwoofer.

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  • "Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2010 Edition)"; Mark Fleischmann; 2009
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