How to Connect a LCD TV to a Home Theater

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If you're setting up a home theater system in your home, you're going to want to connect your LCD TV to your stereo receiver. This is so that, in addition to enjoying surround sound in movies played on a DVD or Blu-Ray player, you can also enjoy regular television programming in stereo surround. The actual setup process is simple, as long as you have the right audio cables and you know where you're plugging them in.

Things You'll Need

  • LCD TV
  • Stereo Receiver
  • HDMI Cable
  • Purchase an HDMI cable. HDMI cables transfer full quality high definition audio and video from the same cable. They are the only cable you can use to truly experience the full 1080p resolution of high definition programming. You can purchase HDMI cables at any major electronics retailer.

  • Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the "TV IN" HDMI input on the back of your stereo receiver.

  • Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into an "HDMI OUT" input on the back of your LCD television set.

  • Turn on both your LCD TV and your stereo receiver.

  • Switch your stereo receiver to the "TV" input. Now, when you watch television programming on your LCD TV you will experience the full, uncompressed audio of the channel in the way it was meant to be heard.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also connect your LCD TV to your home theater system using component or composite audio cables. However, these two methods will not allow you to experience channels that are broadcast with 5.1 or greater stereo surround sound. Basically, if you connect your LCD TV to your home theater using this method, you won't be getting the full value out of either your TV or your stereo system.

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