How to Install a Pioneer Surround Sound


Pioneer is a respected name in the electronics industry, with high-performance products in home audio and video as well as mobile audio. Among these products is a line of surround-sound home theater systems, which connect to the other home entertainment components to deliver quality multichannel sound when available. Pioneer designs its home theater systems with the average consumer in mind, making the process of connecting the stereo both to the other components and to the various surround-sound speakers a simple one.

Things You'll Need

  • Speaker wire (included with the system)
  • Coaxial or optical audio cables
  • HDMI cables
  • Situate the surround-sound receiver in a centralized location, close enough to the TV and the other home video/audio components so that the connections can be made without having wires and cables stretching across long distances.

  • Decide where you want to place the various surround-sound speakers within the room. The center speaker should be above or below the TV (or for models with twin center speakers, place them on either side of the TV), the main left and right speakers should be roughly 6 feet apart at ear level, with the surround speakers being parallel to or just behind the main viewing area. The subwoofer can be placed on the floor, anywhere in the room.

  • Connect the speaker wires from the back of the receiver to the various speakers. Each pair of wires is color-coded and corresponds to a specific speaker; insert the colored wire into the matching terminal at each end, and the other into the black terminals. In some Pioneer systems, the ends of the speaker wires are a single color-coded plug, simplifying the process.

  • Connect the AM and FM antennas into their terminals on the rear of the receiver. Unwind the wires to extend the antennas if you wish.

  • Connect digital audio cables from the output of available devices (TV, cable/satellite receiver, DVD/Blu-Ray player) to an input on the rear of the receiver. Some Pioneer surround-sound receivers will offer both coaxial and optical digital audio inputs, while others will only have optical. For receivers with an integrated DVD player, this will mean one less component to connect.

  • Connect HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) cables from the outputs of the cable/satellite receiver and DVD/Blu-Ray player to HDMI inputs on the rear of the receiver if your Pioneer home theater receiver is a more advanced model offering this option. With this setup, the various components each connect to the receiver, with a single HDMI cable going from the receiver's output to an input on the TV, centralizing the controls and eliminating the need for more cables leading to the TV from each component and for the digital audio cables used in Step 5.

  • Turn the receiver on and use the input device buttons on the remote control to select the source of the audio when viewing a particular component.

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