How to Hook Up An HDTV Box & Surround Sound

An HDTV box, also known as a receiver box, is used by both cable and satellite providers to send high definition audio and video information to your television screen. In addition, it is possible to directly hook up the HDTV receiver box to a surround sound receiver. Doing so gives you the ability to hear all programming in completely surround sound (where available).

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable/Optical digital out cable
  • Surround sound receiver


    • 1

      Plug the HDMI cable into one of the "HDMI Out" ports on the HDTV receiver box. If there is only one HDMI port and you are using it for your TV, plug the optical digital audio cable into the "Digital Out" port.

    • 2

      Plug the opposite end of the HDMI cable into the "HDMI In" port on the rear of the surround sound system. If using the optical digital audio cable you want to plug this into the "Digital In" connection on the surround sound system.

    • 3

      Power on the HDTV receiver box and the connected surround sound system.

    • 4

      Select either "HDMI" or "Digital Audio" as the connection type, and all the audio created by the HDTV receiver box is produced through the surround sound system.

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