How to Hide TV Components in a Closet

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So you want to hide your television components in a closet. Hiding components like DVD players, VCRs and video consoles can keep them protected and dust-free. In addition, with many televisions being mounted on walls or above fireplaces, they are increasingly difficult to access. Putting them in a single area and connecting them together can make it easier to run your equipment and keep it in good shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Component video to HDMI converter, if necessary
  • Composite video to HDMI converter, if necessary
  • HDMI switcher
  • HDMI wire(s)
  • Component video cables, if necessary
  • Composite video cables, if necessary
  • RCA audio cables, one for each component (red/white)
  • Determine what types of video outputs each of your devices has. Look on the back of your machines. If you have a thin rectangular output, this is an HDMI port. If you have three round outputs in a row, color-coded green, blue and red, this is a component video output. Finally, if you have a single round yellow output, this is a composite video output. If you have an HDMI output, skip to Step 4. Otherwise, move on to Step 2.

  • Add an HDMI up converter to any component that only has a component video output. Connect a set of component video cables to the back of the unit. Insert each of the green, blue and red cables to their respective ports. Then connect the other ends to the identical inputs on your component to HDMI converter. Finally, add audio cables to your RCA audio outputs (red/white) and connect those to your HDMI converter.

  • Add an HDMI up converter to any component with a composite video output. Insert the end, color-coded yellow, into the composite video output, then connect the other end to your HDMI up converter. Then add audio cables to your RCA audio outputs (red/white) and connect those to your HDMI converter.

  • Insert an HDMI cable into your HDMI output port on one of your devices or up converters. Then connect the other end to one of the inputs of your HDMI switcher. Repeat for all remaining devices until all are connected to the outputs of the HDMI switcher.

  • Connect your HDMI switcher to your television using a longer HDMI cord. Insert one end of the HDMI cord into the output on the switcher, then connect the other end to the HDMI input of your television.

  • Switch your television's video mode to receive a signal from your HDMI switcher. Usually this can be done with your television's remote by pressing a button labeled something like "Source," "Input" or "TV/Video." For more information, check your television's manual specifically for information on video modes.

  • Switch between each of your television component modes by pressing the buttons for each mode on the front of the switch. This allows you to control everything from inside your component closet.

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