How to Test 7.1 Surround Sound

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There are multiple methods to test the sound of home theater surround sound receivers that offer 7.1 audio. Although these methods differ from one manufacturer to the next, the fundamental steps needed to test that the right wires are in the right jacks are similar. You can also determine whether a connected speaker is functioning properly by using this method.

  • Turn on the receiver and connected television. Make sure there is a video cable of some type connected from the "Monitor Out" jack on the receiver to a free video input on the television.

  • Press "Menu" or "Setup" on the receiver's remote control.

  • Navigate to the "Speaker Setup" or "Surround Setup" option in the menu with the receiver's remote.

  • Press "Enter" or "Select" to choose the setup option.

  • Scroll to the "Level" or "Speaker Level" adjustment sub-menu option. Press "Enter" or "Select."

  • Select "Manual" under the "Test Mode" header. Scroll through the speakers using the navigation buttons on the receiver's remote to cycle through tones. Verify each speaker provides output. You should hear a tone from the three front speakers, four surrounds and the subwoofer. Match the tones to the speakers.

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