Home Theater Receiver Setup Guide

Home theater audio-video receivers may need some attention hooking it up and getting it just right. If you’ve just bought a new home theater receiver from PrimeCables, we’d love to help in setting up your surround sound experience. Get it connected today and see the real audio experience you bought.


Set aside a couple hours to ensure everything can be properly installed and tried. Two hours is plenty of time to get your home theater speakers hooked up. Before getting started, you may want to take inventory of what you need to get. This may include large amounts of speaker wire, speaker connectors, wire cutters, a good flashlight, HDMI cables, additional A/V cables should you require them, and cable labels. Next, note all the devices you want to connect – such as gaming consoles, DVD players, cable boxes, media players, and anything else.


Cable labels are an important part of this whole home receiver setup guide as organization is central to fast installation. With your home theater receiver, decide its placement by taking into account how cables connect to it. Receivers also need some room for air as not to overheat. Consider keeping it out in the open. This makes it easy to connect cables. The first thing to connect is your flat-screen TV using an HDMI cable. This will allow you to view any setup guides there may be. If you have an indoor or outdoor HDTV antenna, connect it here as well. Please note if there is an on-screen guide, definitely follow it!


When setting up your speakers, consider where they are in relation to the seat. Use string or alternative means to measure the distance from speaker to receiver. Cut your speaker wire according to what was measured and connect them only after the A/V receiver has been unplugged. Match the colors on the terminals to the colors on each side of the speaker wire. Be consistent to ensure your polarity is proper and follow this rule with every subsequent connection. After you’ve connected your main speakers, next is the subwoofer and then, any additional A/V components.


Whenever possible, use HDMI home theater connections. HDMI cables are, by far, the highest resolution video and audio data transfer method. If you have 4K capability on your flat-screen, ensure you have a 4K-enabled HDMI cable to match it.


The last step to installing a home theater receiver is to test every component and make sure it’s working. If there are any issues with your audio or video, now’s the time recalibrate, try to get it working, return it, or to do whatever you need to do to get things set up to your liking. For more information on where to buy the best home theater accessories and receivers in Canada, PrimeCables is the best place to shop.

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