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Home Theater and Entertainment System Connections

How to Connect the HDMI Cable for a Flat Screen TV and Home Theater System: HDMI Ports and Connections, High Definition TV HD DVR to HDTV ,Connecting Older AV Audio Video Systems.

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Electrical Question: I have recently bit the bullet and brought a LED LCD HDTV to replace my ancient CRT.
However, with a combination of  the following:

  1.   Flat Screen TV – LED (Samsung)  – TV LED TV.
  2.   Home Theater system (Samsung) – Surround Sound System.
  3.   Media player (Western Digital) and – Media Receiver and Player.
  4.   Hard drive recorder (Panasonic) – HDD Media Recorder.

I am at a lost to what wires and which HDMI cable should feed into which items, in what order.

Please help.

This Home Theater Question came from: Rita, a Homeowner from Australia.
Additional Comments: very useful diagrams and How-To information that can be easily understood for the newbie’s like me.

Dave’s Reply: Thanks for your Home Theater Question Rita.
Very nice upgrade Rita, check out the following information so you can get with the HDTV experience:


Application: Home Theater HDMI Connections.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a certified electrician or technician.
Tools Required: Basic Straight Slot and Philips  Screw drivers for assembling the TV, a Flashlight to help read the Cable Connection Ports.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and assemble the home theater components.
Precaution: If installing or relocating receptacle outlet power make sure to Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Recommended: Select a dependable Surge Protection Plug Strip to be used for all home theater system components to protect against power surges and other home power problems.

How to Connect the HDMI Cable for a Flat Screen TV and Home Theater System

This applies to most flat screen TVs, including LED, Plasma, or LCD HD TVs, and the TV or the DVD player may be Blue Ray and may have the new Smart TV option which allows for internet access to Netflicks, Skype, Pandora,  Facebook, Twitter and other services as well.

High Definition TV HD DVR to HDTV

If you have an Audio Video receiver just put it in the middle of the signal chain. The output of the AV receiver connects to the HDTV and you connect your high-definition device(s) to the AV receiver’s input.

HDMI Ports and Connections

Connecting Older AV Audio Video Systems
Audio – Right and Left Channels
From the HDD Recorder – Outputs To the Media Player/Amplifier Input

Video – Svideo
From the TV/HDTV Output to the HDD Media

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