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• Sending Video from the Home Theater Receiver to TV – Connect the TV monitor output (preferably HDMI) of the AV receiver to one of the video inputs (preferably HDMI) on your TV. This allows you to view the video image from all the video source devices connected your home theater receiver on your TV screen. The AV receiver needs to be on and the correct source input selected, with your TV switched to the video input (not channel 3 or another channel) in order to view the video feed from your home theater receiver on your TV screen.

• Sending Audio from the TV to Home Theater – One way to get sound from a TV to a home theater is to connect the audio outputs of the TV ( if it has them) to the TV or Aux audio inputs on your AV receiver. Another way is to use Audio Return Channel (HDMI-ARC) if both your TV and receiver have this feature. Either method will allow you to watch any sources connected directly to the TV and hear stereo or surround sound audio from programs that have it, through your home theater system.

• For a Blu-ray Disc player, the connection setup will depend on whether your home theater receiver has HDMI connections, and whether your receiver can access both the audio and video signals going through those connections. If so, connect the HDMI output from the player to the receiver and from the receiver to your TV. If your receiver only offers HDMI pass-through, then you may have to make an additional digital audio ( optical or coaxial), or analog audio connection between the player and the receiver in order to access audio from the player. More on Blu-ray Disc player connectivity: Configuring Blu-ray Disc Player Video and Audio Outputs With Your Home Theater, Five Ways to Access Audio from a Blu-ray Disc Player and Connecting a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player to a Non-3D Compatible Home Theater Receiver.

• For a DVD player, connect one of the video outputs of the player to the DVD video input on the AV Receiver. If your DVD player has an HDMI output, use that option, the same way as you would a Blu-ray Disc player. If your DVD player does not have an HDMI output, use one of the other available video outputs (such as component video) in combination with a digital optical/coaxial cable from the player to your AV receiver. In order to access digital surround sound, use an HDMI or digital optical/coaxial connection.

• Have the correct audio, video, and loudspeaker connection cables, and at the right lengths. If you don’t have all the needed cables, don’t panic, you just might need to make an extra trip to Best Buy or Fry’s; it happens to all of us at some point during the setup procedure. As you go through the connection process, consider using a label printer so that your cables and wires can be easily identified later if you need to make connection changes.

• For additional advanced tips on home theater setup, check out our companion articles: Five Ways To Get Best Performance From Your Stereo System, Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amplifying Stereo Speakers, Improve The Sound Quality of Your Listening Room, How Room Lighting Affects TV Viewing.

• If the task becomes overwhelming and nothing seems to be "right", there are some initial troubleshooting tips you can take advantage of. If that fails to solve the problem(s), don’t hesitate to pay someone (such as an installer that subcontracts with your local dealer) to do it for you. You will get a system set up quickly and working properly. This can be money well spent.