Installing a Home Theatre
HDTV with a Home Theater Unit (HTU) (with
included DVD player) with optional VCR
An HDTV in a Home
Theater arrangement offers the highest quality of audio/visual experience and may include
the installation of visual and acoustic treatments to the room to enhance the environment.
A large HD display of high-quality is used. An HTU decodes the 5.1 channel Dolby Digital
audio and drives the loudspeakers, while serving also as a switch for NTSC signals.
In essence, the
Large screen television (illustrated) or
monitor connected to an STB for terrestrial reception;
Home Theater Unit (HTU) including DVD player
(sometimes referred to as AV receiver);
6 external loudspeakers, including a
sub-woofer for low-frequency effects;
Satellite or cable STB, if desired;
VCR, if desired;
Antenna, set-top, internal or roof-top,
appropriately selected for reception at your location.
connections of the HD signals from a cable or satellite STB (if used) are shown. That in
(1) connects the analog HD components Y, PR, PB to the TV/monitor.
That in (2) connects the digital components R, G, B using the or HDMI/DVI connection, if
available, resulting in improved quality. In either case, analog audio may be connected
directly, for recording purposes on the VCR. The Dolby Digital signal for the HTU may come
either from the TV or the STB. Note that the HDMI connection includes both digital HD
video and digital audio, thus simplifying interconnection.
include a DVD player and its output may be in progressive component form (best quality) or
in interlaced composite form (S-Video best quality or NTSC). The connections for
the video and audio shown below assume an internal DVD player. If an external DVD player
is used, it may be connected similarly, in either progressive component form or in
interlaced composite form (S-Video- best quality, or NTSC). If you have purchased a
progressive DVD player ensure that it is programmed on "progressive" when
connected to an HDTV.
sources may also be included, but their connection to the HTU is not addressed here.
installation notes are for an HD television which includes an integrated tuner(s) and
signal processing. If an installation uses an HD monitor (such as a plasma panel) and a
separate terrestrial STB, then most connections will be made to the rear of the STB.
Connect the cable (F coaxial) coming from the
terrestrial antenna to the Antenna port of the VCR (if used) or directly to the Antenna
port of the HD television.
If a VCR is used, connect a cable (F coaxial)
from the TV port on the VCR to the Antenna port of the HD television
Connect any analog TV cable feed (F coaxial)
to the Cable Input of the TV (from where?). Connect the Output of a digital cable STB to
the HDTV connection (DVI or HDMI) on the TV using the appropriate multi-pin cable as shown
in (2) on the diagram.
Some cable STBs may not include DVI or
HDMI and then connect Y, PR, PB to the Component Input 1 of the TV
as in (1), using RCA video cables. Connect the analog audio L/R to Input 1, L/R of the TV
using RCA audio cables.
Connect the Dolby Digital output of the cable
STB to Dolby Digital Input of the Home Theater Unit (HTU) using either an optical cable or
a short RCA cable, as appropriate.
Connect the 6 loudspeakers of the HTU, Center,
LF, RF, LR, RR, LFE/Subwoofer to the marked terminals on the HTU using speaker cable (2
conductor). Be sure to connect the marked wire to the red terminal at both ends and the
unmarked wire to the black terminal. Place the speakers as shown, so the viewer is roughly
in the center of the reproduced sound.
Connect the component output Y, PR,
PB of the HTU to the TV component Input using RCA video cables.
Connect the Composite Output of the HTU to
Composite Input 2 of the TV, S, L, R using an S-Video cable and RCA audio cables. If
S-Video connections are not available, connect the composite Y connectors, resulting in
Connect the Dolby Digital Output of the TV to
the Dolby Digital Input of the HTU using an optical fiber cable.
installation includes a VCR, connect it as follows:
- Connect the S, L, R
analog Composite Output of the VCR to the Composite Input of the HTU using an S-Video
cable and RCA audio cables. If an S-Video connection is not provided, connect the Video
Out of the VCR to the Video In of the HTU using an RCA video cable.
- Connect the S, L, R
Composite Input of the VCR to the Composite Output of the TV using an S-Video cable and
RCA audio cables. If an S-Video connection is not provided, connect the Video Out of the
TV to the Video In of the VCR using an RCA video cable.
- Other devices may be
connected to the TV on the unused inputs as needed.
for the Home Theater
of the selections in the HDTV and HTU is needed to ensure simple operation and may require
the setting up of menus in the TV and/or HTU for maximum convenience. Reference
should be made to the Initial Set Up section of the respective manuals for the
procedures to be followed.
Note that the DVD
player must also be programmed correctly to output either Progressive or Interlaced video,
matching the mode selected in the HD television.