How to Get TV Sound Through Home Theater System

By Kevin Krause

Connecting your television to your home theater's surround sound system will allow you to utilize the high-quality surround sound audio tracks transmitted with most high-definition programming. Bridging the audio between your television and surround sound will create an exciting television experience. There are several options in transmitting the audio signal to consider, and each has its own benefits, but the setup remains the same. A simple one-cable connection will have you enjoying your home theater system more than ever.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital optic, digital coaxial, or analog audio cables

Step 1

Properly configure the video signal of your television. If using a cable box or satellite receiver, be sure the video signal is connected to the receiver and properly outputted to the television set. Refer to the instructions included with your television and receiver for proper installation.

Step 2

Locate the "Audio Out" port on the back of your television. Most newer sets will have a digital out, typically a fiber optic port. This port is usually colored orange. Other audio outputs you may find include digital coaxial ports, which look like the same type of port used to connect your cable video, and a pair of red and white analog RCA outputs. The benefit of a digital output is the ability to transmit Dolby surround sound signals to be decoded by the surround sound receiver. Analog connections do not offer true surround sound transmittal.

Step 3

Connect the proper cable from the "Audio Out" port on the back of the television to an open "Audio In" channel on your home theater surround sound receiver. Certain channels on the receiver may only be able to use certain types of audio connections, so be sure the open channel matches the type of cable you will be connecting from the television.

Step 4

Alternatively, when using a cable box or satellite receiver, you can run the "Audio Out" signal directly from the back of the cable box. This, however, may hinder your ability to run sound to the television when the surround sound receiver is turned off.

Step 5

Mute the volume of the television when using the surround sound receiver to play the television's audio. This will avoid a delay in sound between the two sources.

Tips & Warnings

  • When possible, always use digital connections for the best audio quality.