How to Set Up a Kenwood Surround Sound System

By Preston Manning Bernstein

Take advantage of the surround-sound capabilities of your favorite movies and TV shows by purchasing a Kenwood surround-sound system. Most of Kenwood's systems can be purchased for less than $1,000, which makes the setup affordable for many people. The company's systems typically feature five surround-sound speakers, a powered subwoofer, a home-theater receiver and a DVD or Blu-ray player.

Things You'll Need

  • Television set
  • Speaker stands, bookshelf, or wall mounts

Place the Speakers

Step 1

Place the left and right front speakers next to your television set. Have at least 10 feet between them.

Step 2

Place the center channel speaker directly above or below the television.

Step 3

Place the rear channel surround-sound speakers behind and slightly above your main seating area at a 45-degree angle.

Step 4

The subwoofer and Kenwood receiver can be placed anywhere that is convenient within the room. It is recommended to place them near the television set.

Connect the Components

Step 1

Set your DVD or Blu-ray player next to the Kenwood receiver. Connect the player's audio/video cord into the corresponding input jacks on the back of the receiver.

Step 2

Connect the video output jack on the receiver with a cable leading to the video input jack on the back of the television.

Step 3

Connect the speakers systematically to the Kenwood receiver. Connect the front-channel speaker wire to the receiver, then to the receiver itself.

Step 4

Repeat this with all the speakers and subwoofer until everything is connected to the receiver.

Step 5

Plug the Kenwood receiver into a power strip. Turn on the system.

Set Up the System

Step 1

Insert a disc into the player's tray. Adjust the volume to the desired level with your remote control.

Step 2

Toggle to the audio-settings menu to set your preferred levels for the individual surround-sound speakers.

Step 3

Set the audio-delay effects. Audio-delay creates the sensation of action moving throughout the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is recommended to use a surge protector with your Kenwood system.