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Chapter 8. Connecting All the Components

Chapter 8. Connecting All the Components

Connecting the various home theater components can tire and frustrate even the most devoted home theater user. Although it might seem you need a degree in electrical engineering to get all your devices to work together, if you understand each component’s role, its inputs, and outputs, the job becomes manageable.

Most of us are much too excited to calmly follow directions provided with each device. Instead, we haphazardly rush through the setup until we have baffled ourselves—and then we opt for the instructions. Investing a small amount of time up front creating a wiring diagram saves you lots of time (no getting confused or doing and redoing the same things over and over again) and money (eliminates the risk of buying duplicate cables). Your wiring diagram should depict the wire, or series of wires, that will go in and out of each device. This proves especially important when you are working with the receiver and its multiple inputs.


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