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How to set up a Home theater System?

Hi CNET! This "how to" is just in time. I recently got a new HTS and connected it to my HDTV and 3D blu-ray player. However, I cannot hear TV sound through my speakers. I can get sound from the speakers as long as my blu-ray player is on, but I can't get surround sound from the TV. My goal is to be able to hear surround sound through the TV as well as the blu-ray player. Right now, I only get it from the Blu-ray player. Before I call the Geek Squad to help, I want to exhaust all other methods. I appreciate whatever help you can offer. Thanks!

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The most common solution is an optical cable from

While this doesn't apply to all setups I found adding an optical cable from the HDTV back to the HTS often fixes the missing audio.
Bob

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What you need to check first.

What your HDTV must have is an Audio out and most HDTVs nowadays have what is called a Digital audio (optical) output. Check the back of your TV or refer to your owners manual to locate it.

It should look something like this:
http://img.zdnet.com/techDirectory/_TOSLINK.JPG

And on your HTS receiver it should have an Digital audio (optical) input.

This digital audio out from your TV will allow you to connect the audio signal to your HTS via a Digital audio optical cable, so that audio from your TV can be transmitted to your HTS system, allowing for you to hear your TV audio signal through your HTS speakers.

So check out both your TV for an Optical output and your HTS for an optical input and if they have them, go ahead and buy a optical digital audio cable and connect the two components together via the cable and you should be good to go.

Here is just an example of what a optical digital cable looks like:
http://www.ipmart.com/contents/products/P207000/207700/extra_pic/pic_ex2.jpg

All you will need is one cable and make sure it is long enough to connect from your TV to your HTS.

Good luck! I hope this helps!

-Lee

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