Many people are choosing to go in for a home theater system for their televisions. These home theater systems are usually in the form of an amplifier with a range of speakers. The most common ones are the 5.1 channels home theater system.
The 5.1 channel home theater system has 5 speakers and a sub woofer. This gives it a surround sound effect, with front, side and rear speakers along with the low bass sub woofer.
Adding a home theater system to your television will improve the watching experience significantly as the sound will become quite like what one experiences in movie halls, but of course at a smaller scale.
If you don’t mind splurging, then you can even go in for a 10.1 speaker home theater system, that usually comes with two sub woofers. A 6.1 or a 7.1 home theater system is also easily available.
Common ways of connecting your TV and your home theater system in India
There aren’t too many different ways to connect your home theater to your TV. The reason is that there are only a few kinds of cables that can be used for connecting them, unless of course you go for a wireless connection, which is possible with some home theater systems and compatible televisions.
The most common way to connect a modern TV and home theater system is through an HDMI cable. An HDMI cable is an all in one cable that transmits, audio, video and surround sound. Most modern televisions have an HDMI input slot, and all good home theater systems have an HDMI out slot.
This is what an HDMI input slot on the back or side of a TV look s like.
Now that it is a matter of connecting a single cable for everything, all you need to do is find the right inputs and plug in the two ends of the HDMI cable.
Here is what a typical HDMI cable looks like.
Next comes the Optical cables. These area high quality audio cables that can transmit multi-channel sound or surround sound. Your home theater system and TV will need to have optical cable inputs for you to be able to do this.
Here is what an optical cable looks like.
Here is what a typical input slot for an optical cable looks like.
What is the difference between an HDMI cable and an Optical audio cable
The main difference that will matter to us that the HDMI cable is able to transmit higher quality audio than an optical cable. Of course the bigger difference is that an HDMI cable can transmit video too, which an optical cable cannot.
The analog RCA cables are next. These are the old way of connecting components like music systems and televisions, and comprises of different wires and slots for each channel of audio and video. These are there in all legacy, contemporary and new audio and video systems. They are at the lowest rung of sound quality, and analog so can’t compare to the quality of the digital optical and HDMI cables.
For a typical 5.1 channel home theater system, you will need one cable for each speaker to connect to the home theater system, like a center speaker RCA cable, front right, front left, surround left, surround right, and subwoofer speaker cables.
To connect the home theater to the TV you will need separate cables for each slot.
Here is what a typical RCA cable looks like.
Here are what the slots for the RCA cables look like.
Another cable that we often come across is the coaxial cable. Though these cables are mostly used for connecting to digital set top boxes and for cable TV, you may come across them sometime.
These coaxial cables, are similar to optical cables as they transmit the media digitally. These coaxial digital cables are generally used for getting cable TV channels into your TV, however in some TVs this can also be an option.
Here is what a coaxial digital cable looks like.
Here is what the slot for a coaxial digital cable input slot looks like.
These are the common ways to connect your home theater to your TV. There are others way to connect but those are not common options so we have not covered them here.
We hope this post on connecting your TV to your home theater system has been useful to you.