How do I hook this bloody thing up?

May 31, 2006

Over the past year, Mum and Dad have collected the components of a pretty good home theatre system. They've got a massive 106cm widescreen plasma television and they've got a surround sound system, but I've got no idea how to hook the two of them up.

Their DVD player and their television have the standard left and right RCA audio outputs, but the sound system has five RCA inputs – front left, front right, back left, back right, and the subwoofer. There may even be another input for a small speaker in the middle.

How is this supposed to work? Is there an amplifier that takes the two audio signals, processes them and outputs five? Is the DVD player or television supposed to have more outputs? I can't imagine that a $2600 television would be lacking such a feature, but I guess it's possible.

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2 Responses to “How do I hook this bloody thing up?”

  1. Rob said

    the dvd player needs more outputs i tells ya. but i haven’t done it before myself, but it’s what login dictates. you poor poor man. i know what it’s like to be the resident “we’ll get to hook it up” guy. at least you don’t come from a spanish family.

  2. Dick Smith said

    Hey there,
    Unfortunatly in order to get surround sound from your TV and DVD player you will need to buy a multi channel amplifier.
    A half way good one should cost around $600ish.
    Have a squiz here http://www.encelstereo.com.au/encel/default.asp
    Cya….

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