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What You Need to Set Up an AV Receiver

It’s like an AV scavenger hunt.

As any DIYer knows, having all the equipment and tools you need can be the difference between a slam dunk success – and a weekend of frustration and misery. It’s the same when you’re setting up your AV receiver. Preparation is the key to success!

First, ask yourself a few questions:

  • What are you connecting to your AV receiver? TV, speakers, subwoofer, Blu-ray Disc™ player, cable box, CD player, turntable?
  • Is your AV receiver going to be connected to the internet?
  • Are you going to listen to AM/FM radio through it?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can start gathering equipment. Here’s a simple checklist of what you need to connect all these devices:

receiver remote

AV receiver

Remote control for your AV receiver – and make sure it has batteries.

HDMI to TV

TV

HDMI cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your TV.

TV Remote

Remote control

Remote control for your TV.

Networkcable

Internet

Network cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your router.
Note: You can connect to the internet wirelessly, but a wired connection is more stable and faster.

Hdmi

Blu-ray Disc™ player

HDMI cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your Blu-ray
Disc™ player.

Dvdplayerremote

Remote control

Remote control for your Blu-ray Disc™ player.

Hdmitocable

Cable box

HDMI cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your cable box.

Analog

CD player

Analog (red and white RCA), optical, or digital coax cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your CD player.

Pushpins

AM/FM radio

Push pins (thumb tacks) to pin the antennas to a wall.

Analogtosubwoofer

Subwoofer

Analog (red and white RCA) cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your subwoofer.

Analogtoturntable

Turntable

Analog (red and white RCA) cable long enough to go from your AV receiver to your turntable.

Speakerwire

Speakers

Speaker wire long enough to go from your AV receiver to your speakers (one for each speaker) plus a little extra. Here’s an article that shows you how to connect speaker wire.

Bananaplugs

Banana plugs

If you’re going to terminate your speaker wire with banana plugs, you’ll need four banana plugs for each speaker wire. Here’s an article that shows you how to connect them.

Wirestrippers

Wire strippers

And last – but not least – wire strippers to make it easier to remove the coating on the ends of the speaker wire.

Now that you have everything you need, see your AV receiver’s owner’s manual for instructions on how to connect everything – and start enjoying your music and movies!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joy has spent her entire career learning and sharing knowledge with others. As a writer in the high tech industry, she specialized in demystifying technology and showing customers how to use products to make their lives easier and better. Now, in the home audio industry, where products are more interesting than routers and switches, she enjoys taking readers on a journey of discovery - exploring Yamaha products and amplifying passion for music.

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