You bought yourself a nice, big and expensive television as well as some home theater speakers. Then you realize that you do not know how to play TV sound through home theater system speakers. Ironic, isn’t it? Well, do not fret! Playing TV sounds using the home theater system speakers is no rocket science. In fact, it is so simple to do that one would sometimes wonder why doing the task did not come intuitively.
In using the home theater system speakers to watch TV, one must first read the product manual. Those who are inexperienced in handling the audio jacks or tinkering about the TV settings will benefit from reading the instruction guides or manuals provided by the manufacturer. After all, it is always best to familiarize yourself with how the device works, which only requires reading the product manual!
Now, some people might argue that recent innovations including upgrades on TV sets reduce the need for another speaker, thus eliminating the need for a home theatre system. However, this is not true as additional speakers are still needed to improve the viewing experience.
One of the benefits of getting a home theater system is the booming sounds that will hook the audience, just like the sounds one hears in the movie theaters. The home theater system enhances the sounds because they provide more precise audio than the TV speakers.
For example, if one is watching an action thriller, then one can hear the detailed sound of shooting. Or if the movie playing is a scary one, then the viewers will even be more scared when they hear the soft sounds of air blowing, hissing, whispering, and other creepy noises.
Knowing how to play TV sound through home theater system speakers does not require hours of research or even calling the help of professionals. Anyone can do it. And there are two most common ways:
1. Use the HDMI connection via the use of the Audio Return Channel or ARC feature.
2. Connect either using the optical digital cable, audio cable or the coaxial digital cable.
To determine which option you should use, then check first for the ARC feature of both devices–the home theater system speakers’ and the TV’s. An ARC, in theory, allows users to have a connection between the TV or the object used to make the sound like a sound bar or the receiver.
If you are unsure of whether the devices have the ARC feature, then take the time to read the product manuals. Sometimes, the HDMI ports come with the ARC marking to let users know which port to use. However, if there is no ARC feature for any of the device, then you will need to connect either using the optical digital cable, audio cable or the coaxial digital cable.
Check for the functionality of the ARC feature in both devices. It is possible that one of the devices’ ARC capability is not working. Once you have established that both devices have ARC features that are working then the next step is to check the connection using the HDMI cable.
Determine whether the receiver and the TV are connected via an HDMI cable. Sometimes, one connection is just loose, which would be the cause of their failure to read each other.
Find the HDMI port that is either labeled as the ARC or the one that supports the feature.
Take out the remote control and go to the HDMI setting for both the home theater system and the TV. If the home theater system speakers still do not produce the TV sounds, then it is also possible that the ARC feature still needs to be activated. Again, check the product manual on how to enable this feature.
The first step is to look for the audio output jack of the TV set. If you are unsure of where to find it, then go through the product manual to know the output’s location.
Grab one end of the cable and attach them to the respective jacks of home theater system. Normally, the audio inputs are labeled as video input or TV input.
Check if the cable ends are properly or tightly connected to the jacks, then turn on the TV. Grab the remote and set the TV’s sounds to either variable or fixed. A variable setting lets the TV audio via the AUDIO out jack, which shifts when pressing the volume buttons of the remote control of the television. It is called variable because the sound varies depending on the signals received from the television remote control. On the other hand, choosing fixed audio setting means that the sounds from the TV do not change when the volume buttons are used since the audio level is already fixed.
After choosing between either variable or fixed, then one must turn on the home theater system then fix the theater system to the correct input.
To avoid mixing the placements of the cable, then again, it is best to check the manual to know the labels of the inputs. Normally, these inputs are labeled, but in case one has difficulty reading, or if the inputs no longer have the markings, then they can be identified by reading the product manual.
If one has tried both methods, and none still worked, then maybe it is time to check both devices. It is possible that there is some damage on either the TV or the home theater system, especially if these devices are already old.
One can do some troubleshooting to find out which item or function is not working. It could be the audio jacks or the inputs that are damaged or broken. It is also possible that the cables like the HDMI are no longer working or are damaged, thus preventing the TV sound from coming out of the home theater system speakers despite being connected.