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How to Connect Blu-ray Player to Your Home Theater System

Once you’ve purchased your new Blu-ray player, you might be interested in knowing how to properly connect your Blu-ray player to your home theater system. The following are three ways that you can use to connect a blu-ray disc player to a home theater system that does not have a 3D-compliant home theater receiver.

  1. If you buy a Blu-ray Disc player that has two HDMI, you can connect HDMI output 1 to TV for video and HDMI output 2 for audio. This will provide access to all available surround sound audio formats employed by the Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats.
  2. If you buy a Blu-ray 3D Disc that has one HDMI output, plus a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog outputs, you can connect the HDMI output from Blu-ray Disc player directly to the TV for the video and connect the 5.1/7.1 channel analog outputs of the Blu-ray Disc player to 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio input of your home theater receiver.

    In this configuration, the Blu-ray Disc player will do all the necessary audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and send the those signals to the receiver as uncompressed PCM signals. The sound quality will be the same – you just won’t see Dolby TrueHD displayed on the home theater receiver’s front panel display.

  3. If you purchase a 3D Blu-ray Disc player that does not have either HDMI outputs or 5.1 /7.1 channel analog audio outputs, you can still connect the HDMI connection of the blu ray disc player to the TV for the video, but you would have to connect the blu-ray disc player’s digital optical or digital coaxial output to the receiver for the audio. However, using this connection, you will only be able to access standard Dolby Digital and DTS signals – not Dolby TrueHD.

If a cable does not fit, do not force it. Take the time to check to make sure that the pins on the inside of the cables are straight.

Whether it is a Blu-ray dic player, surround sound speakers or just a television set, having everything connected properly is the first step to have a great cinematic experience.

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