How Do You Hook up a Surround Sound System to a Television?

To hook up a surround sound system to a television, run an audio cable from the output connection on the television to an input connection on the sound system amplifier. Many televisions have RCA audio output connections, but some may have headphone output connections.

Surround sound audio systems are usually easy to hook up. To connect a sound system to a television, use the following steps.

  1. Check the connections on the television
  2. Different televisions have different kinds of connections. These are usually located at the back of the television, but they are sometimes be located on one side. Many have RCA output connections, but others may have headphone jacks, digital audio connections or HDMI connections, which can transmit both sound and audio. Connections are almost always clearly labeled.

  3. Check the connections on the amplifier
  4. Most stereo system amplifiers have RCA input connections. However, a few modern devices may include digital audio inputs or HDMI inputs.

  5. Connect a cable to the television
  6. Plug one end of a cable into the corresponding output connection on the television set. When using an RCA cable connection, connect the red connector to the red plug and the white connector to the white plug. When using a headphone jack as an audio output, find a cable that has a headphone jack on one end and an RCA connection on the other end. Connect the headphone end to the headphone jack on the television.

  7. Connect the cable to the amplifier
  8. Plug the other end of the cable into an input on the amplifier. Many amplifiers have a "TV" input. Others may have outputs labeled "AUX."