How to Hook Up an HDTV to a Digital Cable Box, Surround Sound System & VCR

by James Clark, studioD

High Definition Television (HDTV) sets connect to audio-visual components with a variety of input jacks to reproduce picture and sound. With a digital cable box, you can enjoy multi-channel audio with a surround sound receiver connected to the HDTV. A VCR for recording programs to videotape connects to a separate set of jacks on the surround sound receiver. Digital cable boxes are equipped with a converter for transforming signals to play on analog equipment, so you do not need to hook up a separate converter box with the VCR.

Step 1

Turn off the power to all components before connecting your AV cables.

Step 2

Connect one HDMI cable from the matching output on the back of the digital cable box to any HDMI input on the back of the surround sound receiver.

Step 3

Plug in the second HDMI cable from the "Video" or "TV" output on the surround sound receiver to any HDMI jack on the HDTV.

Step 4

Insert the three colored plugs on one end of a composite cable into the playback jacks on the back of the VCR. Connect the three plugs on the opposite end to the input jacks labeled for a VCR on the back of the surround sound receiver.

Step 5

Hook up the remaining composite cable from the recording jacks on the VCR to the output jacks labeled for a VCR on the rear of your surround sound receiver.

Items you will need

  • 2 HDMI cables
  • 2 Composite AV cables

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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