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

by James Clark

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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