How to Hook Up Your Sony Blu-ray Player

by Quinn Marshall

A Sony Blu-Ray player is similar to other Blu-Ray players on the market, and you can connect it to any TV that offers either component, s-video or HDMI video-in ports; only an HDTV with HDMI will allow you to experience the full quality of Blu-Ray video, however. An HDMI cable is the most common way to connect a Blu-Ray player to a TV, but other options are available for those who can't afford one, or who own an older television.

Clear a place on your entertainment system for the player. Place it on a flat surface in a location with adequate air flow. Plug its power cable into a surge protector or wall outlet. Press the power button to turn it on.

Determine the type of cable you are going to use to connect the player to your television. Look at the back of the Sony Blu-Ray player; you should see an HDMI port, an s-video port and three composite ports. Look at the back of your TV and note the types of cable connections it can receive. A modern HDTV should have all three types of ports, but an older TV may only have composite video support. Determine what video cables came with the Sony player; most players don't include an HDMI cable, but one may have been included in the package with the player if you purchased a bundle special, for example.

Plug the video cable into the corresponding cable port on the back of the Blu-Ray player; for example, plug an HDMI cable into the HDMI port. Plug the opposite end into the corresponding port on the back of your TV. Be sure to choose the "video-in" port, not "video-out."

Connect an audio cable if necessary. Composite video cables include a wire for audio, and don't require a separate cable. A s-video connection, however, requires an audio cable, which should have come with the player. Connect one end to the "audio-out" port on the back of the player, and the other end to the "audio-in" port on your TV.

Change your TV to the video mode that the Blu-Ray player is connected to. Press the "Mode" button on the TV's remote or button panel until you see the Blu-Ray's menu screen.

About the Author

Based in New England, Quinn Marshall began her writing career in 2004. She was a featured writer for Laptop Logic and contributes to publications such as "Smashing Magazine."

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