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1 THE FIRST CONNECTION SHOULD BE TO YOUR TV 2 SET UP YOUR SPEAKERS AND CONNECT YOUR COMPONENTS 3 CALIBRATE YOUR SPEAKERS, CONNECT TO YOUR NETWORK, AND TAKE CONTROL Before you make your Rrst connection, it helps to have the receiver out in the open either sitting on an open-back cabinet pulled out from the wall, or on the Soor in front of your cabinet. This gives you easy access to the rear panel for making all of your connections. Set your speakers up around the room. Use string to measure the distance from each speaker to the receiver, and cut your speaker wire accordingly. Consider using speaker connectors like banana plugs for a more secure connection. Most receivers come with auto-calibration systems to Rne-tune the sound for the size of your speakers and the room theyre in. Plug the included setup microphone into the dedicated jack on the front of the receiver, and place the microphone where youll sit most of the time. Follow the onscreen instructions and the receiver will do all the work. Split the wire down the center at each end, using wire cutters to trim the insulation from the tip. Keep the ends of the wires separate. Attach any speaker connectors to the ends of the wire, noting which lead is positive and which is negative. Connect your TV to the receiver using an HDMI cable. Use HDMI input 1 on the TV and HDMI output 1 or Main on the receiver. This will allow you to view any onscreen setup guides the receiver might have built in. If you havent already been prompted by your receivers setup guide, nows the time to connect your receiver to your home network. This lets you take advantage of online music services. We recommend a hard-wired Ethernet connection, but Wi-Fi should do the trick if that isnt workable. Connect your audio/video components to the receivers inputs. Whenever possible, we recommend using HDMI cables. HDMI connections transmit the highest resolution audio and video signals, often without additional cables. Turn on your TV and receiver. Then follow any setup instructions oered by the onscreen guide. Some will even walk you through the entire process. Start Connect each speaker wire lead to the corresponding speaker and receiver input. Make sure to connect positive to positive and negative to negative. Next, connect your subwoofer to the receivers sub output using a mono RCA cable. PRO TIP Place the setup microphone at ear level in your favorite seat. Many receivers come with cardboard stands for this. You can also use a camera tripod. If you place the mic directly on the couch or chair, the soundstage will be too low. PRO TIP Don't plug any of your gear directly into outlets or inferior surge protectors. A quality power protection device will keep your gear from being fried in the event of an electrical surge. PRO TIP We recommend attaching speaker connectors to the ends of your speaker wire. They're far easier to deal with than bare wire. Plus, they minimize the risk of a stray strand causing a short that can damage your gear. Banana plugs are our favorite. If your receiver oers a control app for mobile devices, download it and check it out. Youll be able to switch sources, adjust the volume, and control all your streaming services with one convenient interface. And since it controls your receiver over Wi-Fi, youll be able to use it from any room in the house. See the full article at 41

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