How to Connect a Set-top Box and an Audio/Video

How to Connect a Set-top Box and an Audio/Video
This is a general recommendation based on the information you provided. You can customize
the connections to suit your individual preferences and viewing habits.
Some hookup recommendations have two cable options listed in the cable section. You will only
need the cables listed under the cable option you choose. You can also use a combination of
cables rather than one type throughout.
This hookup guide uses generic
names for connection jacks and input
labels. The table on the right lists
some of the label variations you may
find on your equipment.
RF IN, RF OUT
UHF/VHF, CABLE, LINE, TV
LINE IN, LINE OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO IN, AUDIO
OUT
FIXED, VARIABLE
MONITOR
TO TV, VIDEO IN, VIDEO OUT
If you don’t have a cable box or satellite receiver (AKA set-top box), skip the steps for the settop box. Connect the coaxial cable from the wall into the RF in connection on the next device. If
you’re not connecting a broadcast signal source, disregard the steps involving the set-top box
and begin with the steps for the equipment you are connecting.
This guide provides basic instructions for operating your equipment. The steps can vary by
brand and model. Refer to the manual supplied with your equipment for details specific to your
model. Sony product manuals and documentation can found on the Sony eSupport web site. If
you have questions about a non-Sony device, please contact the manufacturer for information.
You can now surf the web with Sony Internet TV products. If you need help connecting to your
wired or wireless network, check out our Network Connection tutorial.
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We recommend this hookup to view cable or satellite service on your TV. This connection will
also allow you to listen to your cable or satellite service through your A/V receiver. This
connection provides a higher-quality video image than a coaxial connection.
(1) Composite A/V cable
(2) S-Video cables
(1) Composite video cable
(1) Composite audio cable
Note: If your A/V receiver supports digital audio, you will need a digital audio cable. Choose the
type of cable (digital coaxial or optical audio) that matches jacks on your equipment.
(1) Digital coaxial or optical cable
Note: Instructions and a list of additional cables required to connect audio components to the
A/V receiver can be found in a separate section at the end of this document. Refer to this
section to make sure you have all of the cables you will need before starting to connect your
equipment.
1. Connect the coaxial cable from the wall to the RF IN jack on the set-top box.
Note: If your satellite service does not include local channels, you may want to connect an
antenna to the TV IN jack on your satellite receiver. Refer to the operating instructions for specific
information on switching between satellite and local broadcasts.
2. Connect a composite A/V cable to:
a. LINE OUT jacks on the set-top box
b. LINE IN jacks on the A/V receiver
Notes:
Be sure to match the colors of the cable connectors with the colors of the
jacks.
If your equipment has optical audio or digital coaxial jacks, use this
connection instead of the red and white audio cables. With this connection, you can
receive digital audio from the A/V receiver.
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3. Connect a composite video cable to:
a. MONITOR OUT jack on the A/V receiver
b. VIDEO input jack on the TV
Notes:
If your equipment has S-Video jacks, use this connection instead of the yellow
composite cable. The S-Video connection provides a higher-quality video image.
Connect the red and white audio cables or a digital audio cable for the sound.
Follow the instructions supplied with your A/V receiver to connect and test your
speakers.
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Turn on the TV.
Turn on the set-top box.
Turn on the A/V receiver.
Tune the TV to the video input to which the A/V receiver is connected, for example,
VIDEO 1.
5. Select the line input on the A/V receiver to which the set-top box is connected, for
example, TV/SAT.
If there is picture on the TV and sound from your speakers, you have connected the
equipment correctly.
Watch TV
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Turn on the TV.
Turn on the set-top box.
Turn on the A/V receiver.
Tune the TV to the video input to which the A/V receiver is connected, for example,
VIDEO 1.
5. Select the line input on the A/V receiver to which the set-top box is connected, for
example, TV/SAT.
6. Tune the set-top box to the desired channel.
The input jacks on an A/V receiver, with the exception of the PHONO IN jack, are
interchangeable, for example, you may connect a CD player into an input marked MiniDisc.
If you are connecting a turntable and the volume is low, the turntable may not have a built in
pre-amplifier. Use the PHONO IN jack on the A/V receiver if one is available. Do not connect
other devices to this jack.
The connection instructions are the same for all audio devices. Repeat the connection
instructions for each of your audio devices.
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CD Player
(1) Composite audio cable
(1) Digital coaxial or
optical cable
MiniDisc player
(1) Composite audio cable
(1) Digital coaxial or
optical cable
Tape Deck
(1) Composite audio cable
Turntable
(1) Composite audio cable
1. Connect the composite audio cable to:
a. LINE OUT jacks of the audio component.
b. LINE IN jacks on the back of the A/V receiver.
Note: If your audio device and A/V receiver both have an optical audio or digital
coaxial jack, use this connector instead of the red and white audio cables. With this
connection, you can receive digital audio to the A/V receiver.
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Dub
To make a copy.
HDMI Repeater
A device, such as an A/V receiver, that receives an audio/video signal from one HDMI device and passes it
through to another connected HDMI device.
High Definition (HD)
Video signal up to six times the picture and detail resolution of conventional standard definition. As of January
2007 1080p is the highest line resolution available for HD content.
Interlaced scanning
Half a frame of video is drawn on the screen at one time using the odd scan lines, then the second half of the
frame is drawn on the screen using the even scan lines. Because this process happens so quickly the human
eye sees a full image.
Line In/Out
Transfers an audio and/or video signal in or out of one unit for connection into another. (Example Line 1)
Monitor Out
An output jack usually found on an A/V receiver that passes video information from a connected video device
to a television.
Progressive scanning
An entire frame of video is drawn on the screen at one time line by line. This results in crisper images and up
to twice as many frames per second of video compared to interlaced scanning
Set-top Box
Cable box or satellite receiver.
Standard Definition (SD)
Conventional TV broadcasting with the standard 480 active scanning lines and interlaced scanning (480i).
Stereo Audio
Right and left (2) channel audio.
Tuner
An electronic circuit or device used to select signals at a specific radio frequency for amplification and
conversion to video and sound.
Video Input/Output
Transfers an audio and/or video signal in or out of one unit for connection into another. (Example Video 5)
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