We don't spend a lot of time looking at the back of our TVs, but invest in a new sound bar or Blu-ray player and you're going to need to brave the inputs, outputs and acronyms that adorn your TVs less attractive side.
Most of the audio and video devices you buy for a TV plug in to an HDMI connector, but if your TV only has two HDMI inputs then it will be at capacity with just a Sky box and a Blu-ray player.
Nobody likes leaning over the TV to shift around connections, unplugging the PVR to connect a Blu-ray player all while trying desperately not to knock it over. But, once you understand what the less familiar connections on your TV do, you may find you can fit everything in with inputs to spare.
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You will usually need to connect an aerial or cable wire to the set-top box, too.
Since the TV is sending audio to the sound bar, you need to connect the sound bar to an output on your TV.
If your TV doesn't have HDMI ARC or a port marked HDMI output, then you'll need to use the digital audio output. This will either be an optical or co-axial port, so make sure your sound bar has the matching input.
These handy little streaming devices all connect via HDMI. You won't need a cable for some of the most popular models, including the Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire Stick, since the HDMI connector is built in.
Some streamers will also use one of the TV's USB ports for power.
As with a sound bar, the best connection for a home cinema system is HDMI ARC, since it can send the audio and video signals both ways. This is even more useful with home cinema systems since many of them include a Blu-ray or DVD player.
If you don't have HDMI ARC on your TV, then you'll need to use two cables:
The benefit of using an optical or co-axial cable is that the other devices connected to your TV, such as PVRs, TV streamers and games consoles, will use your home cinema system's speakers, rather than those on your TV. This will also be the case if you connect via the HDMI ARC port.
The latest consoles, such as the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch, all connect to your TV via HDMI. This is all you need to get the video and audio from your console onto your TV.
If you still have a VCR or older DVD player then it will more than likely connect to your TV with a Scart cable.
Modern TVs no longer have Scart inputs, so you'll need to buy a Scart to HDMI adapter to use them with your TV.