Home Theater & Entertainment Audio Installation and Setup Guide for Your New Stereo System By Gary Altunian Writer Gary Altunian was a freelance contributor to Lifewire and industry veteran in consumer electronics. He passion was home audio and theater systems. our editorial process Gary Altunian Updated December 04, 2019 Audio Speakers Stereos & Receivers Tweet Share Email 01 of 06 Place Stereo Speakers and Audio Components Ainsley117/Wikimedia CC 2.0 Unpack and place left and right channel stereo speakers according to these placement guidelines. Unpack and set up receiver (or amplifier) and source components (DVD, CD, tape player) with rear panels accessible. At this point, make sure the components are not plugged into the wall and are turned off. Open the Owner’s Manual(s) to the pages describing setup and installation for reference. Rear panel diagrams may be helpful. It is a good idea to save all packing materials and cartons in the event of a defective speaker or component. 02 of 06 Connect Stereo Speakers to Receiver or Amplifier Kallemax/Wikimedia CC 2.0 Connect left and right channel speaker wires to the Main or Front speaker outputs on the back panel of the receiver or amplifier, ensuring correct speaker phasing. 03 of 06 Connect Digital Output(s) of Source Components to Receiver or Amplifier Typical Optical and Coaxial Digital Outputs. DVD and CD players have an Optical Digital Output, a Coaxial Digital Output, or both. Connect one or both outputs to the appropriate digital input on the back of the receiver or amplifier. 04 of 06 Connect Analog Inputs/Outputs of Source Components to Receiver or Amplifier Daniel Christensen/Wikimedia CC 2.0 DVD and CD players also have analog outputs. This connection is optional, except in the event that your receiver or amp has only analog inputs or if you are connecting the player(s) to a television set with analog (only) inputs. If necessary, connect the left and right channel analog outputs of the player(s) to the analog [inputs] of the receiver, amplifier or television. Analog tape players, such as a cassette deck have only analog connections, inputs and outputs. Connect the left and right channel analog outputs of the cassette deck to the left and right channel TAPE inputs on the receiver or amplifier. Connect the left and right channel TAPE OUT outputs of the receiver or amp to the left and right channel TAPE IN inputs on the cassette deck. 05 of 06 Attach AM and FM Antennas to Appropriate Terminals on Receiver Lifewire Most receivers come with separate AM and FM radio antennas. Connect each antenna to the correct antenna terminals. 06 of 06 Plug In Components, Turn-On Power and Test System at Low Volume Lifewire With the power buttons on the components in the OFF position, plug-in components to the wall. With multiple components it may be necessary to use a power strip with multiple AC outlets. Turn on the receiver at low volume, select AM or FM and check to ensure that sound is coming from both speakers. If you have left and right channel sound, put a disc in the CD player, select CD on the receiver’s source selector and listen for sound. Do the same with the DVD player. If you have no sound from any source, turn off the system and re-check all connections, including speakers. Re-try the system again. If you still have no sound, refer to the Troubleshooting section on this site.