Hook Up A Yamaha Home Theatre System

Some Yamaha home theater systems feature five speakers plus a subwoofer — 5.1 surround — while others have 7 — 7.1 surround.

Yamaha home theater systems are respected in the industry for their high quality and high performance. Different models are available with varying capabilities, both in terms of design features and in the equipment included. The connecting options also vary depending on the particular model, and though they utilize the latest technologies, Yamaha systems are created to require minimal effort for the user to hook them up and have them ready to go.


1. Select the locations for the various speakers within the room to optimize their value in the overall surround sound system. Some Yamaha home theater models, such as the YHT-791BL, feature individual front and center speakers while others, including the YHT-494, feature a single speaker unit for this purpose. Place the surround speakers parallel to the main listening area — with rear surround speakers of 7.1 channel systems behind this area. Decide on the placement of the speakers — for example, whether they will be placed on a shelf or wall-mounted — and set up any needed stands or pedestals for the speakers.

2. Cut the speaker cable into sufficient lengths to reach from the receiver to each speaker, and strip the shielding away from each end, around 3/8ths of an inch, if the speaker cable that accompanied your particular Yamaha system was supplied as a single cable. Connect one end of each cable to the leads on the rear of each speaker and the other end to its appropriate jack on the receiver, ensuring that the positive and negative wires match up. Also connect the subwoofer cable from the subwoofer to its output jack on the receiver.

3. Connect HDMI cables from the HDMI outputs of video components such as a DVD/Blu-Ray player and cable or satellite set-top receiver box/DVR to the HDMI inputs on the rear of the Yamaha receiver, if your model features these inputs as most newer receivers do. If your Yamaha is an older model that does not offer these inputs, connect the components directly to the TV using HDMI or other cables supported by your TV.

4. Connect another HDMI cable from the HDMI output on the Yamaha receiver to an HDMI input on the TV, if your TV supports this connection type. Using this connection method, the source components are routed and selected through the receiver, with only the single cable needed to send the audio and video signals to the TV. Models such as the RX-V567 also offer component and composite video outputs to connect to TVs without HDMI capability.

5. Connect a digital audio cable, either optical or coaxial, from a digital audio output of the TV or video source component(s) to a matching input on the receiver, if HDMI cables were not used for these connections. Also connect other components, such as a CD player or phonograph, to the receiver using cables — coaxial or composite RCA — supported by that player.

6. Connect the AM and FM antennas to their respective jacks on the rear of the receiver and situate the antennas in a spot to maximize reception ability.