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HP Digital Entertainment Center - Setting Up a Home Stereo System for Sound

This document pertains to a home stereo and the HP Digital Entertainment Center using Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
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Location, availability, and number of connections may vary by model. Additional cables to install the HP Digital Entertainment Center are sold separately.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many different audio options. You can connect to your existing home stereo or home theater audio system through an AV (audio/video) receiver or audio-only receiver.
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You may need to select a front-panel button on your AV receiver to switch to the audio inputs from the HP Digital Entertainment Center.

Before you begin

The first step to connecting your home stereo or home theater audio system to the HP Digital Entertainment Center is to determine what type and how many cables you need. The HP Digital Entertainment Center has RCA-type output connectors. Stereo cables with RCA connectors are used to connect from the analog audio output connections on the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the AV receiver input connections.
The number of stereo cables you need depends on the number of audio channels your stereo or home theater system has. Make sure the cables are long enough to reach from the receiver to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Audio channels
Number of stereo cables needed
2-channel system
One stereo cable
4-channel system
Two stereo cables
6-channel system
Three stereo cables
8-channel system
Four stereo cables
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Stereo cables and extension cables are purchased separately. Use stereo cables with two male RCA connectors on each end.

Connecting a 2.0/2.1 home stereo system

Use the following steps to connect a 2-channel (2.0 or 2.1) home stereo system with passive stereo speakers to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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These steps are for a typical configuration. Your system may vary. Audio input connectors on your AV receiver may be labeled CD, DVD, or DVD In.
  1. Plug the connectors at one end of the stereo cable into the Audio Out connections on the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
  2. Plug the connectors at the other end of the stereo cable into the left and right audio input connections on the AV receiver.
  3. Plug in the stereo system and then turn it on.
note:
For 2.1 home stereo system, the AV receiver may generate the subwoofer output without a subwoofer input; in this case, you do not need to connect the subwoofer output from the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Figure : Connections to a 2.0/2.1 home stereo with 2-channel AV receiver

Connecting a 4.1 home theater audio system

Use the following steps to connect a 4-channel (4.0 or 4.1) home theater system with passive stereo speakers to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. This type of home theater system requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.
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These steps are for a typical configuration. Your system may vary. Receiver/amplifier audio input connections may be labeled Surround, 4.1 or 4 Channel inputs, CD, DVD, or DVD In.
  1. Plug the connectors at one end of the stereo cables into the Audio Out connections on the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
  2. Plug the connectors at the other end of the stereo cables into the left and right audio input connections on the AV receiver.
  3. Plug in the home theater system and then turn it on.
note:
With some home stereo systems, the AV receiver may generate the subwoofer output without a subwoofer input; in this case, you do not need to connect the subwoofer output from the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Figure : Connections to a typical home theater system with 4-channel AV receiver

Connecting a 6/5.1 home theater audio system

Use the following steps to connect a 6-channel (5.1 or 6.1) home theater system with passive stereo speakers to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. This type of home theater system requires multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
note:
These steps are for a typical configuration. Your system may vary. AV receiver audio input connections may be labeled Surround, 5.1 or 6 Channel inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or Multichannel Inputs.
  1. Plug the connectors at one end of the stereo cables into the Audio Out connections on the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
  2. Plug the connectors at the other end of the stereo cables into the left and right audio input connections on the AV receiver.
  3. Plug in the home theater system and then turn it on.
  4. After you have connected your audio and video equipment, turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and refer to the following support document to configure your speakers in Windows XP: HP Digital Entertainment Center - Enabling Multi-Channel Sound and Digital Audio.
Figure : Connections to a typical home theater system with 6-channel AV receiver

Connecting an 8/7.1 home theater audio system

Use the following steps to connect an 8-channel (7.1) home theater system with passive stereo speakers to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. This type of home theater system require multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
note:
These steps are for a typical configuration. Your system may vary. If your AV receiver supports 7.1, but only has 5.1 inputs use the connection setup for a 5.1 system. Receiver/amplifier audio input connections may be labeled Surround, 7.1 or 8-Channel inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or Multichannel Inputs.
  1. Plug the connectors at one end of the stereo cables into the Audio Out connections on the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
  2. Plug the connectors at the other end of the stereo cables into the left and right audio input connections on the AV receiver.
  3. Plug in the home theater system and then turn it on.
  4. After you have connected your audio and video equipment, turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and refer to the following support document to configure your speakers in Windows XP: HP Digital Entertainment Center - Enabling Multi-Channel Sound and Digital Audio.
Figure : Connections for a typical home theater system with 8-channel AV receiver

Connecting digital home theater audio

The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports:
  • For TV and music: two-channel stereo. (Your AV receiver may separate the audio signal into multiple channels.)
  • For DVD playback: the multiple channel Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS Digital encoded audio signal passes to your AV receiver for decoding.
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You can connect with either a coaxial or optical digital audio cable, depending on your system. Use only one type of cable. Do not connect analog multichannel speaker outputs if you connect the digital output.
Use the following steps to connect a digital home theater audio system to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
  1. Connect the Digital Out connector on the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the Digital Input (SPDIF) on your AV receiver or digital audio system.
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    Insert optical cords straight in until they click into place. Do not bend or tie optical cords.
  2. Select the AV receiver input.
  3. Use the AV receiver to adjust the volume.
  4. After you have connected your audio and video equipment, turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and refer to the following support document to configure your speakers in Windows XP: HP Digital Entertainment Center - Enabling Multi-Channel Sound and Digital Audio.
Figure : Digital multichannel audio system connection (5.1 shown)

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