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How To Set Up A Home Theater System For Beginners: Part I

by Stuart Charles Black
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Hey there friend, and Welcome aboard!!

Before we get into How To Set Up A Home Theater For Beginners, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…

I’m Here To Help!!


This guide will be divided into parts to make it easier to digest!

Table Of Contents

Part I: Introduction & The Receiver Conundrum (You Are Here)

Part II: Your Source, Speakers, and Vinyl 101

Part III: Questions To Ask Yourself, the A/V Receiver, & Parts List

Part IV: Putting It All Together


You may not believe this, but there’s a challenge you have to face if you’re a beginner audiophile.

I prefer to poke fun at those nerds and refer to myself as an AudioFILE, but that’s a whole different can of worms.

Check my YouTube channel for all those shenanigans. It’s really fun I promise. You too can poke fun at bogus “Audiophiles!”

I know what you’re thinking though: “Why don’t you just shut your YAPPER and tell me what the challenge is homie?” XD

It’s sorting through the B.S.

I’m serious. The word vomit has gotten real in these last couple of years.

People are now taking pictures of headphones in trees and sh**. It’s out of control.

I’m half kidding, but not really.

It was never about you. At the end of the day, no one really cares about your camera trick shots. It’s about you helping ME. And now I’m here to Help YOU. Understand? I was the noob and couldn’t find answers, so I decided to BE the actual help to those seeking it.



^That was me before I finally figured out what an audio interface did, way back when. LOL.

There are so much fluff and nonsense strewn about nowadays, that it becomes almost impossible to get down to brass tacks.

What you actually need to know. What pieces of gear connect to what. How to get sound playing.

Speaking of, let’s get into the receiver conundrum.

The Receiver Conundrum

Why in God’s name are there so many receivers on the market? To start off, there are two types:

  1. A/V Receivers. These are both audio and picture receivers, hence, A/V (Audio Visual). This means that they have HDMI inputs and/or outputs on the back that connect to your source as well as your T.V. More on that in a bit!
  2. Stereo Receivers. These are audio-only, and people mainly use them to connect to turntables so they can play that sweet, sweet vinyl. You can also hook up a CD player here as well.

My issue was that every time I searched for a receiver, I had no idea what the h** I was looking for. Those blog articles I mentioned before? Yeah, they didn’t help matters either.

Everything is so vague.

There are like a thousand different connections on the back but they all look identical! So what gives?

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