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Home Theatre - HDMI

    Before Connecting

    A/V Receiver is a typical component within Home Theatre System. The basic functionality is to receive and amplify an audio signal and allow it to pass through the video signal from other A/V devices to the TV.

    Making a Connection

    HDMI cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI). Schematic diagram of cable (A) that connects the antenna jack in the room and the TV's antenna terminal, and cable (B) that connects the Home Theater and the TV's HDMI terminal.
    • : Antenna cable
    • : HDMI cable with ARC (Audio Return Channel)

    If your Home Theatre System, TV, and the HDMI cable support ARC, it means the TV can transmit sound to Home Theatre System. When you connect the TV to the Antenna/Cable directly (without Set Top Box), it will allow you to hear the TV sound through speakers connected to Home Theatre System.
    If you are using Set Top Box, you will need to output the sound from Set Top Box to Home Theatre System.
    When connecting a BRAVIA Sync-compatible digital audio system with Audio Return Channel (ARC) technology, find the HDMI jack (socket) that carries the ARC mark (HDMI IN 1 or HDMI IN 2, depending on your model/ region/ country) and connect to it with an HDMI cable. However, if connecting a system that is not BRAVIA Sync-compatible or ARC capable, an additional audio connection via DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) is necessary.

    If connecting a system that is not compatible with Control for HDMI or ARC, an additional audio connection is necessary:

    HDMI + Optical Audio cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI with Optical Audio cable). A schematic diagram of the connected equipment and cables is shown as below.
Cable (A) connects the antenna jack in the room and the antenna terminal on the TV.
Cable (B) connects the Home Theater's Optical IN terminal and the TV's Digital Audio Out (Optical) terminal.
Cable (C) connects the HDMI OUT terminal of the Home Theater and the HDMI IN terminal of the TV.
    • : Antenna cable
    • : Audio cable (optional) - Optical Audio cable
    • : HDMI cable

    HDMI + Mini-plug audio to RCA cable

    Connection Diagram of Home Theater (HDMI with Mini-plug audio to RCA cable. A schematic diagram of the connected equipment and cables is shown as below.
Cable (A) connects the antenna jack in the room and the antenna terminal on the TV.
Cable (B) connects the RCA terminal of the Home Theater and the TV's Audio out
Cable (C) connects the HDMI OUT terminal of the Home Theater and the HDMI IN terminal of the TV.
    • : Antenna cable
    • : Audio cable (optional) - Mini-plug to RCA/Composite Audio cable
    • : HDMI cable

    This connection will transfer analogue audio, so the quality is lower than when you use Optical audio cable.

    TV Set-up

    1. After making a connection, turn on the TV and Home Theatre System.
    2. Press the (Input) button repeatedly to select the input to the connected Home Theatre System.

    3. For audio connection, open the Settings screen. How to access the Settings
      The next steps will depend on your TV menu options:
      • Select Display & SoundAudio output → SpeakersAudio system.
      • Select SoundSpeakersAudio System.
    4. The connected audio system is turned on automatically. The volume can be controlled using the TV's remote.
      If you connect a BRAVIA Sync-compatible device, you can control it by simply using the TV's remote.
      For HDMI ARC and Optical audio connection, You need to configure the Digital audio output or Digital Audio Out settings according to your audio system:
      • To access Digital Audio Out settings, open the Settings screen. How to access the Settings
        The next steps will depend on your TV menu options:
        • Select Display & SoundAudio output → Audio system settingsDigital audio output.
        • Select Display & SoundAudio outputDigital audio output.
        • Select SoundDigital Audio Out.
      • Select Auto or PCM (Select Auto if the device connected via DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) is compatible with Dolby Digital. Select PCM if the device is not compatible with Dolby Digital).

    Troubleshooting

    Please note that this is just basic troubleshooting based on Sony latest TV models. You can check specific troubleshooting for your model on the Help Guide, i-Manual, or operating instructions.
    If the symptom still persists, please contact Sony.

    No audio or low audio when connected to audio system
    • Ensure proper connection and both TV and Home Theatre System are on.
    • Ensure proper input settings for both TV (see above TV Setup) and Home Theatre System.
    • If your TV has following setting menu items, make sure the settings are set as below:
      Note: The steps below are an example.
      • Speakers: Audio System.
        Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio output → Speakers → Set to Audio system.
      • Headphone/Audio Out: Audio Out.
        Select SettingsSoundHeadphone/Audio out → Set to Audio out (Fixed).
      • Audio Out: Fixed.
    • If the audio system is not compatible with Dolby Digital or DTS, set Digital audio output to PCM. The steps below are an example:
      Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio output → Audio system settings → Set Digital audio out to PCM.
      If Audio system settings is not shown, skip this step.
    • Check if the TV's Digital audio out volume setting is at maximum. The steps below are an example:
      Select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio output → Audio system settingsOptical digital audio output volume.
      If Audio system settings is not shown, skip this step.
    • When using HDMI input with Super Audio CD or DVD-AudioDIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) may not provide an audio signal.
    • If there is still no audio, slightly increase the television volume.
    • If there is still no audio, slightly increase the volume level on the Home Theatre System.
    No picture appears on the TV screen when connected to the home theatre system via HDMI.

    For some 2014 TV models (i.e. KDL-xxWxxxB Series), there is Problem Diagnosis feature that may detect connected device symptom: Press HOME button on the remote → HelpCustomer Support → Problem Diagnosis: External Device Symptom.

    Please check the following:

    • Is the HDMI cable connected correctly?
    • Is the HDMI input selected on TV?
    • If a resolution setting unacceptable to your TV is mistakenly selected, you can reset it to the factory default. In this case, press STOP button on the player for more than 10 seconds to reset the video output resolution to the lowest resolution.