The easiest way to set up your home theater would be to plug in all of the devices directly into the TV. To be able to switch from one HDMI (High Definition Multi-media Interface) source to another (for example, from your cable box to your Blu-ray player), you would simply need to use the TV’s remote control.
In case you have more source devices than the available input ports on your television or, should you require a more flexible device that will allow you to add and remove mobile devices quite easily, you may just opt for a stand-alone HDMI switch.
HDMI technology is the latest globally accepted standard for digital audio-video connection that can produce high-density TV resolution, on which high-definition home theatre systems work on nowadays.
Today, a variety of devices of the world’s largest consumer electronic devices are designed with HDMI, including cable and satellite set-top boxes, DVD players, media center PCs, gaming consoles, and so much more. It is considered the best way to get crystal clear images as well as audio from a high density media device, such as your cable box, to your TV screen as well as your home theatre speakers. HDMI cables simplifies configuration of a home theatre system, especially for the newbies as well as the technologically challenged individuals, by connecting media equipment using just a single HDMI cable for each device, and just a single HDMI cable from the receiver to the video display device or the television. This dramatically lessens the cabling requirements, while, at the same time, providing the best possible home theatre experience for everyone. This just means that there would be no more cluttered cabling behind or around your home theatre setup. Plus, you will not have to worry about where to plug anything in as there is actually a single cable connecting everything within the system.
With the HDMI, anyone would surely get nothing but pure digital performance, as this device comes with these optional features: 3D support for full interactive movies and gaming requirements, provides higher resolution images, and allows connected devices to share internet connectivity.
However you decide to configure your home theatre system, just always make sure you have the correct device connection cables and have them connected properly. For specific components that come with a manufacturer’s manual, make sure that you have thoroughly read the instructions prior to installation.
Finally, if at any point during the setup it nothing seems to be right, do not hesitate to ask for an expert’s assistance. Contact your local installer or a sub-con that could do the installation for you. For all you know, this could be a wise investment for you, as you would get everything up quicker and properly, without ever having to worry of any resulting configuration problems in the future. Also, if you would ever encounter any consequent installation problems later, you can always ask for support from them.