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Connect Xbox 360 game console to a TV and Audio/Video receiver. 

Xbox 360 hookup and audio/video setup:


o Xbox 360 game system.
o A/V Receiver with Dolby Digital.
o Surround sound loudspeakers.
o Xbox 360 Audio/Video cable.
o TV.

The Xbox 360 game console can connect to your standard TV, High Definition TV and to the internet. Also, to enjoy the experience of surround sound, you can connect the audio to a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround A/V receiver with six loudspeakers. 

The rear panel of the Xbox 360 has an Ethernet port and a multi-pin audio/video port. The audio/video port is the larger of the two and accepts the specific Xbox 360 audio/video cables of which there are several choices depending on your TV and audio setup. You can connect a composite video, S-video or component video (for 720p/1080i) cable to your TV and stereo audio or 5.1 surround sound. The digital audio connection for 5.1 surround sound will need an A/V receiver (5.1 decoder) with 6 surround speakers and a digital audio cable connection.

Standard Cable - Xbox 360 composite video and 2-channel audio for standard TV. 

TV connections

Connect S-video or composite video (yellow) to your TV video input. 
If your TV has stereo speakers, connect the red and white audio plugs to your TV audio inputs.
Connect red to red and white to white. If your TV is only mono-audio (one speaker) then connect only the white plug for sound.

Gamelink360 component video - audio/video cable

In order to get High-Definition video, you need to use a component video cable. This cable has the three video (green, blue, red) RCA style connectors and the two audio (red, white) RCA style connectors. The big flat end plugs into the back of the Xbox and the smaller plugs connect into your TV inputs. You should have the three video input jacks on the TV (green, blue, red) and the white and red sound inputs.

With a HDTV and a component video cable you can get High Definition video from your Xbox 360. 
All new games for Xbox 360 are required to be high definition, capable of being output at 720p or 1080i. Remember to set the switch from "TV" to "HDTV" if using the Xbox 360 Microsoft A/V cable. 

TV connections

Also, with a A/V receiver capable of 5.1 surround sound, you can connect the digital audio plug into the A/V receiver digital audio input and enjoy your game in surround sound. (6 Loudspeakers required)

What can you do with this configuration?
o Play video games, 
o Listen to audio thru high-end loudspeakers, 
o Use switching capability on A/V receiver, 
o Decode digital audio using A/V receiver.

Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound setup
for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Sony PS2

Microsoft Xbox (Original Xbox)

Hardware setup

Dolby Digital 5.1 technology is built into Microsoft Xbox. 
To enable it, however, you'll need:
1) a digital audio output, 
2) an A/V receiver with Dolby Digital, and 
3) cables.

Microsoft XBox High Definition AV Pack 

The High Definition AV Pack connects the Xbox video game system to high definition-ready televisions. Supports 480p, 720p and 1080i component video signals for game play (NTSC only for DVD playback), analog audio inputs and digital receivers.

* Connects the Xbox to most TVs with interlaced component video inputs 

* Supports digital and surround sound audio receivers 

* Dolby Digital decoding and a fiber optic cable required to enable Dolby Digital 

* Dolby Pro Logic decoding required to enable Dolby Surround sound 

* High definition-ready television required to enable high definition features 

1. For a digital audio output, you'll need 
Microsoft's Advanced AV Pack or High Definition AV Pack

2. Connect either AV Pack's digital optical output to the A/V receiver's optical digital input with an optical digital audio cable .

3. Connect the AV Pack's video output to the A/V receiver's video input with a composite, S-Video or component video cable
Note: you don't need to connect the two-channel analog outputs from your Xbox.

4. Make sure the A/V receiver's video monitor output is connected to your TV's video input.

Software setup

After you connect your Xbox, you'll need to switch to the setting for Dolby Digital.

1. Turn on the Xbox with no disc in the drive.

2. In the Xbox dashboard, select Settings.

3. Select Audio.

4. The Audio mode screen will show Dolby Digital status. Select Dolby Digital.

5. When asked "Does your stereo system support Dolby Digital audio?" Select Yes.

6. "Dolby Digital enabled" will appear on the audio screen.

cable for digital audio uses optical (fiber optic) instead of copper wires to conduct pulses of digital data. The round fiber optic light guide has a squarish connector rather than the round connector of a RCA style cable. If your 5.1 A/V receiver only has the coaxial type digital audio inputs, you need to get an adapter which will take the optical cable input and convert it to use a coaxial output which you will connect to your receiver.

Microsoft Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is smaller than the original Xbox. It's supplied with a massive external power supply. There's an HDTV/TV switch at the end of the Xbox 360 Audio/Video connection cable and if you don't set it to HDTV, you won't get surround sound output.  DVD movie playback is output at a standard 480p in standard 4:3 TV format. There is high capacity optical media support (Blu-Ray / HD-DVD) using an external HD-DVD drive which is available for $150. Dolby Digital interactive encoding for games is built into Microsoft Xbox 360. 

The Xbox 360 supports a wide variety of Audio/Video cables. If you have an HDTV, you'll want to get a set of component video cables. Older TVs will have to use S-Video or composite video cables. Picture quality won't be as good on the S-Video or composite video cables, as the Xbox 360 won't be able to output an HD signal with those cables. If you have a surround-sound setup, you'll also want to make sure the cables have an optical output for 5.1 surround sound. 

1. Connect your Xbox 360 to a sound system with Dolby Digital using a digital optical cable.

2. Connect the digital optical cable to the base of an Xbox 360 component HD A/V cable, 
Xbox 360 VGA HD A/V cable, or Xbox 360 S-Video A/V cable.

3. From the System blade of the Xbox 360 dashboard, choose Console Settings, 
then select Audio Options, Digital Output, and Dolby Digital 5.1 for surround sound.

Cable Connections Diagrams

see also: 

Audio Video Connections

Cable Connections Diagrams

Video Connections Diagrams

Cable TV, Satellite TV, OTA Tuners Receivers


Hookup Xbox 360 to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound receiver and High Definition TV HDTV

From the Console Settings screen in the System area of the Xbox Dashboard, you can configure the video output of your Xbox 360 console for a widescreen, high-definition TV, determine your audio options, and check your console's serial number and Xbox Dashboard version.


Change your display output settings. Display settings include screen resolution and screen dimension (or aspect ratio, either standard or widescreen). For high-definition viewing you'll need a HD TV or monitor as well as the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable or Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable. 

  • HDTV Settings:  
    choose 480p, 720p, or 1080i output resolution, depending on the native resolution of your TV or monitor. The default setting is 480p (enhanced definition, or EDTV).

    Note: If you use the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable, any resolution selected from this screen requires that you connect the cable's red, blue, and green RCA connectors to corresponding inputs on your TV or monitor. If you're using the cable's composite-video (yellow RCA) connector, you'll see only standard-definition images?not high definition?irrespective of the HDTV output setting you select.

  • Screen Format:  
    the default setting is Normal (a standard 4:3 aspect ratio); 
    select Widescreen to change the output aspect ratio to 16:9 if you have a widescreen TV or monitor.

    When using the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable, you have the option to select a widescreen output even if you're using the composite-video (yellow RCA) connector instead of the high-definition component-video (red/blue/green) connectors.


Change your audio output settings for games. These audio settings do not affect DVD movie playback. For DVD audio settings, refer to an individual DVD movie's setup screen.

Settings consist of:

  • Analog Output Settings:  
    choose Mono to merge the left and right audio signals so that you can hear all sound through a connection to a monaural TV or monitor; 
    choose Dolby Pro Logic II to listen in normal stereo (no audio surround receiver required) or to listen to Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Pro Logic II soundtracks from compatible games or other media.

    Dolby Pro Logic consists of four channels of audio: 
    front left/center/right and a monaural surround channel that is mirrored in each of your rear left/right speakers. Dolby Pro Logic II uses digital signal processing to generate 5.0 audio (front left/center/right, rear left/right) from any stereo (left/right) programming, whether from movies, music, or games. Unlike movies and music, however, games are specially encoded with Dolby Pro Logic II decoding in mind.

    To listen in either Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound, you must connect your cable's left/right (white/red) RCA connectors to a compatible surround receiver. 
    • Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable
    • Xbox 360 Composite AV Cable
    • Xbox 360 S-Video AV Cable
    • Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable
  • Digital Output Settings: configure this setting only if you'll be using the Toslink optical digital-audio output from a compatible Xbox 360 AV cable (optical digital-audio cable):

Digital-audio output settings consist of:
  • Digital Stereo:  
    select this option to fold any Dolby Digital multichannel audio program down to two channels (left/right) for a direct digital connection to an audio receiver. The console will not collapse multichannel DTS (Digital Theater Systems) output to 2-channel DTS.
  • Dolby Digital 5.1:  
    select this option to pass multichannel surround sound?either Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1?to a compatible audio surround receiver and multichannel speaker system. Most, but not all, games and DVD movies offer 5.1-channel surround sound.
  • Dolby Digital with WMA Pro:  
    inactive at this time, this setting will allow a connected Microsoft Windows Media Center PC running Media Center Extender to pass audio from WMA Pro?encoded media through the Xbox 360 console and on to a WMA Pro?compatible audio surround receiver. Selecting Dolby Digital with WMA Pro will keep the WMA Pro audio signal in its pure digital form all the way from your PC to your audio receiver for the best possible sound.

If your receiver or amplifier or advanced TV has a Toslink optical digital audio input, 
you can connect the Xbox 360 console to digital audio rather than to a system's 
standard left/right analog audio inputs. 

To connect the Xbox 360 console to digital audio:

  1. Connect the Xbox 360 Component HD AV cable or S-Video AV cable to video as described in Connect to Audio/Video: Component Video or Connect to Audio/Video: S-Video.
  2. Connect a Toslink digital audio cable (not included) between the digital audio output on the console end of the AV cable's AV connector and the digital audio input on your receiver or TV.
  3. Turn on your console. From the System area, you can change your audio and digital output settings. Select the appropriate digital audio setting for your system.

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360's retail price of $399.00 for the Premium package which includes the console, one wireless controller, component video cables for attaching the Xbox 360 to an HDTV set, VGA adapter for connection to a PC monitor, removable 20GB hard drive, headset, a variety of console face plates, AC power block, and a free pass for a basic subscription to Xbox Live. 


  • IBM Power-PC Based CPU
    Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • ATI Graphics Processor
    500MHz processor
    10 MB of embedded DRAM
  • Memory
    512 MB of GDDR3 RAM
    700 MHz of DDR
  • Storage
    Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive
    12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • I/O
    Support for up to four wireless game controllers
    Three USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in Ethernet port
    Wi-Fi ready: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g
    Video camera ready
  • Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, 
    Ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras and Windows XP-based PC
    High-Definition Game Support
  • All games supported at 16:9, 720p, and 1080i, anti-aliasing
    Standard-definition and high-definition video output supported
  • Audio
    Multi-channel surround sound output
    Supports 48KHz 16-bit audio


XBOX 360 External HD-DVD Drive

The XBOX 360 HD-DVD Player is a little smaller and connects to the XBOX 360 with a USB cable. Think of it as an external disk drive. The same cables as before are used from the XBOX 360 to your TV.


Setting up the Xbox 360 HD DVD player is extremely easy.
• Make sure your Xbox 360 is updated with the HD DVD player software installed
(The package comes with a disc you put into the Xbox 360 drive)
• Connect the player to the power supply
• Connect the player to your Xbox 360 via the USB cable
• Configure your console display settings for HD viewing

USB ports on the back of the HD-DVD Player.

HD-DVD Player connection to XBOX 360 with USB Cable.

Sony PlayStation 2

Most Sony PlayStation 2 games use Dolby Pro Logic II exclusively. This is because the PlayStation 2 cannot process interactive Dolby Digital during game play. Some games, however, may feature select cinematics in Dolby Digital. Since all home theater receivers with Dolby Pro Logic II are also equipped with Dolby Digital, you'll hear 5.1-channel surround sound no matter what Dolby technologies are supported.

1. Connect the digital audio output of the PlayStation 2 to the optical digital audio input of your A/V receiver with an optical digital audio cable. You do not need to connect the two-channel analog outputs from the PlayStation 2.

2. Nearly every receiver has an auto-detect mode that switches it automatically between Dolby Digital and stereo. Set your receiver to activate Dolby Pro Logic II when it detects stereo, and you'll always get 5.1-channel output.

3. Make sure your receiver is set to Dolby Pro Logic II Movie or Game mode, and you're ready to go.

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