|Connect Xbox 360 game console to a
TV and Audio/Video receiver. |
hookup and audio/video setup:
Xbox 360 game system.
o A/V Receiver with Dolby Digital.
Surround sound loudspeakers.
o Xbox 360 Audio/Video cable.
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
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.
Connect S-video or
composite video (yellow) to your TV video input.
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.
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
With a HDTV and a component video cable
you can get High Definition video from your Xbox 360.
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
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
o Play video games,
o Listen to audio
thru high-end loudspeakers,
o Use switching capability on
o Decode digital audio using A/V
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound setup
Xbox, Xbox 360 and Sony PS2
Microsoft Xbox (Original Xbox)
Dolby Digital 5.1 technology is built into Microsoft
To enable it, however, you'll need:
1) a digital
2) an A/V receiver with Dolby Digital,
Microsoft XBox High Definition AV
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
* 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
* High definition-ready television required to
enable high definition features
1. For a
digital audio output, you'll need
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
3. Connect the AV Pack's video output to the A/V receiver's video
input with a composite, S-Video or component video
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.
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
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
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
then select Audio Options, Digital
Output, and Dolby Digital 5.1 for surround sound.
TV, Satellite TV, OTA Tuners Receivers
Hookup Xbox 360 to
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound receiver and High Definition TV
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
select Widescreen to change the
output aspect ratio to 16:9 if you have a widescreen TV or
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:
Mono to merge the left and right audio signals so
that you can hear all sound through a connection to a monaural TV
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:
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
- 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
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:
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
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
left/right analog audio inputs.
To connect the Xbox 360 console to digital
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- IBM Power-PC Based CPU
Three symmetrical cores
running at 3.2 GHz each
- ATI Graphics Processor
of embedded DRAM
512 MB of GDDR3 RAM
700 MHz of DDR
Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard
12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
Support for up to four wireless game
Three USB 2.0 ports
- Built-in Ethernet port
Wi-Fi ready: 802.11a, 802.11b, and
Video camera ready
- Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW,
CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo
Ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital
cameras and Windows XP-based PC
- All games supported at 16:9, 720p, and 1080i,
Standard-definition and high-definition video
Multi-channel surround sound
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.
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
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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