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For surround sound, you need an A/V receiver with 5.1 or 7.1 surround capability. Depending on what kind of receiver you have, the DVD player, satellite/cable box, etc hooks to the receiver, those signals go out to the TV, and the speakers hook to the receiver. The receiver decodes the signal from the cable/satellite box or DVD player and routes it to the appropriate speakers. If the TV program or DVD isn't HD or coded for surround sound, the best you can expect is 2.1 channel stereo sound. OR, you can hook everything (DVD, satellite/cable box) to the TV and run an optical cable from the Digital Output of the TV to the receiver, which is basically the same thing, just a different way to hook everything up. Hope this helps
I am having the same problem. I also have the combo dvd and theater system. I also read that the sub woofer is supposed to have a volume control on it but its not there. The only way to control volume is to connect to coby dvd player. This dvd player is beyond terrible. DVD looks bad and sound is miserable. I hooked up xbox 360 to my samsung 52 inch, then on the outputs of my tv into the inputs of the "TV" section on the Coby Sub woofer. At this point great sound quality comes from the xbox and all speakers, but the volume is uncontrollable and is blasting loud. Tv volume control does not work either. I am stuck like chuck and have not found a solution. This has to be one of the worse purchased i have ever made because i am forced to use a terrible DVD player just to get some sound through the speakers. I dont understand why on the speaker systems you buy without dvd combo has a volume control on subwoofer, but on the combo subwoofer doesnt have it. Just terrible. I will continue to look online and try and find a solution other than smash it to bits.
there is a nobb on the subwoofer, one is to dial down or up the sub (noob1) , and the other is to dial up or down the 5.1 speark (noob 2). turn noob 2 to the left to dial down the sound, first time i got my setup it was totally down, btw the 5.1 works wonderous if you use a home theater system. Iam using a 1,000watt sony home theater system. 100/200watt RMS per channel at 5 channel those little speakers really can handle well, I never experiance any blow outs :) Coby outdid themselfs with this system
I'm in a similar situation where I am hooking up a TiVo Premiere, Panasonic Blu-Ray player, and a LG 47LH90 TV to an old Bose Lifestyle 5 Music Center. After reviewing all of my connectivity options, I've come to settle on the fact that my TiVo will connect via the "Video" input on the Music Center (via red/white RCA). The Blu-Ray player will connect to the "AUX" input on the Music Center. And I'll just have to switch between Video and AUX modes for what I'm watching at the time.
make sure the yellow rca cord is plugged into video on both home theater and cable box, if this is not helping, then at the back of the dvd player is a channel button that has a 3 and 4 setting. choose one then turn your tv channel(not your digital box) to that same setting as well
You'd be better off hooking the speakers to the RECEIVER'S speaker outputs, THEN hooking your TV audio output to an unused receiver input, such as AUX. The signals from your receiver cannot reach the TV; thus your CD player and radio will not play through the speakers if the speakers are hooked to the TV. All receiver INPUTS are designed to accept the same signal level; thus, you can use any input for your TV audio, such as Aux, DVD, CD, etc. Just remember which input you're using for the TV audio, and everything should work fine. Almost all receivers have an AUX input; hopefully yours also has a dedicated CD input to avoid confusion. The you simply select the AUX input to hear your TV through the speakers.
This system does not need a dvd to work but you can attach one. go to page 26 of your tv owners manual. on the far right side of the picture you will see a red and white jack call rca. use a rca patch cord and connect to these jacks on the tv and to the same jacks on your home theater system where it says aux on the back. to hear the tv through the surround, set the system to aux. the only bad thing about vizio is when it goes bad, you have to ship it back to the manufactorer because it is made only for walmart and there are not factory authorized service centers except the factory. Steve, good luck