Surround sound systems can give any home entertainment setup the feel of real theater-quality audio, but only if they are properly set up. Setting up a 5.1 surround sound system usually involves the same process regardless of the type of television or manufacturer. The process is fairly easy. Within minutes, you can have powerful surround sound hooked into your television and start enjoying an enhanced viewing experience.
Connect the wires of the subwoofer in the surround sound system to the television's audio output according to the manufacturer's directions.
Place the television a minimum of 8 feet away from the seating area. Place the subwoofer under the television, but at least 2 feet away from the wall and facing the seating area.
Connect the five other speakers (front right, front left, center, surround left and surround right) to their correct channels on the subwoofer.
Set up the front left and right speakers first. They should be placed at least 5 feet off the floor, at least 3 feet from the television, subwoofer and central speakers and at least a foot from any wall. Angle each speaker by 45 degrees toward the seating area.
Place the center speaker either above, below or directly on top of the television. Aim the speaker so that it points directly at the seating area.
Set the surround sound left and right speakers directly to the left and right of the seating area, again set appropriately away from the walls and seats, angled between 90 and 110 degrees toward the seating area at a height of at least 2 feet.