How to Connect a Microphone to AV Receiver

So, you have an AV receiver and a microphone (or you are planning on getting them) and want to connect the two.

An AV receiver is perfect for all of your audiovisual needs, so it makes sense that you should be able to connect them easily, and the truth is that it could not be more straightforward (provided you have the right connections).

Read on to find out how to connect a microphone to AV receiver.

Step-By-Step Guide

The first thing to do is to check that you have the right connections. Most modern microphones come with a 3.5mm input jack, and most modern AV receivers have a 3.5mm input. So far, so simple.

If you do not have the input to match the jack (many older microphones have larger jacks), then you will have to buy an adaptor to connect the two.

When you are sure that you have the right connections, follow our simple guide.

1. Turn everything off. There is no worse sound than the one that can come out of powered speakers when a microphone is plugged in for the first time.

2. Plug in the microphone. The input on your AV receiver should be clearly labeled (and will most likely say ‘mic in’).

3. Turn the AV receiver and speakers back on.

4. Test out the mic. Speak into the microphone, and you should hear your voice come out of the speakers.

5. Adjust the volume. Play around with the volume until you are happy that it is right for whatever you are using the microphone.

6. Enjoy the sweet sounds of your own voice in whatever you are doing.

How to Connect a Microphone to AV Receiver: Wireless Setup

What if you have a fancy new wireless microphone?

Again, the setup is easy, as long as you have bought a compatible microphone. Just follow our simple steps.

1. Charge the microphone before the first use (or insert batteries).

2. Turn off the AV receiver and speakers so that you do not get annoying feedback when you first connect them.

3. Connect the wireless microphone base. This will usually involve plugging the base into a power source and the AV receiver, and you can check the user manual to confirm this.

4. Turn everything on, following any additional steps to connect the microphone wirelessly to the base.

5. Test the volume level by speaking into the microphone and ensuring that it is coming out of the speakers.

6. Enjoy your audio!

Wrapping Up

As you can see from our short guide, it really is simple to connect a microphone to an AV receiver.

Before you go out and purchase a microphone, AV receiver, or both, do a little research to ensure that you have the right microphone for your home theater setup. The most vital component is the connection, and if you have the proper connection, you should have few problems in setting up your audio.