How To Connect Old Receiver To New TV

These days, people go for a newer version of gadgets and devices as the older version gets obsolete. Not that older versions are bad, but unfortunately, they might lack some features found in the newer versions.

The same can be said about TVs; no one wants an old TV. This is because the newer models of TVs have features that allow you to enjoy a better viewing experience.

One of these features includes HDMI connections.  However, you may have an old receiver (AVR- Audio Visual Receiver), and older receivers don’t support an HDMI connection.

In this article, you will find out how to connect the old receiver to your new TV and the different kinds of connections your old receiver might have to make the proper connection between your old receiver and the new TV.

Receivers and Connection Types

Receivers or AVRs transmit audio signals and/or video signals to your TV. They also determine the quality of images or sound that you receive on your TV and, in turn, your viewing experience.

As said earlier, old receivers don’t have the latest types of connection, majorly HDMI, and this can pose a problem when you want to connect it to your TV with HDMI ports.

Before we go into how to connect your old receiver to your new TV, let’s take a look at the possible types of connection your old receiver may have;

  • RCA Connection

RCA connection is probably the oldest type of connection. They were used as far back as the early 30s. Unless your receiver is ancient, it shouldn’t have this type of connection.

  • Digital-Audio connection

This type of connection only transmits audio signals over coaxial cable combined with RCA connectors.

  • Composite Video connection

Composite video connection is the most common type of connection among old receivers. With this connection type, video signals are transmitted and stored in one channel. This means that you will enjoy better video quality with this type of connection in your receiver. In addition, it only supports standard video definition.

  • Component Video Connection

This connection type can be likened to the opposite of a composite video connection. It transmits analogue video signals and has three different channels for transmission, unlike only one channel available in composite video connection.

  • S-video connection

This is a more recent type of connection but can also be found in old receivers. It has better image quality but still has a lower resolution when compared to that of composite video connection.

  • HDMI connection

This is the most common and latest type of connection in TVs, electronic devices that require audio and visual signals. It transmits both audio and video signals only through a channel. If your receiver has this type, connecting it to your new TV shouldn’t be much problem.

Connecting your Old Receiver to New TV

You can only connect your old receiver that doesn’t support an HDMI connection to your new TV by getting a converter box. The converter box converts the connection in your old receiver to that of your new TV.

Generally, a Converter box comes with power adapters.  You would need to get one that suits the type of connection your old receiver has and your new TV.

For instance, if your new TV has an RCA connection and your TV has an HDMI connection, you will need an RCA to HDMI converter.  Also, you need to get appropriate cables to suit the connection type of your old receiver and the new TV.

Converter boxes are pocket-friendly and affordable. You don’t have to break the bank to get one. They are available on different sites like Amazon, eBay and Walmart.

How to use a Converter Box

Regardless of the connection type of your old receiver has you can connect it to your new TV easily using a converter box and the right cables by taking the following steps;

  • Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port (OUT) on your new TV
  • Insert the other end into the converter
  • Plug one end of the appropriate cable that fits the connection on your receiver and inserts it into the right end of the converter.
  • Insert the other end into the available port on your receiver.
  • Power it up, and you are good to go.

If there is any problem afterwards, check your TV settings.


All you need to connect your old receiver to your new TV is an appropriate converter with appropriate cables. Follow the steps described above, and it should be done in no time.