How to Set Up a Samsung HT-J5500/ZA Theater System

Introduction

This guide will take you through setting up your Samsung HT-J5500W/ZA Blu-Ray Home Theater System.

Samsung HT-J5500W/ZA

1 Speaker Connection

  1. Start by setting your speakers how you want them around your room.
    Diagram of speaker placement
  2. Connect the speakers. Both front, the subwoofer, and center speakers connect to the Blu-Ray player. The 2 rear speakers connect to the wireless receiver module.
    Diagram of speaker connections

2 Display Setup

  1. Connect your television to your Blu-Ray player to your television using an HDMI cable.
    Diagram of connecting devices to the Blu-Ray player
  2. Connect any other audio sources, such as a cassette player, to your Blu-Ray player using an optical cable, or RCA cables.

3 Network Connection

  1. If you are using a wired connection for your network devices, connect the Ethernet wires from each to your switch, and to your home router.
    Diagram of connecting Ethernet cable to Blu-Ray player and home network

If you intend to use a wireless connection for your devices, skip this step.

4 Power Connection

  1. Connect the power cable to the left-hand side of your Blu-Ray player, and to the wall.
    Diagram of power cable location on back of Blu-Ray player
  2. Connect the power cable to the wireless receiver module.

5 Cable Management

We can now begin bundling together and making the cables behind your system neat and tidy.

You can use one, or multiple different methods to give the look, and accessibility you want to the wiring of your home theater system.

Cable bundling

Cable bundling will most likely be the first step in cleaning up the cables from your home theater installation.

Cable Ties

  • Sometimes called zip ties, these are plastic, with a groove on one side, and a simple locking mechanism on the other. After securing the cables, cut off the remaining end of the cable tie. Given their incredibly low price, they are disposable. When you need to add another cable, you cut the old one off, and just use a new one.
Cable ties

Velcro Straps

  • Much like cable ties, a simple Velcro strap has hooks on one side, felt on the other. The benefit is they can be easily un-bundled or added to, without cutting the strip and having to use another.
Velcro strip around a cable

Raceways

  • Sometimes called cable tunnels, these are for where cables are exposed, such as between your television and receiver, or going to your speakers. They place a cover over your cables to hide them in an aesthetically pleasing way. Many have little notches to lock your cables into.
Raceway

Leave slack at your bundle points.
Do not tighten down any strap too much, you want some give and movement in case something shifts, and you don't want to accidentally cut, bend, crimp, or otherwise damage your cables.

Adhesive Pads
Small, sticky pads to attach your bundles to. Some come built into various straps or ties, some are reusable, such as adhesive putty.

Do not bundle power cables with any other cables. 
Power, by its very nature, creates an electromagnetic field when flowing through a cable. This can severely degrade quality for other cables they are bundled with, especially speaker wire. It's best to keep these as far away from other cables as possible, in their own bundle, for example.

Label Everything

During your bundling process, it's often a good idea to use small labels near the ends of each cable, just in case you need to disconnect something in the future. You can use a label printer to make these, but a small strip of masking tape works just as well.

For example, on your Blu-ray player's HDMI cable, a little loop of tape saying "Blu-ray" where it connects to your Blu-ray player, and where it connects to the receiver, can help you immensely should you replace the player, or the receiver, somewhere down the line. Likewise for power cables.

6 Remote Batteries

  1. Install the batteries in your remote.
    Diagram of installing batteries into remote

7 Remote Overview

Remote Overview
Remote
Power. Power
Turns on or off your Blu-Ray system.
Eject. Eject
Opens the disk tray.
Function Choose if your Blu-Ray player will play a disk, or provide sound for your television or another device.
Volume
Volume Up.
Increases the volume.
Volume
Volume Down.
Decreases the volume.
Mute
Mute.
Mutes the sound.
Number Buttons Used for entering numbers, such as typing in a specific chapter or station preset.
Disc Menu Opens the first menu on your DVD or Blu-Ray disk.
Title Menu
Popup
Opens the pop-up menu for certain Blu-Ray titles, or the main menu on DVDs.
Skip Back. Skip Back
Skips back one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Skip Forward. Skip Forward
Skips forward one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Rewind. Rewind
Rewind the media you're playing.
Fast Forward. Fast Forward
Fast forwards the media you're playing.
Stop. Stop
Stops the media you're playing.
Play. Play
Starts, or re-starts playback.
Pause. Pause
Pauses the media you're playing. Press again to play.
Subtitle Turns on or off subtitles, or switches which subtitle track you are viewing.
Home Returns to the system menu.
Repeat Repeats a title, chapter, or track, over and over.
Tools Opens the tools menu.
Up Arrow. Up Arrow
Moves up in the menus.
Info
i
Displays information about the current media, radio, or online content being shown.
Left Arrow. Left Arrow
Moves left in the menus.
Enter Enters the selection in the menus.
Right Arrow. Right Arrow
Moves right in the menus.
Return Goes back one level in the menus.
Down Arrow. Down Arrow
Moves down in the menus.
Exit Exit the current menu.
A
B
Tuner Memory-C
MO/ST-D
Color Buttons
Used for certain Blu-Ray and DVD movies to access special features.
Tuner Memory
Set a preset for the FM radio.
MO/ST - Mono / Stereo
Selects Mono or Stereo for radio broadcasts.
TV Sound Select sound to play on your television or your surround sound speakers.
DSP/EQ Select the audio mode you want.
Tuning
Down
Search for FM radio staions down.
Tuning
Up
Search the FM radio stations up.

8 Initial Setup

  1. Turn on your television, and set the input to your Blu-Ray player.

    Usually, this is done with the Input button on your television remote. Refer to your television user manual for more information.

  2. Push the Power button on your remote.
  3. On initial startup, you'll be walked through an easy setup. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the initial setup of our new Blu-Ray player.

9 Wi-Fi Connection

  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote with home button highlighted
  2. Select Settings.
    Diagram of home screen with settings highlighted
  3. Select Network.
    Settings with network highlighted
  4. For Network Type, select Wireless.
    Network settings with network type highlighted
  5. Select your wireless network from the list.
  6. Enter your password for your Wi-Fi network.

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This guide will take you through setting up your Samsung HT-J5500W/ZA Blu-Ray Home Theater System.

Samsung HT-J5500W/ZA

  1. Start by setting your speakers how you want them around your room.
    Diagram of speaker placement
  2. Connect the speakers. Both front, the subwoofer, and center speakers connect to the Blu-Ray player. The 2 rear speakers connect to the wireless receiver module.
    Diagram of speaker connections
  1. Connect your television to your Blu-Ray player to your television using an HDMI cable.
    Diagram of connecting devices to the Blu-Ray player
  2. Connect any other audio sources, such as a cassette player, to your Blu-Ray player using an optical cable, or RCA cables.
  1. If you are using a wired connection for your network devices, connect the Ethernet wires from each to your switch, and to your home router.
    Diagram of connecting Ethernet cable to Blu-Ray player and home network

If you intend to use a wireless connection for your devices, skip this step.

  1. Connect the power cable to the left-hand side of your Blu-Ray player, and to the wall.
    Diagram of power cable location on back of Blu-Ray player
  2. Connect the power cable to the wireless receiver module.

We can now begin bundling together and making the cables behind your system neat and tidy.

You can use one, or multiple different methods to give the look, and accessibility you want to the wiring of your home theater system.

Cable bundling

Cable bundling will most likely be the first step in cleaning up the cables from your home theater installation.

Cable Ties

  • Sometimes called zip ties, these are plastic, with a groove on one side, and a simple locking mechanism on the other. After securing the cables, cut off the remaining end of the cable tie. Given their incredibly low price, they are disposable. When you need to add another cable, you cut the old one off, and just use a new one.
Cable ties

Velcro Straps

  • Much like cable ties, a simple Velcro strap has hooks on one side, felt on the other. The benefit is they can be easily un-bundled or added to, without cutting the strip and having to use another.
Velcro strip around a cable

Raceways

  • Sometimes called cable tunnels, these are for where cables are exposed, such as between your television and receiver, or going to your speakers. They place a cover over your cables to hide them in an aesthetically pleasing way. Many have little notches to lock your cables into.
Raceway

Leave slack at your bundle points.
Do not tighten down any strap too much, you want some give and movement in case something shifts, and you don't want to accidentally cut, bend, crimp, or otherwise damage your cables.

Adhesive Pads
Small, sticky pads to attach your bundles to. Some come built into various straps or ties, some are reusable, such as adhesive putty.

Do not bundle power cables with any other cables. 
Power, by its very nature, creates an electromagnetic field when flowing through a cable. This can severely degrade quality for other cables they are bundled with, especially speaker wire. It's best to keep these as far away from other cables as possible, in their own bundle, for example.

Label Everything

During your bundling process, it's often a good idea to use small labels near the ends of each cable, just in case you need to disconnect something in the future. You can use a label printer to make these, but a small strip of masking tape works just as well.

For example, on your Blu-ray player's HDMI cable, a little loop of tape saying "Blu-ray" where it connects to your Blu-ray player, and where it connects to the receiver, can help you immensely should you replace the player, or the receiver, somewhere down the line. Likewise for power cables.

  1. Install the batteries in your remote.
    Diagram of installing batteries into remote
Remote Overview
Remote
Power. Power
Turns on or off your Blu-Ray system.
Eject. Eject
Opens the disk tray.
Function Choose if your Blu-Ray player will play a disk, or provide sound for your television or another device.
Volume
Volume Up.
Increases the volume.
Volume
Volume Down.
Decreases the volume.
Mute
Mute.
Mutes the sound.
Number Buttons Used for entering numbers, such as typing in a specific chapter or station preset.
Disc Menu Opens the first menu on your DVD or Blu-Ray disk.
Title Menu
Popup
Opens the pop-up menu for certain Blu-Ray titles, or the main menu on DVDs.
Skip Back. Skip Back
Skips back one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Skip Forward. Skip Forward
Skips forward one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Rewind. Rewind
Rewind the media you're playing.
Fast Forward. Fast Forward
Fast forwards the media you're playing.
Stop. Stop
Stops the media you're playing.
Play. Play
Starts, or re-starts playback.
Pause. Pause
Pauses the media you're playing. Press again to play.
Subtitle Turns on or off subtitles, or switches which subtitle track you are viewing.
Home Returns to the system menu.
Repeat Repeats a title, chapter, or track, over and over.
Tools Opens the tools menu.
Up Arrow. Up Arrow
Moves up in the menus.
Info
i
Displays information about the current media, radio, or online content being shown.
Left Arrow. Left Arrow
Moves left in the menus.
Enter Enters the selection in the menus.
Right Arrow. Right Arrow
Moves right in the menus.
Return Goes back one level in the menus.
Down Arrow. Down Arrow
Moves down in the menus.
Exit Exit the current menu.
A
B
Tuner Memory-C
MO/ST-D
Color Buttons
Used for certain Blu-Ray and DVD movies to access special features.
Tuner Memory
Set a preset for the FM radio.
MO/ST - Mono / Stereo
Selects Mono or Stereo for radio broadcasts.
TV Sound Select sound to play on your television or your surround sound speakers.
DSP/EQ Select the audio mode you want.
Tuning
Down
Search for FM radio staions down.
Tuning
Up
Search the FM radio stations up.
  1. Turn on your television, and set the input to your Blu-Ray player.

    Usually, this is done with the Input button on your television remote. Refer to your television user manual for more information.

  2. Push the Power button on your remote.
  3. On initial startup, you'll be walked through an easy setup. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the initial setup of our new Blu-Ray player.
  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote with home button highlighted
  2. Select Settings.
    Diagram of home screen with settings highlighted
  3. Select Network.
    Settings with network highlighted
  4. For Network Type, select Wireless.
    Network settings with network type highlighted
  5. Select your wireless network from the list.
  6. Enter your password for your Wi-Fi network.
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