How to Set Up a Sony BDVE3100 BluRay Theater System

Introduction

This guide will take you through setting up your Sony BDV-E3100 Blu-Ray Home Theater System.
Sony BDV-E3100

1 Speaker Connection

  1. Start by physically placing your speakers where you would like them around your room.
    Standard Speaker Setup
    Diagram of speaker setup with speakers surrounding the listener
    All Front Speaker Setup
    Diagram of speaker setup with speakers all in front of the listener
    Front Left Speaker Diagram of front speaker
    Front Right Speaker
    Center Speaker Diagram of center speaker
    Back Left Speaker Diagram of back speaker
    Back Right Speaker
    Subwoofer Diagram of subwoofer
    Television
     
  2. Carefully run the wires back to the Blu-Ray player, keeping the wire away from doorways and other places where people walk, leaving a bit of slack in each line.
  3. Connect each cable to the appropriate output on the back of your Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of color coded speaker connections

2 Display Setup

  1. Connect an HDMI cable between your television and Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of connecting an HDMI cable to your television and blu-ray player
  2. If your television does not have HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel), connect an optical audio cable between your television and Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of connecting optical cable to your television and blu-ray player

Make note of what input you've plugged into on your television. Later on in the setup process, the TV will need to be set to this input in order to see picture from your Blu-Ray player.

3 Network Connection

  1. If you intend to use a wired Ethernet connection for your Sony BDVE3100, connect the Ethernet cable to the back of your unit, and then to your home's router.
    Diagram of connecting blu-ray player to router with ethernet cable

If you intend to use a wireless connection for this device, you can skip this step. Network setup will be performed later in this process.

4 Power Connection

  1. Connect the power cable coming from the left-hand side of your Blu-Ray player to the wall.
    Diagram of power cable on blu-ray player

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 the remote

7 Remote Overview

Remote Overview
Diagram of remote
eject icon Eject
Opens the disk tray.
Speakers
TV2-way arrowAudio
Sets your television's audio to output to either the television's speakers, or to the Blu-Ray system's speakers.
TV power on and standby icon Television Power
Turns on or off your television, if it responds to generic codes.
power on and standby icon Power
Turns on or off your Blu-Ray system.
Sleep Sets the sleep timer to automatically turn off your Blu-Ray system after a set time period.
Bluetooth Switches to Bluetooth devices.
Function Selects the playback source.
Football Sets the sound optimization for watching football programs.
Number Buttons Used for entering numbers, such as typing in a specific chapter or station preset.
Audio Selects the audio track on a disk, such as English or Spanish.
Subtitle Turns on or off subtitles, or switches which subtitle track you are viewing.
Yellow
Blue
Red
Green
Color Buttons
Used for certain Blu-Ray and DVD movies to access special features.
Top Menu Opens the first menu on your DVD or Blu-Ray disk.
Up arrow Up Arrow
Moves up in the menus.
Pop Up/Menu Opens the pop-up menu for certain Blu-Ray titles, or the main menu on DVDs.
Left arrow Left Arrow
Moves left in the menus.
Diamond 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.
Options Opens the options menu.
Music EQ Selects the pre-programmed equalizer when listening to music.
Home Returns to the system menu.
Sound Mode Select the sound mode.
SEN Opens the Sony Entertainment Network online service.
Netflix Opens the Netflix online service.
Tuning heavy minus sign
Rewind
Tuning heavy minus sign
Tunes the FM Radio channel down.
Rewind Rewind
Rewind the media you're playing.
Play
Play
Starts, or re-starts playback.
Tuning heavy plus sign
fast forward
Tuning heavy plus sign
Tunes the FM Radio channel up.
Fas forward Fast Forward
Fast forwards the media you're playing.
Preset heavy minus sign
skip back
Preset heavy minus sign
Goes back one preset on the FM Radio.
skip back Skip Back
Skips back one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Pause
Pauses the media you're playing. Press again to play.
Stop
stop
Stops the media you're playing.
Preset heavy plus sign
skip forward
Preset heavy plus sign
Goes forward one preset on the FM Radio.
skip forward Skip Forward
Skips forward one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Muting Mutes the sound.
Vol Heavy plus sign Increases the volume.
TV Vol heavy plus sign If your television supports generic codes, increases the television volume.
TV Input If your television supports generic codes, switches your television's input.
Vol heavy minus sign Decreases the volume.
TV Vol heavy minus sign If your television supports generic codes, decreases the television volume.
Display Displays information about the current media, radio, or online content being shown.

8 Initial Setup

  1. Turn on your television and set the video input to the input your Blu-Ray player was connected to earlier using the Input button on your TV's remote control.
    TV remote with input button highlighted

    Usually, this is done with the Input button on your television's remote, though your remote may be different.
    Refer to your television's user manual if you need more information on how to do this.

  2. Push the Power button on your remote.
  3. Select the language you'd like your Blu-Ray player to display menus in.
    language select with english highlighted
  4. Select On to make your Blu-Ray player start up faster. Select Off if you prefer to save energy.
    standby options
  5. To setup the network connection now, select Easy Network Settings. If you wish to use your player offline, select Finish.
    easy initial setup complete

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This guide will take you through setting up your Sony BDV-E3100 Blu-Ray Home Theater System.
Sony BDV-E3100

  1. Start by physically placing your speakers where you would like them around your room.
    Standard Speaker Setup
    Diagram of speaker setup with speakers surrounding the listener
    All Front Speaker Setup
    Diagram of speaker setup with speakers all in front of the listener
    Front Left Speaker Diagram of front speaker
    Front Right Speaker
    Center Speaker Diagram of center speaker
    Back Left Speaker Diagram of back speaker
    Back Right Speaker
    Subwoofer Diagram of subwoofer
    Television
     
  2. Carefully run the wires back to the Blu-Ray player, keeping the wire away from doorways and other places where people walk, leaving a bit of slack in each line.
  3. Connect each cable to the appropriate output on the back of your Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of color coded speaker connections
  1. Connect an HDMI cable between your television and Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of connecting an HDMI cable to your television and blu-ray player
  2. If your television does not have HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel), connect an optical audio cable between your television and Blu-Ray player.
    Diagram of connecting optical cable to your television and blu-ray player

Make note of what input you've plugged into on your television. Later on in the setup process, the TV will need to be set to this input in order to see picture from your Blu-Ray player.

  1. If you intend to use a wired Ethernet connection for your Sony BDVE3100, connect the Ethernet cable to the back of your unit, and then to your home's router.
    Diagram of connecting blu-ray player to router with ethernet cable

If you intend to use a wireless connection for this device, you can skip this step. Network setup will be performed later in this process.

  1. Connect the power cable coming from the left-hand side of your Blu-Ray player to the wall.
    Diagram of power cable on blu-ray player

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 the remote
Remote Overview
Diagram of remote
eject icon Eject
Opens the disk tray.
Speakers
TV2-way arrowAudio
Sets your television's audio to output to either the television's speakers, or to the Blu-Ray system's speakers.
TV power on and standby icon Television Power
Turns on or off your television, if it responds to generic codes.
power on and standby icon Power
Turns on or off your Blu-Ray system.
Sleep Sets the sleep timer to automatically turn off your Blu-Ray system after a set time period.
Bluetooth Switches to Bluetooth devices.
Function Selects the playback source.
Football Sets the sound optimization for watching football programs.
Number Buttons Used for entering numbers, such as typing in a specific chapter or station preset.
Audio Selects the audio track on a disk, such as English or Spanish.
Subtitle Turns on or off subtitles, or switches which subtitle track you are viewing.
Yellow
Blue
Red
Green
Color Buttons
Used for certain Blu-Ray and DVD movies to access special features.
Top Menu Opens the first menu on your DVD or Blu-Ray disk.
Up arrow Up Arrow
Moves up in the menus.
Pop Up/Menu Opens the pop-up menu for certain Blu-Ray titles, or the main menu on DVDs.
Left arrow Left Arrow
Moves left in the menus.
Diamond 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.
Options Opens the options menu.
Music EQ Selects the pre-programmed equalizer when listening to music.
Home Returns to the system menu.
Sound Mode Select the sound mode.
SEN Opens the Sony Entertainment Network online service.
Netflix Opens the Netflix online service.
Tuning heavy minus sign
Rewind
Tuning heavy minus sign
Tunes the FM Radio channel down.
Rewind Rewind
Rewind the media you're playing.
Play
Play
Starts, or re-starts playback.
Tuning heavy plus sign
fast forward
Tuning heavy plus sign
Tunes the FM Radio channel up.
Fas forward Fast Forward
Fast forwards the media you're playing.
Preset heavy minus sign
skip back
Preset heavy minus sign
Goes back one preset on the FM Radio.
skip back Skip Back
Skips back one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Pause
Pauses the media you're playing. Press again to play.
Stop
stop
Stops the media you're playing.
Preset heavy plus sign
skip forward
Preset heavy plus sign
Goes forward one preset on the FM Radio.
skip forward Skip Forward
Skips forward one chapter or song in the media you're playing.
Muting Mutes the sound.
Vol Heavy plus sign Increases the volume.
TV Vol heavy plus sign If your television supports generic codes, increases the television volume.
TV Input If your television supports generic codes, switches your television's input.
Vol heavy minus sign Decreases the volume.
TV Vol heavy minus sign If your television supports generic codes, decreases the television volume.
Display Displays information about the current media, radio, or online content being shown.
  1. Turn on your television and set the video input to the input your Blu-Ray player was connected to earlier using the Input button on your TV's remote control.
    TV remote with input button highlighted

    Usually, this is done with the Input button on your television's remote, though your remote may be different.
    Refer to your television's user manual if you need more information on how to do this.

  2. Push the Power button on your remote.
  3. Select the language you'd like your Blu-Ray player to display menus in.
    language select with english highlighted
  4. Select On to make your Blu-Ray player start up faster. Select Off if you prefer to save energy.
    standby options
  5. To setup the network connection now, select Easy Network Settings. If you wish to use your player offline, select Finish.
    easy initial setup complete
  1. Select Start.
    network setup welcome with start highlighted
  2. Select Wired Setup if you if you are using an Ethernet connection. Select Wireless Setup (built-in) for Wi-Fi.
    Wired or wireless setup screen
  1. Choose your Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks.
    Select network
  2. Select WPA Key.
    Select WPA Key
  3. Enter your Wi-Fi network password. Select Enter when complete.
    Password entry screen with enter highlighted
  4. To continue, push the Right Arrow on your remote.
    WPA Key Entered
  5. Your Blu-Ray player will verify your connection, select OK.
    connection verification with OK highlighted
  1. Some Blu-Ray disks have large amounts of special online content available. If you wish, this content can be saved locally to your Blu-Ray player, using a USB drive. If you wish to allow this, select Allow. Otherwise, select Do not allow.
    BD-Live content saving with do not allow highlighted
  2. Gracenote provides extra information about the content you're viewing. Select Auto.
    Gracenote option with auto highlighted
  3. Select Finish to complete.
    complete screen with finish highlighted
  1. After completing setup, you'll be prompted to update the software for the player.
    software update prompt
  2. Select OK to perform a Network Update.
    Update via internet with OK highlighted
  3. Select Start.
    Software version prompt with start highlighted
  4. Select Agree and Next to proceed, once you have read the EULA.
    license agreement with agree and next highlighted
  5. Your Blu-Ray player will reboot multiple times during the update process. At the end, it will shut down.
  6. Turn your Blu-Ray player back on.

After the update, you'll have to re-select your connection.

  1. Select Yes to continue.
    setup internet connection prompt with yes highlighted
  1. Select Wireless Setup (built-in).
    connection type with wireles setup highlighted
  2. Choose your Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks.
    Network selection
  3. Your Wi-Fi password will already be entered. To continue, push the Right Arrow on your remote.
    WPA key entered
  4. Select OK.
    connected conformation with OK highlighted
  1. Your Blu-Ray player will download the apps for the online services it supports.
    downloading internet content
  2. Select Close.
    download complete with close highlighted
  3. Your Blu-Ray player is setup and ready to use.
  1. Your Blu-Ray player will automatically set itself up. Select OK to continue.
    Wired connection complete with ok highlighted
  1. Some Blu-Ray disks have large amounts of special online content available. If you wish, this content can be saved locally to your Blu-Ray player, using a USB drive. If you wish to allow this, select Allow. Otherwise, select Do not allow.
    BD-Live content saving with do not allow highlighted
  2. Gracenote provides extra information about the content you're viewing. Select Auto.
    Gracenote option with auto highlighted
  3. Select Finish to complete.
    complete screen with finish highlighted
  1. After completing setup, you'll be prompted to update the software for the player.
    software update prompt
  2. Select OK to perform a Network Update.
    Update via internet with OK highlighted
  3. Select Start.
    Software version prompt with start highlighted
  4. Select Agree and Next to proceed, once you have read the EULA.
    license agreement with agree and next highlighted
  5. Your Blu-Ray player will reboot multiple times during the update process. At the end, it will shut down.
  6. Turn your Blu-Ray player back on.

After the update, you'll have to re-select your connection.

  1. Select Yes to continue.
    setup internet connection prompt with yes highlighted
  1. Select Wired Setup.
    connection setup with wired setup highlighted
  2. Select OK.
    connection complete with ok highlighted
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