You got an Apple TV? Nice, so did I! Apple’s newest set-top box arrived in stores—and on the doorsteps of those who preordered—on Friday, and once you rip open the box, setup is pretty simple, although far from painless. Let’s walk through it together, shall we?

Initial setup

Plug in the power and HDMI cables. The easiest thing is to plug HDMI right into a free port on your TV, and that’s what most people will do. But if you have HDMI passthrough on your AV receiver, or an HDMI breakout box, you might want to go that way, so you can AirPlay audio from a Mac or iOS device to your stereo without having your TV on. (More on those options here.)

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