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HDTV HDMI hookup

Connect a HDMI cable from your source device (cable box, Bluray, satellite receiver) to your HDTV for High Def video and audio. This is the best hookup for HD, even 1080p. For 3D HDTV, make sure to get a high-speed category 2 HDMI cable. Select proper HDMI input on the TV using the remote. HDMI means High Definition Multimedia Interface.
Any newer digital TV (made after 2008) should have at least one HDMI input.
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I just bought an Harmonkardon AVR 354 7.1 receiver and am having trouble hooking up the HK DVD 48, the Sony Bravia and the Hd cable box. The tv has four HDMI hook ups and the dvd has 1 and the cable has one, where do my HDMI cables get hooked up to the back of the receiver so that I can run everything from the receiver. The 354 has 3 HDMI and 1 monitor. Any help would be greatly appreciated


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I see only two potential HDMI sources - Cable and DVD. You have three possible inputs to choose from. BTW: Composite Video is also HD in an analog form. Keep it in mind for the future.

You have an HDMI Out for feeding one input on the TV.

Ponder why all the devices have separate (and multiple) high-end audio and high-def video paths. This is what I do...

NO signal ever benefits from multiple connections or 'hops' and it gets expensive zig-zagging a signal all over the room especially if it only passes through a device on the way to another one with no improvement. K-I-S-S is the word of the day. Run the BEST version of any signal directly from its source to the BEST electronics that will present it to you for consumption.

Sep 09, 2011 | Audio Players & Recorders

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Only 1 hdmi outlet on TV . I have a high def cable box and a sony blue ray dvd player. How do I connect 2 hdmi cables fron the components to the tv?


Don't used the Blu Ray player on the tv HDMI out put hub.Used the connections for of the Blu Ray player connections by a S-Video cable for the video and the RCA component cable R,W for the connections for the audio out.The high Def.cable box will not work for high Def. this way,but the Blu Ray player will.

May 30, 2011 | Sony BRAVIA KDL-40S2400 40 in. LCD HDTV

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We are trying to hook up a samsung flat screen TV, a sony home theater system, direct tv box, and a panasonic DVD to the dynex component video converter box. Which cable goes where


We can't make assumptions. Did you set it up in accordance with the manuals?

Without specific details...

In general, ins go to outs; compatible connectors need no modification.

If you have an HDTV and HD Satellite I don't think you want to be tying the video quality down to S-Video.

There are two signals to consider here. Video and Audio. TV's are expert at Video and A/V Receivers are expert at Audio, so each should get first crack at the specialty for which it is designed.

HDMI or Component Video (Red, Green and Blue RCA cables) are the best and ONLY ways you'll get Hi Def to the TV. If you route EACH HIGH DEF SOURCE'S VIDEO DIRECTLY to the TV (instead of through the receiver or a switch) the TV/monitor will receive the best video digital data.

Digital Audio from as close to the real source as possible (SAT Box, maybe) to the receiver.

Standard analog audio from the SAT box to the TV for watching lo-fi content like news and weather without the Sony HTS turned on.



Mar 15, 2011 | Dynex S-Video A/V Selector Switch

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I have a AVR-591. I hooked everything up and all works great. The only thing I want to know is when I turn off the receiver I have no TV. How do I bypass the receiver so I can watch TV without the reciever on all the time? Thank you.


You said the magic word - BYPASS.

Your TV source is probably a cable or sat box. They usually have multiple audio and video OUTputs and most TV's have multiple audio and video INputs.

Run the box's analog RCA Audio Out to the TV (assuming it has speakers). Set the box's internal volume setting (if it has one) to FIXED and modulate theTV volume with ITS control.

HI-DEF:

Lacking sufficient hi-def inputs on the TV, I'd elect for Component Video from the box and HDMI from your BD player, if you have one. Cable video is bit-rate compromised while BD source is NOT so BD should get the best connection.

I personally have NO high-end video going into my receiver and no high-end audio going to my TV. Why bother with hops?

Jan 30, 2011 | Denon AVR991 Receiver

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Powersurge made my HD setting revert to low def.


Your TV plays High Def material through either Input 4 (uses component cables R,G,B) or through Input 5 (Uses DVI cable).
Today most equipment uses HDMI cable for High Def or it may have a component (RGB) output that you can use. The DVI hookup is best, so you need a HDMI to DVI cable or Component Cables (Red, Green, Blue). You need some source that OUTPUTS High def (ex. 1080i) either through HDMI or component cable. You need to either connect the component cable(R,G,B) from the source to the Input 4 on the TV or connect the HDMI to DVI cable from the source to the Input 5.
You need to set the AV source on the TV to AV5 (if you are using the DVI input) or AV4 (if you are using component cables).
If you want to play Highdef source like Blue Ray then you can just connect the output of the blu ray player to your Tv using either the HDMI to DVI cable or component cable (Red, Green, Blue) and set the TV input to AV5 (for HDMI/DVI) or AV4 (for component).
But if you are trying to get Free High Def from an antenna then you will need to have a component that can OUTPUT high def. The $40 converter boxes don't do this - they simply convert the Digital signal to Analog (non high def). What you need is a High Def TUNER that OUTPUTS High Def. I was looking for one for this same reason and ordered the centronics ZAT 502 HD. But it cost about $80. Then I saw that Tivo had an upgrade deal where I could upgrade my existing Series 2 Tivo to Tivo HD for $99. It has a High Def Tuner in it. So I cancelled my order with Centronics and got the Tivo. In any case if you want Over the air HD you will need a High Def Tuner that will OUTPUT 1080.

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