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I purchased an RCA RT 2870 Surround sound system this weekend. I matched this with a Nova DV-P5133 progressive scan DVD player (about 2 yrs old) and and attempting to also hook up my 11 year old Panasonic 36" conventional TV. I hooked everything up according to the instructions. Unit comes on, tuner works, test tone fine through all speakers. Hooked the DVD player up with included coax from digital output on DVD to coax connection on receiver. Turned to DVD setting on receiver but no sound whatsoever. Checked setting on set up screen, set to coax but still no sound. Tried another coax cable, no difference. I can get sound (excellent) by using regular outlets on the back of the DVD player and going into the VCR connections on the back of the receiver, and then setting receiver to VCR, but this is not a great solution as I would like to hook up my VCR as well. Also I hooked up connections marked " to power amplifier" on the back of the TV to the TV connections on the receiver, but could not get this to work either. Is there a problem with the DVD player? Do I need an RF Modulator? Or have I just missed something in setup?

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  • hbasler1 Nov 17, 2008

    Thanks for the help but.....

    I am having no trouble getting video from the DVD player, the issue is sound only.

    The DVD player has 2 connections for video, 1 coax and 1 S cable. I used the coax direct to the TV and it works fine.

    For audio the DVD player has the red & white stereo connections, and a coax cable connection. I plugged the coax cable connection to the receiver, but get no sound, with the receiver set to DVD coax signal. The only way to get sound is to use the stereo connections and plug in to the VCR red & white connections on the receiver.

    Of course the TV is set to the correct source, but that wouldn't affect the audio anyway.

    If the receiver had the red & white connections to the DVD player I wouldn't have a problem, but it only has the single coax cable for audio to the receiver.

  • hbasler1 Nov 17, 2008

    Now we're on the right track!!!

    I went into the setup menu on the DVD player, and after much searching around went to the Audio setup screen where it had a menu for audio output source type. It was set for SPDIF/OFF. The other choices were SPDIF/RAW and SPDIF/PCM. There was no mention of Dolby digital anywhere in any of the menus. When I selected either of the other two choices, the surround sound works perfectly. There is no explanation of any of these selections, so I left it on RAW for the time being.

    I then hooked up the VCR for the first time, and it worked perfectly in stereo as I had expected. It will also allow me to play TV program audio while the receiver is set for VCR.

    However when set to TV I still can't get TV audio directly from the TV directly to the receiver (without being modulated by the VCR first). If unsolvable (perhaps due to the age and model of my TV) I can certainly live with playing TV through the VCR if I have to. I won't replace the TV till it fails, and it has been totally trouble free for 11 years, and is still awesomely clear and sharp, rivalling much newer technology.

  • hbasler1 Nov 17, 2008

    Okay, I have everything working now, you guys got me on the right track. I got the TV working now as well by going into the TV setup menu and trying the different options till the receiver fired up. Have to turn my TV speakers off in setup each time unless I want to use the receiver all the time. Again fairly minor.

    I am still curious about the RAW setting on the DVD oputput.

  • hbasler1 Nov 19, 2008

    Thanks a bunch guys...I wish I could remember the name of the lady who put me on the right track of checking the setup on the DVD player and not blaming the receiver. It's all working fine now.

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Check all cords, make sure nothing is faulty, make sure you have all right connectoins as they sit, then it wont be a problem.

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If you already tried to see if the vcr audio out works in the tv in on the reciever and it works then the audio output of the tv is not working or is set to off by allowing the tv speakers to be on
for the dvd digital input to the reciever try another input such as video or aux input and also does your dvd and reciever have the optical input for the digital audio?

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  • jason Nov 17, 2008

    those settings are for the type of digital audio bitstreams for the digital output source

    here is a little more info on Sony Phillips Digital Interconnect Format(spdif)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPDIF

  • jason Nov 17, 2008

    if you have the optical input you should use it , any coax can be distorted by magnetic fields , optical cannot be distorted by this input because it is light that decodes yhe digital signal

  • jason Nov 18, 2008

    have you checked out the info on the settings for audio and what they mean

    with the link that I left you about the SPDIF aduio bit rates ?

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Unless you have audio IN/Out connectors at the back of the TV, you will need to pass through the DVD, to get the digital audio out directed to the RCA system.

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    Ginko Nov 18, 2008

    Raw settings are the source format file for your DVD, evidently the format that you were using before did not work for some reason.

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Make sure the scart leads are tight and snug in the sockets, you also may need phono leads for the sound.

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    Lee Hodgson Nov 17, 2008

    you will not be able to get any sound via the coaxal cable, you will have to connect the phono audio jacks to the DVD and then to the tv or other device

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Turn on your dvd player with no disk in it go into the set up and change it from pcm to dolby digital also you might have to turn surround sound on but everything else you did was right but you have to make these changes

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    Juanita Vega Nov 19, 2008

    that would of been me i'm glad it worked out for you.if you ever need help again then just let me know

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  1. On the back of the cable-box/vcr there will be 2 coaxial hookups, labeled "cable in" and "tv out" or something similar. The "cable in" (cable box) gets hooked to the cable jack from the wall or floor. Connect the "tv out" (cable box) cable to the "in" on the VCR. Connect the "out" (vcr) to the coaxial connection on the TV.
  2. The DVD player is a little trickier... you have to use "RCA patch-cords" (those cables that are color coded red, white, and yellow) or an S-video cable (small, round ends with little pins and a piece of long, thin plastic [or a "fin"] inside). These cables should have come with the DVD player. If not, you can buy them at any store that sells electronics. Check the back of your TV to see which type of hookups are available and use the appropriate cables. Make sure that you are going "out" of the DVD player and "in" on the TV. These should be labeled as well.
  3. After hooking all these together, plug everything in to test. Make sure that your TV is on the proper channel for the cable-box and VCR (usually 3, sometimes 2 or 4). The VCR should be on the same channel (for recording purposes.) When the VCR is off, you are watching cable. When the VCR is on, you are watching a tape.
  4. The DVD player will be found on an alternate "input" setting such as "video1", "svideo", etc. depending on the input and type of TV.
  5. Stack your components however you wish (see warning about blocking vents) and power them up.
  6. Sit back and enjoy!!

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Probably the supplied coax cable is faulty. Try another one if possible

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    Swilin Sampson Nov 17, 2008

    Oops..just noticed that you tried that already. Its possible that the coax input on the receiver or DVD is faulty. Only way to check is use it on different receiver, or check with another device that has coax output on your reciever to verify whether its the receiver or DVD..

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    Swilin Sampson Nov 17, 2008

    You will have to use the available Audio - out options on your TV and connect directly to the receiver, or else, route it through the VCR for now..

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    Swilin Sampson Nov 17, 2008

    In the RAW setting, your DVD attempts to decode the TV signal directly, which it is obviously failing to do.
    The PCM setting is used when the DVD cannot decode this signal. (Almost the result as SPDIF/OFF function)

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