How to connect Panasonic TV, DVD Recorder & Home Theater together
I have recently purchased Home Theater SC-PT460 and would like to link it with my TX-32LXD700 TV and DMR-EX87EB DVD Recorder. I have connected an HDMI cable from both the DVD Recorder and Home Theater to the TV. I have connected an optical digital audio cable from the Home Theater to the TV.
Q1. Is this correct? Do I need to run scart leads between all units or between Recorder/Theater in order to here surround sound when playing back from the Recorders Hard Drive?
Q2. If the cables are correct in the first instance, I do not seem to get any sound from the Theater speakers having followed the quick installation guide. Is there a simple solution to this problem?
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Have you resolved this issue yet? I am in a similar position. recently upgraded my TV to a flat screen, also purchased a Blu-Ray but the SC-HT880 is now useless. How can I use the surround sound to work on TV? do I need to purchase an Amp?
I think that ; somehow someone bumped the unit and dislodged a DVD from the tray.. thus impeding the opening mechanism as well as the turntable (the unmeshing gears). I would unplug the unit and remove the screws holding the top cover on , and take a look at the tray . once thats done , let us know how this is going.
Can you describe the 'box'? Is it the top half, bottom half, a little of either? What kind of TV do you have?
I suspect you might be noticing the aspect ratio of the various source programs being presented differently on a wide screen than you are used to. DVD programs come in a variety of aspect ratios. Normal TV is 4x3, that is, 4 units wide versus 3 units tall. Wide screens are more like 16x9, so a 4x3 image presented properly on a wide sceen would have black vertical bars on both sides. That is normal.
Some people are offended by the black bars and TV's are unfortunately designed to allow gross modification of the image to fill the space. That is akin to taking a photo of yourself and stretching it to fit an improper frame. That probably wouldn't be very flattering to you and certainly wouldn't be accurate. Which is more important - the picture or the frame?
Had a similar problem mate. I solved it by connecting the tv to the PT460 system with a scart lead. You then have to have the AV channel selected on the PT460 system to listen to the tv. You will always have to have the AV channel on the PT460 selected to listen to any sound transmitted through the tv - be it playstation/xbox or any other device that you may connect in the future with HDMI leads or otherwise. Hope this helps
Don't worry about sending the TV audio to the Panasonic. Just send a digital audio signal from the cable box to the Panasonic.
DVD - Panasonic connected via HDMI
TV - Panasonic connected via HDI
cable connected to cable box and TV. But you will not really be using the cable connection to the TV (TV Tuner) since you will want HD feed from cable box through HDMI input on TV.
You aren't concerned about feeding the TV speakers because your audio will always come from the home theatre.
Note that some components don't feed audio through HDMI, in which case you will need to use optical digital audio.