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Pioneer PDP-4340HD TV Media Receiver installation

I was given the above model TV today. The original owners had it in storage and didn't install it themselves in the first place so they are not certain I have all the necessary wires. They gave me an HDMI cable but I'm not sure if this overides the need to use the black and white "System Cable" wires that connect the Media Reciever to the TV. The HDMI slots are not even shown in the owners manual but it's clearly stated on the Media Reciever. The HDMI does plug in from the Media Reciever to the back of the TV where the White portion of the duel system cable goes (the sytem cables consist of a white plugg in type connection and the black is a squeeze type of connection. I have no idea what their purpose is for each. My question is does the HDMI plug go into where the "White" portion of the System Cables go and do I still need the black plug installed? The problem is the White and Black System Cable wasn't provided (only the HDMI cable) and the original owners have no idea if they used it.

Also, as explained in the manual for connecting for cable TV to watch Digital TV channels they have me using a splitter from the cable and connecting two cables to the back of the Media Reciever. Is this just older technology that has since been able to be used with one wire? I never heard of connecting two cable wires into any reciever for digital reception before.

Thanks for any help you can give. I set it up with just the HDMI cable and I only get the red and green blocks on the screen. I did this with the splitter set up and just the "conventional" channel set up which is to connect the cable to the "in" on the Media Reciever. They always show a "cable converter" in the diagram as well. Is this just in case you didn't have cable and just analog?

I can really use a Guru or this TV is useless. Not even sure if they sell those parts any more. Thanks!

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  • rktkkk May 25, 2009

    OK, Thank you for the information but I need to ask some follow-ups. With the cable splitting, I now understand why but are you saying that I should just do as they instruct and attach both to the Media Reciever? I wonder if that's necessary if the cable first went into a digital box (Like a Cox digital reciever).

    In regards the HDMI and system cables. I understand you want me to stick to those cables because they are necessary. Is there a way to have both the system cables and the HDMI cabels at the same time? As you said "the HDMI plugs in at the Media Reciever with the port labeled HDMI" . Where does the other end go? It only fit where the white plug of the sytem cables went. Can one overide the other? Your help was great. Thank you so much.

  • rktkkk May 26, 2009

    I think I finally understand that the HDMI might be used to connect the cable to the digital cable box then the HDMI connects the digital cable box (or a DVD player,etc) to the Media Receiver (which is connected to the TV via the System cables). I need the system cables no matter what, correct? I'm about to order the System Cables ($74.00 after taxes and shipping).

    I'm still not certain if I really have to hook up both the analog and digital cables to the Media Receiver or not. Don't we no longer recieve analog signals and only digital (in CT anyways). Please confirm and thanks again!

  • rktkkk May 27, 2009

    Thanks for all your help! I'm now just waiting for those sytem cables. The Media reciever does have an HDMI input port (it was introduced in the model I have so it wasn't yet in the manual). I'll save that for my DVD player..

  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 11, 2010

    Here is where you can find a system cable for the TV:

    Don't worry about using the HDMI cable. Stick with the manufacters cables to be safe.

  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 11, 2010

    I have a copy of your manual.

    Let's deal with the first problem.

    Go to page 20 in your manual. The system cable is for the Media Receiver to control the Screen and the Audio. Think of it as a TV in two parts to make a whole TV. You'll need this system cable.

    The HDMI only plugs in at the Media Receiver with the port labeled HDMI.



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With the cable splitter problem, I believe they used that idea to use the Antenna/cable A & B ports to watch digital and anolog TV.
Port A for Anolog and port B for Digital.

Posted on May 25, 2009

  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 26, 2009

    Yep, You system cables no matter what.

    I thought the Media Receiver had a HDMI port. But, looking over the manual again with the pictures; it doesn't seem to have port for HDMI.

    I think the HDMI cable was used for a System Cable substitute. I wouldn't recomend using the HDMI cable because it may have different amount of connection wires than the System Cable. I'm sure that would effect the quality of the picture and sound. So, to be safe, use the System Cable made for the TV.

    The cable splitter problem.

    If you only receive digital signals where you live, I would just hook up the cable to the Digital Antenna input alone. The Media Receiver has a built in digital tuner. So, there should be no splitter and converter boxes necessary.



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Features of Pioneer PDP-4340HD Unique among today's HDTVs, the Pioneer PDP-4340HD runs on a 72Hz vertical refresh rate. That's an exact multiple of the 24 frames per second at which films are displayed, enabling the panel to use a video-processing technique called 3:3 pull-down (instead of the 2:3 pull-down used in previous 60Hz displays). In English, that means you should see a more stable picture when viewing DVD movies and other video material that was originally shot on film. Unfortunately, that didn't seem to be the case in our tests (see Performance for more).

This panel shares with its like-size, similarly priced competition a 1,024x768 native resolution. That number of pixels bests less expensive 852x480 EDTV models and results in sharper high-def images (but not in sharper DVD or standard TV images). Even a count of 1,024x768 pixels can't display 720p, the lowest high-def resolution, in full detail, but it's as high as plasmas get in this screen-size range.

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