Hi! I've been hooking up my system at home for years but never too sure I've been getting the best out of my system. System being: TV, Denon AVR 2106 running 5.1, Video, Austar, CD & DVD players. I have just purchased a 42' Panasonic HD plasma TV & Blue Ray player.
Does optical audio cables elimate other cables? Plus: how do you connect the complete package the best way?
Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Darren.
Firstly, let me address audio cables. Optical audio is the same (essentially) as a coaxial digital audio cable, just in a different form. Since you just purchased a Bluray player, you'll see an HDMI out on the rear. This is a high definition video and audio cable rolled into one (however it looks like your receiver does not support this). I would recommend running an HDMI cable from the Bluray player right to the TV, then run an optical audio cable (or coaxial digital) from the TV to the receiver. This will give you the best picture on your TV, and the best available sound through your receiver.
Depending on your DVD player and Bluray player, you might want to consider using just the Bluray player for DVD's and Bluray discs. If your plasma supports 1080p (or really anything better than 480i), you would most likely get a better picture out of DVD's since the Bluray player will upconvert the video to the better signal (of course this depends on your exact model of Bluray player). This will help to eliminate some cabling also.
Other than that, you're not going to eliminate much more cabling. If you really want to get tricky with it, pick up some split loom wire management and wrap them up with that. Be sure to run the power and signal wires separately though! Best of luck, and hope this has helped.
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The dish network reciever should have audio and video out on the back, If its a HD device it should also have COAX out (hd audio) get the cables for audio and feed the into a input on the back of your home theater system, there should be several inputs, usually labled like video 1 video 2, tape deck etc etc. the audio in are red and white or red and black usually, the coax connector is orange, and you only need one cable to hook that up. If you have HD audio on the dish network that will sound best in your home theatere system
1. First things first, READ the Instruction Manual, I know most of you guys out there hate reading the instruction manuals but every system is different, so I'll generalize this article for an average system you can find at a retail store today.
2. Make sure you have the right cables to connect your TV to your Home Theater System, now days the best connection is called "HDMI" (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) this cable uses a digital signal to transfer both video and audio while giving you the best quality possible. But please make sure your Home Theater System has the "HDMI" as an input option. If it does not, you might have to resort to a analog connection such as "Component Cables" which will provide you with a High-Definition connection but with analog quality.
3. Now if you are using a current TV and a current Home Theater System and your system is able to use the "HDMI" cable, connection to said devices will be pretty easy, just hook one end of the "HDMI" cable to the "HDMI" input on the back of the TV, and the other end of the "HDMI" to the "HDMI" output on the back of the Home Theater System. Turn your devices on and make sure your input/outputs are configured for "HDMI" usage and vola! You should now be able to see and hear everything your heart desires!
4. Organization is key, after you have checked your connections and everything is working the way you want it to, utilize the cable/wire loom to organize your cables and use the zip ties to secure them in place, not too tight though, if you want to change things around in the future it's easier to cut the zip ties if you have enough room between the cable and the zip tie.
Your BEST TV-related audio would be brought in directly from each external source you watch, NOT the TV itself (if TV's were hi-fi we wouldn't need audip equipment), so, yes, digital audio is the ONLY way to go. Having plenty of connections on the TV is NOT going to give you HI-FI multichannel audio from all of them.
hook the ps3 sound cables to the Panasonic system or get some of the splitters and hook one end to the tv and the other to the sound system, im pretty sure the tv doesn't have an out for the sound so without a couple splitters its either the tv or the sound system
what you need to do is hook all of your gaming systems into the "in ports" on your gameing switch, then hook the set of cables you want to use to the "out port" then the other end of those cables need to go to the "in port" on the home theatre system (you can pick which in port you would like to use, it should say which is which on the back by the ports) after doing this you need to find the out port on the home theatre system that corresponds with the cables you are using ie, rca component or hdmi. once you find that port you need to hook a cable to that into your 'in port" on your tv., lastly turn on all of your gaming systems, your tv and your home theatre system. and on your home theatre system select which ever port you hooked the gaming switch into, then turn your tv to the correct channel that you hooked the cables into the tv, lastly go through each swithc on your gaming switch to be sure that they all work, if not, you might want to use all the same cables for all connections, ie, all component all rca or all hdmi, i prefer component.
you need to hook up the xbox' audio cables to the home theatre systems AUX in port and then have your system set on AUX, and you can leave your xbox' hdmi plugged into the tv, just be sure your on the correct AV chanel.
well s video is a good picture it is not the best and when you kink one or bend it too far they are no good i recommend using either the rgb cables or YPbPr also known as component video either of these cables will provide better image than the s video