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Panasonic 1080p Plasma TH-42PZ80U Home Theater Setup Question

I just bought a Panasonic TH-42PZ80U 1080p Plasma TV and am fairly new to home theater systems, but would like to connect one to my new tv to enhance the sound. My overall goal is to find a sound system that can be used via an hdmi cable. The issue is that I watch my digital cable via an hdmi cable and use my ps3 via an hdmi cable. Therefore, I want to be able to use my home theater system for both cable tv and my ps3. I know alot of home theater systems don't support hdmi and so it'd be great if you could recommend a reasonably priced sound system that will support both my digital cable box and ps3 via hdmi and connect to my new tv. Also, any explanations on how to connect the system to my cable box, ps3 and tv would be much appreciated! Thanks so much for your help!

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  • Gamer1827 Jun 12, 2008

    Awesome! Now I think I've got it figured out. The second method with the digital audio in/out is the way i'll probably go. Great detail! Thanks again!

  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    where do I plug in my cable tv to the plasma?

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Hey Gamer1827,

While I personally can't provide you with any model-specific home theater system recommendations, there are a couple of common ways that you can generally configure your home theater.

Connecting several devices directly to the HTIB system may typically allow you to minimize the number of remote controls necessary, as long as the HTIB system supports the use of a universal remote. Should you not necessarily care if you have to change back-and-forth between two remotes however, you may have a wider variety of possible configurations available.

In order to use only HDMI cable connections to set up your home theater, you most likely would need an HTIB system with three HDMI ports: one for your TV, one for your PS3 and one for your cable box. Each device would require a separate HDMI cable running between it and the receiver. This option (in theory) would allow you to use one universal remote to control each device, assuming that they are all compatible with the same remote.

Another common configuration you might wish to try requires you to connect your cable box and PS3 directly to your TV. By doing so however, you might limit yourself to using an optical digital audio cable to make the connection between your TV and many HTIB systems. In this configuration, the cable box and PS3 would again have their own separate HDMI cables, while the optical digital audio cable would need to be run from the Digital Audio-Out port on the back of your TV to the Digital Audio-In port on the receiver. This option essentially treats the HTIB system as an expansion device, instead of the center of your home theater configuration.

Should you need any additional information or suggestions, remember that you may always speak with a sales representative at your local Best Buy™ store for further assistance.

Hope this helps you out.

Sincerely,
Aaron
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Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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