I just recently installed Polk surround sound with an Onkyo reciever in my house. I have a fairly new 42" Panasonic plasma tv. Everything works except the tv. This is what has me stumpped: coax from mainline cable to digital cable box- RCA cable from digital cable box to A/V reciever- S Video cable from A/V reciever to TV. The S Video is plugged into the "Monitor Out" on the reciever. I've tried all different combonations of inputs on tv and reciever. PLEASE HELP!! I think that the problem has to do with the conversion of RCA cables to S Video.
I could not get my TV to recognize an S-video signal from my reciever either. I ended up just bypassing the reciever and running the video straight from the cable box to the TV. It might be a better option anyways as some quality is lost if you run it through the reciever.
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Are you running the sound directly from the DirecTV box to the Onkyo reciever? or is it routed through the TV first? Personally if you have it routed through the TV you are losing out on true 5.1 surround. To ge that you need to have the DirecTV box connected via optical or digital output (orange connector) to your Onkyo amplifier. If you need further assistance please email me at tvtek(at)msn.com
Use either an optical cable to your reciever or a digital coax, which ever you can or do use will give you dolby digital. Unless your onkyo has hdmi swithching. In that case you will need 2 cables, those are the best for picture and sound all in one cable.
I have the same reciever, and had the same problem. Contact Onkyo, this is a known issue where defective DSP chips were used and manifest problems with a popping / clicking sound when using surround settings. These receivers also have a Dolby Digital input issue that can cause audio dropouts when watching cable or SAT broadcasts that encode DD using a 'newer' broadcast encoding methods. Onkyo is covering the cost of that repair for me now, even though the receiver is 5 years old now....