Did I connect this right?

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  1. SQMonte

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    I just got a new HT setup consisting of the following

    Vizio 552XVT
    Sony STR1000
    Vizio VBR110
    Motorola DCH3416

    BluRay is connected to the receiver via HDMI
    TV is connected to the receiver via HDMI
    Cable box is connected to the receiver via HDMI

    Am I mistaking be thinking that I should get audio and video from the cable box to the TV via the HDMI cable that runs to the receiver and then from the receiver to the TV? I was getting the audio, which I confirmed by turning the channel, but no video. At that point i'm thinking it's because I didn't have a coax cable running from the cable box to the TV. So I connected one, but also ran the HDMI from the cable box directly to the TV. Now I get audio and video, but the audio is via the TV speaker only, not the HT speakers.

    Is it necessary to have the coax connected? I'm thinking it might be possible that I simply didn't select the appropriate HDMI input on the TV which is why I wasn't getting the video, but why would I be getting the sound if that were the case? Seems kinda odd.

    Also, would I be better off running the BluRay and cable box directly to the TV instead of thru the receiver? I'd like to run just HDMI only, I should be able to do that, right?
     
  2. MartybenSchmuel

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    A couple of points here...Connecting the HDMI cables from sources to receiver and then receiver to TV is correct. The sound will come from your receiver to the external speakers. In order to get video, you must have the TV setup indicating the proper HDMI input (HDMI1, HDMI2, etc.) wherever you plugged the HDMI cable coming from the receiver output. The coaxial cable to the TV is extraneous (don't use it) and will give only standard definition video and the audio will come from TV speakers.

    Running the blu-ray and cable box through the receiver gives you the ability to get sound from your stereo system (not the TV speakers) and it gives you switchability with only one HDMI cable to the TV from the receiver.
     
  3. SQMonte

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    Originally Posted by MartybenSchmuel
     

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