How to get my surround sound to work with ALL of my systemsA

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  1. Guest

    Hi guys,


    Okay im am entirely confused and tried putting all of my effort planning on how im going to do this.


    My Mission


    I am trying to hook up all of the following systems so that all of my Systems run with my surround sound. with that being said everything I have as a/an HDMI ports.


    Components:


    Sharp Quattron TV

    • 4 HDMI Ports
    • Audio input right and left RCAx2

    Panasonic Surround Sound receiver/DVD

    • Right and Left "AUX" inputs
    • 1 HDMI port

    Cable Box

    • HDMI

    PS3

    • HDMI

    XBOX 360

    • HDMI

    I was looking on monoprice and I found this http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2


    Now how would I wire this to make all of my systems work with my surround sound? If I wired my surround sound wit an HDMI cable into the "output" then wire everything else through the inputs, will this work? They're maybe an easier way? Thank You!


    -Ben
     
  2. mikeabt

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    Ben,


    I assume that the one HDMI port on the Panasonic receiver is an output to the television for High Def picture because the onboard DVD is up-converting. If that is correct and the only other inputs are a left and right channel then you will not be able to have discrete channel audio through the receiver, however you will be able to have prologic, five-channel stereo or other proprietary Panasonic surround.


    If the HDMI is an input to the receiver then you will get the full discrete channel surround through the receiver. I think also you will need two outputs on the switch so you can have High Def picture while getting the surround audio throughput.


    Not sure I have enough information to verify. Are there other video outputs on the reciver to the television like component?
     
  3. Jason Charlton

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    Simply put, the Panasonic box won't work for you. It has the fatal flaw inherent in most low-end all in one system - no support for external devices - well, support for ONE analog stereo audio connection that will provide pseudo-surround sound, but that's it.


    Most of us here would recommend you get a "real" receiver that can grow with your system and can allow you to realize the full benefit of HDMI. Receivers with "built in" DVD players are generally a bad idea - one part of the equation goes out and you're down the whole system.


    You have 3 HDMI sources, so you need a receiver that has at least 3 HDMI inputs. Chances are the speakers that came with your Panasonic system won't work with another receiver, too - but to know for sure, we'll need the model # of the Panasonic system you have.


    Sorry - that's probably not what you wanted to hear, but with that Panny as your receiver, you're stuck.
     
  4. Guest

    Thank You very much for the replies. I 100% agree with you on the Panasonic not being compatible. I have been searching online for a reciever and speakers. What would you guys recommend for a good receiver/surround sound combo? I am mostly going to be playing video games or watching movies. I also don't want to spend much probably 500 at the most? Here is the model # of my panasonic receiver SA-HP740.
     
  5. mikeabt

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    Ben,


    I think you are making a good decision to move up with a new receiver. You can keep the speaker system that you are currently using and possibly go to 7.1 in the future if you catch the HT bug. I would recommend two separates.


    I would recommend the Pioneer VSX-1020. That is currently in the $350 range now at Best Buy. You will also need a new DVD (or BluRay) player. Not sure about the rest of your set-up or your preference, but you can get the proposed receiver and a great player for less than 5 bills.
     

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