Need help on setup

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  1. tradosaurus

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    I am a beginner at home theatre set up.

    I'm so novice that even the beginner section is advanced. lol

    Here is what I have (all old):
    1) Kenwood VR-309 receiver
    2) Philips CDR-785 CD player
    3) Philips DVD player w/ usb port
    4) Samsung flatscreen TV (42")
    5) JBL speakers (five) w/ subwoofer

    I would like to get rid of the CD player and receiver so I can use USB to play music. I saw that receivers now use USB ports.

    I do use a laptop to stream Netflix movies through the T.V. and I'm thinking that maybe the laptop could be used as a CD, DVD, music (usb) device.

    Couldn't the laptop replace all components except the T.V. and speakers?

    What would be your advice on either utilizing existing components or buy new.

    I'm not interest in spending thousands of dollars either.

    Thanks
     
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    You still need "some" AVR to run the speakers.Does your laptop have HDMI? If it doesn't, you need an Onkyo(some models of Onkyo have D-sub).
     
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    Yes, Laptop does have HDMI which is what I used to watch movies on the T.V.

    What is AVR? Does having HDMI capability mean I can use the speakers?
     
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    The only way you don't need an AVR is if your computer has a 6 channel audio output.
     
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    Audio Video Receiver...ie, your Kenwood.
     

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