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NOOB HOME THEATER HELP PLZZ!!!

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Angrypolak, May 12, 2009.

  1. Angrypolak

    Angrypolak New Member

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    Hello, i am new to the home theater scene, so be gentle :-D. First i'd like to start off with what i currently own. I just bought Panasonic SC-H7740 surround sound NEW, it is a 5.1 surround sound system without the receiver. I have 5 speakers and one sub woofer. The main thing about this thread is where can i find an extremely cheap receiver, or what i am trying to find basically just a dvd player that i can hook everything up with. Most surround sound system i see come with a dvd receiver and i have been having a tough time finding one. I basically want to hook everything up to my 720p HDTV as cheap as possible. Another concern i have is do i HAVE to have an authentic receiver and not just a dvd receiver to play my xbox 360 through it so i can have surround sound? Please give me some kind of help, thank you!
     
  2. SethH

    SethH Well-Known Member

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    I looked on Panasonic's website and also did a google search and I cannot find the model number you listed for your surround system.

    Generally speaking, you do need a receiver because the receiver supplies power to your speakers. A DVD player is just an audio/video source and it does not produce any power to run speakers.
     
  3. genedjr

    genedjr Active Member

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    I also looked at this route when I first started looking. There are very inexpensive receivers (>$200) that can fill that role. But, I am confused on what you already have.

    You identified speakers, but what is driving them today? I use my old Yammy RX-v890 receiver for 5.1 surround sound and let my SV420XVT TV deal with the HD stuff (including xbox component input).

    Please list everything you have as completely as possible.
    ...gene
     
  4. Stephen Tu

    Stephen Tu Well-Known Member

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    I am guessing you have the SC-HT740 rather than the SC-H7740. But it didn't come with receiver? Open-box? Second-hand?

    Most DVD/receivers are only available as part of a package with speakers. In the long run you are better off with a receiver anyway, the combo units often only allow one external digital component, if any. You are OK with just the xbox, but then if you want to add DVR or Blu-ray you are in trouble, have to start adding manual switchboxes = hassle. I would recommend the Yamaha RX-V465 @ ~$330 if you want a cheap one. Lowest I would go is maybe the Sony STR-DG820 @ ~$270.

    There are plenty of cheap DVD players available, but if I was looking to save money I would just use the xbox 360 as the DVD player until you are ready for Blu-ray.
     

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