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

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Posted December 05 2010 - 02:24 AM

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.


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

  • HDMI
XBOX 360

  • HDMI
I was looking on monoprice and I found this http://www.monoprice...&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!


#2 of 5 OFFLINE   mikeabt


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Posted December 05 2010 - 09:37 AM


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 of 5 OFFLINE   Jason Charlton

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Posted December 06 2010 - 02:03 AM

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.

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Posted December 06 2010 - 01:40 PM

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.

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Posted December 06 2010 - 02:58 PM


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.