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how to connect cable box, A/V receiver and TV

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   vacantstare



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Posted July 04 2013 - 07:27 AM

Hello folks, I'm trying to set up an inexpensive home theater with the following components:


Panasonic Viera tc-l37s1

Sony STR-DH540

Motorola DCT 2500



I have the roku/receiver/tv part working fine, but I am not sure how to get the signal from the cable box to the tv through the receiver.


Cable box has no HDMI, and the receiver has no S-video, so I am using the rca style Video feed.


Initially, the only connection I had from the receiver to the TV was the HDMI, and that worked fine for carrying the Roku signal, but not the signal from the cable box. I worked around it by running the video RCA cable directly from the cable box to the tv, but it seems like there should be a way to pipe that signal to the receiver, then on to the tv.


Do I need one RCA cable from the cable box to the receiver, and another from the receiver to the tv?



#2 of 4 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted July 04 2013 - 08:18 AM

The Sony 540 doesn't do analog to digital video conversion so you would need a composite connection from the 540 to the display. But s-video is a better option then composite so I would use an s-video cable from the cable box to the display.

"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.


#3 of 4 OFFLINE   schan1269


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Posted July 04 2013 - 08:29 AM

Or, call your cable company and upgrade to a HD STB.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Sabby



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Posted July 09 2013 - 05:13 PM

You will not get high definition to the TV with S video or composite. Since your receiver does not have component video out your options are to leave it the way you have it wired or get a new cable box.I would try to get a new cable box as schan1269 suggested

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