basic TV/Receiver connection question

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  1. Josh.L

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    I'm not sure if i'm asking this question right, but here goes: I want to be able to watch TV and listen to the audio through my stereo's speakers. How do I do this without having to turn on my VCR(which I am doing now) And can I keep the DVD player hooked up as it is now with the video components going directly to the TV?

    As you can probably tell, I'm a little confused. I have a Sony 34XBR800 and a HK AVR 320

    Sorry for the newbie question, I just don't want to screw anything up, so I thought I'd ask.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Hi Josh.

    Well... you have to have SOME device that gives you the TV audio that you can pass to the receiver. This can be:

    - Your VCR (like you have now)
    - The L/R jacks from your CATV box or Sat receiver
    - The L/R audio OUTPUT from your TV (if it has this)

    The easiest is if your TV has audio outputs. You want the "fixed/non-variable" output if you have a choice. (This way the TV volume does not affect the volume through your speakers.


     
  3. David Von Pein

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    I don't know if it helped Josh any....but I gained from your post, Bob. Thanks. [​IMG]

    I'm kinda new as well to this HT game.

    Can I impose for another Q?? ..... I'm getting my first TV that actually has component input capability, and I'm wondering how much of a picture-quality leap I'm going to be making when I get my new set soon.

    I'm currently using the worst of the 3 variants (composite video input) going to my current TV.

    So, I'll be jumping completely over the "middle man" (S-Video) as far as quality is concerned, and going to what I've heard is the BEST possible video connection: Component.

    Do I have this staircase of quality correct? Composite provides the weakest picture quality; then S-Video; then component for the ultimate?

    Is my leap from composite straight to component going to be dramatic? (Esp. when combined with my first TV capable of doing the 16:9 squeeze for DVDs?)



    (Now I need component cables don't I? Are these cables expensive? And what brand do you guys recommend for best quality video?)

    Thanks for your assistance.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Greg-ST

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    David, you should see quite a nice jump in picture quality going from a composite connection to component connections. From s-video to component isn't quite as large of a jump (basically s-video is a component signal as well, but not as pure as RGB).

    Sometime around May/June I'll be getting my first TV with component capabilities as well. I really can't wait [​IMG]
     
  5. David Von Pein

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    Thanks, Greg, for the info. [​IMG]

    To be perfectly honest, when I ordered my new TV, I didn't even realize it had the component capability.

    But, upon researching the advantages of such a connection, I'm certainly glad to have it.

    Greg ... I went with a Toshiba RPTV. What will you be getting in May? (I betcha you'll get it sooner! [​IMG])

    BTW, Greg, I LOVE the Cincinnati Reds in your hometown! [​IMG]
    Used to visit Riverfront often.
    Sadly, now it's dust.
    The new park looks nice though. [​IMG]
     
  6. RobertCharlotte

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  7. David Von Pein

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  8. David Von Pein

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    Then, too, there's also the ol' rabbit ears connection.
    Anybody still use those?

    [​IMG]
     
  9. RandyMe

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    I could use a little help on this one myself...

    I have a CATV Box - 1 Coaxial from the box to the TV (No S-Video or Component outs on the Box) & 2 L/R Audio RCA's from the CATV Box to the Receiver's CATV inputs.

    Then a DVD with an S-Video going straight to the TV & 2 L/R Audio RCA's from the DVD to the Receiver's DVD inputs.

    CD Player is just the 2 L/R Audio RCA's from the CD to the Receiver's CD inputs.

    Does this seem OK?

    PS: I'll be replacing the DVD next week with the new Philips DVD963SA with SACD. Will I need to change the way the DVD is connected to make best use of the SACD?

    Thanks
     
  10. Mike Matheson

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    Randy,

    Sounds like you've done the best possible with your CATV.

    I wouldn't sweat your current DVD connections with the 963 coming next week. But with that unit, try to run a digital connection (optical or coaxial) to your processor for digital audio. If possible run component cabling instead of S-vid for video to your TV. And for SACD &/or DVD-audio, you'll need a slew of normal RCA analog audio type cables (maybe six).

    What receiver/processor are you using?

    Any your CD player doesn't offer a digital output?
     
  11. RandyMe

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