Best Way to Connect DVD to Receiver

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  1. DaveZee

    DaveZee Auditioning

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    I have a Sony S560 DVD player, XBR400 TV and just received a great gift... Sony STRDA5ES receiver. I have regular cable TV. I'm over my head but working to figure it out and have some questions.

    There are multiple ways to connect DVD to receiver to TV. Is my plan below the best?

    VIDEO: Connect component outputs of DVD directly to the TV. There's the option to connect these outputs to the receiver and then to the TV but I only have the DVD for component source so don't think I need to go thru the receiver.

    AUDIO: Use Digital Coax Output of DVD to inputs of receiver. Is this the prefered connection as opposed to using digital optical fiber optic connection or using the DVD's multichannel 5.1 outputs to the receiver's multichannel inputs?

    Also, what is DPL II and DTS Neo:6? I've read about these on the hardware forum but have no idea what they are, when to use them, etc.
     
  2. Tim Kline

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    What you wanna do is have the best video connection from the dvd to the tv.. don't use one of those generic yellow video cables (composite), cuz the picture will look bad. Use at least an s-video cable, but if your DVD and TV support it, use the component connection. This uses 3 of those generic yellow video cables together, I dunno how it all works exactly but it will give you the best picture you can get 9 times outta 10.
    For the audio, you can use that coax cable, but you can also use an optical cable. I prefer these, dunno why, they just seem cooler [​IMG] The optical plugs are little square connections on the back
    Then, for regular TV you can have the regular audio cables connected to the receiver.. but here's the way mine is set up..
    my cable box has the audio and video connections on it (just the generic composite kind), so I got a s-video adapter at radio shack so I can plug the composite connection into a s-video spot on my receiver, and I have the dvd video going into the receiver. The cable's audio is connected with the rca cables and the dvd audio is connected with an optical cable. Then, I have an s-video cable going from the receiver to the tv .. so now all I have to do is press DVD on the receiver and everything switches, and I can switch back and forth from the tv to the dvd just by switching the receiver [​IMG]
    But to just answer your question, you want the best audio connection going into your receiver and the best video connection going to your tv [​IMG]
     
  3. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Either coax or optical will do fine. Though some may disagree, most cannot hear a difference. Do NOT use the DVD player's multichannel outputs. You want your Dolby Digital decoding to occur in the receiver, not in the DVD player.
    M.
     
  4. DaveZee

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    . Caution: Use well-shielded cables. A component connection is not the place for cheap cables that are vulnerable to interference or signal loss.

    I picked up the best quality ones I could get from Radio Shack (Gold Series if my memory serves correctly) and assume they're good. If not, please suggest more appropriate alternative.
     
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  6. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    RatShack Gold Series should be fine as long as all three connections are video cables, and not audio (which is usually a different impedance).
     

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