cables needed for home theater ?

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by sam_sark, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. sam_sark

    sam_sark Extra

    Jul 5, 2003
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    just bought b&w speaker package ..will pick up next week...wondering what cables i might need to connect my dvd,tv & speakers to the receiver...i have absolutely no idea and do not want to depend solely on the salesperson opinion....any help would be appreciated
  2. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

    Aug 19, 2002
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    What kind of video connection (RCA, S-video or component)?

    What kind of digital audio connection (optical or coax)?

    Do you want to connect the video through the receiver or straight ro the tv?

    At the minimum, you need a set of video cables (RCA, S-video or component) for the DVD to TV connection (another set for receiver to TV if you want to switch video sources with your receiver). You will need an optical or 75 Ohm coax cable for digital audio from the DVD to the receiver. You will probably need a set of regular RCA audio cables for the TV to receiver connection (audio out on TV, TV in on receiver) for surround sound regular TV. You will also need enough speaker wire to wire your speakers to the receiver (12 or 14 guage). You can spend from 10 cents a foot to $100 a foot for speaker wire, so be careful you don't spend more than you want to. The same goes for interconnects, don't spend what you cannot afford. Do a search for "cables" and see both sides of the "do $200 cables really sound better" debate. (FYI, I'm with Chu Gai on this one).

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