Cabling help needed

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  1. Kevin*H

    Kevin*H Stunt Coordinator

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    Could anyone confirm if I will be doing the right thing with the following:

    Video:
    Connect DVD by Component cable to TV
    Connect Satellite by S-Video cable to TV
    Connect VCR by Composite cable to TV

    Audio:
    Connect DVD by [Digital coax cable] to Receiver
    Connect Satellite by Optical cable to Receiver
    Connect VCR by Composite cable to Receiver

    Do I just connect the TV and Receiver with an audio cable
    to receive my local cable channels in surround sound?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

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    If you are only going to watch TV through the Satellite and do not want to use any PIP function, you can just hook up the satellite audio out(s) to the receiver and listen that way. No need to hook up the audio outs on the tv.
     
  3. Kevin G.

    Kevin G. Second Unit

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    Good subject,
    I will be bringing home my new HDTV monitor in a couple days, and this has been in the back of my mind...
    my receiver acts as a loop for some devices, so, bring my s-video inputs to the receiver and then from the receiver to the tv?
    will I even need the antiquated coax cable from the satellite or will the s-video be sufficient?
    which is a better connection, s-vdeo or component?
     
  4. Jeff Gatie

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    You do not need the coax if you have s-video. S-video is far superior to coax and/or composite. Component is superior to s-video, but not as much as the jump from composite to s-video.
     
  5. John S

    John S Producer

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    When I do an HT install.

    1st, I run a connection from every avaliable Video monitor on the AVR (Surround receiver in most cases) to the corresponding connection on the TV.

    I then make the best possible video connection available on any given device to the reciever. Then do the same with audio, some receivers have corresponing Video/Audio inputs, some are able to be assigned.

    This allows for the easiest switching duties for most people.


    I then tell them, to choose their source 1st on the receicver, then to cycle through the AV inputs on the TV til they see what they want.

    Seems to work well for the majority of owners I install and/or help out.
     
  6. Kevin G.

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    Forgive my ignorance,
    So what your saying is, bring my coax in from satellite, then from sat. to source(receiver) as in maybe... s-video, then out to monitor, (s-video or component?).?
    Then, again, from source to vcr via analog cables, or should I still use coax from sat to vcr, or both?
     
  7. Tod Golden

    Tod Golden Stunt Coordinator

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    Here is how I have my setup:

    DVD player - Digital Coax to receiver. Analog (for SACD and DVD-A) to analog in on receiver. Component to RPTV

    Digital Cable - RF coax in to cable box then composite (yellow) out to tv. (Cheap Comcast won't upgrade me to a better box with S-Vid and Optical). Composite audio to receiver.

    RPTV - Optical out to receiver. For watching network and HD programming that may be broadcast in 5.1. My tv has a built in tuner for OTA HD programming.

    Tod
     
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