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Ok so wife & I bit the bullet and bought a new receiver - Marantz 5012

before disconnecting our old Marantz I made sure to note down where everything was plugged into - we had HDMI''s and RCA leads plugged in to and from the Sky TV box to the receiver to the TV and same with the Blu ray player

I set up the new receiver and plugged everything in (following the easy on screen guide) and just used HDMI cables and everything seems to be working fine.
So do I not need to plug in the RCA cables in as well?
A friend of my wife's partner sets up home security / audio and he did the old Marantz receiver set up, but the RCA's may have already been there (Can't remember)

does anyone know if I need to set up the red / white / yellow RCA's as well or are the HDMI's sufficient?

thanks in advance
 

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So, you decided to step up to the Marantz. I'm sure you'll be happy with the decision. The 5012 is a definite step up from the Denon you were looking at. If everything has hdmi outputs and you run them to the receiver, then hdmi out to the TV, that should do it. Analog connections (the RCAs) are rarely needed these days.
 

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ok thanks for your reply - we went into a specialist store that only sells AV equipment. We bought the manual from our old receiver and asked what the equivalent model today and he said the 5012 is, and it happened to be on special for $999 NZ down from $1699.

It has a raft of functions, most I know nothing about at the moment, but we were able to connect it to the home wi-fi and we can download the manual as an app

Took ages to set it all up because our speaker cables weren't Red / Black (the outside was clear) - so I had to take a punt on what was red and black, but fortunately following the instilation process on screen it came up asking me to check 3 of the speakers, so I changed the wiring around and they all worked

the only reason I asked about the RCA cables is that we had both HDMI and RCA cables on our old amp and I wasn't sure if I needed both - but it's all working now

funnily enough when I told the man our old amp was about 9 years old he said they only seem to have a shelf life of 10 years - I was quite surprised by that

but thanks for your help all the same
 

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If you look closely at the speaker wire, you'll probably see some kind of marking on one side, usually a line but it can just be a ridge or ridges, or the insulation might be more square where the other is round. Traditionally that is the positive (red) connection, but only if it was connected to the speaker correctly.
 

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thanks - wife and I both looked at the wire close up using our glasses and there was some very faint writing that neither of us could distinguish
I do have some black electrical tape, so might put a piece of that on each negative strand
 

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