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Velarios

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I'm planning on buying a home theatre system in a box but I don't know much about how it's connected. I currently own a Samsung LN-S3241D tv. I have my Xbox 360 hooked up through the component and my Playstation 3 in HDMI leaving me the second HDMI free. If I hook up a system through HDMI will that be the only cable that has to run to the tv? If not, how many cables should I expect to connect to the tv and to which inputs?
 

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It really depends on the receiver that comes with the HTiB. If you only want the single HDMI connection then you must find one that converts all video to HDMI. If you get a receiver that doesn't have the HDMI upconvert ability then you will have to connect some sources directly to the TV and the audio to the receiver. This is what I do with my 3 DVRs and two DVD players.

-Robert
 

Enigmatism415

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As Robert mentioned, an up-converting receiver would be best, as it allows for only one HDMI output with a diverse array of video inputs.

However, up-converting receivers tend to be expensive, and if you buy one without that ability, I recommend connecting the XBOX and PS3 directly to the HDTV via component video and HDMI respectively, then running their audio to the receiver via optical cables. Alternatively, Connect both the audio and video of the two consoles to the receiver, and simply connect both a component and HDMI video feed from the receiver to the HDTV.
 

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