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Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by PeteST, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. PeteST

    PeteST Auditioning

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    I have a rather silly question regarding HT setups. I intend on hooking up a DVD player to a HT soon and I was just wondering if the TV sound/speakers should be incorporated in the setup at all (i.e. DVD to receiver and then to TV). I have a feeling that the TV sound is not used in 5.1 setups since it would ruin the effect, but I can’t seem to find a proper answer to this anywhere (probably because the answer is fairly obvious). So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Nathan Stohler

    Nathan Stohler Second Unit

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    No, there are very few circumstances where you would actually use your TV speakers as part of your surround setup.

    You might get away with using your TV as a center channel in place of a true center speaker if your TV has a "center channel in" (and you have a center channel preout on your receiver), but even then, I would rather go without a center than use the TV; your TV speakers will almost certainly be inferior to your dedicated speakers (there may be exceptions).

    Most TVs have the option of disabling the TV speakers completely -- then you don't have to worry about people (especially your 1-year-old) playing with the TV volume.

    --Nathan
     
  3. Ed Moxley

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    Nathan is right............
    The tv should only be used for the video. The tv's speakers shouldn't even be used as a center channel either, although some people use them. They won't timbre match your other speakers, therefore, not a good choice.
     
  4. Cameron_Johnson

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    Don't use the TV speakers. They are likely much lower quality then your surround speakers, plus the drivers won't mach with the other speakers drivers. You'll also lose a lot of sound quality when running the signal through so many devices.

    -Cameron
     

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