I need some help and advise about my sony DAV-C900.

BrentJ

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Hello everyone I'm new to this messageboard and I'm also new to home theater equipment. I recently purchased the sony DAV-C900 dvd home theater system, it should arrive around tuesday. I'm on a budget so I can't really afford the high dollar equipment. I chose this because I enjoy sony products.
I was hoping to find out from some of you pros if this is a decent setup? I also would appreciate it if someone could take time to check the link and tell me what cables that are not included that are must haves. As I said before I'm new to home theater systems and setup. So, when my system arrives next tuesday I would like to be able to have all the proper cables. Thanks for your time and help!
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...AVC900&o=m&a=0
 

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Welcome

Should include all cables, but their quality may not be up to par. Since the DVD and amplifier are integrated, there is no cabling there. The downside of a unit like this however, is that it is not individually upgradable, meaning the guaranteed low quality amplifier cannot easily be improved upon. I usually try to discourage people from this type of setup, since when upgrade time comes, it is basically like starting from scratch. It should do just fine for a starter system though. Good luck.
 

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Unless they are already included, one of the cables you will need to buy are component video cables. Most DVD players include composite cables only, but component cables offer a huge leap in video quality.

Acoustic Research makes some nice inexpensive component cables. They can be had for around $20-30 depending on the length, and will serve your purpose just fine.

Don't bother buying speaker wire; your Sony system uses proprietary wire to plug in the speakers.
 

AllanN

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You may also want to look at a Belden/Canare cable from the likes of.

rhinocables.com

wickedcables.com

bettercables.com
 

BrentJ

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Do I have to have a HDTV to use these cables from rhinocables? I have a mid 90's toshiba tv with s-video and rca jacks. I'm really confused on the cables that I need. I want to have the best picture and sound quality possible. I plan on upgrading my tv later this year. I also noticed that their cables on the site show red, blue and green. Is this for newer televisions or can I still use these? thanks
 

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There are three different types of cables (un the US anway). Those are composite (good), S-video(better), and component(best). I believe the unit in the C900 has all 3 of these outputs. As I mentioned, Sony often includeds all the cables you need. My last two Sony DVD players included inexpensive composite, s-vid, and a low quality component cable. That may or may not be true for your system, but it should at least come with an s-vid cable.

If you do not have component video (3 RCA jacks, should be noted as such), then S-video will be your next best choice. A component cable has a grayscale channel (the actual image) and two color channels (chroma and hue that are added to the image to create color). S-video does the same thing, though the wires are run inside one cable together. Image quality will typically only improve marginally going from s-vid to component, but color will improve noticably.

With a budget system, I wouldn't bother with very expensive cables. When you upgrade to a TV with HD/Component, THEN get a good component cable.
 

BrentJ

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Thank You for all your help guys. I understand alot more than before! Thanks again!
 

AllanN

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You should check out the post "A Primer for Home Theater Newcomers" it has a bunch of usefull information about HT, I learned a great deal in a short time from that post.
 

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