Need help with some connections

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  1. Jacqueline C

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    Hello, I have never had a HT but recently got a HDTV (Panasonic CT 36 HX42) for my birthday. I therefore just bought a DVD with progressive scanning (Onkyo DV SP300) and plan to get an Onkyo hts 650 HT system, although I haven't actually bought it yet. I will also want to connect my Playstation 2 and my vcr. My questions are these : Is it right to connect the dvd to the tv with a component cable, and the dvd to the reciever with either coax cable or optical(both the reciever and the dvd have both options) so that I can get a progressive scaning image but Dolby digital or DTS sound?

    Please note BTW that I don't have the special HDTV reciever yet as I am waiting for those to come down in price but hope to have it in the future. The tv has inputs for 2 sets of component cable. The reciever from what I've read doesn't have component inputs/out puts but has a lot of s video cable and composit cable ins and outs.

    Can I then connect the TV to the receiver with the red and white RCA cable or S video cable ( and if there is a preference which one?) so that I can listen to regular tv stations on the speakers connected to the receiver?

    Should I connect the vcr to the receiver with s video and then connect another svideo from the receiver to the tv?

    Should I connect the PS2 (which has a cable with composit plugs on one end and a type of computer-like connector on the other end) to the front composit cable input of the tv and hope that the connection from the tv to the receiver alows me to play games on the ps2 and hear it through the speakers? or should I plug only the yellow plug of the PS2 into the tv and plug the red and white ones directly into the reciever? (BTW I'm not sure that last connection would reach but I suppose they sell longer PS2 cords).


    Lastly as far as speaker wire is concerned, (since I've read on this forum that I should not use the wire the Onkyo comes with) what do the terms "zip wire" and OFC mean in this context?

    Thanks in advance to any who reply. I am a novice as far as home theater is concerned, although I've had a long history of hooking up vcr's and such. Partially what is confusing is I've read you can't mix cable types.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Hello J. Welcome to HTF!

    It's perfectly fine to connect the video straight to the TV with component cables, and a digital-audio connection to the receiver. Many people do it this way.

    (You should only run the video through a receiver if you have 2 or more of that type of cable. 2 Component, 2 SVideo, 2 Composite.) And since that Onkyo has no component inputs - your solution is obvious.)

    A lot of people quickly run out of HD inputs to their TV and receiver. Think about this:

    - CATV box with HD output
    - Progressive Scan DVD player
    - Game system with progressive output (Xbox)
    - Sat system with HD output

    Most TV's and receivers only have 2 HD/Component hookups.

    To solve this, I created a thread on HD Video Switching which shows some external video switch box's designed for HD signals. At $200 they are not cheap, but it sure beats trading in a $800 receiver for a $4,000 unit just because it has 3 component inputs.

     
  3. Jacqueline C

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    Thanks Bob. Especially for the link to the accessories store. I had almost decided to go for 16 ga monster cable but this looks like a good deal and 12 ga is much better. I won't get a chance to put your suggestions in play until my HT system is delivered, but I'm buying the cables in the mean time so I'll be ready. One thing I'm not clear on. Why put the receiver at the bottom? Shouldn't the part that gets the hottest have the more space to breath? I was actually planning to put that to the side by itself. Thanks again for your knowledgeable recommendations, you've been very helpful.
     
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  5. Jacqueline C

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    Thanks I appreciate your help.
     

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