Newb needs help with first setup

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by ZachFr, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. ZachFr

    ZachFr Auditioning

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    Ok, I am a newbie to the Home Theater game, and am definitely bitten by the bug. On a recent trip to Best Buy, I just purchased a Sony Model: KP51WS520 (51” rear projection with HDMI input) and a Yamaha YHT-150 (Surround Sound Setup “in a box” 5.1, etc..) and I don’t have a DVD player yet.

    First, I am pondering if I should take back the YHT-150 (still in the box) and trade it in towards a 6.1 setup, or will 5.1 be fine. I don’t need the ultimate set up, but I don’t want to be outdated as soon as I set it up.

    Second, I want to get a DVD player with HDMI output, but I don’t see many in my price range ($200.00-$300.00). I thought about the Toshiba Model: SD-V592 (VHS, DVD, HDMI), any thoughts on this unit?

    Third, if I do get a HDMI DVD player, do I run the HDMI to the TV and optical to the Surround Sound receiver? Why would using HDMI be an advantage over just running a DVI cable with an HDMI adapter and running the audio through my receiver?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Since you're asking for specific-model input and advice, I've moved your post here (the Basics area is for general discussion at the beginner level). Welcome aboard!
     
  3. Stephen Hopkins

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    An HDMI cable would probably be cheaper than a DVI cable + DVI-to-HDMI adapter. You would run HDMI to the TV and optical or digital coax to the receiver.
     
  4. ZachFr

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    The audio in the HDMI wouldn't overide the optical cable would it? (Would the DVD player still put out audio to the reciever?) Which is clearer, optical or digital coax?
     
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    test
     
  6. Stephen Hopkins

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    Optical and Digital coax are for all intensive purpose exactly the same in terms of performance. I would use which ever is more convinient for you (interms of cables on hand and # of inputs available). There will be an option to use the optical /coax audio in conjunction with HDMI, they're most likely all completely active at the same time.
     

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