Ordered the equipment - what's next?

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  1. KrishnaS

    KrishnaS Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi Guys - I just ordered a HK AVR 525 and a Pioneer 563a. I'm pumped! I'm also feeling a little overwhelmed with all the stuff that I need to do to set these things up. My last HT was set up by a custom installer - this one I'm going solo ....

    So what cables and accessories do I need to pick up??

    Should I invest in a SPL meter from Radio Shack? I'm not exactly sure how it works but that's another thread ...

    Cables - I - for now - don't think cables can affect a system. At least not a budget system like mine. If I ever spend 20 g's on my HT I might consider expensive cables. For now, I am going to stick with Radio shack Gold cables. This is a list of what I *think* I need. What I don't know is what their exact names are and that's where I need your help so I know what to ask for at Radio Shack


    1. S Video Cable x 2 - one from DVD player to receiver, one from receiver to TV.

    2. Subwoofer cabble - allready purchased

    3. Speaker wire - allready purchased

    4. Cable from DVD player to receiver for DD/DTS - What is this called???

    5. 6 analog cables from DVD player to receiver - what is this called and what exactly do I ask for???

    That's all I think. Am I missing anything? Please make sure to give me the exact names for the cables so that I don't look totally stupid at the store. [​IMG]
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    4. Will either be an optical cable or coax digital.

    5. You dont need unless doing DVD-A/SACD

    -V
     
  3. KrishnaS

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    Vince, I do plan on using DVD-A and SACD. That's why I bought the player. What are the cables called?
     
  4. Vince Maskeeper

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    Well, some places sell them as multi channel audio, or multichannel analog- but I don't think radio shack has a specific set of 6 channel audio now (could be wrong, havent been in th market)-- but you could just by 3 l/r pairs.

    -V
     
  5. Paul Stanley

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    Aw man, use component cables from your DVD player straight to the TV. Don't use S Video cables for that unless you have to.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. KrishnaS

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    My TV doesn't have component in. It only has SVideo. That's why I was going to run it through my receiver.
     
  7. Scott Merryfield

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    If you have only one device attaching to your TV (in this case a DVD player), there is really no need to run the svideo connection through your receiver. The only exception I can think of is if your receiver has on screen menus for setup and configuration that will require you to connect it to your TV anyway.
     
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    Yes, the receiver has on screen menus and I would have to connect it anyway. I also have a satellite receiver that I will probably be sending through the receiver. Are there any drawbacks in sending video through the receiver? In all the research I did it appears that the signal degredation isn't too much.
     
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    I have always sent my video (Composite, Component, and Svideo) through my receiver, it works fine for me. If you see a problem then you may not want to do it.

    For the multichannel cables I like www.bluejeanscable.com you can get the right number of connectors (6 for SACD) and they are different colors which helps with hookup. They offer almost any length and the connector/wire quality is top notch.
     

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