so many different choices

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  1. DerekCV

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    I'm a relative newbie to the world of HT and get overwhelmed when I look at the back of an HT reciever and see all of the connections in the back: component, S-video, optical...

    so my question is... is there a certain connection that is better for or does it not really matter, and I should just use whatever is available.

    Thanks
     
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    For video, the order of quality (low to high) is composite (single yellow), s-video, component (red, green, blue).

    DVI and HDMI are digital connections that allow a pure digital path to the TV and are at least equal if not better than component.

    For audio, the least common denominator is 2-channel analog (red/white), you will get Pro-logic at most from this. In order to get true Dolby Digital or DTS, you have to use either a digital connector (optical or coax, either is fine) or use the 5.1 analog outputs of the DVD player, if it has them. Most use the digital connection unless they have a need for hi-res audio (DVD-A or SACD).
     
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