Speaker wire & Video in

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Mark C Wagner, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. Mark C Wagner

    Mark C Wagner Auditioning

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    Just want to first say this forum is awesome! I am a newbie and always treated with respect. Moving along, just picked up an Onkyo TX-SR700 and had a couple of questions. I would like to use 12 gauge oxygen free cable for my speakers. That seems to be just about the general consenus among most. I need about a hundred ft roll and was wondering if anyone had any favorite place to purchase. I have checked out a couple of places on the net to no avail.

    Second question: My projection TV just has a S-video input so obviously from the reciever to the TV I would use the S-video input. But from my DVD to the reciever, should I use the component connections to the reciever? Or should I use the S-video from the DVD to the reciever?

    Finally, is there any merit to using a "high-priced" or high quality S-video cable, verses the cable that is supplied with the reciever or DVD?

    Thanks for support and help. I do mean it !!

    Mark


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    2) Svideo all the way. I don't think I've seen a receiver that converts component to or from anything.

    As long as the cable doesn't receive a lot of interference, there's usually not a big difference. Having said that, if you have a lot of junk back there (power cords, speaker wire, etc.) it might make something of a difference.
     
  4. Mark C Wagner

    Mark C Wagner Auditioning

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    And again I say "thank you"... I wish there were special words for special people in this forum. This is great !! I am excited about hooking this all up, but wanted some input from the forum, but was reluctant to post as I thought it might take too long for replies. I was not disappointed !!

    I will check out the site, order my wire, and hopefully I will be up and running soon.

    Thanks for your posts !!
     
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    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    If your DVD player is your only SVideo source, dont go through the receiver. Go straight to the TV.

    Only go through the receiver if you have 2 or more SVideo devices. Otherwise using the receiver as a switcher is kind of silly - nothing to switch away from.

    VIDEO CABLE:

    As always, the cable is only an issue as your equipment becomes more 'sensitive'.

    For a 19" tube, low-medium cables are fine. But as the screen size gets bigger, the system becomes more sensitive and the cable could make a visible difference.

    My advice:

    For a TV below about 40" - Go with the AR Pro/Pro2 type of cable from Best Buy for about $20-$30.

    If you get above 40", consider one of the custom cable sites that will build you a good cable for $40-$60.
     
  6. Mark C Wagner

    Mark C Wagner Auditioning

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    Thanks Mr. Bob. I understand now what's happening. I have a projection TV, 56"... and it's okay for now. (It's in our budget as it is paid for, ha) I do have a pretty good VCR also that has S-video. So with your advice, I will probably use the reciever as a switching device.

    Been trying to figure out what the "optical-digital" connection is on the DVD. Feel kinda silly asking whether that is video or audio? Would it be better to use that ?

    I guess my real point in all this is hooking this thing up the get the best sound. Don't really understand the connections. Maybe I need to do more reading.

    Thanks, Mark
     
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    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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  8. Mark C Wagner

    Mark C Wagner Auditioning

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    Thanks Scott for filling me in. I am not stupid, but somehow this thing is not "clicking". I have a VCR and DVD player and that is all I am using and have. I don't want to do anything else except watch pre-recorded movies.

    Trying to make heads or tails from the owners manual with multi-bizzilion ways to configure it just is mind boggling at this point.

    I have the speakers and I am set to go. With your help, it should be sounding the way it should. I knew with confindence I could count on the forum.

    Thanks again !!
     

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