Trying to find the right connection setup for my new system...

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  1. GregY

    GregY Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm trying to figure out how to connect all my components to make it the easiest for me to switch sources (audio/video) yet have the best quality.



    Here's my equipement:

    1. TV - Sony 36" XBR450
    2. DVD - Sony NS700P
    3. A/V Receiver - Denon 1802
    4. Digital Cable Box - Scientific Atlanta 2100
    5. Front Speakers - PSB Alpha T
    6. Rear Speakers - PSB Alpha B
    7. Center Speaker - PSB Alpha C
    8. Subwoofer - PSB Subsonic 5[/list=1]



      Current Connection Setup:



      DVD

      Video - Component Video Out to TV

      Audio - Digital Toslink OUT to Receiver Optical 1 (Assigned to DVD) IN



      TV

      Audio - Analog RCA OUT to Receiver TV/DBS Analog IN



      Cable Box

      Video - S-Video OUT to TV Video 3 IN

      Audio - Digital COAX out to Receiver COAX (Assigned to TV/DBS) IN

      Audio - Analog RCA OUT to TV Audio 3 IN



      Now this causes a few problems. When tuning to a digital cable channel the receiver controls the volume, the TV volume control has no effect. When tuning to an Analog cable channel I have control over the volume with the TV.



      I think I need to run both the Analog and Digital audio out from the cable box to the receiver. This will cause the receiver to control all the volume from the cable box.



      Any suggestions on how I should set it up for ease of use? Should I use the S-Video switching from the receiver for the DVD video and the cable box? Or is the component video out that much better?



      Also how would the picture and picture work? Would I get no sound for the other pic and pic? Any recommendations for splitting the cable so I can use the pic and pic would be appreciated.



      The more I look at my message I realize that arming someone with just a little information is dangerous!! I need to learn more about this stuff and have a better understanding of what's going on. I don't want to be one of those people that just has it hooked up for them. I want to know what's going on here!



      Thanks for your patience with the newbie!! And thanks for this great forum, I'm learning a lot from browsing. Maybe one day I'll be regarded as a audiophile!!



      PS - Now I'm using 3 remotes. What would be the best all in one remote for controlling my components?
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Hi Greg. Welcome to HTF! [​IMG]
    That was a nicely detailed description of your connections.
    Lets simplify things a bit:
    A Remove the analog RCA cables from between the TV and receiver. If you just fire up the TV, use the TV speakers. In theory, you should never do this as you have the nice CATV box and this is how you should do all your watching.
    B Run Svideo from the DVD player to the receiver, and then SVideo from the receiver to the TV.
    Now the receiver switches audio & video from both sources using SVideo. Makes the operation simple. But leave the Component cables attached. This way you can toggle to the "better" picture if you want.
    C Run both analog & digital from the CATV box to the receiver as you suggested. Hopefully, your receiver will auto-switch as you flip between the different stations. Try this and see.
    Remote Suggestion:The One For All - Cinema 7 is a great remote for about $25.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

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  4. GregY

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    Thanks for the replies!
    I'll check out the remotes you both mentioned and try the connection setup you recommend this weekend.
    I'll let you know how it goes!
    Here's the schematic that I'll try. Will the Y-splitter cause me problems on my analog cable channels?
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Bill Catherall

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    Here's what I recommend. Click here for the picture.
    It will allow you to:
    • Use your Picture and Picture
    • Record off the cable box
    • Play the audio from VHS tapes through your receiver
    • Switch between either S-Video or Component video for you DVD player
    • Record one show while watching another
    • You have the choice of either using your TV speakers or your receiver for listening to TV programming
     
  8. GregY

    GregY Stunt Coordinator

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    You are the man!!!

    That's exactly what I was looking for. I think I like to make things way too complicated.

    Good thing I was waiting until Saturday to try all this. I'll give you an update once I've given it a try on Saturday.
     
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    Well I just diagrammed what Vince and Bob were saying...so from all three of us...you're welcome! Hope it actually works. [​IMG]
     
  10. GregY

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    I tried the diagram and it works fun, but there is one problem. The HBOs are pixelating and sometimes they freeze. It is only the HBOs that are doing this?

    Does the Denon have a problem with the scrambled channels?
     
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  12. GregY

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    When I send the S-Video from the cable box directly to the TV it works fine for HBO. But when I send it from the cable box to TV/DBS in on the Denon and out through the Monitor out to the TV I get pixalating and the picture sometimes freezes.

    Could this be a problem with the switching in the Denon (a defect maybe). I definitely see a difference in picture quality.

    Also...

     
  13. Bill Catherall

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    I wonder if that receiver is capable of converting an S-video signal into a composite signal. If so, make sure your S-video and composite video from your receiver are on separate video inputs on your TV. Or try unplugging the composite input from the receiver and see if it still happens. The composite input is there so you can see what the VCR is playing, not for the cable box.
     
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    Thanks Bill,

    I thought of that right after I posted my last comment.

    When I get home, I'll put the S-Video from the Cable Box to the S-Video in for the DVD. I'll also put the DVD into the S-Video in on the TV/DBS to see if it freezes.
     
  17. Vince Maskeeper

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    Greg,

    You've got me stumped... The denon should not being doing an digital sampling if the material- its switching is just a simple analog passthrough (as far as I know).

    I'd like to get a more specific description of the distortion-- as Bill suggested it might just be a switcher problem- but a digital pixelation seems very out of place since the receiver shouldn't be doing any digital manipulation of the material coming in.

    -Vince
     
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    I haven't had time yet to retry the connections. I'll give it a try in the next couple of days and let you know what I find.
     
  19. Tony Granatelli

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    Hi Gang, Although I am new to this forum, I have been reading tons of stereo and Home Theater magazines for the past 5 years. However, it's sort of like auto body work... I found it easy to understand and real tough to put into practice. Here's my connundrum:

    I just purchased an Onkyo TX-DS898 AV unit. Heck, it might be easier this way:

    1. Onkyo TX DS 898 AV unit (it has a pretty crummy manual)

    2. Panasonic A310 DVD player

    3. Panasonic SVHS VCR

    4. Stereo Cable box

    5. Cambridge Soundworks speakers (fronts, center,

    surrounds and a sub. Each front speaker consist of 2

    separate speakers (Ensemble)

    6. Sony 32" TV with RCA and S-Video only, no components

    7. A few real nice RCA cables

    8. Some really really nice speaker wire

    9. A really nice opitcal cable (toslink)

    10. One nice S-video cable

    Here's my problem. I thought the best picture would result if the DVD player was connected directly to the Sony TV through the S-video. However, I would then have to go to the back of the TV and connect the SVHS during the few times my kids want to watch a tape.

    In addition, we have a Playstation 2 and a Nintendo 64. The PS2 has 2 RCA's and an S-video and the N-64 has 3 RCA's.

    Do I connect everything to the Onkyo and let it handle all the switching? Lastly, how the heck do you hook up all the speakers. The front speakers are composed of a small speaker and a non-powered 8 inch (sub or is it a mid-woofer?)The Onkyo has a subwoofer out, but it's RCA. I don't have a 30 foot RCA cable, nor do I want to go out and purchase one. HiFI.com said, "use speaker wire to connect the sub". Man, I could really use some help.

    By the way, I'm an SAT guru...anyone who can help and has kids from 9th grade to 11th grade, I would be happy to help you!
     
  20. Bob McElfresh

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    Hi Tony. Welcome to HTF!
    I think I can help you make the system simple & easy to use.
    But first you have to tell me about the Onkyo receiver. Does it have SVideo inputs for every source? Please list the sources with SVideo In's and I can try to give you a plug-to-plug description of what to do.
    Lets tackle the Subwoofer first.
    Your receiver has a subwoofer output, but this assumes you have a self-powered subwoofer. You dont. So ignore it.
    You must:
    - Run speaker wire from the L/R main posts on the Onkyo to the INPUTS on the sub.
    - Run speaker wire from the L/R OUTPUTS of the sub to your L/R speakers.
    The subwoofer will strip off the sounds it wants, and pass the rest onto the smaller speakers.
    The last step is important:
    On the Onkyo you have a 'SETUP' menu where you can tell the receiver if your speakers are LARGE or SMALL. Here is what you do:
    - Tell the receiver your L/R speakers are LARGE
    - Tell the receiver your center and rear speakers are SMALL
    - Tell your receiver you DO NOT have a subwoofer.
    Your receiver will now try and pass all the low-frequency sounds intended for all speakers to the L & R speakers. It will ALSO send the ".1" sounds to the L & R speakers.
    Is this clear?
     

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