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post #1 of 36 Old 09-07-13, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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OTA antenna and system set up

We are probably dropping cable TV service in November and hooking up an OTA antenna. I understand that I need to connect an optical cable from the TV to my Onkyo 709 AVR. To watch TV and listen through the AVR do I select the TV input and then control the volume with the AVR?

Any other tips for an OTA setup?

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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

According to its manual, the TV doesn't sport HDMI A.R.C., so you need to connect digital audio as you suggested. Since "Viera connect" seems to be just Panasonic's name for HDMI-CEC, you might be able to use it to control audio output via TV or your AVR completely from the TV. Just turn "Viera Link" on in the TV and HDMI-CEC on in the AVR.
Then, to switch audio out, select "Viera Link" -> "Audio Output" -> "your AVR". If it works as it ought to, you can turn the volume up and down with the TV's remote.
Your proposed method should work in any case, even if Viera Link a.k.a. HDMI-CEC fails…
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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

We 'cut the cable' a couple years ago, streaming most of our material and an OTA for local channels. If you have not chosen an antenna yet, this is the one we use with great results:

Antennas direct ClearStream4 HDTV Antenna:
http://www.amazon.com/Antennas-Direc...ntennas+direct

Note, that pretty much any outdoor antenna will work, so if you already have one, it will be fine. This one just has a smaller footprint than some of the large mutli-element type.

As eyespy39 stated and you, yes, you'll have to connect the audio to your AVR to get audio through your system with your current setup.

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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

As an even less expensive option to some of the OTA antenna options out there to purchase there are many DIY antennas that work great. I built one for under $5 and it works awesome. Used aluminum foil, metal clothes hangers, scrap wood, and a cheap 75 ohm coax balun. I wish I remembered the site where I found mine, but it's one of the antennas with the four "Vees" on each side.
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Warning depending on where you live check your channel listings to see if your local stations are all on UHF
or some could be using VHF bands all still digital but some HD small footprint OTA's will have a problem receiving VHF channels below 7 and 6. This is why I went with a Channel Master all band 100 inch boom.
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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

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Warning depending on where you live check your channel listings to see if your local stations are all on UHF
or some could be using VHF bands all still digital but some HD small footprint OTA's will have a problem receiving VHF channels below 7 and 6. This is why I went with a Channel Master all band 100 inch boom.
Very good point! All of our HD channels are on the UHF band. I did have a large boom antenna up before, but was unsightly and for our area the compact version works great.

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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

Thanks for all the replies. I am considering a Winegard HD 7694P High Definition VHF/UHF antenna to install on the roof or a Mohu Leaf antenna to try indoors. Plus I am waiting for a quote from an installer for his opinion of what antenna to use and how much to install it on the roof.

All the broadcast towers are in the same area so one antenna should work.

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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

That's great, let us know how it worked out for you.

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There is another advantage if you get a rotor to go with your all band and thats to look up the nearest town or city outside of yours and see if you can pick it up because certain weather conditions I can get Austin and Bryan College Station from my North Houston residence.
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Re: OTA antenna and system set up

Note that digital channels can be harder to pick up than the old analog channels. Anything in between you and the transmitter tower, such as hills or buildings, can attenuate the signal greatly. I suggest getting the largest antenna that you are comfortable putting up. If the transmitters are not in the same general area you will need a rotator. Changes in seasons can make a difference if you have trees in your yard - leaves can also attenuate the signal. Be sure you can reliably get the OTA channels before cutting the cable.

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