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post #41 of 81 Old 12-24-10, 09:00 AM
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

They will make no difference to the sound. They just keep things tidy, and make it easier to dis/connect speakers. If anything, bare wire will perform better as there are less potential points of failure.
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post #42 of 81 Old 01-01-11, 01:32 PM
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

Ok, I have a question for you experts. I have the following components either now or on the way and wanted to do some pre-work on setting everything up correctly the first time.

TV: Panasonic TH-50PZ700U
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1020-K
Blu-Ray: PS3 game console
STB: Directv w/ HDMI and component outs
Speakers: Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelves (front), Verus Center Channel, 4B (rear), Klipsch Subwoofer

I want the best connection setup possible for home theater, but also want to be able to just listen to the sound from the tv for casual tv watching (from STB) and not have the receiver turned on.

Should I connect AVR->TV via HDMI, PS3->AVR via HDMI, STB->AVR via HDMI? Would that require the AVR to be on to watch TV with sound? Any other connection options that I should consider?

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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

The best way to do it would be to connect all components to your AVR then have one cable going to your TV, being that you want to just watch TV at times without the AVR you would connect your cable box to your TV then an out from the TV to an in on the AVR for when you want to use the AVR for TV watching.
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great info, thanks
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

I think I'm in the same boat as some of the guys above.

I have a "older" Aragon Stage One Preamp / Surround Processor (purchased in 2004) that does not have HDMI. I have a Samsung 55" LED TV, a DVD player, and a SAT Box that DO have HDMI. I hooked them to the TV via HDMI and ran digital audio (optical) cables to the Aragon. All I get is 2-channel stereo and NEO6 (no DTS or Dolby digital). Do I have to run 5.1 ch analog audio cables from the DVD to my Aragon instead? I don't have that option on the back of my DirecTV HD Box, so I'm guessing I would have to change from HDMI to Component and then run a separate audio signal as well? I believe on my old TV I ran everything via component to the TV and then ran 1 audio signal from the TV to the Aragon and it worked fine.
This is pretty upsetting because I'd hate to have to replace my Aragon. It wasn't a cheap Preamp/Processor and I LOVE how clear the 2-ch audio is on the Pre when I'm listening to 2-ch music via Turntable or SACD. Most Pre-Processors that I've listened to are generally garbage when you use it as a 2-ch preamp.
-Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

Are you sending the digital signal to the receiver from the display or direct from the source? If from the TV you will only get 2.1 sound, its a limitation put on manufacturers by the movie industry. You must go directly from the source to the receiver with optical or coax and make sure that you have the output set to bitstream.

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I have the optical cable running from the DVD to the Aragon Processor, and a coax digital audio running from the SAT box to the Aragon. I also have a optical running from the TV (audio out) to the Aragon TV input. I'm wondering if the audio signal from the HDMI cable is competing with the audio signal from the optical.
My Aragon manual states that the Toslink input takes precedence over the Coaxial input (but both can be connected simultaneously).
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

Try removing the TV to Aragon connection and see if that corrects the problem.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Great info.
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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

How does the Acoustic Research PR171 Digital RCA Cable (6 feet) cable compare to the AudioQuest RCA cables ( AudioQuest G-Snake audio cable - RCA plugs 1m (3.28') stereo pair )? Does it really make any difference like the 20 - 200 dollar price difference? Thanks!!
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