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

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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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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!!
IMO, no.

For short distance cable runs, just buy from Monoprice and be done with it. Unless you're trying to squeak out every last dribble of performance from a $50k system, the money would be better spent elsewhere.
 

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Thank you very much!! I went ahead bought the AR PR171 (6ft) and I will post my experience soon!
 

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I have never installed a home theater system before and I am coming across 1 issue. I have a VSX-921-k receiver and I am installing the front left, front right and center channels. Once all those were installed I tested it out on the tuner and all 3 worked fine. As soon as I turn it to tv/sat, only the left channel works. The right sounds very muffled and can't be understood. I also ran the white balance test and it came back as all 3 were fine. Is there something I am missing?

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Hi, Name is Gary from Virginia. Couldn't find the intro page.

I decided to hook up my Teak/Bose surround system again.
I know I have all the speakers run properly.
This receiver is a Teak AG V3020. And I'm pretty sure my Pioneer PD M450 is hooked up properly with the red and white cables connected to the CD port on amp.

Now, I decided to buy a new DVD player. I got a Sony DVP SR200P, that has no provisions for coaxial connections.

After fooling with it the last couple days, I have come to the conclusion that; the TV doesn't have the provisions to work with this new equiptment. The TV is a 1991 RCA model F26051EM, which has a "Cable box" (Provided by the cable company) coaxially in line. Even tho I hooked the new DVD player straight into the TV via red yellow white cables, much less that in line where it needs to be, It still couldn't cooperate with the TV. (So the tech help from Sony told me, via phone)

In the process of all this, I accidently turned the VHS player on by accident. It took over the TV just fine.

So, I have taken a DVD/VHS combo-unit Sony SLV D100 and hooked it up coaxially. I hooked up some Red White Yellow cables up (not really knowing what I was doing).
I got the DVD player to work with the TV but not with the Teak system.

I don't have and can not find on-line any owners manuals.

I sure would appreciate any help I could get.
Thank you,
Gary
 

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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

I have never installed a home theater system before and I am coming across 1 issue. I have a VSX-921-k receiver and I am installing the front left, front right and center channels. Once all those were installed I tested it out on the tuner and all 3 worked fine. As soon as I turn it to tv/sat, only the left channel works. The right sounds very muffled and can't be understood. I also ran the white balance test and it came back as all 3 were fine. Is there something I am missing?

Thanks,

Chris
Hello Chris, Welcome to the Shack.

It sounds like you have an issue with your sat box, have you ensured that the cables used for it are working correctly?

Hi, Name is Gary from Virginia. Couldn't find the intro page.

So, I have taken a DVD/VHS combo-unit Sony SLV D100 and hooked it up coaxially. I hooked up some Red White Yellow cables up (not really knowing what I was doing).
I got the DVD player to work with the TV but not with the Teak system.

I don't have and can not find on-line any owners manuals.

I sure would appreciate any help I could get.
Thank you,
Gary
Hi Gary, also welcome to the Shack.

Thats the biggest issue with using old equipment with new. On the DVD player you will need to probably check the user menu to make sure that it is only outputting 480i not 480p for video.
As far as it not working with your Teck receiver I have not heard of that model so its really tough to say what could be the issue.
 

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What I need is to how to hook things up? With all those components, I don't know how to hook things together.
Thanks,
Gary
 

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Re: How to hook up your receiver properly

Does the receiver have any component video inputs (red, green, blue) and digital audio inputs?
 

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well, that really limits what you can do. The red and whit are audio left and right and the yellow is the video. are you trying to hook up the VCR and the DVD player? if you only have one set of red, white, yellow you wont be able to do it.
Sounds like you need to upgrade your receiver for sure.
 

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No, I don't want to hook up the VHS. Just the DVD/VHS combo unit That has some green red and blue ports, but also has 3 sets of red white and yellow. Two on back and one set on front.
Do I run the red/white/yellow out of the receiver into the DVD/VHS combo unit and back to the receiver?
What about the Cable box, does that play a part?
 
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