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Old 01-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #1
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Hi, all! Complete newbie here!

I have been searching the web for days trying to find a definative answer as to how to hook up a PC, TV and Wii (perhaps even more if possible) to a true 5.1 surround sound system.

The TV is Full HD LCD running satelite through HDMI and connected to the PC through HDMI

I have no idea how to properly get them connected to a true 5.1 surround sound system so if anyone has the knowledge it would be much appreicated.

What equipment would I need and what are some good options?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards Patrick
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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You need a receiver. Connect the devices to the receiver inputs and connect the TV and speakers to the receiver outputs.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:27 AM   #3
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Here is exactly what you need http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Package/1.html . Many of us have purchased equipment from www.accessories4less. com and swear by our Onkyo systems as being the "BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK". No other manufacturer offers so much in high quality audio products for the price.

Set up is extremely simple. You simply connect all of your components into the receiver via HDMI cables, and then run an HDMI cable to your HDTV. The receiver will automatically set up each speaker by running the built in Audyssey program. What could be easier ? .
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hidefref is right on the money. Onkyo is reliable and more features compared to similar equipment.
I've had the same receiver 12 years and I was fortunate enough to see things would change and got the right unit as it still deals with everything I throw at it, including high resolution audio
multi-channel lossless audio like on blue ray discs.
It was an investment, then a battleship @ $1200.00 then, I
figure $100 a year out of it. Today with HDMI it's so easy, and on screen setup guides, and HD forum you are set!
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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hidefref is right on the money. Onkyo is reliable and more features compared to similar equipment.
I've had the same receiver 12 years and I was fortunate enough to see things would change and got the right unit as it still deals with everything I throw at it, including high resolution audio
multi-channel lossless audio like on blue ray discs.
It was an investment, then a battleship @ $1200.00 then, I
figure $100 a year out of it. Today with HDMI it's so easy, and on screen setup guides, and HD forum you are set!
Leevitalone- Does your receiver have multichannel inputs and your blu-ray player mutichannel outputs meaning are you running 6 (8 for 7.1) rca plugs from blu-ray out to 6 (8 for 7.1) rca inputs on your receiver ? If not then you are not getting lossless audio - if so out of curiosity, do you handle lfe/bass management in your blu-ray player or your receiver?
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Yes it's lossless. I cannot do dsd with sacd's as it's a digital signal.
with MC inputs, the receiver does no bass manegment, it's done by my Oppo bdp-93. OR if I did not have this particular unit, I would have to rely on the scource. Too many dvd/blue ray players do not have this option. You'll see on more costly receivers MC ports for input.
If I may direct you to here, you will see the advantage of analog inputs. ( notice on back, the rca ports that are also replaced)
http://www.amazon.com/NuForce-Analog...9259104&sr=8-5
This is why I use analog inputs. I do not yet have the mod, but it is the only mod that Oppo will allow you to add without warranty exclusion. There is a much more costly mod for the 93, but I'm not that nuts about music to blow $900.
Having not heard high res. with HDMI I cannot comment, but I have discussed this issue with those in the know, ( I mean pros!) regarding the 93 and I'm told analog is the way to go with dvd audio/blue ray audio, that is MLP, the same process used to make dvd audio. ( Merridean lossless packing. You may want to google that for a better explination. It's the same with DTS, DD, and SD dvd's. The audio is kick ass! I must always lower my sub as it's often overwhelming.
I use the LFE input, and as recomended by the same pros, and the result is tight, acurate bass. I get my advice on the Oppo at the avs forum, where you have Oppo engineers responding to your questions if need be. Oppo also has the absolute best customer service I've ever seen! ( not a plug!) I'm just a happy customer. I have seen them do firmware upgrades based on customer input! If you have an issue, what asian company will get on the phone with you speak to an engineer who made the thing, and advise you?
You certainly get your money's worth with these units!!
check it out they have 7.1 out ports. www.oppodigital.com

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Actually, I am very familiar with analog multi-channel input. It is what I used prior to my current receiver. My blu-ray player has 7.1 analog multi-channel outputs (SONY bd-p s550). Any blu-ray player that has analog multichannel outputs WILL most definitely have bass management somewhere in it's menus. It is pretty much necc./mandatory as AVR do not apply adjustments to multichannel in and the LFE channel is recorded at 10db lower than the rest and needs a 10db 'boost or amplification added back in or it is about half the volume it should be. This is done automatically by the DDTS HD-MA/True HD decoder in your AVR when sent via bitstream to an AVR. As prices started coming down on both AVR with the new lossless codecs and blu-ray players started dropping in price one of the first features to go on many blu-ray layers was the 5.1/7.1 analog multichannel outputs as this became not necc for most home consumers and added significant extra cost. If you are always needing to lower your sub then the level isn't set properly somewhere as when done properly you shouldn't have to adjust it - I know my onkyo receiver actually even has a setting to adjust relative levels based on different source inuts - essentially a 'volume leveling' setting to keep different inputs and sources at a relative same volume level. As far as multichannel analog being better - that is placebo talking! When decoded properly there is ZERO difference between digital signal decoded by an AVR and an analog output - they are from the exact same source and when decoded properly give the exact same results - where you will hear variance is in the quality of the DAC (digital to analog converter) - I am familiar with the nu-force add-on and the oppo. Very good quality just out of my price league and not necc based on what I already have. I am very happy with the excellent Burr-Brown DAC in my Onkyo AVR (I have the flagship from 2008 - The TX-NR905) . Have fun - good listening. For music I actually prefer 2 ch stereo with great speakers vs multichannel music.
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Hi, all! Complete newbie here!

I have been searching the web for days trying to find a definative answer as to how to hook up a PC, TV and Wii (perhaps even more if possible) to a true 5.1 surround sound system.

The TV is Full HD LCD running satelite through HDMI and connected to the PC through HDMI

I have no idea how to properly get them connected to a true 5.1 surround sound system so if anyone has the knowledge it would be much appreicated.

What equipment would I need and what are some good options?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards Patrick
I got my Sony HTS Surround System from Amazon. Someone was selling it under the 'used' category, and it was a good deal.

I reccomend looking into sony, but then again it depends what are you using it for?
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