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98dingo
12-08-2009, 10:49 AM
Hi everyone. I currently in Iraq and getting ready to go home in mid January. I am part of the WI national guard and have been away from home since Feb. I recently decided that I was going to purchase a HDTV for the family as a big Christmas present for everyone (and myself). After researching and hunting for a TV with all the features I wanted (and more), in my price range, and one that got good reviews... I ended up ordering a LG Electronics 42LH50 42" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV. I found a good price and finally after weeks of searching pulled the trigger. Now the TV is on the way to my house long before I get there. LOL. Anyways, I have some time to layout my install for when I get home. I have 4 hdmi slots on the TV. I plan on running an Xbox 360, Cable box, and maybe a blue ray layer if I decide to get one right away on the HDMI ports. And a Wii using component cables. I plan to run an network cable from my desktop pc in my office to a switch behind the TV and then two smaller cable running to the xbox and into the TV itself. The TV can connect to stream netflix, youtube, vudoo, and yahoo. I plan on having the xbox connected to do online gaming and also to be a media extender for the PC. I also want to add a tuner to the PC and make computer my DVR. I think it I am figuring most of this out. This will be my first attempt at any such feat. Does anyone have an tips or tricks to help the install go smooth when I FINALLY get home?

oblioman
12-08-2009, 01:15 PM
Congratulations on your purchase and a big THANK YOU for the service to our country!!!!!! the biggest tip me can leave is this - http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp for all of your cable needs. BTY,,welcome to the forum and get home safely!!!! We salute you. :yippee::yippee:

m_vanmeter
12-09-2009, 08:41 AM
also, thank you for your service in the "sandbox"... don't get sloppy as the tour ends and stay safe.

Are you going to let the TV do all the heavy lifting for the audio portion of your setup ? TV speakers are the weakest link in your plans.

98dingo
12-09-2009, 04:14 PM
I plan on a possible upgrade, but am undecided on the route I want to go. I have a small living room so filling in the sound wont take much.

98dingo
12-09-2009, 05:13 PM
To be honest I am not sure yet. Still researching what to use. This site is helping out alot.

oblioman
12-09-2009, 05:23 PM
To be honest I am not sure yet. Still researching what to use. This site is helping out alot.

This all depends on the budget. A lot of people are going this route - http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS6200/Onkyo/Ht-s6200-7.1-channel-Home-Entertainment-Package-includes-iPod-Dock

98dingo
12-10-2009, 07:10 AM
Still undecided as to what I would like for my audio. I might wait until I get back to make that decision. Now lets say I find a system. If it doesn't have the number of HDMI ports that I need for my components. Would the next best connection be component cables? Which would suffer the least from not being in HDMI.... Blue Ray(I know the answer for that), Xbox, Wii, STB. I am gonna say the Wii would be my bet guess. It would be a sweet thing if there was a website you could enter all your items into and it would diagram the best possible audio/video hook up solutions for them. LOL. Like I said before this is all new to me, but I am young yet I will pick up quick. Thanks everyone for the help and the support!

m_vanmeter
12-10-2009, 04:36 PM
your best and easiest connection is HDMI carrying both digital video and digital audio...single cable to worry with. The Wii is component only, but blu-ray / STB / xBox / PS3 all will use a single HDMI cable.

To get the conversation going on an audio system, look at the Onkyo HT-S6200 (4 HDMI inputs) as a starting point. It handles audio over HDMI and decodes all the new HD blu-ray lossless codecs. You can also consider "separates", an a/v receiver and speakers, and while ultimately "better" (and more costly), they can be an option you build up over time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120143&Tpk=s6200 there are factory refurbished units available from time to time from www.shoponkyo.com and www.accessories4less.com (but none at the moment)

98dingo
12-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Are there any similar systems that are around the same price and specs that have a blu ray player included?

m_vanmeter
12-13-2009, 08:07 AM
I would not suggest a blu-ray player/receiver combo. While it sound like a neat idea, they are usually seriously limited on inputs and if one goes bad....you replace both. Blu-ray players are best as stand alone units.

98dingo
12-13-2009, 09:20 AM
I would not suggest a blu-ray player/receiver combo. While it sound like a neat idea, they are usually seriously limited on inputs and if one goes bad....you replace both. Blu-ray players are best as stand alone units.
Ok well no need now. I took advantage of walmart's sale on the magnavox blu ray player.