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Newbie to the Digital World...HELP!

ryanvan
07-19-2006, 08:08 AM
I just dove into the new world of HD and surround sound…I can’t believe what I have been missing. I hope this is not too much of a repeat post but I just wanted to check to see if I am on the right page.

I have:
Analog Cable (Basic)
Sony KDL-55S2000
Sony DAV-D255 (DVD/Surround)
Tivo 2 Duel Tuner
Over the Air HD antenna

Here is how I have it set up:
TV: I have the cable split..one going to the Tivo and one going to the TV.
Tivo: S-Video on Video 1 and using the Red/White for the audio.
DVD: on Video 4 using component cables. I have the audio hooked up to the TV using the TV’s additional audio Red/White.

Would this be the recommended setup? I know I dont' have the best surround, but it was the only one we could afford right now.

Same goes with the component cables...I didn't get monster, I got Belkins.

?? Does that even matter that much? Can I just hook up the DVD with Yellow/Red/White? Is the quality that much different to spend $100 more on cables.

Everything works pretty well…except I can’t figure out one thing. I would like to be able to watch TV using the surround but I would like to ‘mute’ the TV and control the volume with the surround. I can listen to the TV using the surround but if I mute the TV it mutes the surround.

?? Any thoughts on what DVD to use to ‘SHOW OFF’ the surround to family and friends?

Thanks for listening…and GREAT forum!

Bigloww
07-19-2006, 09:37 AM
Not sure on this because I cant find any info on your products.
It appears your connections are fine. I am not sure if your Tivo has a component out, but allot be seem to agree that S-video is good enough for SD (Standard Def), so that would be fine. I am not sure why you have your TV and DVD surround hooked up for audio, unless you want to us the TV speakers as additional sound? Component seems to be the best video option for your DVD since it does not have HDMI/DVI. Component is much better than composite (yellow) for video. Much more noticeable with a progressive scan or upconversion player. RCA (red white) seems to be your best and only option for audio, since you don't have digital coax/optical inputs/outputs.

Your Belkin's are fine. Monster Cable and most other expensive cable is way over rated and over priced IMO. The cheapo cables that come with most DVD/SS systems are a bit weak however. You can get some good quality cables at BB/CC like AR (Acoustic Research) for 1/3 to 1/4 the price and not notice any difference. You can also get some very good quality cables over the web for even cheaper. I would not worry too much about audio and speaker wire until you upgrade your SS to digital and DVD player to at least Progressive Scan (it might be already, but I couldn’t see).

As far as the mute thing, since all our components are Sony, all audio on the remote shares the mute button (like a kill switch). It is not broken up between components like volume and other I think. Can’t you just separately turn up or down the volume on you TV and or SS system? I can on my Sony TV/SS in my office.

ryanvan
07-19-2006, 10:20 AM
Thanks for all of this info, this is great stuff. That is why I love the forums.

I have the audio hooked up to the ss because I would sometimes like to use the SS for games or a TV show like Lost. Is that something most people don't do...again I am a newbie at this stuff.

Re: Mute
when I mute or turn the volume down on the TV the SS volume goes down...like a master volume or something. I am not sure if I have it hooked up right, but I can't think of any other way.

Do you know anything about HDTV using an antenna?
I got a ton of channels using a simple $40 antenna...which included ESPN HD...I didn't think that was available over the 'air' I thought it was only included with Direct or Dish...is this normal?

Again..thanks for the help.
Ryan

Bigloww
07-19-2006, 10:31 AM
I just hook up my 360 directly to my SS and video to the TV. I do unstand why you ave it for OTA and cable connected directly to you TV (that is normal). Not sure what to do about your volume problem since it appears you Sony TV and SS share the same volume/mute code. I assume your TV remote changes both and so does your SS remote? You can try a cheapo universal remote (or see if you can change 1 you have) with a different Sony code that does not clash with both. But that may a waste of time.

You get ESPN-HD OTA :confused: :confused: :confused:
That is 1 for the books. I don't see how, but that is awsome if you are.:yippee:

I recieve about 10 digital/HD channels here in the Chicago area, but not ESPN (only with my Dish STB).

ryanvan
07-19-2006, 10:41 AM
I only have one output on my SS I think. Do more expensive ones have more than one output?

Bigloww
07-19-2006, 11:22 AM
Yes many do, but audio out will not be a big concern in many applications (especially yours) IMO. You will see video in and video out (composite/s-video/componenet/HDMi) but not a ton of audio out. You can use a SS systm as a high end A/V switch (especially if it has HDMI inputs and outputs). Your SS has a built in dvd player (I think) so you can output that to another SS reciever if you wanted to. Or if (like your doing) connect it to your TV to use it's speakers as well. You can get a nice 5.1 SS system with plenty of power and inputs/outputs like this Onkyo for under $300.

http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/148410/originURLEncoded/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.circuitcity.com%252Fssm%252 FHome-Theater-Systems%252Fsem%252Frpsm%252FNe%252F257%252B400000 0%252FcatOid%252F-13325%252FN%252F20012866%252B20012884%252B20013325 %252Flink%252Fref%252Frpem%252Fccd%252Fcategorylis t.do/rpem/ccd/productDetailSpecification.do#tabs

iI am still woundering how you recieve ESPN-HD OTA with an antenna. How long have you be able to do that and what city do you live in?

ryanvan
07-19-2006, 11:29 AM
Thanks again Bigloww you are the man!