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Please Help - Inexperienced Electronics Consumer with Connections!

smurdawg
07-30-2007, 03:41 PM
Hello,

I am trying to optimize the performance of my system, but am having trouble getting the correct set-up. I have the following components:

-Panasonic Plasma TH-42PX75U
-Denon Receiver (I don't remember the product number off the top of my head, but I bought it in 2003 and it is NOT HD compatible, but does have digital, optical and coaxial, input/outputs)
-Bose Acoustimass 15
-Motorola Cable Box/HD Converter Box from RCN
-Samsung DVD player
-1 HDMI cable
-1 Optical cable
-1 Set of Video Component Cables
-Plenty of Coaxial and Audio (Red/White and Red/White/Yellow) Cables

I would like to optimize my audio and visual and also would like to only use one remote to do it all. One issue I am currently having is that when I hit the volume on the cable box remote, it doesn't do anything. On my old TV, even though I had the TV speakers off, I could still control the volume with my cable box remote (control the volume meaning changing the volume of the cable box I believe because the receiver volume would always stay constant). With this TV, however, it doesn't work that way. Hitting the volume with my cable box remote does nothing so I have to use my receiver remote and change the receiver volume (I prefer to keep my receiver volume constant).

Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Shaun

smurdawg
08-02-2007, 11:56 AM
Hello,

I am trying to optimize the performance of my system, but am having trouble getting the correct set-up. I have the following components:

-Panasonic Plasma TH-42PX75U
-Denon Receiver (I don't remember the product number off the top of my head, but I bought it in 2003 and it is NOT HD compatible, but does have digital, optical and coaxial, input/outputs)
-Bose Acoustimass 15
-Motorola Cable Box/HD Converter Box from RCN
-Samsung DVD player
-1 HDMI cable
-1 Optical cable
-1 Set of Video Component Cables
-Plenty of Coaxial and Audio (Red/White and Red/White/Yellow) Cables

I would like to optimize my audio and visual and also would like to only use one remote to do it all. One issue I am currently having is that when I hit the volume on the cable box remote, it doesn't do anything. On my old TV, even though I had the TV speakers off, I could still control the volume with my cable box remote (control the volume meaning changing the volume of the cable box I believe because the receiver volume would always stay constant). With this TV, however, it doesn't work that way. Hitting the volume with my cable box remote does nothing so I have to use my receiver remote and change the receiver volume (I prefer to keep my receiver volume constant).

Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

rwdavis2
08-03-2007, 12:54 PM
Have you tried reading the owner's manuals for all these devices? They generally have multiple examples of ways to connect the equipment.
BD

smurdawg
08-05-2007, 08:22 AM
I have, but because the receiver isn't HD-compatible, it doesn't have any good examples of how to hook it up.

I guess my main problems are I'm not sure if I should be running everything through the TV or through the receiver, or if I split it running the video through the TV and the audio through the receiver, if that will likely cause a delay between the video and audio.

Additionally, because the diagrams in the manuals are so all-encompaising, it is not clear to me if when using an optical cord for sound, if any additional wires/cords are needed. When I hooked up just the optical between my cable box and my receiver, I got no sound, but then when I added red/white audio cables, I did get sound. I wasn't sure if that was because optical cords still need the other cords or if I'm setting up something wrong with the optical cord. Also, at the point I have both optical and red/white audio cables, is the optical even serving a purpose?

rbinck
08-05-2007, 09:32 AM
It seems you only choice is to hook the video from the sources to the TV. I would add the red-white audio connections between the sources and the TV as well so the sound equipment does not have to be turned on to be able to just watch the news on the TV.

Next connect the optical between the sources and the sound receiver.

Most sound receivers will require you to set up the source for the audio. The factory default is usually the analog red-wht connections and the optical must be selected in the sound receiver menus. It may be that you will need to connect the video output on the sound receiver to a A/V input on the TV to be able to see the on screen menus out of the sound receiver for setting this up.

If there is a delay issue then there are delay boxes, but cross that bridge when you come to it.