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Optimal Configuration

08-19-2007, 08:39 AM
Like many others, I am looking for advice on how to make the optimal connections on my A/V equipment. I am remodeling my basement and will be using exsisting DVD and Audio equipment along with a new plasma TV. The TV is a Panasonic TH58PX60. I have Charter cable service and will be getting HD tier. I dont have the HD box yet, but I would imagine it will have HDMI connection. My audio system is a Sony STR-K840P. Until I upgrade to one of the newer DVD players, I can use either my Sony RDR-GX330 or Sanyo DVW-7200.

I'm trying to figure out the best configuration for both sound and picture quality. I would appreciate any advice and would be happy to provide additional info. if needed.

08-20-2007, 10:33 AM
Are you wall mounting the plasma or putting on a stand? Since you are remodeling, you may want to run cables behind the walls now if you plan to wall mount down the road.

For now, you are in good shape until you start upgrading your audio equipment.
Just connect up the Sony SS system as before. If you never upgraded the speaker wire from the stuff that came with it, this would be a good time to go to 16 guage or so. Also a good time to burry it behind walls and under carpet/floor during remodeling IMO. I think that Sony SS system has 2 digital inputs (1 optical and 1 coax). Connect the DVD player (the Sony is fine) to the TV via component cable. Connect the digital coax (spdif) audio out from the Sony DVD to the Sony SS. Connect the new HD cable STB to the TV via HDMI for video (and audio to the TV speakers) and digital optical (toslink) audio to the Sony SS. If your going to use the DVD record feature with you Sony, an additional connection like S-video/analog audio out from the STB to the S-video in on the Sony will be required. Or split off to the tuner (if the Sony DVD-R has a built in tuner). RF in/out..

08-20-2007, 01:50 PM
If you wall mount the plasma and run cables thru the wall-- then connect EVERYTHING you can to the TV and run those cables! I have a 50" and it takes three people to lift the TV from the mount and connect/disconect a cable (2 strong guys lift the tv on one person to work on the cables) . I even hooked up the s-video and a second set of Component cables I may never use. . . I even split the cable line and connected the TV directly to the cable-- when the cable box locks up (and they do some times) I can still get digital channels and all of the "in the clear" HD channels with the QAM tuner.

The cables are not that expensive . . . trust me on this -- if it is wall mounted with in wall cabling, after you have taken that sucker down a couple of times, you will not ever want to do it again . . .

Also UPDATE your firmware before you mount it to the wall. My Panny is too close to a mantle at the bottom and I can NOT insert the SD card to update my firmware without taking the set off the mount. . . and the 58" is about 36# heavier than the 50".

08-20-2007, 02:04 PM
I run optical sound from my cable box to the sound system and optical from the DVD player to the sound system. My sound system only has ONE optical input, but I use a splitter-- it works fine (and cost about six bucks). An alternate method is to send the sound to the TV via HDMI and use the optical OUT on the TV to send the signal back to the sound system. When the cable box goes down, I just turn on the TV speakers . . .

08-20-2007, 05:36 PM
Thanks to all for the response. I'll try to fill in some of the blanks. I am planning on a wall mount and have already upgraded the speaker wire. I am going to bury cables in the wall from the TV to the other equipment which will probably be in a stand directly below. My debate was whether to put all audio through the TV back to the SS, or to go directly from HD STB & DVD to the SS. I didnt know if you lose sound quality by routing through TV.

Rick - your point on planning all cable ahead is a good one. I'd already been thinking of how to manhandle the TV onto the wall mount. When you ran the "extra" cables for possible future use, are you referring to the TV "in" , "out", or both?

Thanks again!!!