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Help Me Optimize

09-14-2007, 10:06 AM
I just bought a 73" Mitsubishi WD-73833 and would like to optimize my settings with your help. My receiver isn't much to brag about, it's an old Sony wiht one HDMI in and a couple components out, optical out, and so forth. I also have a PS3 hooking through the receiver.

Currently I have AT&T U-Verse and the PS3 hooked up as follows.

AT&T U-Verse: HDMI out from DVR to HDMI In on TV. I then have DVR optical out to optical in on reciever. I have the option to run component or composite out of the DVR, if you suggest either.

PS3 is HDMI out to HDMI in on TV with Optical out from PS3 to reciever.

I feel like I am optimized video wise but was just wondering if I should use optical or something else for audio.

Thanks for your help.

09-14-2007, 10:32 AM
standard answer (applies to video hookup)would be to use component before composite...always. optical is fine for audio...forget about using the old white and red plugs ever again! lol

09-14-2007, 06:43 PM
Definitely do NOT use composite!!!

09-14-2007, 10:13 PM

You already stated you're running optical from both the cable box and the PS3, so you're good to go on that front.

Forget composite (single yellow analog video). Stick with HDMI or component video to get the best picture.

The only weakness in your config is that it looks like when you change from PS3 to cable viewing, you're making two adjustments - once with the TV to change HDMI sources, and once on the receiver to change audio sources. Minor inconvenice resolvable by possibly running one of your two playback sources' vid signal, cable or PS3, through your "ancient" HDMI-enabled receiver. (sarcasm intentional, as it can't be that old if it has HDMI.) However, I'm unsure if PS3 has 1080p playback (i think it does) and whether that's downscaled to 1080i utilizing component video rather than the HDMI.

All in all I think you're in pretty good shape.