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cabling help please

sgull
01-10-2008, 01:57 PM
Recently I acquired a Magnavox LCD HDTV model 42MF337B. I would like to get optimal video and audio from my other current equipment, which is a DVD player (non HD), and DishDVR satellite receiver (also non-HD). The attached photos are of a paper diagram of the back connections of the TV, the satellite receiver (still unopened, in the plastic wrap), and my DVD player. My goal at this point is to get the best possible sound and video out of my current existing equipment before considering any more cash layout for upgrading otherwise.

Questions:
1. On the back of the satellite reciever, as well as the back of the DVD player, there is an output called digital audio output or Dolby digital output. How do these fit in the scheme of things?

2. On the back of the DVD player, as well as the back of the TV, there are the component video connections and also the S-Video input connections. From what I understand the component video connections provide superior video quality as compared to using S-Video connections. Is that definitely the case with my current equipment, or could I use either and not be able to tell the difference?

3. On the back of the satellite receiver I noticed there is neither the S-Video nor the component video connections, but instead just the basic composite audio/video cable connections (yellow, red, white). Why is that?

Answers to these questions and any other comments/advise appreciated. thanks!

rwdavis2
01-10-2008, 03:11 PM
Recently I acquired a Magnavox LCD HDTV model 42MF337B. I would like to get optimal video and audio from my other current equipment, which is a DVD player (non HD), and DishDVR satellite receiver (also non-HD). The attached photos are of a paper diagram of the back connections of the TV, the satellite receiver (still unopened, in the plastic wrap), and my DVD player. My goal at this point is to get the best possible sound and video out of my current existing equipment before considering any more cash layout for upgrading otherwise.

Questions:
1. On the back of the satellite reciever, as well as the back of the DVD player, there is an output called digital audio output or Dolby digital output. How do these fit in the scheme of things?

These would connect to a home theater receiver that can decode the multi-channel (probably 5.1) signals.

2. On the back of the DVD player, as well as the back of the TV, there are the component video connections and also the S-Video input connections. From what I understand the component video connections provide superior video quality as compared to using S-Video connections. Is that definitely the case with my current equipment, or could I use either and not be able to tell the difference?

Component all the way. Forget about the s-video.

3. On the back of the satellite receiver I noticed there is neither the S-Video nor the component video connections, but instead just the basic composite audio/video cable connections (yellow, red, white). Why is that?

That's because there's no high-def signal coming out of it. You're stuck with the lowest quality video from the satellite receiver.

Answers to these questions and any other comments/advise appreciated. thanks!

eHDMI
01-10-2008, 05:49 PM
Also, if you bought a LCD expecting a great picture, you're going to need to upgrade to a HD sat. box to be satisfied.

The above answers I agree with as well :)

gameguru1360
01-10-2008, 06:50 PM
Also, if you bought a LCD expecting a great picture, you're going to need to upgrade to a HD sat. box to be satisfied.

The above answers I agree with as well :)

yep, component will only get you a max resolution of 480i/480p. It's through hdmi or hdmi to dvi that you'll get upwards of 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Loves2Watch
01-10-2008, 08:15 PM
yep, component will only get you a max resolution of 480i/480p. It's through hdmi or hdmi to dvi that you'll get upwards of 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Incorrect statement. Component is capable of sending 1080p sigals and currently does send at least 1080i through HD satellite, HD cable and HD DVD players.

doortheeman2th
01-15-2008, 10:04 AM
I get 1080p resolution through Component cables on my Xbox360 for my games.

You don't need HDMI or DVI for that.....