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HD Rookie Needs Some Basic Help

HDrookie08
02-15-2008, 10:22 AM
Hello all....This past Monday purchased a Sony KDL46V3000 and Sony Platinum DVD Dream System....the guy at Circuit City sold me a Monster Fiber Optic Cable......and two (2) Monster HDMI Cables....one HDMI seems to have higher capacity/capability than the other....unfortunately I am at work and do not have the model numbers with me........All this stuff is arriving at my house tomorrow.
Questions:
1 - Which wire goes from what to what? (Sorry...I am a big time rookie)
2 - Do I really need like $150 worth of monster cables? Im reading alot of stuff about Monster being a rip-off. Can I go to Radio Shack or something like that and save some money?
3 - Off topic question - Im thinking about stopping and getting a surge protector/UPS on the way home tonight. Is the APC BE350R gonna be fine for someone like me?
:confused:
Thanks for your help in advance!

anythingwt
02-15-2008, 10:26 AM
Step 1: return the monster cables, then go home and go to monoprice.com and order yourself a couple HDMI cables. They deliver quick, they are dirt cheap, and they will work just as good as monster.

Bigloww
02-15-2008, 10:44 AM
Ditto on the Monoprice stuff. I have purchased the $7 HDMI cables and $4 optical cables. They work great. If you would rather not purchase online, a couple Home Depots in my area have 6.6 ft GE HDMI cables for $12.99 a piece. Or Walmart has HDMI cables that start as low as $19.99 (depending on store stock)..

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_constraint=0&search_query=hdmi+cable&ic=24_0

Oh, and as far as question 1 goes....... What are you planning to connect to the TV/audio system?

HDrookie08
02-15-2008, 10:54 AM
"Oh, and as far as question 1 goes....... What are you planning to connect to the TV/audio system?"

Well...what I mean is I assume I need an HDMI from the HD Cox Cable box to the TV....a connection from the DVD player to the TV (or box??)....and a the fiber optic connection from the TV to the DVD????
:what:

Scottnot
02-15-2008, 10:59 AM
DITTO! DITTO! to the two previous posts.

1 - Which wire goes from what to what? (Sorry...I am a big time rookie)
First, hook up the TV. I assume you have a cable box with HDMI output?
If so, connect the cable box to the TV with one of your HDMI cables.
Go into the cable box settings and make sure that you have selected TV = 16:9; HDMI Output = 1080i; and SD Override = OFF.
Everything should be GO.

After TV is working, do the same thing with the DVD player.

Note: Sometimes cable boxes and TVs don't like to talk to eachother over HDMI (because of HDCP handshake requirements).
If you have a problem getting the HDMI to work, connect with Component cables (the red/green/blue set with RCA connectors) plus RCA audio.

So, on your way home, do stop at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-mart, or similar and pick up two sets of HDMI and one or two sets of Component cables - buy the least expensive ones that you can find.

Im thinking about stopping and getting a surge protector/UPS on the way home tonight. Is the APC BE350R gonna be fine for someone like me?
If you think you need it, fine - my personal opinion is "why bother?"

HDrookie08
02-15-2008, 11:05 AM
Thanks Scott.....but Im not sure what you mean by component cables....I only need those if the second HDMI doesnt work between the HD box and the TV?
Where does the fiber optic cable come into play that I have?

Bigloww
02-15-2008, 11:09 AM
"Oh, and as far as question 1 goes....... What are you planning to connect to the TV/audio system?"

Well...what I mean is I assume I need an HDMI from the HD Cox Cable box to the TV....a connection from the DVD player to the TV (or box??)....and a the fiber optic connection from the TV to the DVD????
:what:

If the the Cable STB is all you are connecting, just connect it via HDMI from the Cable box to the TV and check the settings Scottnot stated. This will pass both video and audio to the TV speakers. For sound to your Sony dream system, just connect the optical (toslink) cable from the cable box to the Sony receiver. You may also need to go into the cable box audio settings to activate optical since you are also using HDMI. But it may be automatic as well.

HDMI out from the Sony Dream System to HDMI output 2 for DVD video and you should be all set.

If this is all you are connecting, 2 HDMI's and 1 optical cable should do it..


And a good surge protector would be a good idea, but a UPS would not be IMO...

anythingwt
02-15-2008, 11:11 AM
If you think you need it, fine - my personal opinion is "why bother?"

To protect his gear of course. The man just spent a pretty penny! Surge protectors IMO are a must. Even more so in some cases, just depending on where you live.

Scottnot
02-15-2008, 11:18 AM
.....but Im not sure what you mean by component cables....I only need those if the second HDMI doesnt work between the HD box and the TV?
Correct, only if the HDMI does not work.

Component cables:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Component_video_RCA.jpg

HDrookie08
02-15-2008, 11:38 AM
You guys just probably saved me a $100 and some stress for sure...BIG TIME THANKS...I'll report back how I made out.....the TV and Dream System were a pretty penny to me for sure....about $2700 for everything including the cables and a 3 year extended coverage full warranty.....I mean...the TV im replacing I paid $950 about 10 years ago...a 32" Sony Trinitron......still in perfect working order which will now be banished to the upstairs bedroom.

Bigloww
02-15-2008, 12:05 PM
You guys just probably saved me a $100 and some stress for sure...BIG TIME THANKS...I'll report back how I made out.....the TV and Dream System were a pretty penny to me for sure....about $2700 for everything including the cables and a 3 year extended coverage full warranty.....I mean...the TV im replacing I paid $950 about 10 years ago...a 32" Sony Trinitron......still in perfect working order which will now be banished to the upstairs bedroom.

No problem.. That is why we are here.. Let us know how it all pans out.

HDrookie08
02-18-2008, 10:40 AM
Update:
The Sony 46"and the DVD "Dream System" are now hooked up thanks in part to you fine gentlemen:

Hook-up (I Think):
1 - COX Box to TV - S Video with two (2) of three (3) component cables running the picture (I guess). I assume this will change to COX BOX HDMI to TV HDMI Port 1 when I get the HD box.
2 - COX BOX to Dream System - Fiber Optic
3 - TV to Dream System - HDMI Port 2 to HDMI

First Impressions:
1 - Im SO GLAD I got the 46". Its perfect. My wife was convinced it was going to be too big for our room. Its not..and she agrees.
2 - I watched Bourne Ultimatum on the standard DVD player via HDMI. At standard defintion, this was the best DVD I have ever seen on a TV. I assume the HDMI connection has something to do with this as far as the clarity of the picture. Im sure I will be blown away with a Blu-Ray (when I get it a player).
3 - The Sony Dream System is completely adequate for a guy like myself. Im sure the Sony 3-2-1 system is better sounding but about $600 more....im good. "The Hire"; a BMW short film series that came out in like 01/02 with Clive Owen sounded really good with the system. Especially gun fire and the reving of the M5 in one of the short films with Madonna in it.
4 - Standard TV was very anti-climatic. Cox Communications is currently out of HD boxes for a "few weeks" here in Connecticut. Im sure once I get that I will be extremely happy.
5 - I think I need a Blu-Ray Player due to the lack of HD service for the next month. Im struggling on which one. This forum is making me think I either get a PS3 or wait to the 2.0's come out (Im also trying to figure out of the 2.0 features will ever really mean anything to me). I was considering going with the Sony BDPS300 for $369 at CC. This whole firmware etc. thing is a bit confusing at the moment as it relates to that though.

Again...Thanks for everything