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Holy Moly, Am I confused

coreseller
02-15-2008, 04:45 PM
Well, I just got everything out of the boxes and am going through the set-up guides. Here is what I have and am getting: Samsung LN-T4661F 46" lcd with 3 HDMI inputs, Onkyo HT-SR750 5.1 "Home theater in a box" system with 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output (pass-through), Panasonic DMR-ES46V DVD recorder VHS combo and Directv is coming a week from today to install an upgrade DVR/HD receiver and new dish. The system is set up on either side of a fireplace in built-in cabinets and shelves. On the left side is TV, Directv equipment and the DVD/VCR combo. The Onkyo Stereo unit will be located on the right side of the fireplace which will necessitate fishing wires/cables up through the ceiling, into and across the attic and back down to the other equipment. In reviewing the stereo set-up guide it shows running HDMI cables from the DVD to receiver, cable box to receiver and the output HDMI from the receiver to the TV. Considering each one of these cables needs to be 25' to go up / through / over and back down (at $40 plus per through monoprice) are they all necessary or worth it for the Sound Quality? Could I just run the HDMI from the HD receiver and use high quality coax cables since the stereo is really only used when we are watching movies? Not trying to be overly cheap but don't want to spend on all these cable if I don't need to. I have to order these cables soon so any help would be appreciated, thanks guys......Mark.

coreseller
02-15-2008, 05:10 PM
I just read CoolCash23's question a couple of posts below and think I may of got my answer, can someone just give me a "confirm" as to the HDMI's NOT being necessary? Sorry for the newbie dorkiness.....Mark.

Bigloww
02-15-2008, 05:11 PM
Well, I just got everything out of the boxes and am going through the set-up guides. Here is what I have and am getting: Samsung LN-T4661F 46" lcd with 3 HDMI inputs, Onkyo HT-SR750 5.1 "Home theater in a box" system with 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output (pass-through), Panasonic DMR-ES46V DVD recorder VHS combo and Directv is coming a week from today to install an upgrade DVR/HD receiver and new dish. The system is set up on either side of a fireplace in built-in cabinets and shelves. On the left side is TV, Directv equipment and the DVD/VCR combo. The Onkyo Stereo unit will be located on the right side of the fireplace which will necessitate fishing wires/cables up through the ceiling, into and across the attic and back down to the other equipment. In reviewing the stereo set-up guide it shows running HDMI cables from the DVD to receiver, cable box to receiver and the output HDMI from the receiver to the TV. Considering each one of these cables needs to be 25' to go up / through / over and back down (at $40 plus per through monoprice) are they all necessary or worth it for the Sound Quality? Could I just run the HDMI from the HD receiver and use high quality coax cables since the stereo is really only used when we are watching movies? Not trying to be overly cheap but don't want to spend on all these cable if I don't need to. I have to order these cables soon so any help would be appreciated, thanks guys......Mark.

Just curious.. All these cables going up the wall/over and back down from the components to the TV???

If so, 1 thing I would consider if you just purchased the HT-SR705 is to return it a get an Onkyo TX-SR605 or equivilant. It has HDMI (not passthrough) and upconverts everything (including analog) though the single HDMI output. This way, you can connect everything including you analog devices (VCR) directly to the recever. Since the receiver is going to be close to the component anyway... Then all you need is 1 single HDMI cable from the receiver out to the TV:banana: . You can do all the switching from the receiver and since it is NOT passthrough, you don't have to run a seperate audio for HDMI devices. And CC has the TX-SR605 onsale for $399.. Just an option to make you life a bit easier..And can just use your TV speakers when wanted too..

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo-TX-SR605-7-1-Channel-Home-Theater-Receiver-Black-TX-SR605/sem/rpsm/oid/181406/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Bigloww
02-15-2008, 05:14 PM
I just read CoolCash23's question a couple of posts below and think I may of got my answer, can someone just give me a "confirm" as to the HDMI's NOT being necessary? Sorry for the newbie dorkiness.....Mark.


The HMDI are not needed. You can just connect the HDMI or component/S-video directly to the TV and audio (digital optical or coax) directly to the Onkyo receiver..

coreseller
02-15-2008, 05:34 PM
Just curious.. All these cables going up the wall/over and back down from the components to the TV???

If so, 1 thing I would consider if you just purchased the HT-SR705 is to return it a get an Onkyo TX-SR605 or equivilant. It has HDMI (not passthrough) and upconverts everything (including analog) though the single HDMI output. This way, you can connect everything including you analog devices (VCR) directly to the recever. Since the receiver is going to be close to the component anyway... Then all you need is 1 single HDMI cable from the receiver out to the TV:banana: . You can do all the switching from the receiver and since it is NOT passthrough, you don't have to run a seperate audio for HDMI devices. And CC has the TX-SR605 onsale for $399.. Just an option to make you life a bit easier..And can just use your TV speakers when wanted too..

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo-TX-SR605-7-1-Channel-Home-Theater-Receiver-Black-TX-SR605/sem/rpsm/oid/181406/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do


I appreciate the advice but I would rather cut my skull open, extract what's left of my strained brain, douse it with gas and set it ablaze before I contemplated anything else concerning Home Theater and various component compatibilities. Being the El-Cheapo that I am I purchased everything online and have no stomach for repackaging and rethinking another purchase. Not to get onto too much of a rant but I took half the day off so I could be here for the Dish TV installer only to get into it with him over the phone regarding the Dish receiver location (he wanted to put it onto a post in the front yard, I doubt the neighbor accross the street who just dropped $750k on his 3 bedroom ranch would of appreciated that). Out of shear disgust at this guy I told him to forget it only to receive multiple phone calls from Dish promising to send out a different "tech", an hour later his supervisor said he'll be out with his top guy, guess who it was, the same dude!!!!! :crying: . I honestly think he was one of the guys in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". Anyways.....DirectV (who I have never had an issue with in 5 years) will be out next week to put their version of the stuff at the same location as it is now, the roof. Alright, here's the good part: I RARELY WATCH TV!!!!!!!!! After this fiasco I am now convinced I am truly Oliver Douglas in Hooterville via some space / time continuim thing :eek: .