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Old 02-14-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Hooking up hdmi receiver, dvr, and dvd player

Ok, I already feel kind of funny asking this question is this forum will all you high-tech wizards, but when it comes to this stuff I know nothing. Did some searches but i'm sure one of you geniuses in here can help me a lot quicker and will probably get a laugh out of it. Here is the stuff i'm working with: Harmon Kardon AVR 146 receiver, comcast motorola DVR, phillips dvp-3960 upconvert dvd player, westinghouse TX-42F430S 42" lcd tv, panasonic surround sound speakers, and powered subwoofer. Yeah, I know...not the best stuff, but it's a start. Now the AVR 146 has more inputs and outputs that i've ever seen before so I am not sure how to optimize what I have.

Here is how I have things hooked up now. The dvd player hdmi port is hooked up to one of the hdmi inputs on the tv. The cable box's hdmi output is also going to the tv. I have the tos (optical audio I think) cables going from the dvr to the receiver, and for audio on the dvd player i just have regular rca cables going from the dvd player to the receiver (it doesn't have a spot for an optical cable but does have a digital coax input/output) The way I have it hooked up now everything seems to be working ok, but I just want to get the best possible audio and video since the receiver does seem a bit advanced.

Now one thing I am confused about is that the receiver does have 2 hdmi inputs and 1 hdmi output that I guess is for the tv, but it says in the instruction manual that this receiver is not capable of processing either the audio or video signal transmitted via the hdmi connection, that you are supposed connect the source's optical digital audio output to the optical 2 digital audio input or use 6 channel inputs. What does that mean? If you are not supposed to use the hdmi inputs/outputs what are they there for and what should I connect to them? I am just very "green" and confused, please help. I also apologize if this is being posted in the wrong section.

So, if you guys can tell me the best cables to get (I currently have 2 hdmi, some rca's, and some optical cables) and where to connect what for optimization I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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I looks to me that you have everthing set up correctly. 1 think I would recommend is to connect your DVD player up via digital coax. That will allow the movies to be played in DD 5.1 or DTS, not just simulated surround like you have now.

As far as the HDMI and your receiver goes.... I sounds like your receiver is HDMI passthrough only. That basicaly means that it will only "pass" the video portion of the HDMI "through" to the TV. You will need a seperate connection for audio as you mentioned. This would only be benificial if your TV only had 1 HDMI input and or you wanted to use your Harmon as a AV switch as well. In your case, not needed at all IMO..

Whatever cables you have now are fine. If you need addition cables I recomment Monoprice.com. You can get great HDMI cables starting around $7 and $4 for optical cables. IMHO, don't waste your money on the overpriced Monster stuff..

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Old 02-15-2008, 06:08 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for the clarification. Keep on doing it.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:04 AM   #4
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Default Hooking up Denon 1907 receiver, PS3 HDMI, and LG 1080P LCS 42"

Hello - I really need some help setting this up. I have a Denon 1907 which does not have an HDMI input or out put. I have a Sony PS3 w/ HDMI, and LG 1080P LCD 42"with 3 HDMI ports, and a comcast HD DVR w/ HDMI.

I'm thinking I need to run my PS3 (HDMI) and my Comcast DVD (HDMI) to my TV, and then my Optical from my TV to my Receiver. I'm currently running 7.1 on my Denon Rec.

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Old 01-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #5
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I have a older tv i only get 2 channels that comes from a air waves its broadcast in hd i think my question is i watch alot of movies and have a dvd player that has hdmi hook up on it and a new denon receiver that also has the hdmi hook up can i just hook the receiver and dvd player up together and it still work or should i just wait to get a new tv before anything will work?

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:17 AM   #6
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let me add to this soiree, my issue is that I'm awaiting a PS3 160GB to arrive in 10 days and haven't a clue as to how I'm going to integrate it into my current config of TWC Cisco Explorer 8624HDC DVR, Panasonic Blu Ray SA BT 228 which feeds the Hitachi 60" plasma that was hanging on the wall of the mancave of the home I bought(might have had something to do with the home purchase:~)) current interfaces used are cable and HDMI; my skill set consists of I call spell PC 2 of 3 times. Thanks
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