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Old 03-12-2015, 02:51 PM   #1  
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Hello forum.

I need a bit of help with getting this to work me and my wife have tried what seems like every connection with the RCA's but cant seem to get it working. I was going to post some pictures but i need a few more posts before it will allow me to do that.

Thanks for your time.

Receiver - Sony STR-AV970 (Think its from 1991)

TV - Samsung LN46C650 (Few years old)

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I found another topic (a few below this one) on a an older receiver and a newer tv where a member suggested to buy an adapter i just wanted to make sure something that like that would also work for me.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:29 AM   #2  
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Thats a pretty old and way outdated AVR. It has no inputs for digital sound at all, and is incapable of giving you anything but Pro Logic surround sound, which works, but is not really worth it.

The money you spend on an adapter should probably go towards a new AVR, they can be bought for pretty reasonable dollars.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:24 AM   #3  
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I agree with the above

Here is a link to an inexpensive AVR which should do everything (and more) that you want.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

Obviously there is always the "if you spend just a little bit more you get xxx"

This will do everything you need , if you can afford it and wish for more features/functions additional recommendations can be made.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:37 PM   #4  
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I agree, A new AVR would be your best bet and the advice to use www.accessories4less.com is great. I have bought from them twice and they are fantastic.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:31 PM   #5  
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Thanks for all the replies guys!

I think i will take the advise and go for that receiver but the problem is i cannot buy it from that website for a few reasons one they don't send outside of the USA and im not from the USA. I think i was able to find that receiver on a Canadian website but its marked as "B-Stock" im pretty sure its refurbished and wanted to know how you guys feel about that?

So its $119 CAD shipping is free so that's $93 USD.

They have this deal on until March 16th.

Thanks fellas!

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I cannot post a link so if you would like to see this item you will have to go to new egg dot ca and type in Denon AVR-E200 5.1Channel Home Theater Receiver "B-STOCK" and it will show up.

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Old 03-13-2015, 09:10 PM   #6  
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I would do it. Newegg is very trustworthy , you get a year warranty (not sure about Canada but in the Us Mastercard doubles my manuf warranty up to a year when used for purchase) and factory refurbs are typically inspected much closer before being sent out and tend to have lower failure rates - A great deal on that receiver. Hope you enjoy. Whatever your choice report back and let us know how it turns out or if you need help with config.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:28 PM   #7  
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I placed the order today! I will post back when the item gets to the door. Thanks to everyone who was active in this topic. Big thank you!

Im sure once it arrives we will have some setup questions.

Cheers!
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:05 PM   #8  
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I placed the order today! I will post back when the item gets to the door. Thanks to everyone who was active in this topic. Big thank you!

Im sure once it arrives we will have some setup questions.

Cheers!
Congrats if your old receiver was 20+years old I think you will be very happy with your choice. If you don't have any already I would order a HDMI cable or two. Don't let the snake oil salesman fool you on that - they are all essentially the same. You can get them from monoprice.com for $2-$3 (I bought one last week - $5 after shiping). As always when it arrives we are here to help if you get stuck.
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:29 PM   #9  
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I am having trouble getting surround sound to work with my usb external hard drives. I did find this on google.

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Denon AVR-E300 5.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver

The Denon AVR-E300 is good example of how high-end features have filtered down to a very affordable price level. The AVR-E300 sports a 5.1 Channel configuration with an adequate 75WPCx5 output that is perfect for small or medium-size rooms with Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. For video, the AVR-E300 has five 3D and 1080p pass-through compatible HDMI inputs. However, it does not offer analog to HDMI conversion or upscaling.

On the other hand, other practical features include, the Audyssey MultEQ automatic speaker setup system, as well as a front mounted USB port for accessing digital media content directly from either an iPod or iPhone as well as flash drives and compatible USB hard drives. Added perks are the inclusion of Apple Airplay, Internet Radio, and access to audio files stored on DLNA compatible network connected PCs and media servers. If you are looking for a home theater receiver that offers little more for a little less, then check out the Denon AVR-E300.
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Also, if the AVR-E300 is not in your budget, then also check out the Denon AVR-E200, which eliminates Audyssey MultEQ, USB connectivity, Internet Radio, and DLNA compatibility, but still offers the basic audio decoding, processing, and pass-through video switching features for needed for a basic home theater setup.
It sounds like a should have gone for the E300 if i wanted to use my surround sound for USB? Maybe someone here knows a way around this problem?

Other then that everything is good with the reciver the monitor slot is really lose but i guess thats what ya get for refurbished.

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Old 03-30-2015, 03:26 PM   #10  
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I am also having trouble getting my laptop to play surround sound with the reciver. I have tried all the connections on the back of the reciver with an hdmi cable to my laptop maybe it is a setting problem on the reciver?

I have no problems getting TV sound from my laptop when they are plugged in with an hdmi.

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The monitor connection should be reasonably snug - if not I would ask them for an exchange (I got a new AVR a long time ago that had a similar issue and I exchanged it) - if you feel it is an issue you don't have to settle. If possible try another HDMI cord sometimes certain ones are more snug.

Most likely your laptop is only sending stereo (your tv is only stereo so that is why it sounds right to you) In windows go to Audio-->Playback Devices--> right click on your device and choose "configure speakers" and make sure you set it to 5.1 I have had that problem before with my computer and AVR - it is a windows config issue not a receiver issue.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:41 PM   #12  
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Thanks a million!

The hdmi now works from the laptop with surround sound! I followed your easy to understand directions and bang.

This somewhat solves my problem where i cannot get surround sound from my external hard drives that use a usb connection to my TV as now i can use the laptop with a usb external hard drive connected to it and connect that to the receiver with a hdmi to get picture and surround sound lol if that makes any sense.

I still would like to know if someone knows of an adapter or something to get the usb external drives working on the surround sound without having to connect them to my laptop then to the receiver with a hdmi cord as stated above. Perhaps im just out of luck with that problem as i did go for a basic receiver.

Wanted to say thanks again to everyone who posted in this topic so far and especially to jkkyler who went out of his way to offer advise and help with my problems so far.

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Old 03-30-2015, 08:58 PM   #13  
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Thanks a million!

The hdmi now works from the laptop with surround sound! I followed your easy to understand directions and bang.

This somewhat solves my problem where i cannot get surround sound from my external hard drives that use a usb connection to my TV as now i can use the laptop with a usb external hard drive connected to it and connect that to the receiver with a hdmi to get picture and surround sound lol if that makes any sense.

I still would like to know if someone knows of an adapter or something to get the usb external drives working on the surround sound without having to connect them to my laptop then to the receiver with a hdmi cord as stated above. Perhaps im just out of luck with that problem as i did go for a basic receiver.

Wanted to say thanks again to everyone who posted in this topic so far and especially to jkkyler who went out of his way to offer advise and help with my problems so far.

What I did was transfer my music on to a thumb drive and plugged the usb drive into my BD player. My player would read the file and send it to the avr.
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Glad things are working out for you - I am just paying back to the forum since a patriarch of ours Loves2watch (RIP L2W) taught me many things in my entry to hi-fi audio and video.

As far as your external drives I am unsure what network and browsing options your AVR has but I will say this from prior experience with 2 AVR that both feature network/internet capabilities - typically in the end it is actually easier just to go through a computer even though it seems like a pain doing it that way. It typically is even more of a hassle trying to do it via receiver and sometimes operation & troubleshooting becomes problematic.


Edit - looks like the 300 model would have been better suited for external usb playback - the old "for just a little bit more you get xxxx" that I mentioned but believe me you can chase that dragon until your broke if you let yourself. Hopefully you are getting good sound and can get everything to work. For the $$ you invested you got a very reliable and quality AVR albeit an entry level model.

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