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Old 11-21-2007, 01:31 PM   #1  
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I am comparing several HTIB and am looking at 2 in particular. I know that a HTIB is not as good as buying seperate components. But I have a few questions. The two I am looking at are the Onkyo HT-SR800 7.1 Channel Home Theater System and the Sony HT-DDW995 5.1-Channel Home Theater System. Now I know they have HDMI passthrough and I know that I will have to run the HDMI from my Cable box and then run RCA or Optical to the receiver to get the 5.1 sound. But I have a question regarding coaxial cable. I don't know much about sound so bare with me. What is the difference between digital coaxial, and RCA? Also if the cable coming in from the wall to my cable box is coaxial and it brings in High Def media then I assume that that type of cable always carries high def audio and video is that correct? So if a reciever were to have 2 "F" plug, the threaded part, for the coaxial cable could I simply run a coaxial from the cable box to the receiver to the tv and be able to get high def sound?
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:51 PM   #2  
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These receivers only passthrough HDMI so you have to also send the audio.
Digital coax is how 5.1, Dolby Digital, DTS are decoded by receiver. RCA cables are analog and will not be able to do this. The coax from wall brings in data to cable box, but the cable box decodes their data. You have to connect the cable box w/ either HDMI and digital coax/optical or Y/Pr/Pb and digital coax/optical. (Optical/digital coax are the same thing only different cables). Take your pick?
So if a reciever were to have 2 "F" plug, the threaded part, for the coaxial cable could I simply run a coaxial from the cable box to the receiver to the tv and be able to get high def sound?
No. First, I've never seen one...but your provider needs to decode their info.
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I just read an excellent review of the Onkyo HT-SR800 in Home Theater Magazine (I believe it was Home Theater). They rated it highly as a matter of fact they stated that is was more like separate components rather than a HTIB. It was on their short list.
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I have had the HT-SR800 for about a month now and I love it! One flaw is it comes with super thin speaker wire so I upgraded to 16 gauge. So there is really no problems at all.

Great setup and I was able to snag it off Amazon for only $389! EXCELLENT DEAL!
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One flaw is it comes with super thin speaker wire so I upgraded to 16 gauge. So there is really no problems at all.
Although you may think it is a flaw, I seriously doubt that a good audio company like Onkyo would use speaker wire that wasn't of the proper gauge to be adequate.
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I have had the HT-SR800 for about a month now and I love it! One flaw is it comes with super thin speaker wire so I upgraded to 16 gauge. So there is really no problems at all.

Great setup and I was able to snag it off Amazon for only $389! EXCELLENT DEAL!
can somebody help me with my set up? i have the same sysytem.
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can somebody help me with my set up? i have the same sysytem.
So, just what is the problem with your setup?
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So, just what is the problem with your setup?
i am using rca cables and optical out for both my sat receiver annd my dvd up convert to my onkyo.is that ok?
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i am using rca cables and optical out for both my sat receiver annd my dvd up convert to my onkyo.is that ok?
also using hdmi onkyo receiver to my upconvert dvd player and sat receiver. component also from sat receiver to onkyo receiver.
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You should only be using one each audio and video connection to receiver and TV. That is either HDMI or component from sat box and DVD player to receiver, not both and then either rca or optical digital (preferred) from equipment to receiver.

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You should only be using one each audio and video connection to receiver and TV. That is either HDMI or component from sat box and DVD player to receiver, not both and then either rca or optical digital (preferred) from equipment to receiver.

Did that answer your question?
ill pull out the rca and see if theres a difference.
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loves to watch i have a question for u? 1. how come when i play my dvd 2channel sounds better than 5.1 digital? btw dvd to onkyo htib using coaxial digital out.2. could u give some layman terms/explanation on pcm? i just want to maximize my audio since this htib via hdmi is only pass through which does not carry audio signal? thank u very much.ur inpt highly appreciated.
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I just got the HTSR800S (same model but in silver) under great advice from Loves2Watch, and I love the system. I have my cable box and HD-DVD player connected via HDMI for the video and optical audio cable for the sound. I also have a Wireless Karaoke system connected in the Aux input with a video output to the TV. Works like a charm, great system.
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loves to watch i have a question for u? 1. how come when i play my dvd 2channel sounds better than 5.1 digital? btw dvd to onkyo htib using coaxial digital out.2. could u give some layman terms/explanation on pcm? i just want to maximize my audio since this htib via hdmi is only pass through which does not carry audio signal? thank u very much.ur inpt highly appreciated.
You have to set up the inputs. Make sure that OPT2 is selected when playing your DVD. Also look at the other settings like direct, etc.
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