1. A basic explanation of how the typical surround system is connected:
a. Cable or Satellite box connectes to TV, and if you want to hear 5.1 from broadcast, you need to connect the cable box to a receiver.
b. For movies and thrilling surround, buy a BluRay DVD player and connect that to a receiver for audio and to the TV for video, but new receivers allow connection of all devices to it, then it connects to TV for video from whatever device you want.
c. Speakers connect to a receiver. The receiver is needed to encode and amplify a 5.1 signal for surround.
Hiya. I'm going to lay this out right now, I'm a total nub for home audio and this is really my first system.
My wife and I are in the process of upgrading our living room, which as of right now is really a glorified sitting room, into comfortable and enjoyable media room. We're currently already looking into a new HDTV, but we haven't decided on anything yet so I don't have a specific on that detail if it comes up.
Anyway, my question relates to the Energy Take Classic 5.1 setup, the one reviewed here - http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/energy-take-classic-5/4505-7868_7-33310963.html (I think I added the link to the post elsewhere, I'm not sure. CNET's forum posting set-up is new to me so I'm experiencing further nub issues.)
This looks pretty ideal for our needs, but I'm not entirely sure what all else I'll need to get. I'm going to assume speaker wire is a given, which is not a big deal. What I do need to know is if I'm going to need to buy a receiver to go with this to hook it up to my TV, or will I be able to connect it directly? In either case, what other cables will I need to get to either directly interface to the TV or to interface to the receiver and from there to the TV?
Any advice you can give me about wiring and cable options that would be both reliable and economical would also be great.
Thanks in advance!