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by Paulb9 / February 27, 2008 4:03 AM PST

I need to replace my Sony home theater. My question is my PC and cable box connect via DVI. Is this a problem? I am ready to spend $1,000 for the right receiver but I am somewhat a neophite.

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by givemeaname / February 27, 2008 4:19 AM PST
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I don't think I have ever see a receiver in Any price range or brand with a DVI port.
Ask your cable campany for a Cable card with HDMI or is does your tv only have DVI?? For you computer, does your TV have a DVI port for PC??? then you can run audio outs from your computer to the receiver or a PC surround sound system.

DVI on tv's has been out dated about 4 years now. A few brand tv's will have HDMI for tv usage & DVI for PC usage, DVI ports on tv's has mostly been fazed out about 2-3 years ago & replaced with HDMI.

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A/V Receiver
by Paulb9 / February 27, 2008 6:30 AM PST
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My question is I have a HDTV with HDMI input. But, my PC and Cable box output only DVI. Is there a receiver that accepts this and how can I connect the audio?

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by jostenmeat / February 27, 2008 5:06 AM PST
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sells very affordable DVI-HDMI cables. I put them in my bro's sytem for his cable box and comp.

No audio though, you'll need shotgun audio connections.

Otherwise, no problemo at all.

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What I would do
by bevillan / February 27, 2008 6:36 AM PST
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I'd call your cable company and ask to get a HDMI cable box. They are replacing all the DVI ones with HDMI ones (at least Comcast and Turner are). So then you could run HDMI from your cable box to your TV or receiver (depending on HDMI handshake issues).

Then I'd just get a HDMI to DVI converter cable from monoprice, as suggested, to go from your PC to your receiver.

And if you are willing to spend $1000 on a receiver, check out the Onkyo TX-SR805. It has the latest version of HDMI (v1.3) and is considered to be one of the few 'future-proof' receivers available. You can get it from $700-$800 on most sites.

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A/V Receiver
by Paulb9 / February 27, 2008 6:46 AM PST
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Unfortunaly, I live in Costa Rica and cannot get a STB with HDMI. Only DVI. I am considering the 805 but do not know if it can correctly route the Audio for the DVI?

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by bevillan / February 27, 2008 6:49 AM PST
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Well in that case you might have to get another HDMI to DVI converter cable to run from the cable box (for video) to the receiver and then a digital optical audio cable to run from the cable box to the receiver (for audio). And since cable only broadcasts, at best, in DD5.1, the optical cable should be fine. Only downside is that you have 2 cables instead of one, but not a big deal in my opinion. And when your cable company finally gets HDMI boxes you would be ready to upgrade if you had the 805.

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A/V receiver
by Paulb9 / February 27, 2008 6:58 AM PST
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bearvp Thanks a lot! I was just worried about Spending that kind of money and it not working.

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you can do it but...
by Dabonka1 / February 29, 2008 5:43 AM PST
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using a HDMI/DVI conversion cable. Unfortunately, some of the newer, higher end audio codecs like True HD and DTS MA {from what I understand} can only be sent via bitstream {uncompressed} to the reciever through the HDMI connection. DVI does NOT carry any audio at all. You would need to send the audio through other channels, for instance Dolby Dig and DTS can be sent through either the optical or dig coax output on your cable box {or god forbit lol red/white stereo connections}. But not the high end codecs, as they take up too much bandwidth for optical or dig coax {def red/whites}. Which is the major benefit of the 805 from my gathering... for that save a few and get the 605. Good luck, either way!!!

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