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Can't set up Denon AVR-588

by etfung / April 24, 2008 2:10 PM PDT

I am completely incompetent and can't get the receiver to send anything to the TV except for the cable. Cable->Denon->TV works via HDMI. The DVD player is connected to the Denon using component connectors (column 1, titled DVD/HDP), but nothing happens when I set the receiver to play DVD. I can connect the DVD player to the TV directly, but this obviously defeats the purpose of the receiver. I also have a WII I'd like to connect, but I figure if I understand how to get the DVD player to work via the receiver, I should be able to get the WII to work. I basically need step by step instructions on how to connect the DVD player to the receiver and then how to program the receiver. Many thanks.

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set up
by bevillan / April 24, 2008 11:58 PM PDT

You connections sound fine, but I know with my receiver I can switch up the inputs that can be assigned to different Video channels (like DVD, VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.)

It sounds like your receiver has your DVD/HDP input set to something other than the "DVD" video channel selector.

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As a fellow Denon user, I can confirm that their printed
by NM_Bill / April 26, 2008 9:44 AM PDT

users manual is not written to be entertaining. However, their diagrams & by wading through all those diferent wiring setup possibilities, I have always managed to to cut through the total confusion & get setup without harm.

I do admit it may take time & you may have to read a particular section several times to decide that is describing your circumstance. You are new to this information overload, rather than completely incompetent. Of course it might as well be written in Greek at first. Hang in there...

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Video input designation
by dinox64 / April 26, 2008 3:52 PM PDT

I am certian you can choose on the Denon an auto setting for the video and it will detect the feed. I'd go check mine, but i'm sure I would screw something up in doing so and spend the next couple of hours trying to undo it.

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I gave up
by etfung / April 27, 2008 12:45 AM PDT

Thanks for your help. I returned the Denon, bought an Onkyo, and it took me less than 30 minutes to set up the system!

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So be it. I agree that Denon is not not the most user
by NM_Bill / April 27, 2008 12:52 AM PDT
In reply to: I gave up

friendly for convenience. In this situation I think it is a shame because, in general, Denon is a bit superior product compared to Onkyo. I don't mean to slam Onkyo. I have had Onkyo products. C/NET reviewers confirm my opinion about onkyo having a bit more quality control reliability incidents as well as Denon producing sound that is subtly superior. Denon is aggressive to provide great bargains. But there still is some truth in that you get what you pay for.

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