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Connecting a new home theatre system

by pnut1 / March 5, 2010 1:29 AM PST

I have Comcast HD Cable box
Samsung 46" Class 1080p/120Hz/LED-LCD HDTV UN46B7100
Samsung 650W 5.1 Channel Home Theare System
Samsung Blu-ray disk player

In reading all the manuals I'm more confused than ever. My understanding is I run an HDMI and optical from the cable to the home theatre, an HDMI from the blu-ray to the home theatre and an HDMI from the home theater to the TV. Is this the best set up? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help

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My 'recipe'
by Pepe7 / March 5, 2010 4:47 AM PST

Try the following 'recipe' below- although, to be perfectly honest it gets tiresome that folks don't list all of the exact makes/models. Keep in mind they all do not have the same inputs/outputs/capabilities ;).

Comcast HD box (HDMI out) -> (HDMI in) Samsung HT receiver

Samsung Blu Ray (HDMI out) -> (HDMI in) Samsung HT receiver

*Samsung HT receiver (HDMI out) -> (HDMI in) Samsung LED HDTV

*this is the crucial piece. Without the model number I don't know the connections(!) Wink

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Modern Home theaters can be set up in two ways:
by minimalist / March 5, 2010 6:18 AM PST

1. Run everything through your receiver via HDMI and pass the video on to the TV via a single HDMI cable.

2. Run everything through your TV via HDMI and pass the audio on to the receiver via HDMI or optical.

Sometimes you'll have to do a combination of both, especially if you have an older receiver or have a limited number of ports. Just remember to keep everything HDMI if possible and you'll get the best possible picture and sound quality. Optical is the next best connection for audio should you need to use it.

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