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Connection advice for HT-Z320 DVD HT + Cable+Blu-Ray+Xbox ?

by Gunderstorm / December 28, 2009 11:30 PM PST

I received both the Samsung HT-Z320 DVD Home Theater and Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-Ray player as a gift this Christmas. My TV is a Samsung LN52B630. I also have a cable set-top box and an Xbox 360. I am totally stumped on how to set this all up.

First, I assume that connected correctly, I will eventually be able to enjoy the 5.1 with all of these devices?

Second, according to the manual, I should connect the cable box via optical audio. As near as I can tell, that only leaves me one audio in (AUX2). I tried connecting to that from my TV audio out and only the two front speakers were producing sound. I'm sure this is my ignorance of 5.1 sound, but shouldn't I be able to hear from the rear as well?

If you had these components, what would be the optimal set-up? Should I be looking for something else through which to send all of these audio sources? I do have the gift receipts (Best Buy).

Thanks for any advice in advance and Happy New Year!

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RE: Connection advice for HT-Z320 DVD HT + Cable+Blu-Ray
by Gunderstorm / December 29, 2009 7:01 AM PST


I do see that in other posts the use of the optical audio is what gets you 5.1 with other components. Or "component", I should say as there is only one Optical In connector.

I'm thinking I need to get the Blu-Ray HT instead.

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Connection advice for HT-Z320 DVD HT + Cable+Blu-Ray+Xbox ?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / December 29, 2009 8:04 AM PST


The HT-Z320 will accept one optical input.
The television will downscale 5.1 inputs down to 2.0 (except for the tuner) for devices connected with HDMI.

There are some optical splitters available in the retail marketplace that you can physically hook up and switch at will that may work, but otherwise, the audio in (AUX) will only handle stereo (2 channel) audio, and that would be the left and right speakers on the home theater system.

Does that help?


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Connection advice for HT-Z320 DVD HT + Cable+Blu-Ray+Xbox ?
by Gunderstorm / December 29, 2009 11:14 PM PST

Thanks for the quick reply!

I have to say, I'm a little stunned. For a box labeled "home theater" it seems to be very limited in functionality.

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by _jr_ / December 30, 2009 12:26 AM PST

>>>For a box labeled "home theater" it seems to be very limited in functionality.>>>

If by "functionality" you mean "connectivity," what you observe is pretty common for so-called Home Theater In a Box (HTIB).

They have everything to get you going right away - DVD/BD Player, Speakers, and a Receiver. But the inherent assumption here is that this is *all* you'll ever need or want. Therefore, should you desire to connect something else to it, you might be able to add 1 or 2 additional components if you're lucky.

This is very common across all manufacturers - to limit the # of inputs on HTIB systems. If you have an old VCR, BDP, x-Box, CD player, and SAT box, etc, you are better off buying a dedicated receiver with a bunch of inputs...

I've looked at many HTIBs on the market, and went with a dedicated receiver and stand-alone components for the same reason of limited connectivity.


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