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Connection confusion-direct tv basic-a/v receiver-TV- dvd

by stubbyone / August 13, 2005 2:24 PM PDT

Not sure how my direct tv receiver (best jack is s video) should be connected to my television (HDMI,component jacks) or if I am supposed to connect everything (TV and DVD player(best jack is optical) to the audio/video receiver (component and optical jacks) and skip the direct tv receiver altogether! TV is a Panasonic HD monitor (HDMI,component jacks). As an aside, I see the direct tv HD receiver selling for $199. If I AM supposed to use the direct tv receiver in this setup, would this purchase be beneficial. Mucho Gracias, lost in Toledo

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Directv hd setup
by nubby105 / August 14, 2005 3:46 AM PDT

If you are using a HD television, your best bet is to get a HD directv receiver before you start hooking up anything. (The directv hd receivers have multiple in/out for most all connections.) Use the highest quality connections for each piece of equip. If possible connect everything to the a/v receiver and you can go through the a/v receiver to access everything. If you go to an electronics store they usually have home theater setup pamphlets. (Monster Cable has one with a lot of choices) Until you get the hd receiver draw everthing out use different colors, it makes it alot easier.
directv out(1)-tv in
directv out(2)-a/v rec in
dvd out(1)-tv in
dvd out(2)-a/v rec in

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We got the same set up!
by triverson / November 10, 2005 6:16 PM PST

Sounds exactly like my set up. My advice if I'm not too late is to wait and use the crappy sat.reciever as MPEG 4 receivers will be out end of this year hopefully and the old ones will not be compatible with any of the new Hidef formats. Also the new box I think model No.411 may also have more advanced connectivity such as HDMI! So for now connect with the s-video out on your sat.reciever since it is far better than the composite (Yellow Red White) and go direct to your plasma as well as your DVD video and any other video connections to your plasma and put all the audio outs in your reciever. The only pain is you have to switch your reciever to "DVD" to get your Surround sound when watching a movie and switch your plasma video to the corrosponding DVD input to "see" the picture. This allows you to take advantage of the plasma's video display and the reciever's audio abilities.

Hope this helps!

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