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Help setting up TV/Home theater system

by jblue212 / January 23, 2010 11:35 PM PST

Apologies for the repost - I posted this in the Samsung forum but no one has replied.

I just yesterday upgraded my home system. I had an HD CRT TV that worked fine, but wanted bigger, flatter, etc. and I thought I needed more inputs since I used to have to unplug the Roku to use the Wii and vice versa. I ended up complicated things WAY more. I think I screwed everything up.

previous system -

Samsung 30" widescreen TXN3075 (crt tv - no hdmi)
Samsung Home Theater HT-P38 (no hdmi)

peripherals -

Scientific Atlanta 3800HD DVR
Roku box for Netflix
dock for XM satellite radio receiver

Cable and Home theater used component cables to hook up to the TV.
All sound came through the Home Theater - whether it was Wii, Roku, DVD,
TV, etc. The Wii and Roku only used composite and S-Video, yet the HT powered the audio.

So I got a new large LED backlit TV and a new home theater for DVD and surround sound.

Now, none of the HD channels are HD - everything is letterboxed and stretched. Time Warner is coming on Wed. but I have no idea what's wrong there - everything is set for 16:9.

I didn't really want a new home theater - but thought I need the 1 component on the TV for Wii - and my old one didn't have HDMI.

New set up -

Samsung UN40B7000 LED-LCD TV (4 HDMI, 1 component)
Samsung Home Theater HT-Z420

same peripherals.

Cable box, HT, and Roku are hooked up to the TV with HDMI.
Only DVD gets sound through HT unless also use optical audio to cable box.
Then Roku has no sound through HT, and the Wii won't either, and I don't know if the radio dock will work yet either.

I would like all peripherals to have sound through HT. How do I hook this up?

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Confusing post/hard to read- question regarding Roku
by Pepe7 / January 24, 2010 12:51 PM PST

Sorry, but something about the way you've constructed your post is excruciatingly difficult to read. I'll try the best I can interpreting from what I see above ;).

Try the following 'recipe', and let me know if I missed any of your components from the 'soup' you've provided (which model radio dock???? what kind of plug does it have??) 8-)

Unfortunately, I don't see any way to have everything run through the HT since it doesn't have enough inputs. Either the Roku or the Wii is connected to the HT component. For $100+ more you could have picked up an Onkyo HTIB which would have solved this issue.

Which of the Roku boxes do you have, btw?? I'd guessing perhaps it's the HD model since you mention both HDMI & S-video ouput.

" " (digital optical out) -> (digital optical in) Samsung HT

Wii (composite video out) -> (composite video in) LED HDTV
" " (composite audio out) -> (composite audio in) LED HDTV
*doesn't output surround sound, so I opted to connect directly to your HDTV

Roku (Component video out) -> (Component video in) LED HDTV
"" "" (composite audio out) -> (composite audio in <via aux in>) Samsung HT

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Missed one
by Pepe7 / January 24, 2010 12:52 PM PST

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

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thanks...sorry for confusion
by jblue212 / January 24, 2010 1:05 PM PST
In reply to: Missed one

I'm sorry I worded it so horribly. I know I probably made a mistake with this HTIB - I wanted the same brand for ease of use between the TV and HTIB and money was a big concern.

I understand that the Wii does not have surround sound but I still don't want to use the TV speakers. Previously my configuration worked with another HTIB.

This TV only has one component input - no composite.

I switched things around and here's my current configuration -

DVR (component out) - > HTIB (component in)
HTIB (HDMI out) - > LED TV (HDMI in)
HTIB (optical audio out) - > LED TV (optical audio in)
Roku (HDMI out) - > LED TV (HDMI in)
XM Radio (analog audio out) - > HTIB (analog audio in)

so far, so good. The Wii is the only thing not hooked up yet - I have a component cable on order and I am hoping that going Wii (component out) - > LED TV (component in) will give me the audio through the HTIB since the Roku is working that way. Ya think?

Now my biggest problem is that the TV is not getting HD. But, it didn't when the TV was directly connected to HD DVR. So I'm think the DVR went bad somehow when I switched TVs. Cable guy is coming on Wed.

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Are you confusing Component with Composite?
by Pepe7 / January 24, 2010 11:56 PM PST

Composite=yellow (video), red/white (audio)

Wii doesn't output HD via Component AFAIK(?)

Also, if you still don't want to use the TV speakers, why in that case are you connecting a digital optical cable from the Samsung HT to your LED HDTV(?)

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may be fixed!
by jblue212 / January 24, 2010 2:42 PM PST
In reply to: Missed one

I think I finally figured it all out. Now I just have to get the Wii component cable to make sure it's all good.


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