Run the dvd video to right to the tv, there is less that can go wrong that way & then run a fiber optic line to the A/V. Make sure the 2 cables are the same langth 1m & 1m or what ever you need.
just bought an Onkyo Home theater system, HT-s680, and trying to connect everything. Read the manual and checked online and its getting more confusing by the minute... Thought we had it by the manual, and then went to Circuit City for some cables and the guy there flipped us over... He said we should connect digital cable box to tv (HDTV signal, we will settle for component cable) and send audio from cable box through receiver. The same thing for DVD player, video signal by component cable from DVD to TV (we dont have hdmi equipped gear unfortunately) and then audio from DVD to receiver.
When Ive checked set-ups online and in the Onkyo manual, it gives us another route, everything, audio and video will go through the receiver. And thats what I thought the set-up would be from beginning, its an AV/V receive right, so why just run Audio through it? Are we missing something here? Which way is preferable for us if we're trying to do this set-up with component cable (video) and digital coax (audio). I dont want to get out there spending money on cables and then we need to change the set-up again. What would be the advantage of let say running the DVD player first through receiver and then to the TV, instead of component dvd to tv, and digital coax for audio, from dvd to receiver?
They guy at Circuit City told us this: Digital cable box to tv by component cable (video) and audio by dig. coax/optical to the receiver.
DVD player to tv by component (video) and audio by dig. coax to receiver. And that woudl be it. Then online Ive managed to find out that we should run additional RCA cable between Cable box and receiver for analog audio on most cable channels.
Please help us clear this out before I (and husband) gets crazy, and our new HT stuff will do us no good sitting on the lvinroom floor unconnected...