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Hooking up multiple devices

by Wage76 / March 10, 2008 4:05 PM PDT

Hello all, I recently bought a new TV and was hoping for a liitle advice on hooking up my components.

The TV is a Samsung HL-T61876

My DVD player us an RCA DRC8052N , wich has an HDMI slot, a coax out for audio, and a component slot.

My HD Cable box/DVR is a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 HD , which has an HDMI slot, coax and optical audio out, and component hookup.

My reciever is an RCA RT2760, wich has no HDMI slot, just an optical and a coax slot for digital sound.

I also have an XBox 360, wich connects through components, and an optical audio.

I really do not fuuly grasp HDMI, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I am thinking this will be my set-up:

I will connect the cable/dvr box to the TV through HDMI
I will connect the DVD player to the TV through another HDMI
I will connect the Xbox 360 to the TV via component cables.

Here is where I get especially lost. 3 devices and only 2 slots on the reciever.Does this mean I will need some sort of splitter, or am I not fully grasping the benefit the HDMI ports can give me?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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I don't seen anything missing.
by ahtoi / March 11, 2008 11:49 AM PDT

2 hdmi and 1 component equals 3 devices. You could use a hdmi splitter/switcher but personally I think they are over-price.

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You could also try...
by Dan Filice / March 11, 2008 3:47 PM PDT

To simply hook your HD cable box to your TV with component and free up an HDMI slot on the TV. The quality of HD broadcast is not like the pristine HD you get from DVD. It's good, but component broadcst HD is, after all, a broadcast signal. Anyways, component also gives a stunning HD picture for broadcast channels and I personally thing HDMI for a cable box is overkill. I didn't see much difference between HDMI and component on my Scientific Atlantic HD box. But, that's just my eyeballs. Some people will swear they see a difference just because it's HDMI and it "must" look better. Again, using HDMI for the HD DVD player is a different story. You need the best possible signal path as you are transmitting 1080p.

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