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How to set up a new TV and blue ray player with old Onyko

by pms1228 / March 21, 2011 8:13 AM PDT

I have an old (old!) Onyko receiver DS-TX656. I just purchased a new Samsung 3D TV and Blue Ray player. Yes I should go out and buy a new receiver but right now I'm totally confused about how to set this system up. I have Bose speakers attached to the Onyko for surround sound.
Can someone give me some detailed instructions on how to get this configured?
Thank you!
Paula

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Connections
by Dan Filice / March 21, 2011 9:27 AM PDT

To me, the most important connection you need to make is from the BR player to the receiver so you can get surround. Does your Onkyo have an Optical Audio-In connection? It should unless your receiver is more than 8 years old. So:

1) Connect the HDMI from your BR player to your TV. This will give you 1080p picture and it will send audio to your TV speakers.
2) Connect the Optical Audio-Out from your BR player to the Optical Audio-In on your receiver. This will allow you to get full surround audio from your discs.

None of the above should affect how you have your Bose speakers connected.

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Follow-up question
by pms1228 / March 25, 2011 12:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Connections

Thanks for your advice. Yes the Onkyo appears to have a an optical audio-in connection. There is a block referred to as DIGITAL INPUT that has 3 separate connections - Digital 1 (Optical), Digital 2 (Coaxial) and Digital 3 (Coaxial). So I assume that what you refer to as Optical Audio-In is in fact the Digital 1 option. I'm not sure that I have ever seen or used an Optical Digital input cord before but I assume that I can get one from a local Radio Shack.

Right now I'm using the RCA jacks that came with the BR to connect to the Onkyo and that appeared to work okay.

Do you have any recommendation on how to get the audio from the Flat Screen to play through the Onkyo? I expected the audio to flow through the BR but that doesn't seem to be the case so I guess I have to come directly off the TV. I assume that I will need to use the Digital Input block again and therefore would need for one side of the cable to be either the optical or coaxial connector. What can I expect to find for the connection to the TV? There appear to be several options - HDMI, RCA and something I haven't figured out yet.

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cable or satelllite box?
by Pepe7 / March 25, 2011 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Follow-up question

I presume you are referring to TV audio from cable or satellite? If you do not have a satellite or cable box, you could try another digital optical out from the HDTV back to the Onkyo, but only if it has the proper outputs. Which Samsung HDTV model # are you working with? Some don't offer digital optical audio outputs at all, and some limit to stereo sound intead of surround sound (DD5.1) back out via a digital optical connection. I guess knowing if you also have a satellite or cable box, and which HDTV model you have is a must in this case to get things right from the get-go.

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Cable - direct wired - no set-top box & Series 7 Flat Screen
by pms1228 / March 26, 2011 3:56 AM PDT

We currently are using a cable service, but are considering going to satellite. The Samsung TV is a Series 7 Model# UN46D7000. It has several types of output, including the optical digital. But it doesn't look as many will work with the Onkyo. While the Samsung has several HDMI ports, there aren't any on the Onkyo. Also, I don't see a coax/RCA connection on the Samsung that I would be able to use. There is one Audio Out port on the Samsung, but that looks to be smaller than a standard RCA plug.

Thanks again for you patience and your time.

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Grab a digital optical cable from Radio Shack (etc.)
by Pepe7 / April 4, 2011 4:51 AM PDT

It is indeed a different, smaller connection than RCA. Run that one from the back of your HDTV, where it says 'digital (audio out optical)' to your Onkyo wher it says 'digital optical in'. You should be able to get DD5.1 surround and matrixed surround at this point where it applies to a specific channel/show.

Unfortunately I believe you will have to pick and choose between the components you need for surround sound. The Samsung HDTV is unable to pass back surround from the Blu Ray player. Only if your Blu ray player has digital coaxial will this work to receive proper surround from all inputs via your Onkyo.

If you want more clarification feel free to ask.

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HDMI video to the TV, optical audio cable to the AV Receiver
by minimalist / March 21, 2011 1:37 PM PDT

You may need to tell the blu-ray player to send audio and video to different locations but you should be able to do this.

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