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HT-Z520 ISSUES...

by jamerling / June 16, 2009 10:18 AM PDT

need some help. just purchased samsung ht-z520. the unit supports 1 hdmi in. my cox cable box only has dvi out. currently i have the composite cables running from my cable box directly to the tv. can i run the dvi out of my cable box into the hts HDMI IMPUT? CURRENTLY I HAVE THE DIG. AUDIO OUT FROM THE CABLE BOX TO THE HTS. IS THERE ANY ADVANTAGE TO RUNNING THE DVI FROM THE CABLE BOX TO THE HTS VS THE COMPOSITE STRAIGHT TO THE TV? ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

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HT-Z520 ISSUES...
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / June 16, 2009 10:44 AM PDT
In reply to: HT-Z520 ISSUES...

jamerling -

You can get a DVI-to-HDMI converter, however the DVI will not pass the audio. That would be done via optical audio for 5.1, or stereo direct from the cable box to the HTZ520.

Does that help?

--HDTech

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HELPS A LITTLE...
by jamerling / June 16, 2009 1:43 PM PDT
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IS THERE ANY ADVANTAGE TO RUNNING DVI-HDMI CABLE FROM CABLE BOX TO HTS VS RUNNING THE COMPOSITE CABLES STRAIGHT FROM THE CABLE BOX TO THE TV???

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TV Sound
by jimmybme / December 18, 2009 1:32 AM PST
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OK, I've been trying to figure this out.
TV-2 yr old Samsung 40" connected to Comcast cable box via Componet cables
New Samsung HT-Z520 Home Theater connected to TV via HDMI cable.
New Optical Audio cable from TV to Z520

I get sound from a DVD through all speakers.
No sound from speakers with TV
Sound from Front speakers with radio

How do I get sound to all speakers with the TV or Radio

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correction
by jimmybme / December 19, 2009 4:04 AM PST
In reply to: TV Sound

sound comes from HT-Z520 radio to rear speakers.

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HT-Z520 ISSUES...
by _jr_ / June 17, 2009 12:28 AM PDT
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>>>CURRENTLY I HAVE THE DIG. AUDIO OUT FROM THE CABLE BOX TO THE HTS. IS THERE ANY ADVANTAGE TO RUNNING THE DVI FROM THE CABLE BOX TO THE HTS VS THE COMPOSITE STRAIGHT TO THE TV? ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.>>>

I need to separate your question into two:
1. Is there any advantage to running the DVI cable vs the composite?
2. Is there any advantage to running the cable from the cable box to the HTS vs straight to the TV?

So to answer #1 - definitely yes. Composite is analog, and not the best kind, and DVI is digital.

To answer #2 - it depends on what other components you have and how you want the source switching to be done.

If you connect CBL -> DVI/HDMI -> HT, then the HT will be doing the source switching for you. Assuming your TV is always connected to the HT receiver via HDMI, you only have to push one button on the HT receiver to switch both 'Audio' and 'Video' inputs.

It is also possible (I am not familiar with your HT, but most do this) that when watching CBL you hit the Play button on the HT, the correct source will be selected for you automatically.

If you connect CBL -> DVI/HDMI -> TV, then you'll need to
1) select the proper AV source on the TV;
2) select the proper audio on the HT.

In any event, it is never better to connect your CBL to TV via an analog cable when a digital link is available.

From best to worst: DVI/HDMI > Component > S-Video > Composite > Coax (RF). (All but DVI/HDMI are analog).

_jr_

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