if you are as "technologically challenged" as you say...and even if someone tells you step by step on how to hook it up.....actually working all these components together will confuse you greatly.
you probably have all the cables you need at home...with the exception of ONE hdmi cable (for the cable box) and ONE component cable(for the htib). now call an electronics store and as about their professional installation service.
these installers will hook it up for you with no problem. the value here is that they'll also teach you how to work it. think of how many arguements that would save between you and your wife about "how come there is no sound.....press this button.....no...press this button.....no....why dont you listen to me........you always do this.....blah blah blah". the price will range from $100 to $200 and it will be money well spent.
because you have a HTIB without any digital audio inputs....things might be easier to hook up in the long run.....but it'll get confusing if you're really "technologically challenged". call a professional.
Read a GAZILLION posts before starting this thread and with all the other posts I feel like I'm being SO redundant here. I just can't find the info I need and my head is spinning! I really could use some expertise if anyone could please...
Not to be too long-winded but I know specifics are needed so here's exactly what I have:
- a new 42" Sylvania Plasma HDTV #6842THG (it's currently wall-mounted), and
- connected with a single HDMI Cable to Comcast Cable via Motorola #DCT3416 (the hi-def box Comcast provides).
- a not-yet-connected Panasonic DVD Home Theater Sound System (or wireless HTBI) #SC-HT640W, and
- an OLD Panasonic VCR, #PV-V402 which I want to hook up too if possible.
The cable comes in from the wall to the Comcast Box and the Box is connected to the TV via HDMI. Right now, that's about it.
As far as jacks, the TV & Cable Box seem to have quite a few of them but both the HTBI and VCR seem really light on input/output connections. I have a fair amount of cords here...component, composite, stereo, etc. and I'm pretty sure I need to keep the HDMI where it is now (TV to Cable Box)...it's just the REST of the cords!
The TV has a lot of jacks in groups:
Antenna In; Digital Audio-Out; Audio-Out;
HDMI Cable in a group of 3...1 HDMI Cable (which is the only thing on the TV currently connected) and there's also a L&R Audio along side of it (do I need to use these too???);
TWO sets of Video-In Jacks: L&R Audio; Video; & S-Video all x2
TWO sets of Component-In Jacks: L&R Audio; Y, Pb, & Pr all x2. Even tho it's wall-mounted I THINK I can reach everything as all the jacks are close to the bottom edge.
The HTBI Receiver ONLY has one set of Component Video-Out Jacks; a Video-Out (with yellow cord provided); S-Video-Out; & the Red/White L&R Audio.
The VCR has the White/Yellow Audio-In; White/Yellow Audio-Out; plus what I think are the old RF ports (labeled UHF/VHF "In from Antenna" & "Out to TV"). I have no other RF ports anywhere (including none on the cable box other than what is used for the cable coming in from the wall)...UNLESS I throw my Toshiba DVD Recorder, #D-R4, into the above mix. I could do this but the HTBI has a DVD Player with 5-Disc Changer so I was considering moving the DVD Recorder into a different room.
If anyone can provide any direction I'd REALLY appreciate GREATLY. It will help preserve my marriage (and possibly even my sanity)! THANKS!!!