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Vintage amp, trying top hook up to a new tv and need help!

by redrodeorattler / September 8, 2012 11:52 AM PDT

Okay, so I have an old-school Sansui TA-D2100 amp+, two Sanyo SS-685 bass reflex towers, and an Emerson LCD that I am trying to jerry rig into a first home theater system. My speakers are fuzzing out, but there is some sound coming through them. All the settings seem to be right on the tv, and the volume is all the way up on the amp.
Need some help with this, and you will have to dumb it down for me a little.

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How exactly is everything connected?
by Pepe7 / September 8, 2012 2:50 PM PDT

Be verbose regarding the types of connections and wires used by all involved equipment. (e.g. HDMI cable from TV to receiver; yellow video cable from TV to receiver/amp, etc.)

Also, is there a cable or sat box involved? anything else you didn't list?

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Re; How is everything connected?
by redrodeorattler / September 9, 2012 12:52 AM PDT

I have the audio coming out of the tv from a set of red/white connections to the amp. There is a PS3 that I use for movies and such, runs to the tv with HDMI cable. The speakers are ran to the amp by some speaker wire (the orange/blue coated wire you use when hooking up a car stereo). That is all of the connections that are there.

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What's the model number on the Emerson LCD?
by Pepe7 / September 9, 2012 1:04 AM PDT

Perhaps you didn't set up the audio output correctly in the menus. Alas, I'm at a bit of a loss since you did not include the model number of your HDTV ;).

Even before knowing the model number, my gut says because you are using HDMI to the HDTV, it will not pass through audio from your PS3 via the analog audio output of your HDTV. This restriction over an HDMI connection is a known animal. In this regard,it's time to upgrade to a modern AV receiver for use as a HT hub. Old amps don't fare well in this arena.

There are possibly converters from the digital optical output of your PS3 that *might* work. But sometimes, due to the fact that you are working with older equipment anyway, makes this foray less than ideal IMO and E.

Out of curiosity, have you looked at some of the pricing for entry level AV receivers of late? You practically get the whole farm for $200-250. Great way to get your feet into HT ;). Just keep the old amp around for use somewhere else.


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by redrodeorattler / September 9, 2012 1:14 AM PDT

Well crap. Model number on the tv is LC401EM2F. I was afraid they would be too old to work..

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