Originally Posted by John16v
Blslander, answered all of mine critical questions....
Now you, Otto
since you too have a YHT 395, care to share how you set your HTIB up? Did you connect everything through HDMI?
My setup is simple so here it is:
1. blu-ray player is connected to HDMI 1
2. AppleTV2 is connected to HDMI 2
3. HDMI out goes to the HDMI input 1 of the tv
4. Television is OTA only so the antenna coax is connected to the ANT/Cable input of the tv
5. Optical out from the tv to optical in of the receiver.
All HDMI cables are Certified High Speed HMDI (MediaBridge). The receiver is setup for Straight so that no audio (or video for that matter) is processed. IOW, no changes or enhancements are made to the audio/video stream. It is all "natural" for want of a better term.
The optical cable is used so that I can listen to discrete 5.1 from television when broadcast. The tv speakers are always kept off so that any audio source is always played thru the receiver when the appropriate input is selected. I use a Harmony remote (880) to single-button select what I want to do. Pushing the Watch TV button for example turns on the receiver and selects the correct receiver input so that I can watch tv and use the remote to change channels, adjust the volume, etc. I don't use any of the audio formats like Theater, Movie,etc because I don't like artificial enhancements.
Speaker wire is 2-wire, ribbed, 16AWG. I actually used heater cord wire which was about $0.16 per foot that I bought at our local hardware store. The speakers aren't the best in the world but they work quite nicely for what they are and will give you nice audio until you upgrade them. Speakers are set to 8 ohms and my wire run for the side speakers is under 35' so 16AWG works just fine. Speakers are set to Small and the x-over for the sub is set to 110Hz. You can never depend on the stated frequency response as being accurate because you don't know how those ranges are determined (anechoic chamber, etc) so I bumped up the x-over to catch the lower frequencies accurately. That also has the added benefit of taking some of the load off of the satellites for producing the lower frequencies (which requires more power) resulting in a better dynamic range (response) for the sats. But, your ear is the best judge of that. I also raised the sub about 2 inches off of the carpet to give it a little cleaner sound.
The satellites ( front R/L and side R/L) are on speaker stands and are set to a height that is just above ear level when sitting on the couch. The front R/L are 8' apart and the sides are about 14' apart, 3' from either side of the couch which is about 10' from the front sound stage. The center channel is directly underneath the tv which sits on a media console.