Ok, so I am not terribly savvy in the area of Home Theater, and am not quite sure exactly what cabling I should be using for what. I will lay out exactly what I have, and exactly what I'm using, and what ideas I have, and I would greatly, greatly
, appreciate advice on the matter.
Ok, here goes nothing:
TV: Samsung 55" LCD TV (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN55B650-55-Inch-1080p-Touch/dp/B001WHICF0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388956517&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+55+inch+LCD
) I couldn't find my TV exactly, the only difference I think is my TV is only 60hz, not 120hz. Other than that, the inputs are IDENTICAL.
Cable Box: Motorola DCH6200 (http://media2.comcast.net/anon.comcastonline2/support/help/faqs/settopboxes/DCH6200_User_Guide.pdf
) I actually have TWC, not comcast, but the box is the box.
Surround Sound: Panasonic DVD player/surround sound receiver. It's the Panasonic SA-PT770 but in terms of ports, it has HDMI, Optical audio, RCA, Component. It's a 5.1 surround sound system.
Currently, here is what we're doing:
Coaxial cable>cable box
HDMI cable from Cable box to Television.
The various speakers in the 5.1 set up have their proprietary inputs into the receiver, which is fine and dandy, but we use RCA (red/white) from receiver to TV. All of our audio manages to go through it, but I'm wondering a few things:
Should we be using RCA? I would have assumed using an HDMI output or optical audio out would have been a better solution. To where should I be plugging things into? Should I go from receiver>TV, or receiver>Cable box>TV, or what? Is my system flawed?
I'm just trying to figure out how to do this with as few cables as possible, and to give myself the highest quality possible. I know I don't have the greatest TV on Earth, but I want to maximize my system.
If there's any info I've messed up on/you need clarification on, please ask, I will give forth any and all information. <3 I just want the best audio/video that I can get!