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post #1 of 3 Old 08-10-2013, 11:25 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello all,
Please excuse me for asking this 'probably basic' question to all of you. I recently went to my buddy's apartment and found that he bought Sony's 5.1 surround sound speaker & dvd player and he has setup with his tv. He does not have any AV receiver, just basic setup.

I was wondering how to setup 5.1 surround sound speaker systems with dvd/BR player, and im not interested in having a AV receiver at my home, so just connecting 5.1 speakers with dvd/BR player and my tv. Im literally terrified as to how/where to start this process and not sure if my tv has necessary inputs/outputs. BTW i dont have a cable tv subscription and just watch tv with OTA free channels.

Im interested in watching movies & ipod/mp3 music in 5.1 speakers and i do have PS3 gaming systems and sometimes i do watch movies on it, so im interested to hear audio of netflix movies and games in 5.1 speakers. However i want to hear normal tv audio outputs (ie., local news channels) thru my tv itself and do not want 5.1 speaker audio to play local news channels audio from OTA antenna.

tools i currently have at my home:
1) Haier 32 inch tv(2 HDMI,1 USB, has AV2 port(not sure if its input/output), has component port(not sure if its input/output), audio out port(this looks like headphone port) and probably thats it. My tv does not say if the ports are either input/output just says AV2 and Component.

2) PS3 gaming console

3) ROKU LT

tools i plan to purchase:
1) 5.1 surround speakers with BR/dvd player (im inclining towards SONY, since my buddy bought that), and hoping that speaker cables come with this too.

So thats all i plan to have for home entertainment. Am i expecting too much out of these components and its just not possible without having AV receiver component or is my ask actually simple to setup @home and feasible?

Please advice.

Thanks
Jan
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In order to have 5.1 surround system, you either need something like your friend purchased where a player is combined with (usually) limited receiver functions, OR you need to purchase an AV receiver plus speakers. Before you do either, you need to find the manual for your TV to see what audio out it has. From your description it sounds like the headphone jack is it and that could be a problem since the only way to connect to anything is via RCA (red/white stereo) inputs. That also means you'll only get stereo out for your OTA channels and connected devices. If it turns out your TV has optical out, then you could at least get surround out for OTA.
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What is your budget for all of this? That's going to make a difference.

Why the determination not to have an AVR?

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