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post #1 of 6
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Hello...Let me say that I do not know much about all of this. With that in mind, I need help in knowing what I can use for my sound portion of my Home Theater set-up.

1...If I have the choice, I do not want to connect my TV to the A/V receiver for any type of video conversion, etc. Seems to be too many quirks that I do not want to deal with or understand.

2..To me, the picture from the TV set itself is just fine. All I really want to do is have the audio from the TV, slim PS3 and my music I-Pod go through the receiver and out to my Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 800 series 5.1 speaker system. I will not expand, nor will I ever use heights or wides.

Since I do not care about utilizing all of the internal video things of an A/V receiver, does that mean I can purchase something like the Cambridge Audio 640R Receiver that is at a nutty price, even though it is older and does not have all of the video bells and whistles.

Can I use an integrated amp instead of an A/V receiver, or do I have to get an A/V receiver because it has the 5-channels of amps I need to go through my 5.1 speakers.

And if that is the case, can I hook things up in a way where I get the proper audio for the TV, slim PS3 and my I-Pod, but still just view my TV from the TV itself without anything running through the video portion of the receiver?

post #2 of 6
you could use an Onkyo SR307 a/v receiver, one of the least expensive available, and feed the audio from your various sources into it for decoding and amplification to your speakers. You would connect the sources (except the iPod) using Toslink optical cables to get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio out.

The only real problem with separating the audio from the video, or letting the a/v receiver do the switching, is you will need the TV remote to select the video input to use, and the a/v receiver remote to select the audio input to match the TV.

How do you get your TV signal ? cable, satellite, or over-the-air ??? If cable or satellite your would connect that by optical cable to the receiver. If it's over-the-air, then the internal ATSC tuner will feed DD5.1 audio to the receiver via. an optical cable from the TV to the receiver.

you can hook the iPod into the receiver's AUX (auxillery) input for stereo sound output. Other receivers actually have optional iPod "docks" which will connect the output as well as power the iPod.
post #3 of 6
You may not want to use the AVR's internal video capabilities, but I would suggest getting something that will have HDMI connections and built in Audyssey room correction. Besides that, you should also look for one that will decode the newest Blu-ray audio codecs via your PS3. That will make you future proof for awhile, whether you use 5.1 or 7.1 configurations. You didn't mention a budget, but all of the above can be had for a reasonable amount. Run your TV reception directly to your panel, with the sound output into the AVR. That way you can use the internal speakers, or choose to use the AVR for surround sources when available.
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Hello vanmeter & Jim...Thank-you so much for your insight to this point. Hate to sound stupid, but I do not know a thing about connecting this stuff up or how things work. I did post my same questions on the receiver thread, but most people got a bit upset with me repeating the same questions. I only repeated, because I wasn't getting correct information back. Everyone basically told me to get an Onkyo or Pioneer Elite Receiver and just learn to hook things up.

To m vanmeter & Jim...I just purchased an LG 47LH90 TV, to go along with my new slim PS3 and my music only I-Pod. The TV will be connected to my Time Warner Cable Box which is a Scientific Atlanta 8250 HD Box. And as mentioned earlier, I have the Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 800 5.1 system still in the box.

I wasn't sure if I should still get an A/V Receiver like a Pioneer Elite with I-Pod connection already on the receiver, or get something like an Emotiva amp, which could power the front speakers & sub then, get a separate receiver to power the two surrounds???

I feel dumb in mentioning an Integrated Amp since that is two channel only and would not work with a 5.1 set-up, or maybe it would if coupled with an A/V receiver like I just mentioned above with the Emotiva Amp/A/V Receiver combo??

I will probably have my son hook this stuff up when he is home for Thanksgiving. the only way I can even do it would be for someone to walk me through where everything gets connected on the receiver, TV and PS3.

Any suggestions on what way I should do this, and if so, any receiver and/or Amp/Integrated Amp choices that cross your mind. Wasn't sure if you were familiar with Cambridge Audio or maybe I will do fine with something else.

My budget for the receiver or amp or integrated amp or combination of things is about $1300. I can go up to that amount.

Thanks again.

post #5 of 6
"Dave", please don't take this wrong, but I think you may be throwing money at a problem without really understanding what you "need", and what ultimately you "want". Considering your Pro Cinema 800 speaker set, $1,300 for a receiver is really overkill.

If I may suggest, start with the features available on an Onkyo SR507 a/v receiver or a Denon 590 a/v receiver to get a feel of what a full feature receiver can do. Both handle full audio & video over HDMI, can decode the new lossless HD audio codecs that come with blu-ray disks, and are solid equipment from respected manufacturers. You can move upgrade from each of these units, but they will do excellent work with your Def Tech speakers. You can pay a whole lot more for a receiver, but not really gain significant new features, or features you will really ever need.
post #6 of 6
Agreed! The newer AVRs have many of the features that you want for about one-half the budget you state. With your speaker system, if you delve into the more powerful amps and receivers, you won't be using their power anyway. Take some of that budget, and apply it to an AVR that has Audyssey built in, and then you will be using those speakers to their max potential.
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