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Will my old receiver work with my new HDTV?

post #1 of 13
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I recently got a 40" Samsung EH6000. While the picture is fantastic, the sound I find to be kinda quiet, especially when I'm viewing HD sources, like Blu-rays or playing games or watching HD channels. I was wondering if using my older Sony surround system would be possible or even worth it? It's a HTIB I got a few years ago that worked perfectly on my SDTV, DVD player, and Xbox but I was wondering if it will also work well with HD upgrades.

It doesn't have any HDMI ports but both it and my HDTV have digital optical ports. One problem though is my Samsung Blu-ray player only has a single HDMI out. Is there some kind of converter than can connect my Blu-ray player's HDMI cable into the coaxial in of my receiver? And the bigger question...would it be worth it? Will the picture from a Blu-ray player and a Xbox360 to the HDTV be degraded at all doing this? And will the surround sound quality be better than what I'm getting from just the HDTV speakers?

I'm sure there's a massive difference in sound quality between DTS and Dolby TrueHD and I would eventually like to upgrade my sound system but this is just a meantime solution to less impressive TV speakers.
post #2 of 13
Try it first. Just hook up all your sources to your tv using hdmi. You will primarily be using it for video. For audio connect optical or coax out from your sources to your receiver.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by LeftyTwoGuns View Post

I'm sure there's a massive difference in sound quality between DTS and Dolby TrueHD and I would eventually like to upgrade my sound system but this is just a meantime solution to less impressive TV speakers.

There actually isn't, or at least not that you would likely notice. Connect your HDMI devices directly to the TV with the optical audio output from each device to the HTIB.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Is there such a thing as a HDMI to coaxial adapter so I could hook my Blu-ray player up to the receiver?
post #5 of 13
What model Blu Ray player do you have? It should have an optical or coax digital audio output as well as HDMI.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

What model Blu Ray player do you have? It should have an optical or coax digital audio output as well as HDMI.

It's a Samsung E5400 and only has a single HDMI port and a USB port.
post #7 of 13
Then just connect the devices to the TV with optical audio output from the TV to the HTIB.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

Then just connect the devices to the TV with optical audio output from the TV to the HTIB.

Ah ha...is it really that simple? LOL

Sorry, very new to the audio side of things.
post #9 of 13
Yes, although note that the Blu Ray player will likely only pass 2CH stereo to the TV which will then pass on to the HTIB. If you want to pass the DD/DTS 5.1 to the HTIB, you can also use the 4x1 HDMI switch below with an optical output to the HTIB and HDMI to the TV.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks a bunch! Appreciate all the responses.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Using the splitter, it would be the BD player and console into HDMI inputs, receiver into optical output and TV into HDMI output?
post #12 of 13
Your Blu Ray player (BDP) is apparently part of the HTIB so the HDMI output from the HTIB would just go to the TV. You would use that switch with other devices that you wanted to connect to the TV (HDMI) and BDP/HTIB(optical).
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks again!
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