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Help set up my Bose Cinemate!!

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Yes it seems easy as hell, but I can't get sound out of the speakers. Here is my set up. I have a 42" Hitachi HDS69....Dish HD STB....Yamaha upconvert DVD player. My question is, I turned off the internal speakers on the TV, and I have plugged the left and right audio cables into every red and white inlet and nothing. I don't have the Dish box hooked to the back, just the dvd player. On the TV remote if I push the "input" button there is AIR, DVD, Satelite STB, Input 3, input 4, and input 5. If I select "Air" than there is static but I get noise through the bose speakers. I shouldn't need to connect the Bose system to the STB to get sound out of the speakers, should I?

Thid is driving me freakin nutts! Any suggestions would be appreciated greatly! Thanks!
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Yes it seems easy as hell,

Who told you that? Home theater is ridiculously complicated! As I'm fond of saying, They can send a man to the moon, but they can't make a plug-and-play home theater system."

Kidding aside, you didn't give us much to go on, newbishguy.

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...and I have plugged the left and right audio cables into every red and white inlet and nothing.

Which left and right audio cables? All your components use them.

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I don't have the Dish box hooked to the back, just the dvd player.

Hooked up to the back of what?

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On the TV remote if I push the "input" button there is AIR, DVD, Satelite STB, Input 3, input 4, and input 5. If I select "Air" than there is static but I get noise through the bose speakers.

That I can help you with. Air would be an antenna input. You have to have a TV antenna or a cable (or sat receiver) connected to it.

It kinda sounds like you connected everything to your TV, and tried to send the TV's audio out jacks to the Bose. It's possible that when you turned off the TV's speakers, it also turn off those audio outputs.

That's really not the best way to do things anyway. You might not be able to get 5.1 surround from your DVD player or Dish box that way. The best way to do things is to connect everything to your receiver, and then run a single video cable from the TV to the receiver. Don't know anything about your Bose, so I don't know if it will let you do that. If not, I'd consider returning it.

This site has some wiring diagrams that might be helpful.

Regards,
Wayne A. Pflughaupt
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This site has some wiring diagrams that might be helpful.


As do most Owner's Manuals, have you followed the connection and set-up guide(s) provided in those?
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Ok, I didn't give the best description I suppose....sorry about that. Ok...a little more in depth. My STB is connected to the back of my TV only by the coaxial cable lookin deal and an HDMI cable. My DVD player is hooked to the back of my TV by the AV cables (yellow, red, and white) and the HDMI cable. That is all I have as of now hooked to the TV. The Bose Cinemate system is two small speakers and a Subwoofer. There is a wire that goes from the base speaker to both of the smaller speakers so that they're all attatched to one another. Then there is an input for a little modulator thing that you turn the system on and off with. That also plugges into the back of the base speaker. From the little modulator thing there is a red and white plug that goes from it to the back of the TV. It says in the owners manual to plug them into the left and right audio jacks labbeled "monitor". I did that and I get nothing.......now, when I leave them plugged into that spot and I select "AIR"...I get sound but it's just fuzz. My question is, where the hell can I plug this in my TV and get sound from all of my components without having to switch the lef and right audio jacks out every time? Like I said, I've plugged these damn things into every red and white jack on the back of the TV and I get nothing when I have the "input" selected to Satelite (STB). I plugged them directly into my DVD player and it works perfectly fine.

Hope that clears it up a it more. It sucks being a techno retard.
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That's a little better. Do you have a link to a manual for your TV? That would sure be helpful. But I'll take a stab at it based on what I can figure out from what you've given us here.

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My STB is connected to the back of my TV only by the coaxial cable lookin deal and an HDMI cable.

It should get a picture when you put the TV to the Air input. If not, try changing out the coaxial cable; it's probably bad.

The Bose module thing should connect to a red and white pair of jacks on the TV labeled Audio out or something like that. It should be an output, not an input. (Sounds like yours are labeled Monitor - a bit unusual, but if the manual says that's where to connect outboard speakers, then that's the place connect them). As I noted before, it may be that when you turn the speakers off you disable those outputs as well. I have seen TVs that do this.

Aside from that, your HDMI cables are probably unnecessary. HDMI is a protocol for digital audio and video . If the HDMI connections are sharing the same input(s) as the red/white/yellow jacks (i.e., don't have their own dedicated inputs), it's possible the TV is deferring to them over the red/white/yellow connections. If that's the case, it's possible the TV won't send a signal to those audio outputs, since they're analog, not digital. So, disconnecting the HDMI cables might be all you need to do.

If that does it, you'll have to add a set of regular cables for your Dish box. At that point you can lose the coaxial cable between it and the TV. You don't need both.

Regards,
Wayne A. Pflughaupt
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Originally Posted by Wayne A. Pflughaupt View Post

If the HDMI connections are sharing the same input(s) as the red/white/yellow jacks (i.e., don't have their own dedicated inputs), it's possible the TV is deferring to them over the red/white/yellow connections. If that's the case, it's possible the TV won't send a signal to those audio outputs, since they're analog, not digital.

I'd say this is most likely the problem....

The problem is that if you have a high def TV and you get rid of the HDMI cables, you are going to loose HD capability unless you can go to component video connections.

As far as the TV having picture on "AIR", you will have to do an auto channel search/program, or else select channel 3 or maybe channel 4 to get the picture from your STB.
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I turned off the internal speakers on the TV, and I have plugged the left and right audio cables into every red and white inlet and nothing.

You need to turn the TV's volume level all the way up to maximum, which is the equivalent of line level (the same level as the outputs of your STB and DVD player). Since your TV speakers are OFF, you won't blast them.

Sanjay
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