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Hi all, new to this forum and setting up AV equipment past the TV and xbox, so I have a few questions.


First off, this is what I have:

50" Panasonic th 50pz80u TV

Sony dav hdx285 home theater system

Scientific Atlanta Cable box

xbox 360

wii


-tv video connected to receiver via hdmi

-tv audio connected to receiver via regular RCA cables

(I know this is probably the weak link here)

-xbox connected to tv via component cables

-cable box connected to tv via regular red/yellow/white cable



The issue I'm having is that I have to have my receiver volume up almost at max for it to be at a decent level to watch tv/play games. My receiver has component in jacks, digital coax in, and optical in.


My question is that If I were to connect my xbox directly to the receiver via component, and added either an optical cable or digital coax cable going from the TV to the receiver, will this give me the sound output I'm looking for? Or am I going to need some kind of switch to put everything through the receiver and have as little as possible going to the TV directly? The only problem I think I'd still have would be I wouldnt have anywhere on the receiver to connect the cable box.


I assume, the way I have it set up, is asking the TV to do too much of the "Brain work"


This probably sounds ridiculous and convoluted, but I'm at my wits end here haha.


If any more information is needed, please ask!


Thanks a lot.
 

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Welcome ronfar10, maybe two option if the Scientific Atlanta Cable box has coax digital output and you are not using OTA:

Option 1:

Cable Box video --> HDMI cable --> Tv


Cable Box audio --> coax digital cable ---> receiver


Xbox 360 video --> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Xbox 360 audio --> optical cable--> receiver


Wii video --------> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Wii audio --------> composite cables (red & white) ---> Tv


Tv audio Output --> composite cables (red & white) --> receiver



Option 2: Using a Optical Manual Switch 3 going In (cable box, xbox 360, Tv) and 1 going Out (to receiver)

Cable Box video --> HDMI cable --> Tv


Cable Box audio --> optical cable --> Opt Switch


Xbox 360 video --> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Xbox 360 audio --> optical cable --> Opt Switch


Wii video --------> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Wii audio --------> composite cables (red & white) --> receiver


Tv Digital Audio Out --> optical cable --> Opt Switch (this is option if using OTA)
 

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thank you for the reply, I didnt realize that the xbox had an optical out on the cable, so that helps I think.


the only problem is that my cable box is not HD, therefore it has no hdmi outs


I just went out and bought a couple cables, and here is how I have things hooked up now.



TV to receiver with HDMI

cable box audio to receiver with digital coax

cable box video to TV with yellow video cable

xbox 360 to TV with component cables


since adding the digital coax cable for the cable audio, the sound has definitely improved. the issue is now what to do with the xbox 360 audio....do I just need an optical cable going from the xbox to the TV? or xbox to the receiver? and if I do that, will I get the full amount of xbox audio coming out of the speakers or will I have to have the volume up at max like before?


i still have 1 component cable (RGB) that I am not currently using.


Open jacks are:


Receiver:

1 x component OUT

1x optical audio IN


TV:

1 x component IN

1 x optical audio IN

2 x HDMI IN

1 x PROG OUT

1 x S-Video


Thanks!
 

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Connections:

Receiver --> HDMI cable --> Tv


Cable Box video --> composite (yellow) --> Tv


Cable Box audio --> coax cable --> receiver


Xbox 360 video --> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Xbox 360 audio --> optical cable --> receiver


Wii video --------> component cables (red,green,blue) --> Tv


Wii audio --------> composite cables (red & white) --> receiver

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....do I just need an optical cable going from the xbox to the TV?

No, connect optical cable from xbox to receiver.
 

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ok, i now have an optical cable running from the xbox to the receiver, but I cant figure out how to actually get the sound to come out of the speakers.


I have the receiver function set to TV/Video and the sound from the cable box comes on while I have the xbox 360 video on the screen. I also have the xbox set to 5.1 surround sound. is there a step i'm missing?
 

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haha another question.


since the cable box needs to be off in order to get sound out of the xbox, and the cable box has to be on the record television shows, is there any way around this issues? my wife record a lot of shows while we use the xbox so itd be nice.
 

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...i guess it just had conflicting signals and the cable signal overrode it. this is definitely a learning experience

I believe thats the way Sony dav hdx285 works.
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since the cable box needs to be off in order to get sound out of the xbox, and the cable box has to be on the record television shows, is there any way around this issues?

Most cable box is in Standby Mode and not off so it should still record. Test this by setting something to record on the cable box while playing the xbox.
 

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i figured out that whichever device is turned on first is the one who's signal takes priority. so as long as i turn the cable box on AFTER the xbox, it can be on. as soon as the xbox is shut off, the audio signal instantly jumps to the cable box. a little annoying i guess, but at least everything I have is now working the way it is supposed to. some day i'll get a better home theater system, but this is do fine for now.


JChin: thank you for all the help and advice, I really appreciate it
 
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