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As we continue to finish our basement, I want to start getting all my needed AV equipment together so when the time comes for me to run everything, I'll be set.


Problem is... I have no idea what I'm doing or where to begin.


The last time I did something like this was at least 10 yrs ago and since then

so much has changed. My set up back then was simple.

And now... well now I want to do it correctly.


What I'm looking connect is the following:


Panny TC-P65S1

PS3

Dish Receiver

Pioneer 1019


So, where or how do I begin?


To get the "best" audio/video quality, what should I be looking for regarding wires/cables?


Would I be needing HDMI, RCA, and raw speaker wires?

I'm sure the wires that comes with the speakers aren't the best, right?


I need help with wall plates as well but before I ask about that, I want to understand my needed wire/cables.


Thanks all.
 

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One word.

Monoprice.com


Well, may be two words.



About the cables, I would go with at least one HDMI cable, one component with analog audio, one optical or co-axial digital. For speaker wire, 12 guage or 14 guage would do. Get in-wall rated for cables that will go through walls. Monoprice has all these cables and some nice wall plates.
 

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2nd for Monoprice as well. And don't get suckerd by the Monster/Bestbuy snakeoil.
 

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sorry for any confusion...


i wasn't asking where to buy from... i was asking what to buy.



i don't want to buy 3-4 hdmi cables if i'm only going to need one.


if u guys were setting up the components i listed, what wires/cables

would use to set everything up?
 

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well you need to clarify on what you want to do with your equipment.


-do you want to run all of your video switching from your AV unit to your tv? or do you want to plug everything to your tv?


-how many speakers will you be running?


-HDMI would be your ideal cable for your equipment, why RCA?


there are plenty of discussoins on this forum about who has the "best" cables for audio\\video but most choose to go to monoprice for their cable needs. I'm building my media room now and all of my equipment will be going into a closet and all wires will be behind drywall. Just to give you an idea this is what I've purchased from monoprice:


-One In wall HDMI cable - (25 ft) to plug into my Reciever from the TV for video switching

-12AWG in wall speaker cable (100ft) - for two towers, one center, two rears.

-25ft Digital coax cable for subwoofer

-five 3ft Toslink fiber cable for digital audio

-two 5.1 speaker wall plates (one for each end of the in-wall speaker cables for the front speakers)

-two HDMI wall plates (one for each end of the in-wall HDMI cable)

-two 4 channell wall plates (one for each end of the in-wall speaker cables for the rear speakers)


If you choose to use your AV Receiver for all of your video switching, you will probably need only one HDMI. Let your TV do all the video processing and let your AV Receiver do the video switching.


Hope this helps a little.
 

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sorry for any confusion...


i wasn't asking where to buy from... i was asking what to buy.



i don't want to buy 3-4 hdmi cables if i'm only going to need one.


if u guys were setting up the components i listed, what wires/cables

would use to set everything up?


+5 for monoprice


When you buy from monoprice you get monoprice cables. For your setup I think you need three HDMI cables. One HDMI going out from the receiver to the TV, and one HDMI for each of your components (PS3 and Dish DVR) going to the receiver. Make sure you get the HDMI 1.3a category 2 cable....although I think that is what monoprice offers by default.


Speaker cable really doesn't matter that much for this setup. Just get the proper gauge for your receiver, plenty of length, and call it a day.
 

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Well here was my plan for connection:


HDMI from from AVR to TV.

HDMI from PS3 and Dish Receiver to AVR.


So that's 3 HDMI so far.


For speaker wires I was going to go with 12g.


I keep reading about Toslink but I don't think I understand how that works.

Can someone explain that to me?

My understanding is that it is some sort of fiber connection?
 

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Originally Posted by Jedi5 /forum/post/18125077


Well here was my plan for connection:


HDMI from from AVR to TV.

HDMI from PS3 and Dish Receiver to AVR.


So that's 3 HDMI so far.


For speaker wires I was going to go with 12g.


I keep reading about Toslink but I don't think I understand how that works.

Can someone explain that to me?

My understanding is that it is some sort of fiber connection?

Toslink cables are optical cables that transmit digital data. It's basically a fiber optic cable that is being used to transmit data digitally using light pulses. It's used for audio applications.
 
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