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I am setting up my home theater system. I have the Denon 3802 Receiver, the Panasonic CT-34WX52 HDTV, the Panasonic RP-62 DVD player, a CD player, HDTV through the cable box, and Tivo.


My question - is there any reason or benefit to running the video signals through the Receiver or can I just run the audio signals from each component through the receiver, with the video signals from each component being run directly to the TV.


The Denon installation instructions seem to contemplate both audio and video signals running through the receiver, but I can't figure out the benefit of this and considering it complicates the connections (for someone like me who has never done this before) I'd prefer to do it the way I describe above. I won't, however, if I am missing out on some benefits.


Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
 

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On the 3802 ... the only benefit I can think of would be if you use the 3802's remote as the only remote in your system. Some more elaborate integrated receivers have the ability to up-convert composite and s-video to component video and thus converge the video signals along a single path, but this isn't the case with the 3802.


Also keep in mind that multiple composite Input signals only require a single composite Output when you pass them through your receiver. But this does nothing to help the seemingly endless requirement of having to run composite, s-video, and component from the 3802 to your display device.


Also, if the 3802 has OSD (On-Screen Display), you will most likely still need to run a composite and or S-video video cable from the 3802's monitor out to your display device, which would make bypassing the receiver questionable, unless you are seeing signal degradation when passing it through the 3802.


There is nothing requiring you from passing the video signals through your 3802, but some just see this as a convenience, albeit a limited convenience at that.
 
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