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I have a Lexicon MC-8B and just purchased a Denon DVD-3910. I am about to purchase a HDTV. The Denon has DVI, HDMI, and component.


I am trying to figure out the best way to cable these components for the best video, sound, multi-channel audio sound.


I would like to get the Lexicon OSD on the TV. I also want the best picture, and of course sound. The Denon manual recommends a digital connection to the A/V receiver/processor. That would mean component out on the Lexicon to the TV?


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If you want to be able to use the Denon to its fullest with video, i.e., output 720p or 1080i, then you'll need to use the DVI or HDMI output, and you're new DTV will need to have either a DVI or HDMI input. I think that the Denon also supports the encryption standard, so you're DTV must be compatible. You'll need to check that out and make sure that the Denon and your DTV will work together.


You probably don't need to use the component outputs of the Denon at all. I'm not sure that you'll be able to get the Lex OSD on the screen if you are using a DVI/HDMI input on the DTV, but you can always hook up component, s-video, or even composite connections between the TV and Lex, so you would be able to see the OSD. You would probably just have to change the TV input. Another option would be to get a little LCD screen and put it close to your seating position. That way, you could watch the best video possible from your Denon, and still have the Lex OSD available if you need it. Do a search for posts by Shawn Fogg. I know that he has his Lex setup with an LCD because his MC-12 isn't in his theater.


For audio, you'll want to connect a digital output from the Denon to a digital input on the Lex. It can be either optical or coaxial. I use coax. For movies, that will allow the Lex to process the digital soundtrack, generally Dolby Digital or DTS, so you'll be able to have Logic 7, for instance, applied.


For music, if you use the digital output of the Denon, then the Lex will perform the D/A conversion. BUT, you will not be able to get the hi-res DVD-A or SACD tracks. In order to enjoy DVD-A or SACD, you will want use the analog outputs from the Denon into the analog inputs on the Lex. Check you're manual and you'll see that you can configure the Lex's analog inputs for 1 or 2 hi-res inputs. Since the Denon is a univeral player, you'll only need to configure it for one. The Lex's back panel of pretty easy to figure out.


Hope this helps. If not, don't worry. There are others who will be able to explain this much better than me.
 
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