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Bought a Sony DAV C900 is there a DVD or CD that will help me set up the various sound menus (i.e the best sound mode & volume levels for the system when being used as a Home Theatre?


One of the reasons I am asking is when I am using it as HT the sound from the surround speakers is hardy noticeable unless I raise the TV sound significantly, I want more sound from the surround speakers and even when volume on HT is at max the sound is low unless the TV sound is raised


Lastly is the Avia or video essentials DVD better for setting up the TV in the HT setup?
 

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something sounds wrong

Tv volume should have nothing to do with it

I am assuming the sony is a all-in-one system.. correct?

What other connections do you have?
 

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YES ITS A TUNER DVD CD HOME THEATRE, MAYBE ITS CONNECTED WRONG


I HAVE AN SAT T60 DIRECTIVO UNIT AND A VCR CONNECTED

THE TV IS 40 INCH SONY WEGA


CONNECTED AS FOLLOWS


2 SATELLITE FEEDS FROM DISH TO SAT T60

SVIDEO AND AUDIO OUT FROM SAT T60 TO SVIDEO / AUDIO IN

ON TV (VIDEO 1 POSITION)


AUDIO OUT FROM TV TO DAV C900 AUDIO IN


VIDEO OUT OUT FROM VCR TO IN VIDEO 2


DID I SET IT UP WRONG? IF I DID WHAT DO I DO TO CORRECT IT
 

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Calm down with the caps lock.


Run all the sound from the items directly to the receiver. Run the audio out from the tv into the receiver and disable the speakers in the tv. I wouldnt connect any audio to the tv. If possible do not use the coax RF inputs on the tv either.
 

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therefore for you to watch any tv the home theatre must be on, is that how it is typically set up?


the thinking being that I would imagine that this being Sony's top of line th speakers would be an asset to a home theatre system


would you know if the Avia or video essentials DVD is better for acclimating the Sony 40" Wega?


lastly, if the home theatre and tv are the same maker i.e sony is there a way to make them both go on with one button or do I need to press tv and home theatre seperately?
 

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Yea, that's the idea.


You are *replacing* the campy speakers that are in your TV with better ones...


But, um, slight question.


Why didja buy an all-in-one?


Most of those, uhhhhh, aren't a good bang for the buck way to start. ;)
 

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If you're going to keep it hooked up the way you have it, try going into the Sony TV's menu and look under the set-up menu for 'audio out'. Try setting it to fixed instead of variable and that will make the output to the receiver constant. Then when you want to listen in surround, then click the receiver on and control the volume on the receiver (the tv volume will have no effect on the audio system volume when the tv is set to "fixed"). That should bring you up to an acceptable level of volume and even allow you to get quite loud when you want to.


As far as the correctness of your hook-up, there are many ways to hook up your gear. The way you have it now has the advantage that you can watch the components without having the receiver on all the time and you can switch it in when you want surround sound. It's also a pretty simple concept to operate the audio this way and almost everybody in the house should be able to use it no problem.


Theater-in-a-box fits people's needs that's why they sell them. If it fits your needs, then I think you should enjoy your purchase, you made a good choice. There are other systems too that can sound nice and complement your 40" XBR (which is a beautiful TV by the way) quite well. If you feel like you'd like a little more out of your audio system then I would suggest doing some research here on the forum, auditioning some products in the stores, and try to find out if you'd like to budget more on your audio and video components to match your TV a little better. The speakers in your television (no matter how high end the TV is) are usually pretty limited in terms of performance especially compared to most standalone speakers that are available. You also don't necessarily want to have your TV speakers playing when your other speakers are playing because it can adversely effect the overall performance of your system (feel free to ask any questions if you need explanations or clarifications).


I would recommend if you decide that you want more performance out of your A/V system, then you should go in and find a salesperson that knows what they're talking about and can lead you to the products that will fit your needs.


As far as remotes go, if you upgrade to the 555ES receiver by Sony, and stick with Sony components (DVD, VCR, etc..) the remote control that comes with it will make that system practically fool proof and super-easy to use. It also has a system off button that shuts down every Sony component in the system.
 

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Thank you very much for your advice and insight I will adjust the sound to fixed.


It was recommended to me to get either the Avia or Video essentials DVD to help configure my TV do you have a preference or a better recommendation?


Is there a DVD or CD that will help me set the sound levels and sound modes for the Home theatre ?


By the way does your company do wireing/cableing in NY?
 

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Both AVIA and Video Essentials have tests for setting sound levels as well as testing whether everything is setup correctly. You can buy an inexpensive SPL meter from Radio Shack to help with the sound level settings.
 
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