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aklpanther

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#79452 17-Mar-2011 21:57
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Hi All,

I am trying to find the best set up for my sky.

My current set up is:

My Sky
Pioneer VSX 818v receiver (with hdmi inputs).
Wharfedale diamond 9 speakers.
Sharp crt tv (flat screen, but quite old).

At the moment, I have connected my sky to my tv and receiver via component cables.

This is working fine, but I would like advice on whether there is a better set up I could try using an HDMI cable, or other options.

My main priority is improved audio, as I realise I am not going to get awesome video via a CRT.

Any replies much appreciated!

Cheers,

Carl

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ascroft
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  #449398 17-Mar-2011 22:06
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But component doesn't carry audio anyway?

Re the connections out from the MySky are you using the HD ones not the normal ones? Note sure how much diff this makes but I would try it.




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aklpanther

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  #449480 18-Mar-2011 09:16
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Hi Mark,

Yes, the component cables do carry audio, the system is working fine, but I'm just trying to check whether there is any way I could get better quality audio.

At the moment, I am not using the HD out from the my sky box.

Thanks for your reply=).

 
 
 
 


clevedon
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  #449629 18-Mar-2011 15:04
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Optical cable from MySky to receiver should work.

tkr001
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  #449817 19-Mar-2011 10:52
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aklpanther: Hi Mark,

Yes, the component cables do carry audio, the system is working fine, but I'm just trying to check whether there is any way I could get better quality audio.

At the moment, I am not using the HD out from the my sky box.

Thanks for your reply=).



Ummm, no they don't! Component uses 3 cables to carry video only.


You are obviously confused. Either you are using composite video and analog audio (3 leads) or component video and analogue audio (5 leads). In any case as has been previously stated you will get better audio using a digital feed into your receiver for audio as some channels now have DD 5.1     

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  #449838 19-Mar-2011 12:30
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tkr001 is getting technical in the wrong direction. All the component leads I have ever seen were 1 lead with either 3 cores or 5 cores ;-). In the case of 5 cores the other 2 are analogue audio. But it is still 1 lead not 3 leads. Just like mains leads have 3 cores (or 2).

Should be "cables" not "leads", but keeping with the stated terminology.

Back on topic, agree use optical while HDMI is not an option for you. Suggest sticking with a CRT until you find content that is worth watching in HD, otherwise the upgrade will be disappointing.




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  #449849 19-Mar-2011 13:04
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All I can say is Niel, you haven't seen many leads Wink Fact is component doesn't carry audio full stop! Don't care whether you call it a cable or a lead. And the point is getting better audio is achieved for him by going digital into his receiver. That was the point. I did explain it was either 3 or 5 (5 carrying analogue audio. Remember the OP didn't understand the correct advice he was given in response to his correct question (or maybe you skipped the earlier posts).

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  #449883 19-Mar-2011 15:18
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Hi guys, thanks for the advice.

I think I must be using composite cables, I did misunderstand the original respondent, I am still pretty green when it comes to technology.


 
 
 
 


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  #449886 19-Mar-2011 15:28
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Composite will be yellow (video) White (left Audio) and Red (right Audio) typically. This will give you the worst picture. You could replace the audio cables with a coax or optical (toslink) cable (orange jacks on myskyhdi) to your AV receiver. This will allow you to use your speakers connected to receiver and DD 5.1 (currently some TV3, Movies and sport from memory) surround sound. You could also replace the video cable with component (3 cables red, green and blue) or S-video for better quality video to your TV

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  #449901 19-Mar-2011 16:41
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tkr001: All I can say is Niel, you haven't seen many leads Wink

Electronic engineer for 25 years and part time sound engineer for 12 years, guess I should pay closer attention to the cables I use Tongue out.

To get the terminology right, this is 1 lead/cable with 3 cores, not 3 cables: http://www.surplustronics.co.nz/shop/product-109.821.html

Fully agree and understand component does not carry audio, but a 5 core cable can carry both as per how I connected my old TV to Sky.

If in fact you are using composite (1x RCA for video and 2x RCA for audio) then switch to component (3x RCA for video and 2x RCA for audio) or else s-video (small round multi-pin connector for video and 2x RCA for audio).

To improve audio you need to go to optical or coax or HDMI so the audio is sent digitally to the receiver.




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