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Wannabe Geek

# 79347 16-Mar-2011 14:33
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hello everyone.

im having some trouble hooking up my home entertainment system and have a few questions.

first of all, im trying to hook up:
sony 5.1 surround sound (STR-K502) that has no HDMI cable
sony ps3 (with HDMI obviously)
Samsung television LCD (with HDMI)

so my question is, i believe i can figure out how to hook it all up without using the HDMI cables and using standard AV but will i be missing out on blue-ray and HD channels without the HDMI connected.

if not, is there anything i can do??

thanks in advance

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Uber Geek

  # 448894 16-Mar-2011 14:54
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You can do 1080i over component as long as your player/disc is not enforcing HDCP handshaking

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  # 448896 16-Mar-2011 14:55
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PS3 -> TV with HDMI
DVR - > TV with HDMI
TV -> surround system with some kind of analog out.

It'd be easier to buy a modern surround sound system that supports HDMI.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 448897 16-Mar-2011 14:55
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id like to buy a new one but cannot afford it now.  just got this as a hand-me-down from the parents

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Wannabe Geek

  # 448901 16-Mar-2011 15:03
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timmmay- i actually got it. thanks for the info. with that setup im not losing anything HDMI quality am i?? im thinking no but im not sure for sure.

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  # 448904 16-Mar-2011 15:08
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Not visually, but you might lose something from the sound, dolby encodings for example. Not sure how you hook up a PS3 or DVR to an old surround system without hdmi.

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  # 448905 16-Mar-2011 15:09
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timmmay: TV -> surround system

This tends to only give you 2 channel back to your receiver, despite what the source may be capable of.

I agree wiht above though.  Go hdmi to TV if the device supports it. 

Usually you can get a device to do this plus output analogue sound. 
Perhaps your unit has an optical input or digital coax input?

With some of these configurations though you might be into some picture/sound sync/delay issues.

Maybe not related to your gear, but in some cases:
You can HD over component if the device outputs it and the TV accepts it.
You can do HD audio even if your bluray player outputs that and your receiver accepts multichannel analogue inputs.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 448909 16-Mar-2011 15:19
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everything is new except the receiver. the tv, ps3 and dvr are all under 3 years old. the receiver on the other hand is probably like 6 or 7 years old.

it doesn't sound bad. i also have not messed with the eq yet tho.


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Uber Geek

  # 449036 16-Mar-2011 21:35
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A quick google of your receiver indicates that it has an optical in port...
So, run all your components directly into your TV via HDMI, then run an optical cable out of your TV to the receiver, set the receiver to 'Optical'... and away you go.
Or have I missed something here?

If your amplifier does not have an optical port, then you'll need to run analogue inputs...
How old is your TV? If it's a 2010/11 model, then it won't have stereo analogue outputs (to take sound to a receiver)...

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Wannabe Geek

  # 449085 17-Mar-2011 03:18
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my tv is like 2008 or 2009

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Master Geek

  # 449113 17-Mar-2011 08:20
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Exactly what Dunners said. Optical is the way to go. You can configure the ps3 to run video via HDMI and the sound strait tp the surround system via optical. That will take care of the ps3. And Blu-ray playback.

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