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tricky
01-30-01, 03:09 AM
Woohoo, after living forever without a HT setup or even a stereo for that matter, I've taken the plunge and just got my Onkyo 575x and NHTs all set up. Now here's the question: Should I connect my DVD player (Sony 550D) to the 575x via the digital out to use the 575x's 5.1 decoders? If so, what kind of cable do I need? Would the same kind of cable be used to connect a CD player to the receiver as well?

El Scorcho
01-30-01, 03:15 AM
Tricky, Yes, I would send the digital signal directly into the receiver and let the receiver do the processing. This can be done with a coaxial cable as well as a normal RCA-plug composite cable.

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BartleyR7
01-30-01, 03:15 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by tricky:
Now here's the question: Should I connect my DVD player (Sony 550D) to the 575x via the digital out to use the 575x's 5.1 decoders? If so, what kind of cable do I need?</font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes - if you want to use the decoders on your receiver, you simply connect the DVD player's "Digital Out" to the "Digital In" on the receiver. You can use either an optical or a coax cable to send the digital signal. There is a great argument between which one is better, although I think it doesn't matter much.

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ANDREMIKE
01-30-01, 11:02 AM
Why did you waste your money on a DVD player with a decoder built in??? You don't need it! Return it and get a 3xx series from SONY. I am not sure what the latest model is. I think it is 360.

Please note use only the a optical cable or the coaxial cable to hook the DVD player to the reciever. DO not ue the red/white outputs on the DVD player!!

For the CD player you use the red and white unless you have optical or coaxial out..

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Mike

BLDN10
01-30-01, 01:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ANDREMIKE:
Please note use only the a optical cable or the coaxial cable to hook the DVD player to the reciever. </font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am curious - I just got my first DVD player (Pioneer 503) and went to Radio Shack to look at optical and coax cables and they did not seem to have or even know anything about such a coax. They have plenty of video coax but nothing w/ the end that looks like an RCA. What's the deal?

El Scorcho
01-30-01, 02:25 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you can use ANYTHING that conducts electricity (RCA cable, Coaxial cable, coat hanger) to connect the digital out of your DVD player to your receiver.

I've tried both a coax and a normal RCA cable and can hardly tell the difference.

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ANDREMIKE
01-30-01, 02:42 PM
Use a single RCA cable for the coax cable...
I don't understand why they call it a coax cable when it is not a typical COAX cable...
Why didn't they call it something else??
for the digital audio coax use a simple RCA cable!!

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ANDREMIKE
01-30-01, 02:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Drink 'Til She's Cute:
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you can use ANYTHING that conducts electricity (RCA cable, Coaxial cable, coat hanger)
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That's funny!!!
However I don't think a coat hanger will work very well

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tricky
01-30-01, 04:51 PM
I got the 550D for free about a year and half ago and since I didn't know how to hook it up I just used the 5.1 inputs instead of the digital out. I'll stop by Good Guys after work and pick up a cable.

Eeyore
01-30-01, 06:09 PM
these work nicely and they're only $1.99

http://www.recotondirect.com/cgi-bin/recotondirect.filereader?1264545397+EN/products/V455B

i've seen people knocking recoton stuff in the past, but they have a lot of great deals on their site. (that 100' of 16 gauge flat cable for $13 isn't bad either)

chess
01-30-01, 06:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ANDREMIKE:
That's funny!!!
However I don't think a coat hanger will work very well</font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

coat hanger works like a charm. go to HTF and do a search for "coat hanger test". bet you find it. pretty damn funny too.



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