Help setting up my home theater system
by Gary Sokolik
(St, Louis, MO USA)
Regret to say I'm really dense about this stuff. I have HD Direct TV, Vizio Plasma TV, Panasonic Blu Ray DVD player, and an old Pioneer Tuner/Amplifier which does not have HDMI, and some surround sound speakers.
I have HDMI cables for the TV, Blu Ray player and Direct TV receiver.
Can someone point me to a wiring diagram for this?
It's a little difficult to be precise when we don't know the model of your Pioneer amplifier - because the types of input connections it has will affect how we wire the system.
However, let's have a go anyway...
If you had a surround sound receiver with HDMI connections, you would usually connect your system like this:
Note the HDMI cables from your devices take the picture and sound in to the receiver - which then passes the picture to the TV.
However, with no HDMI on your amplifier, you will probably be using it just for the sound. Therefore, you would probably be connecting it something like this:
You obviously have more than one input device, so it will be slightly different to the diagram.
The picture goes from the Direct TV box and Blu-ray into the back of the TV via HDMI (into HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 on the TV). This enables you to have high-definition pictures on your screen.
Then connect an audio output from your Direct TV and Blu-ray into the amplifier. This will probably be digital optical audio (maybe coaxial) - as long as your amplifier has these for audio inputs.
Otherwise, you could use an analog audio connection - but you wouldn't get 5.1 surround sound.
It all depends on the inputs your amplifier has.
Hope that hasn't confused you more! The links below will give you more detailed information on installing your system.
All the best.
Paul (Site Editor)
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