How to connect my Harman Kardon AVR 1600?
Can anybody help with my connection problem? How do I connect my sat box & ps3 from my av receiver? If it helps, I have a 1600 Harman Kardon AV receiver.
Firstly, and I guess it may have been a mis-type, but you would connect your devices TO
the Harman Kardon AVR 1600, and not FROM
It may seem a small issue, but your question suggests a basic misunderstanding of the reason for having an AVR. Once you can picture which direction the signals will be going through your system, it becomes much easier to wire it all together.
The AVR is the hub where, ideally, all devices will be connected.
This is the best way to connect devices with a modern AVR:
So you would connect the HDMI outputs
of your satellite box and PS3 into the first two HDMI inputs
on the Harman Kardon.
You would then connect the HDMI output
on the rear of your AVR to an HDMI input
on the rear of your TV.
The HDMI connections from your devices will transmit both video and audio to the AVR - and the HDMI cable to the TV will just send the picture. The audio is sent by your AVR to the surround speakers.
If you don't have HDMI on your satellite box or TV (the PS3 does), then use whichever other connections are available for sending the video and audio.
Your AVR has many other connection types other than HDMI in order for you to connect older devices that don't possess HDMI.
Hope that helps.
Paul (Site Editor)
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