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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Jaybee1200, Apr 13, 2007.

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  1. Jaybee1200

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    I apologize ahead of time for my ignorance haha, my first time venturing into HD as well as a nice TV...


    I am getting a Panasonic 50" Plasma and upgrading to the HR20 and I have an Onkyo receiver`(without HDMI) that is very nice otherwise... what would be the best way to set this up? HDMI is audio AND video correct? so I couldnt have the HR20 going directly to the TV for video using HDMI, and then component cables going from the HR20 to the receiver for audio could I?
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

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    Run the HDMI cable to the TV and that will take care of the video and audio to the TV and then run a digital optical cable to your receiver. If you want to use your surround just turn down the TV or mute it.
     
  3. brucegrr

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    BMoreRavens beat me to it.

    His suggestion is how I have my system set up. I have a decent Pioneer receiver but no hdmi input/output. I use an optical cable from the HR20 to the receiver. the HDMI provides sound to the TV which I usually turn off. Sometimes, when watching TV late at night we use the TVaudio instead of the receiver. Less noise.
     
  4. Jaybee1200

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    oh


    haha

    thats so simple I didnt even consider that... so you can have two audios running out of the HR20 at the same time?
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    This is exactly what I do.

    And why would you think this is a dumb question?
    We've all "been there" and why we come here and ask.
    Damn newbies always think it's dumb [when it isn't]. :lol:

    [It only gets real dumb when they keep asking the same question..over & over &...] :D
     
  6. Jaybee1200

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    thanks everyone....


    dumb Q #2

    is optical > component?
     
  7. apollosmith

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    The HR20 outputs on all of the video and audio outputs simultaneously, so you could run HDMI to the TV and component/audio to the receiver then from the receiver to the TV. Just switch between INPUTs to view what you want.

    Your setup is pretty similar to mine. I use S-video for the DVR-Receiver-TV video feed so I can view the receivers menu items on one TV INPUT w/ the satellite picture, but primarily just view the HDMI feed.
     
  8. Michael D'Angelo

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    Yes you run it from your HR20 to the receiver. It is a single cable with a light in it.
     
  9. Jaybee1200

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    why would I want to do that?
     
  10. hasan

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    Just to clarify, run a digital optical cable from the HR20 to the Onkyo. Some TV's have a digital audio out that is live when connected HDMI, BUT, they don't do DD 5.1 pass through. So it's important that you use the HR20 as the audio source (digital) for your Onkyo. I have an Onkyo myself and love it. It has never had a DD 5.x problem since day one with the HR20. Very good recognition and nicely muted when changing in and out of DD to stereo modes.
     
  11. Michael D'Angelo

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    You don't want to do that. That is just more cables for nothing.
     
  12. Jaybee1200

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    yeah, I didnt get what that would acomplish
     
  13. apollosmith

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    Optical is digital audio only (dolby 5.1 on the HR20). Component is video only. HDMI has both audio and video.

    So, HDMI will work for you, but only to your TV (because your receiver doesn't support HDMI). You'll want at least the optical line to your receiver so you can get surround sound. If you want, you can also add Component, S-video, or composite video to your receiver and then from the receiver to your TV. But, this will be on a different INPUT than the HDMI, so it doesn't make a lot of sense unless you want to view the receivers output (onscreen menus, etc.).

    At a minimum, you want HDMI to your TV and optical to your receiver for the best video and audio quality.
     
  14. Jaybee1200

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    ohhh ok, gotcha, thanks
     
  15. hasan

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    Exactomundo!
     
  16. Michael D'Angelo

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    Sorry I should have worded that a little better. I meant run the optical from the HR20 to the receiver.
     
  17. apollosmith

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    No, it allows you to view the receiver output (menus, etc.) along with the satellite video. You likely already have something that does this on another INPUT, so like I said, it's not necessary.
     
  18. hasan

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    I use the S-video input for just that. I have my DVD-Recorder using the Component inputs.
     
  19. Jaybee1200

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    sweet, this is the last worthwhile forum online hahaha...


    let me see if I can think up anything else... is there a big drop off in sound quality from the optical to HDMI or is HDMI primarily more of a really good video quality thing...
     
  20. Michael D'Angelo

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    You will hear no difference.
     
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