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Best way to connect PE50 to HT-900 All in One & Sky Box

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by threeshoulders, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. threeshoulders

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    Hi !

    After endlessly reading these forums and almost buying a plasma on various occasions I`ve finally bitten the bullet.

    Just managed to get John Lewis to Price Match a Panasonic TH42PE50 with Cabinet for £1489 + £50 delivered. Had to have it through John Lewis for the 5 Year Warranty.

    Anyway it is arriving next Tuesday, but before it arrives I want to buy all the cables required for best picture quality.

    I have a Panasonic HT-900 All in One System which has progressive scan facility through component. I`ve never used this though as have been using a scart for the last 2 years with a 28" CRT.

    Is it best to connect the plasma to the DVD System through component ?
    If so can anyone recommend some good quality leads for a sensible price ?

    I take it the Sky Box will just be connected to the plasma through scart ?
    Again if someone could recommend a good quality Scart for a sensible price?

    Cheers :smashin:
     
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    Component with progressive scan is the best way to connect your DVD player IMO. I use a QED cable and the picture is great... I bought mine off ebay for £40 for a 3m length. Just remember that component only carries video, so if you don't want to use your stereo then you'll need some normal audio leads to the TV.

    And again a fully wired (RGB) scart is the easiest and best way to connect Sky... I use an IXOS scart, but again QED are good. Have a look in the classifieds and on ebay as you can get pretty good deals generally.

    I'd look to spend somewhere around £30 on each.
     
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    and try turning off the progressive scan on the dvd - generally find that the panel handles the de-interlacing better

    for component cables have a look at the ones by mark grant (forum sponsor) better than 'named' cables

    PS scart may be easiest /cheapest way to connect sky - but i would not call it the 'best' :D
     
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    I think progressive turned on, on the DVD looks better personally.

    And you've got my wondering what is the best way to connect to sky?
     
  5. threeshoulders

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    Many thanks for the reply, but could you ellaborate on this point.

    Cheers :smashin:
     
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    If you have a component cable coming out of the back of your DVD player going into your screen, if you put it on that channel (on the TV) you will get no sound from the TV. So if you don't want to use your home cinema to listen to a film / music / whatever, you need to get an audio cable (1 red and 1 white phono to 1 red and 1 white phono) to go from your DVD player to the TV's audio in connection.
     
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    Many thanks again for the reply.

    OK lets see if im fully understanding this. I would only need an audio cable (1 red & 1 white phono) if i wanted sound to come through the TV when the DVD Player (System) is on.

    If this is correct would this sound interfer with a 5.1 soundrack when watching DVDs.

    Many thanks for putting up with my stupidty.
     
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    Hi Threeshoulders

    Could you possibly let me know what store you got to do the 42" Price Match and who with.

    Many Thanks
     
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    No Probs. It was John Lewis in Bristol Tel:01179591100

    It was price matched against H Preston in Worcestershire. There Tel No.:01684 575486 and website is www.videokit.co.uk.

    Hope it helps :smashin:
     
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    The only reason you would want to do this is because you don't want to listen via your home cinema / 5.1 for whatever reason (ie if you live in a flat and don't want the sub going at 1am or something).

    If you run an audio cable from the dvd to the screen, it gives you basic stereo output - you would want the sound muted on your TV if you were listening in 5.1 tho.
     
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    Thanks chrisw for fully explaining that. :smashin: That scenario would certainly be useful as i tend at the moment not to watch DVDs after 11pm because of the noise of the sub and surrounds.

    Is it worth spending a bit more on better audio phono leads (IXOS XHA306-100 2 RCA to 2 RCA Stereo Audio Cable @ £16) or is there not much difference between this price range and standard ones provided free with DVD players / Sky Box etc ?
     
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    I personally would go with cheapo audio leads as the sound coming out of the plasma is never going to be that brilliant. Of course, the other option is just to use a fully wired scart instead of component and then you get sound through that anyway...
     
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    Thanks chrisw for your replies. Much appreciated :smashin:

    Ended up buying IXOS XHT611 Scart and QED P-CV1 Component leads.


    Ade848 - Did you manage to do the pricematch ?
     
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    Threeshoulders - good choices on the leads - you really can't go wrong with them, and I found a noticeable improvement on the quality of the picture once I had them installed.
     

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