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Er--how do I connect this stuff . . . .?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by superann, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. superann

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    Can anyone help with advice on connecting up the bits of our home cinema setup? Thanks to Sevenoaks (for doing a hefty price-match :clap: ), we've got a Denon 2805 and AE Aegis 6:1 speakers. And we're about to order a Pioneer 43-MXE1 plasma monitor.

    We know how to connect the speakers. What we need to know is how best to connect the Denon to the plasma screen (ie, what cable should we use, and what should we connect it to), and which of the two alternative Pioneer connection boards (5003 or 5004) we should order. We'd like the screen to be able to accept signals both from the Denon and from a PC. Oh--and what kind of cable would we need to connect a PC? Is it a serial cable?

    Sorry if these are silly questions, but The Denon manual is not very newbie-friendly and we're struggling a bit here! Hope someone out there can help :lease:

    Superann
     
  2. SurferDude

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    Don't have that gear specifically, but the following thread might help a bit...

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144585

    Basically, if you've only got one or two feeder video devices you could bypass the receiver and connect it direct to the plasma. If you want a hole heap of devices (DVD / VCR / etc..) then you'll need connect all the devices to the AV Receiver and then take the video out from your AV receiver to the plasma. You can then select the device you want to display off the receiver and not have to unplug/replug on the fly to the plasma.

    On my SR7400 this is a single composite cable at present due to the limitations of my old TV, but devices would vary on what the out --> in relationship would be from your AV Receiver to the Plasma. If possible go for component over composite for obvious image property reasons. There's a whole forum on Connecting Up on this website where you might get some more specific answers to questions of this nature than in the AV Receiver forum. Worth a look...

    That probably didn't add much, but it might trigger a few more of the informed posters to give you some "real" help ;)

    Cheers
     
  3. FaxFan2002

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    Your amp is basically a video switching device (with sound of course). You feed in multiple sources via a variety of cables, then have one of the same cables feeding into the TV.

    So if you connect VCR and DVD via composite (small yellow cable) - you will probably need a scart convertor (available from most good av shops) - you will need connect you plasma to the amp via a composite cable (monitor out on the back of the amp).

    Likewise if you connect devices (XBOX, sky) via s-video (small 5 pin din like arrangement) you need to feed a s-video cable into the plamsa.

    Same for component....

    It's worth noting some AMP (denon 3803, 3805) do up conversion - so you can put composite, s-video, component into the back and just have component cables going to the tv.

    You'll have fun and plenty of swearing I suspect...
     

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