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Hooking up PS2, Gamecube, & Xbox to a Home Theater system

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by manabyte, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. manabyte

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    Hey guys. I'm an audio n00b and I have a bunch of questions about how to hook up these three systems to my receiver. I want to know what settings will get me the best sound for my current situation. Here's how I have my current setup:

    Playstation 2 - Standard RCA cables going direct into my TV

    Gamecube - Standard RCA cables going direct into my TV

    Xbox - Component cables going direct into my TV

    I know that the PS2 and Xbox have optical OUTS, but I only have optical IN in my receiver. I currently have my Hi-Definition cable box using the optical IN and my DVD player using the digital coax IN. I know that the PS2 and Gamecube only support Dolby Pro Logic IIx with games (excluding DVDs and certain cut scenes). I've heard people say to connect only the video to your TV and hook the audio cables direct into receiver, but I don't know how I could do that. My receiver sits on top of my rear projection TV and the input jacks on my TV are at the very bottom. You can't split the individual wites on any of those three systems' cables more than a few inches because they're all molded together until the very ends. So my questions are:

    1) Since using the optical cables would be the best solution, is their an optical jack splitter, kind of like RCA jack splitters? If so, do you lose any signal or quality doing this?

    2) Does it affect the sound quality if I connect the audio to the TV and then go from the TV into the receiver versus connecting the audio directly into the receiver?

    3) With PS2 and Gamecube, will I still be able to take advantage of games making use of Dolby Pro Logic IIx using just the RCA cables (and I mean games specifically coded to use it, not surround sound emulation)? If so, does it matter whether the audio is hooked up directly to the receiver as opposed to the TV and then to the reciver?

    4) With Xbox, will I still be able to take advantage of games of games using Dolby Digital 5.1 using RCA cables? If so, does it matter whether the audio is hooked up directly to the receiver as opposed to the TV and then to the receiver?

    5) What about the receiver settings? I can set individual inputs to Dolby Pro Logic IIx, 5ch/6ch, and Stereo. There are also sub-menus under the Dolby Pro Logic IIx (like cinema, games, music, etc...).

    I'd really appreciate any and all help I could get here. Thanks!
     
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    Replace these cables immediately. Nasty nasty cables. You really should get yourself some proper RGB SCART cables for these 2 consoles, any brand will do although the Offical Nintendo Scart would be my recomendation for your Cube, and the Joytech one for the PS2.

    Sounds dodgy :eek: Is there not somewhere more secure to put it?
     

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