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Newbie - Connections assistance required

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by deightonp, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. deightonp

    deightonp
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    I'm sure this question has been asked many times for different pieces of kit but I am totally baffled as to what the best/most convenient connections to use are.

    I own a Panasonic DVD-RV60 and am about to purchase a Plasma - Panasonic TH42PW5 and Amplifier - Denon AVC-A11SR. At the same time, I would like to purchase the required cables but don't know where to start. There also seems to be differing views as to whether I need the tuner for the Panasonic Plasma which just makes me more confused.

    As well as the above I would like to also connect my Sky Digital Receiver and Panasonic Video.

    Any assistance would be greatly received.

    Cheers,
    Paul.
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    Sky TV output in to the second SCART on the RV-60. Then via an RGB to Plasma VGA unit in to the PC input on your screen.

    Sky VCR output to your video recorder and then from the VCR to the screen's video input.

    If you do upgrade your DVD player to one with progressive scan output via component video, then you can slip this in quite easily. Simply have a direct connection from Sky to the Plasma VGA unit with your DVD's component connected direct.

    All the best,

    Dr John Sim.
     
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    Thanks for taking time to look at my problem, but where does the amplifier stand in all of these connections?

    Everyone appears to feel that you should throw away any connecting cables that come with the equipment and replace them with better quality. Again I'm not convinced I totally understand which gives the better picture and/or sound. Any advice on this anyone?

    Basicly I have the DVD player,Sky Digital and Video Recorder. I am purchasing the Plasma, Amplifier and Speakers but concerned that once it all arrives I will just have a birds nest of wires. Does a step by step guide exist?

    Unfortunatly living on the Isle of Man does not help as we have no specialist shops here and I won't be in england until Feb/Mar and can't wait that long before making the purchases.

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    Yes, different cables do make a difference over those supplied with may A/V equipment. When you have cables which are being sold for £30-100, these are obviously better than those given away for "free". The main thing is to get the right signals first, then consider cables. You can spend quite a bit on cables, but you'll only get marginal improvements. Biggest gains are in using the right signals, and if you need a converter to get that signal, then you should get one.

    As for the amplifier, route audio from Sky to this. The DVD player will have optical or electrical digital audio out, this should be taken to the respective input on your amp. Again, connect up the analogue feed just like for Sky but only for completion.

    So when you're watching Sky, just change the input in the amp to Sky's input, and the same with the DVD. You'll probably also want to have your VCR connected too.

    There's some guides on how to place various parts of your system for a variety of different room styles in various magaines. Connecting evertything up is relatively straight forward, and I've covered how to get better from your system above. The only thing I think we haven't fully covered is the VCR connection, but it depends on how many SCART connectors you have. Two is ideal, but with only one it's not impossible.

    Is there any area in particular you're looking for help with?

    All the best,

    Dr John Sim.
     

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