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Setting Up Receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Sarah Nya, May 16, 2005.

  1. Sarah Nya

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    Hiya,

    as I'm new to home cinema gubbins I'll be needing some advice on what cables to get and how to connect everything up to get the best sound/picture quality possible.

    I will most likely be getting a Denon 2805 receiver, I need to know how to wire it up to work with, TV (Prob go for Loewe Aconda as other half won't let me spend anymore dosh to get LCD just yet) DVD player (an old Pioneer 717 which doesn't have component), Xbox, Gamecube and PS2. As for speakers if it makes any difference, I'll probably go for JM Labs Sibs with XXL floorstanders for fronts, XL for centre and a Rel Strom 5 for the sub unless anyone convinces me otherwise!

    Any help appreciated as it will be my first time setting up and I want to get it right.

    :lease:
     
  2. Neil Porter

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    If you're buying all this kit from a shop, then push to get the cables thrown in as well as a discount. Don't skimp and get cheap cable, as a minimum use IXOS levels of quality.

    As for wiring up, looking at the back of an AV amp can be daunting for the newbie. Best approach is to not rush plugging everything in, take your time and think about the signal path. I did the inputs first, then the pre-outs (if you have any) and then the speakers.

    With video signals, you can take shortcuts to improve the picture quality. As an example, all my video outputs go through the AV amp except Sky+ (which has 2 outputs so 1 goes through the AV amp and the other straight to the telly) and the DVD player (which just goes straight to the telly). This all depends on how many inputs the telly accepts.

    Good luck. :smashin:
     
  3. stevecc

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    I am also new to this market place...
    Luckily, I have a friend who works for QED, who specialise in quality audio/video cabling etc...and he got a loaf of digital/compoment/optical/ etc cables for me....when compared to the standard types I had, sound and picture quality were much improved!

    Visit www.qed.co.uk
    Good Luck
     
  4. Sarah Nya

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    Thanks both of you!

    I was curious about what connections to use for the consoles regarding picture as I usually use RGB scart which isn't on the receiver so rather than use any more of the TV's scarts whats the best way to hook them up to the receiver?
     
  5. doctorjuggles

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    I use the Xbox's supplied composite lead into my receiver, the PS2 is in another room using scart at the moment, but that also has a composite lead. I don't find there's much problem with picture quality because the graphics don't really seem to need the kind of bandwidth that movies need. Picture quality seems to be very good, in fact.
     
  6. Sarah Nya

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    Cheers, one other thing some receivers say they can upscale the image from s-video and composite, does this actually make it much better or?
     
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    If it has true upscaling, it should be better. Just remember there's a big difference between upscale and upconvert. My guess would be that the receiver you're looking at (2805) only upconverts.
    Mine only upconverts too, but in my opinion even that seems like a better picture. I'm not sure if there's a technical superiority in the picture though, perhaps someone more knowledgable on the subject could help us out here.
     
  8. Sarah Nya

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    Thanks that really great, it may mean I'll take a look at other receivers if it does turn out to be worth it.

    Anyone know if it's worth it/suggest any receivers etc...?
     

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