Audio Systems/Setting Up Audio/Visual
Sony TV (KDS-55A2020; 2007)
DirecTV+HD DVR (HR24-200; 2010)
Sony Blu-Ray/DVD (BDP-S590; 2012)
Onkyo AV Receiver (HT-R940; 2008)
I would appreciate information as to how best to connect these 4 pieces of equipment (short of buying a new Receiver) such that I get the best picture and sound quality. The TV, Sat Box and Blu-Ray all have HDMI ports but unfortunately the Receiver does not.
I'm guessing that a component connection would be better than a composite connection, but I'm also wondering about digital coax, or an S-video with fiber optical sound connection.
I've read online that some people use a toslink switcher since the TV won't pass through 5.1 Dolby (I actually want 7.1 Dolby) out of the optical out on the TV unless it's an over the air channel. So, the suggestion is to connect all the optical outs from the devices to the switcher and run the optical out from the switcher to the Receiver. Does this make sense? My problem is that I want surround sound and not simply 2ch (which I think you get if you run fiber optic, right?). I think, and correct me if I'm wrong, that I'd get 5.1 if I ran fiber optic from the Sat Box though, right (like an Over the Air Antenna or air feed)? I don't have an Over the Air Antenna.
Hope this isn't too much of a ramble, I'm just trying to get the best set up with the devices that I currently have.
Thanks in advance!
System hookup is a very personal thing and it depends greatly on what you want to do with the system. But, for best tv picture using hdmi is good and so is component. Composite connection (yellow, red and white cables) is not the best picture but it the most reliable and friendly to use.
For the receiver it may be the best idea, since it is not hdmi compatible, to just use it for audio and connect the rca analog audio inputs to it....
You may have to do some trial and error hookups to get what you want it to do. Your commentary about the toslink is valid consideration but I don't know the compatibility of your components without looking through all the owner manuals. So, again, you might have to experiment a little bit until you know the system architectures.