Old 05-09-08, 09:56 AM
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I'm on the finishing touches of finishing my basement and am preparing to set up an entertainment system. Here is what I'm wanting.

I'm buying a plasma.

I'm wired for 5.1 surround sound (2 front, 2 rear and a subwoofer).

Do I need a reciever to handle all the HDMI inputs (tv/dvd/cd player/surround sound/cable box). Do those 5 components need to run through the reciever or not? If so, do I need 5 HDMI inputs?

Can you recommend a website for good recievers. Not looking to break the bank. It's a small area but I want it to be able to handle the hd sound which most of the HTIB's don't have.

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Old 05-09-08, 03:36 PM
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You will definetly need a receiver for the sound...

Your speakers will connect into your receiver, so no HDMI for that.

Does your CD player actually have HDMI?

I have my Cable box, DVD player & Wii plugged into my receiver through HDMI, then a HDMI going from my receiver to my flat panel.

My receiver will upconvert my video signal to 1080P so it's nice to have.

Saying this, your TV should have at least 2 HDMI ports. You can plug the DVD player and Cable box directly into the TV, and that's all the HDMI you need.
Old 05-09-08, 05:40 PM
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Personally, I don't like to run my video through an A/V receiver.
My Dish optical digital out goes direct to a/v receiver.
Video goes from dish receiver straight to HDTV

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You plasma should have at least two HDMI connections on it. Well most do. so that shouldn't be a problem with connections because you can always get a HDMI system selector. I recently purchased a Psclone HDMI system selector for all of my components. You can connect up to 4 HDMI sources to your TV just through one input. You can use the other input for what ever else. But I would definetly get a reciever, besides you'll need one for surround sound.

I just found this one at Best Buy. You can't beat that price.

Pioneer - 600W 5.1-Ch. Apple® iPod®/Satellite Radio-Ready Home Theater Receiver
Model: VSX-818V-K | SKU: 8713813

And here is info about the system selector
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You don't need to go overboard with your wiring. If your tv has audio out, you can run it to most any receiver to get your surround sound. Most of the time I don't use mine. Who needs it for the evening news or survivor etc. If you are watching an action movie, the DVD audio should be run directly to the receiver. Simple, no bells and whistles, but it works.

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