hdtv/tivo/sony 800 receiver/tw cable

oldalgebraNovember 7, 2009

Formally, I had a Visio TV, a Tivo Box (with cards so that I can record 2 programs at once), and Time Warner cable service. All were hooked up and working properly.

Recently, I decided to add ceiling speakers (getting old and don't hear like we used to) and a Blu-Ray DVD player. So I bought a Sony DH800 Receiver in hopes of eventually using a universal remote.

Each manual (TV, Tivo, Receiver, DVD player) shows how to hook up to one or two of the other components, but no manual shows how to hook up all four. I've poured over the instruction manuals. The speakers and the DVD player seem straight forward - just connect them directly into the receiver.

1. First question: Into what do I run my cable wire? It currently runs into my TIVO box.

2. I had one HDMI cable running to the TIVO as well as a second cord with three RCA-looking jacks with red, white and yellow heads running into the TIVO as well. (I seem to remember that the cable guy said I needed the second one to record two channels.)

a) Do I keep these same cords out from my TV, except plug them into the receiver instead? Or do they remain plugged into the TIVO?

b) Can I use two HDMI cables instead of one HDMI and the RCA-looking one?

3. Does the TIVO box get connected to the receiver with an HDMI cord as well?

Honesly, I've tried and tried to figure it all out, but I'm afraid I'll wreck something if I put it in incorrectly.

Can anyone help with connections and the proper cords? I would be so greatful. I have construction going on in my house right now and would be able to run the cords in the wall with little problem if I do it within the next few of days.

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Here is what I would try:

If you have them, use HDMI cables from the TIVO, the Blu-Ray player as inputs to the Sony DH800. (otherwise, component cables will work)

The Cable TV cable still runs to the TIVO. You shouldn't need the extra set of component cables on the TIVO (where do the connect to?)

I can't think of any way you would wreck anything playing around with it. It will either work, or not (but no smoke will appear).

If you havent finished the walls yet, I would strongly advise running a CAT-5 or CAT-6 data cable to the area where your receiver sits for future use. There will be a mad scramble for providers of streaming HD programming delivered via the internet (Netflix, Amazon video etc.) Expecting a wireless network to deliver the bandwidth needed to stream an HD picture is usually asking too much.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2009 at 6:58PM
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Thank you so much.
I can use HDMI for all the components.

I can also run the additional cable you suggested. Is there any reason to pick one over the other (CAT-5 vs. CAT-6)?

One more question: Will my television speakers still work even though I've hooked up speakers to the receiver?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2009 at 9:01PM
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From what I've read, Cat-6 has less "crosstalk" between wires, but if your runs are not several hundred feet, there is no practical difference.

You can run your TV speakers at the same time as the amplified wall speakers. You might have to connect more cables from the amplifier to do it depending on your setup.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 9:30PM
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