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Old 05-24-2010, 10:01 AM
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Started to set up a new system last night and got totally turned around. I thought it all just goes together with HDMI cables. Blu ray to receiver and then to flat screen. Nada. Suggestions?

Also replacing my outdoor speakers which were Niles. Anyone have any recommendations for 4 as well as 2 rock speakers?
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:33 AM
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As far as outdoor speakers, I have Polk Atrium under my eaves. Sound great and seem to be durable.

Don't know about the rocks or the receiver.
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Originally Posted by BSpot View Post
Started to set up a new system last night and got totally turned around. I thought it all just goes together with HDMI cables. Blu ray to receiver and then to flat screen. Nada. Suggestions?
No picture? No sound?

Did you select the correct HDMI input on the TV?
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
No picture? No sound?

Did you select the correct HDMI input on the TV?


No sound on external speakers. Had my 11 yr old helping so I thought it was a no brainer with her help.

Out from BR and Direct TV go to in on the receiver and that out goes to in on the HDMI TV port?
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[QUOTE=BSpot;2993709]No sound on external speakers. Had my 11 yr old helping so I thought it was a no brainer with her help.

Out from BR and Direct TV go to in on the receiver and that out goes to in on the HDMI TV port?[/QUOT

I go straight from BR adn DTV to TV with HDMI, use Optical ouput for my audio, but that is because I have an older receiver that doens't have HDMI. Sounds like your set up should work as long as you have the correct input on the rec and tv.
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It sounds like it is wired correctly assuming your receiver does not just switch HDMI and can use the audio. What was wrong with the Niles? Crutchfield has some nice rock speakers including Niles. They are spendy though. I just installed some (much cheaper) pheonix gold rock speakers at my house and they sound amazingly good. I put in 4 of them alternating between left and right in a line across the waterfront. I chose the pheonix gold because I liked how the PG RSD component speakers sound in a car.
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br out to the input on receiver for br/dvd then out to hdmi input to tv , this works as long as your receiver has hdmi in's and out's. If it does not, then you will run the hdmi from blue ray to tv hdmi input, then run digital audio out from tv to dvd/br input on reciever.
if you have hdmi from a sat. or cable you will have one going to input 1 on tv and the other to input 2, you will need to have the correct one selected on the tv and the correct one selected on receiver.
Or run all inputs to tv, then digital audio from tv to receiver so you dont have to have the receiver on to watch sat/cable or br
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why would the volume be so weak from my dvd player connecter to audio in with hdmi to my flat screen and I have to turn the tv volume almost to max even WITH new hearing aid batteries??
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What kind of A/V receiver do you have?

As far as speakers go, I would recommend Klipsch.

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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
What kind of A/V receiver do you have?

Yamaha RX 365 (I think, it's at home not at work), it does have 2 HD in's and 1 out. Also just running two front speakers (promonitor 1000) for now. Should those be wired into the speaker jacks as oppossed to the SSound clips?

Looking at the Niles again and will also take a look at the rock suggestion.
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Forgot to mention, I have Yahmaha's on the porch and I bought cheaper rock speakers, I believe they are Coustic 8" drivers. The Yams are excellent and the Coustics have held up decent, had them 3 yrs and they still sound good but the coloring on the rocks have bleached from the sun. Your quality of sound will depend a lot on the receiver running the speakers, proper type and size speaker wire and decent speakers. Make sure to check the ohm rating on the speakers to ensure they will work with your unit. Keep in mind how many speakers you plan to run on one channel to make sure you have enough power to run them.
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Originally Posted by BSpot View Post
Yamaha RX 365 (I think, it's at home not at work), it does have 2 HD in's and 1 out. Also just running two front speakers (promonitor 1000) for now. Should those be wired into the speaker jacks as oppossed to the SSound clips?

Looking at the Niles again and will also take a look at the rock suggestion.
If it is the Yamaha RX-V365BL then that receiver does not support audio over HDMI. So you will need to connect that with optical or some other audio input. At least you know you were hooking it up correct other than the audio..
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
If it is the Yamaha RX-V365BL then that receiver does not support audio over HDMI. So you will need to connect that with optical or some other audio input. At least you know you were hooking it up correct other than the audio..

The above is correct, the Audio is only "passed" through the receiver to the television. A separate audio connection is required.

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