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    "Sound & Vision" in the current issue lists what...

    "Sound & Vision" in the current issue lists what they think is the Best of the Year for last years gear. I strongly suggest you get a copy and see what the reviewers like.

    You really need to...
  2. There is a website that knows where all the TV...

    There is a website that knows where all the TV towers are in the US. Type your address into it and it will show you a map of what towers and channels you could get with an antenna.

    It will also...
  3. Yes and No. Your HDTV will up-convert any...

    Yes and No.

    Your HDTV will up-convert any standard def video you feed it to it's preferred internal format. This does count as "HD".

    But standard def video was designed to fill a nine-inch...
  4. James gave a great answer. I will give yet...

    James gave a great answer. I will give yet another alternative set of equipment:

    Onkyo TX-SR receiver
    SVS Subwoofer
    Set of 5 monitor-style speakers from Energy, Paradigm, or even SVS (Which...
  5. Would you water your lawn with a soda-straw? ...

    Would you water your lawn with a soda-straw?

    Look - computer speakers are designed to give 1 person sitting at a computer surround sound.

    For dorm rooms - they can also be used for a small...
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    SPDIF can be either optical or coaxial. Most...

    SPDIF can be either optical or coaxial.

    Most TV's have an optical output so look for this on the back panel. If so - get a long optical cable to run to your receiver.

    If your TV has an RCA jack...
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    Go with the Onkyo as it has a LOT of features for...

    Go with the Onkyo as it has a LOT of features for the money. Look into the TX-SR505 for about $380.

    Sony "ES" series of receivers are good, but the rest are ... so so quality.
  8. There are 2 standard connectors for SPDIF: Is...

    There are 2 standard connectors for SPDIF:

    Is it a little square plug or square hole? You need a Toslink Optical cable.

    Is it a RCA female jack? You need a video cable.

    Both are available at...
  9. You can directly hook up a BluRay player to the...

    You can directly hook up a BluRay player to the TV.

    You only need a tuner if you want to put up an antenna and get your local TV channels in HD.
  10. Running in-wall usually swamps the price of the...

    Running in-wall usually swamps the price of the equipment. There is a lot of labor involved, knowledge of fire codes and occasionally some special equipment like 5 ft long drill bits to get through...
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    "..cuz i would like too hook my stereo to my tv...

    "..cuz i would like too hook my stereo to my tv i"

    The AV Receiver replaces your stereo.

    Your stereo is a 2-channel device to power 2 speakers.

    But DVD players and HDTV shows all give you...
  12. There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver. ...

    There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver.

    All receivers can handle 4, 6, 8 ohm speakers.

    So you can compare receivers - the BIG NUMBERS printed are usually for 8 ohms, but the manual or...
  13. There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver. ...

    There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver.

    All receivers can handle 4, 6, 8 ohm speakers.

    So you can compare receivers - the BIG NUMBERS printed are usually for 8 ohms, but the manual or...
  14. There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver. ...

    There is no such thing as an "8 ohm" receiver.

    All receivers can handle 4, 6, 8 ohm speakers.

    So you can compare receivers - the BIG NUMBERS printed are usually for 8 ohms, but the manual or...
  15. No. Look - players do not enhance standard def...

    No.

    Look - players do not enhance standard def DVD's. You have been listening to too much marketing.

    The players will 'up-convert' or 'magnify' the image so the television will see a 720 or...
  16. "Is there a noticeable difference between HD and...

    "Is there a noticeable difference between HD and standard def?"

    You wont see much difference on a standard def TV. But in general - high def picture quality is clearly better on a HDTV.
    ...
  17. Disconnect all your speaker wires. A small strand...

    Disconnect all your speaker wires. A small strand of copper linking the "+" and "-" terminals is often the source of a receiver going into protect mode.

    Turn the unit on. If it turns off with none...
  18. You use a lot of marketing terms (which are used...

    You use a lot of marketing terms (which are used to imply more than is actually present.)

    I suspect you should do an internet search for BluRay Profile 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2.

    These 'profiles' are...
  19. Simple answer is that BluRay is HD video and...

    Simple answer is that BluRay is HD video and offers compressed 5.1 sound and un-compressed sound.

    Standard def DVD's contain video that is backwards compatible to the 1940's televisions.
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    The HD-DVD format has been abandoned so dont be...

    The HD-DVD format has been abandoned so dont be tempted by the low prices on these players.

    If it was me, here is a budget system I would put together:

    - PS3 for the BluRay player and games:...
  21. Are you in the US? You do not need a converter...

    Are you in the US?

    You do not need a converter box if you bought a recent HDTV with a tuner.

    Type your address into www.antennaweb.org and it will show you the local TV towers around your home...
  22. Yamaha has a much better reputation for both...

    Yamaha has a much better reputation for both music and home theater applications. Yamaha has been the 'top dog' of the industry for years and Kenwood, Onkyo, Harmon Kardon are all trying to become...
  23. Yamaha has a much better reputation for both...

    Yamaha has a much better reputation for both music and home theater applications. Yamaha has been the 'top dog' of the industry for years and Kenwood, Onkyo, Harmon Kardon are all trying to become...
  24. Yamaha has a much better reputation for both...

    Yamaha has a much better reputation for both music and home theater applications. Yamaha has been the 'top dog' of the industry for years and Kenwood, Onkyo, Harmon Kardon are all trying to become...
  25. Are you in the US? You do not need a converter...

    Are you in the US?

    You do not need a converter box if you bought a recent HDTV with a tuner.

    Type your address into www.antennaweb.org and it will show you the local TV towers around your home...
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