So you just purchased your new receiver. You bought all the cable that the sales person at the store told you to buy. You have totally dismantled your old setup and there are wires everywhere. And looking down on this pile of copper/plastic spaghetti, you wonder how you got yourself into this mess. Well don’t worry. If you have just upgraded all of your equipment, then chances are you don’t have to hook up any where near the amount of cables that were there before.
The new standard. This audio visual format has revolutionized the home theater industry as well as professional video and audio industries. HDMI connections are showing up everywhere. They are on your TV, you Blu-Ray, your cable box, your laptop, on your camera and they are even on your smart phone. HDMI stands for High Definition Multi-media Interface. It utilizes a 19 conductor cable, that combines video, audio and control signals into one easily connected interface. It supports 1080p video
What this means for you is that for the most part you wont have to sort out that mess of wires, because you probably won’t be using most of the cables in it. In the past there have been many different video and audio formats. These formats included composite video, component video, coax digital audio, fiber optical digital audio, analog stereo, analog surround, VGA and DVI. All these connections made hooking up a receiver quite confusing. For instance to hook up a DVD player you had to connect 3 wires from the device to the receiver that carried video, and two more wires that carried audio, as well as a digital audio cable if you wanted surround sound. That’s a total of 6 cables, for one device!
HDMI has changed all that. All you need to do is simply run an HDMI cable from your Blu-Ray to your receiver and your done. This may seem to simple for you now, and may take some getting used to. It works because HDMI was designed to be a solution for the common consumer who was being over-whelmed with the ever increasing complexity of home theater systems.
There are some exceptions though. So don’t throw away that pile of cables yet. Make sure you get everything working first. One exception is your cable box. If you haven’t yet subscribed to HD service from your cable or satellite company than you are going to need a component cable and either a digital coax cable or an optical cable for the audio. Also if your receiver supports zone 2 functionality and you want to listen to your cable box somewhere else in the house than you will also need to connect standard analog audio cables too. The reason being is that in your receiver there are actually two amplifiers. One for your surround sound system and one for the zone 2 feature. The zone 2 amplifier cannot (in most cases) decode the digital audio signal for you surround sound. It generally only accepts analog signals.
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