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  1. Trying. It is hard to foresee what will happen. I am going to have to make myself a cheat sheet, like: Playing CD with DVD Player: Hit X, then Y Playing DVD with DVD Player: Hit Y, then B... You know? I am hoping it will work out, eventually to be something nice. I suppose I can't complain about the speakers. They sound all right, but don't have that range I wanted (imagined having at my meager means).
  2. I was asked to write out my configuration. Here it is: TV: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50UT50 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma TV (2012 Model) Receiver: Onky TX-DS676 A/V Receiver 5 Channel DVD Player: Sony DVP-S530D Speakers: Klipsch 5.1 Black Reference - Sub is Model R-8SWI (50W), Satellites are all RTP Satellite (50W / 8 Ohm), Center is RTP Center (75 W / 8 Ohm) I appreciate all the suggestions and comments. I guess I am just expecting too much. The receiver did not come with a remote, but I seem to navigate many options using the display. I downloaded the manual for the receiver and the DVD player and am trying to sort through everything. I never used an optical cable before, but it appears I can use it to pipe 5.1 from my TV to the Receiver, meaning my streaming Netflix (through TV app) could be surround sound, right? Can you just output audio through a single optic cable or do you have to connect that digital audio connection or coax cable too? Also, is it really better to use optical rather than RCA to connect the 5.1 from the DVD to the receiver? The DVD player has outputs for 5.1 separately grouped, with each channel having its own RCA plug (see attached). I did manage to get that to flow to the speakers (after much effort). I would hate to start over, but if the sound quality is better, more stable, or something, than I am for it. The DVD player does have an optic output.
  3. Only the sub is wireless. I bought the receiver, just to try it. After messing with it and my dvd player for about 3 hours, I got it to actually play out of all the speakers properly. My issue is this - I bought these speakers and the receiver, more than for anything else, so that I could hear the sound range of a theater. Did you see the Lord of the Rings in theaters? If so, you may recall how AMAZINGLY chilling the Ring Wraiths were. They had a scream that was so high pitch and terrible, it just scared people to hear it. On every home unit I have heard, it comes through like...well...nothing. Just another sound. It is not high frequency and doesn't cut across all the other sounds of the film, as it did in theaters. I played the scene with them just now and it was disappointing. They just sounded like one more sound in the movie, not some wretched creature that could grab you from your soul. I don't think this was a question of volume, but of range. Does this make any sense? If you had to guess, what am I missing here? Do you have to spend $5k per speaker and buy a $2k receiver to get that sort of effect? Or, is this just a consequence of DVD vs what theater's use as audio format? Thanks.
  4. Thanks. I looked around there after your post and saw some receivers that were interesting. I will consider these refurbs over a new purchase, for sure. I do want to check, though - Will the inexpensive receiver I mentioned work (on a technical level - insert words I don't know how to apply in this context, like watts, ohms, etc.) or will it not with the speakers I specified? Next, can you give me a few tips on how to get the most out of my new speakers? Like, what specs or features will really make these speakers worth having? I am not excited about spending more bucks on entertainment (even buying the speakers causes me stress), but I don't want to waste the purchase by using a receiver that damages them or gives me crap sound output. You know? Again - Thanks!
  5. Will this receiver work? Onkyo TX DS676 https://www.cnet.com/products/onkyo-tx-ds676-av-receiver-5-1-channel/ Someone in my neighborhood is selling a used one for like $50.
  6. Hey. I am brand new to home audio setup. I just bought my first speaker set : https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71MF2CZG4uL.pdf I had hoped to connect it directly into my DVD player, as it has 5.1 outputs. It is a Sony DVP-S530D, old but excellent player (hence it still running flawlessly). Apparently, I need a receiver, as the plugs on the back of the dvd player are single plug points for each speaker, (not positive and negative). I need, a receiver, apparently. However, I have no freaking idea what to buy and I cannot afford to spend $500 on a receiver (more like $250 or so). I need a receiver that is compatible with the speakers mentioned and the DVD player mentioned (by accepting audio outputs described and see on the attached photo of the back of the dvd player). I have seen tons of reviews saying Onkyo's now fail in a few years of use. So, based on reviews, I am leaning toward Denon, but they are super expensive. So, if anyone can help me find an inexpensive compatible receiver, thank you! Thank you for anyone willing to help out a newbie!
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