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Hello everyone!  We had the AT&T tech out here on April 26 to install our U-Verse system.  However, none of our components (i.e. VCR, DVD player, stereo receiver, or stereo speakers) were hooked up yet (they weren't unpacked).  He just installed the AT&T receiver to our HDTV.  We have a brand new Phillips 42" HDTV.  The VCR is a late 90's Sony SLV-N71.  The DVD player is a 2005 Sony DVPN5V57P.  I have these hooked up to a Technics SA-EX300 receiver from the mid-90's powering some 901 Bose speakers which have their own equalizer.

 

As you can guess, there are many wires everywhere.  On top of that we have an early 90's Fisher cassette player/recorder.  They all worked fine when we had Comcast basic service (no set up box). 

 

My boyfriend is losing his mind and I'm losing my patience because he cannot get this setup.  He bought one HDMI calbe and tried to connect it from the TV to the AT&T receiver and he put the source for the TV to HDMI1 and the TV flashes the picture for a split second and then, shows what souce it's on.  He tried it on HDMI 2, then 3 and it does the same thing. 

 

He cannot get the VCR and DVD connected either.  Can someone provide a step by step connection guide since AT&T is worthless and they want to send someone out here for $300 to hook it all up.  I would really appreciate your help.  Oh, and the book provided by AT&T doesn't help.  Obviously, otherwise we wouldn't have a bunch of people coming on this message board asking for assistance.

 

Thanks!

 

Joanne

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OK:

 

Philips HDTV: Very nice TV.  You'll enjoy it.

 

Sony DVD: A bit older, but a nice DVD player.

 

Sony VCR: Well, if you still have tapes to watch, then you have to have one.

 

Technics AVR: OK, this is the equivalent of trying to put a watch together with stone knives and bearskins.  This AVR is the component that is stopping you from getting this all hooked up in a good way.  It's also very outdated as far as what kinds of audio (moden digital codecs, surround sound, etc.) it can play.  Seriously, replace this thing with a modern AV Receiver at your earliest opportunity.  Current popular brands are Onkyo, Pioneer, Denon, Sony, and Yamaha.

 

 

But if you want all this hooked up, I recommend the following setup.  Each numbered item is one set of connections.  The proper cable from Monoprice.com is linked to at the end, all cables are 6 feet long.

 

 

Connections

 

1. Sony VCR to Philips HDTV: Use a Composite + L/R Audio cable (3x RCA connectors, yellow/red/white) from the VCR out jacks to the Philips HDTV Video 1 In jacks.  The Video 1 in jacks are on the back of the Philips TV, they're labeled #5 in your manual on page 28.  Monoprice Composite+L/R Audio Cable.

 

2. Sony DVD to Philips HDTV: Use an S-Video + L/R Audio cable (2x RCA + 1x S-Video, red/white/black) from the DVD output jacks to the Philips HDTV Video 2 in jacks.  The Video 2 in jacks are on the side of the Philips TV, they're labeled #10/#11 in your manual on page 28.  Monoprice S-Video + L/R Audio Cable.

 

3. U-Verse to Philips HDTV: Use a Component + L/R audio cable (5x RCA, red/green/blue/red/white) from the U-Verse DVR output jacks to the Philips HDTV Component in jacks.  The Component in jacks are on the back of the TV, they're labeled #6 in your manual on page 28.  Abandon the HDMI cable and connection because HDMI does not help you due to your audio setup.  In fact, it will hurt you because of a black level problem within the U-Verse system.  Component connections work better for your situation.  Monoprice Component + L/R Audio Cable.

 

4. Philips TV to Technics AVR: Use a standard L/R audio cable (2x RCA, red/white) from the Philips TV audio output jacks to the Technics AVR VCR1 audio input jacks.  The audio output jacks on the Philips TV are on the back, shown as #3 in your manual on page 28.  Note that your manual has a misprint, it calls these "Audio Input Jacks" -- they are not, they are output.  Monoprice L/R Audio Cable.

 

5. Fisher tape deck to Technics AVR: Use a standard L/R audio cable (2x RCA, red/white) from the Fisher audio output to the Technics AVR Tape in jacks.  (Use same type of cable as #4 -- so you will need two of those).

 

 

Operation

 

You will select which device you want to watch on the HDTV by changing the TV input (use the Source button on the remote)

 

Sony VCR: Video 1

Sony DVD: Video 2

U-Verse: Component

 

For the Technics AVR, you will leave it on VCR1 to listen to anything except the Fisher tape deck.  To listen to that, switch the Technics to Tape instead of VCR1.  Switch back to VCR1 to listen to anything else.

 

 

Settings

 

U-Verse DVR:

 

1. Menu -> Options -> System Options -> Aspect Ratio -> Set to 1080i on high-definition screens.

2. Menu -> Options -> Audio/Language Options -> Digital Audio Output -> Set to Stereo

3. While watching TV, hit Enter (key below the 9 on the remote) -> Use L/R arrows to go to Zoom, set to Normal.


Philips HDTV:

 

1. Change the picture format to Normal (use Format button on Remote).

2. Menu -> Picture -> Auto Picture -> Set to Standard

3. Menu -> Sound -> TV Speakers -> Off

 

 

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Yay, SJ!  How you can do all that in your head with no equipment in front of you, just amazes me!!!

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spd2demun wrote:

Yay, SJ!  How you can do all that in your head with no equipment in front of you, just amazes me!!!


 

User manuals downloadable in PDF format.  Greatest thing since sliced bread. :smileywink: :smileyvery-happy:

 

 

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Still...you make it sound easier than it is. :smileywink:

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I'm utterly amazed at how you can do this as well.  I know you are looking at the manuals, but how to make sense of some of it?  Are you an audio guru? 

 

My boyfriend read your instructions and said, "Ahhhh, now it makes sense."  The only question he had was about his equalizer for the Bose speakers.  He said that they have to have the equalizer.  But, he'll try your connections and see what happens.

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The Bose 901s (like any speakers) have a non-linear frequency and phase response.  The equalizer that they come with is designed to compensate for the non-linearities so that the speakers end up producing a nice flat frequency response.  The equalizer also adds some punch to the low end.

In your setup, the Onkyo's Audyssey 2EQ will perform the same function by compensating for the speaker non-linearities and will compensate for the room acoustics as well.  After that if you want to add some low end, you can do that with the audio adjustments on the Onkyo or through one of the listening modes.

 

These newer receivers that have this calibrated microphone automatic equalization are incredible.  My Pioneer VSX-1018 has this same feature (they call it something different but it does the same thing).  The equalization is so good that it has literally devalued speakers as an item category.  With the computer-perfect equalization, you don't need $3000 speakers any more for audiophile quality, you can make a $400 set sound identical.

 

Audio guru?  I dunno.  Audio snob?  Probably. :smileyvery-happy:  I've spoiled myself by having a finely-tuned 5.1 system in my house for years as well as an ISF-calibrated HD TV, etc.  So I'm probably also a video snob, computer snob, coffee snob, ... the list goes on.  Just kinda snobby all the way around. :smileywink: :smileyvery-happy:

 

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Well, he was able to get everything connected.  VCR does not display anything on the screen, but we get sound.  Same with the DVD player.  Also, the DVD player doesn't have a progressive/normal slide switch on it.  He had to put it on the other tv and go to the menu in order to change it to Progressive.  We only get sound, no picture.  He's messing with the connections now.

 

He's a little disappointed in this receiver because it seems to only work well with "newer" components like the CD player.  The tape deck works, but you have to crank the volume higher than normal in order to hear the tape.  I guess when you get an HDTV and want to connect everything to the receiver, you also have to buy all new components too!

 

My phonograph won't connect unless we purchase some kind of additional module to plug into it.  I'm sure they don't make HDMI tape decks or phonographs, do they?  :smileylol:

 

Here's another problem.  We setup the TV according to the instructions from SomeJoe and the picture isn't being displayed full screen.  We have to go to Zoom and put it on Stretch.  But, then the words at the bottom (i.e. show description, time) are getting cut off.  What do we need to change?  Thank you!

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I don't think you've gone through all of my settings yet. Please completely go through all of the settings I noted above on all of the components (especially the Onkyo and the U-Verse receiver).

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He reset the entire receiver and is going to start again from the beginning.  We ordered a Blu Ray DVD player and HDMI cable for it. 

 

Right now we have another problem and he's dealing with that.  Then, he will go back to the TV and go through your steps again.  Thanks again!

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We received the Blu Ray DVD player yesterday.  Boyfriend has everything hooked up, but cannot get the Blu Ray player to work.  SomeJoe, I'm not sure if there are other settings on the receiver that he has to do?  He's not getting a picture in order to do the setup screen that the Blu Ray player says should automatically come up when you turn on the tv. 

 

Also, it seems like the volume has to be turned up so high in order to hear the tv program.  Are there adjustments we can do on the A/V receiver to fix this issue?  It wasn't like this before when he inititially hooked everything up.

 

Here's another issue I have.  You said to turn off the speakers to the TV.  Is there any way that we can still have the TV speakers on?  During the setup and following your instructions, he turned off the tv speakers.  But, if you try to turn them on now, you can't.  I'd like to have the option of watching TV without the receiver on and also having the TV speakers on with the stereo speakers.

 

Thanks for all of your help!  I'm sorry that my boyfriend is so audio/video challenged.  Sometimes I wonder if I should have just did all of the work on hooking this stuff up!  I'm more technologically inclined, I'm discovering, than he is.

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Unfortunately, I only have the user manuals of the equipment that you posted that you have to go by. At this point, because you're still having problems configuring things, it's not really possible for me to do anything else without putting hands on the equipment, which is impractical.

The best bet for you at this point is to have someone who is local to you who specializes in A/V setups to come to your home and get everything hooked up and working. I hesitate to recommend any of the consumer services like Geek Squad from Best Buy, because they sometimes have people who really don't know what they're doing.

I would recommend you ask at the location where you bought the Onkyo Receiver for a recommendation as to who to go to.

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To add to what SJ said, try a high end stereo store for help. 

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No need for the professional installers. 

 

He was able to get it all working using Some Joe's instructions.  Since we purchased a new Blu Ray DVD player, he had to modify the instructions from Joe.  Now he's going to reconfigure the speakers because the sound is strange with the one center speaker that we have (however, we have no subwoofer or surround sound system).  The voices are coming out of that center speaker while the background noise/music, etc. is coming out of the two Bose speakers.  He's going to disconnect the center speaker and reconfigure the Bose speakers. 

 

Thanks to everyone here for all of your help.  Some Joe, if there was a way to get you out here to help set everything up, you can bet your hat that I would pay you to do it!

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Sweet! :smileyhappy:  Glad that you did finally get everything working!

 

The dialogue coming out of the center speaker is normal -- this is the way that 5.1 audio is supposed to work.  It centralizes the dialogue right near the screen so that background sound effects, music, etc. take advantage of the stereo effects of the front left/front right speaker placement.

 

I would advise not removing the center speaker since it is designed to work that way, especially since you now have a Blu-Ray player which will have extremely good audio on most discs.

 

Also, don't test the audio using a U-Verse SD channel, since those are only 2-channel audio.  Test with a 5.1 Blu-Ray disc or at minimum, a U-Verse HD channel that has 5.1 audio.  Those will illustrate how the system is processing sound.

 

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Edited by Taylarie on Jan 15, 2012 at 6:19:05 PM

He's already in the process of changing it and removing the center speaker.  I guess we shall see how it sounds.  Yeah, I know that's how it's supposed to work with the center speaker as my boyfriend said the same thing as you.  But, it bothers me and hurts my right ear.  I also cannot understand what the people are saying that well when it's coming out of the center speaker. 

 

Maybe my ears are strange or {Inappropriate content removed}, but I also have problems with surround sound and I cannot stand how the sound is in a movie theatre when it's coming at all different directions.  I can't stand surround sound!!!  I know, I'm weird.  LOL

 

He's going to kill me if I tell him to change it back with the center speaker.  He's doing the setup with the microphone thing that you put on a tripod in the center of the room right now. 

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Update.  We bought a 7.1 surround sound system by Onyko and my boyfriend will be hooking the speakers up today or tomorrow.  He and I agreed that it would be better to have this receiver work at what it was intended to do and that is to provide a home theater experience.  I can't wait to see how it sounds!

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I have an Onkyo receiver with 7.1 feeding 7 Bose double cubes.  I pieced this together so it has 3 Bose Accoustimas modules and a Klipse subwoofer.  I used HDMI from the DVR to the tv and optical from the DVR to the receiver.  I have HDMI from the receiver to tv.  I also have a blu-ray DVD with HDMI to the receiver.  I have a Roku with HDMI to the receiver.  This way, I can watch tv without the sound system and use the sound system for movies and sports.  I always use the sound system with the DVD and Roku.

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I'm trying to find out how we can watch the tv with just the tv speakers without turning the entire entertainment system on.  We have the tv with HDMI going to the receiver too along with the AT&T box.

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flexy633 wrote:

I'm trying to find out how we can watch the tv with just the tv speakers without turning the entire entertainment system on.  We have the tv with HDMI going to the receiver too along with the AT&T box.



You can use one of the other outputs from the stb, like the composite, svhs, coax, or component connections.  And connect them to the corresponding inputs on your tv.  You will also need to connect the red and white audio outputs to the tv from the stb if you use any outputs other than the coax one.  Then you will be able to listen to the speakers in your tv.

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Read my post above your's.


flexy633 wrote:

I'm trying to find out how we can watch the tv with just the tv speakers without turning the entire entertainment system on.  We have the tv with HDMI going to the receiver too along with the AT&T box.


 

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Going crazy here!!! Not tech savy at all!  Here is what I have:

 

1) Emerson DVD player w/video cassette recorder (EWD 2203);

2) RCA Audio/Video Receiver (STAV - 3970); and

3) Sanyo HDTV LCD (DP 32640).  These are the components of my home entertainment center with speakers in the ceiling and one center speaker on top of the home entertainment cabinet.

 

Had these hooked up prior to getting the Sanyo HDTV and installing U-Verse.  They weren't reattached by the technician and I need step by step instructions if I am going to get them re-installed correctly.  Your assistance would be sincerely appreciated!!!  Thank you so much!!!

 

Sincerely, Linda

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lindaw76107- There are multiple ways to connect based on device capabilities and how you want to use them.

Best thing is to connect U-verse STB direct to TV via HDMI for HD.

To watch DVDs connect that to another input on the TV.

If you want to record to the VCR connect yellow/red/white from the STB to the VCR,

To get sound to the receiver connect red/white from the STB to the receiver. Same for DVD player.

This selects viewing on the TV. Mute TV for receiver sound.

You can record what you watch on u-verse on the VCR.
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lindaw76107 wrote:

Going crazy here!!! Not tech savy at all!  Here is what I have:

 

1) Emerson DVD player w/video cassette recorder (EWD 2203);

2) RCA Audio/Video Receiver (STAV - 3970); and

3) Sanyo HDTV LCD (DP 32640).  These are the components of my home entertainment center with speakers in the ceiling and one center speaker on top of the home entertainment cabinet.

 

Had these hooked up prior to getting the Sanyo HDTV and installing U-Verse.  They weren't reattached by the technician and I need step by step instructions if I am going to get them re-installed correctly.  Your assistance would be sincerely appreciated!!!  Thank you so much!!!

 

Sincerely, Linda


Here's how I would connect your system to everything:

Uverse STB to TV Via HDMI

Uverse STB Audio to Sound System via Optical (back side the connection on the back of the STB and sound system that glows red)

DVD player to TV via Component video and Composite audio (Red/Blue/Green/Red/White RCA cables)

DVD Player to Sound System via Coax Audio Out (a single RCA cable)

VCR to Sound system via composite (red/white yellow) Connect it to the VCR in on the back side of the sound system

Sound system to TV via composite (red/white/yellow) connect to the VCR out on the back side of the sound system

 

I know it looks and sounds complicated but in my opinion, this should give you the best avaliable picture quality and sound with your equipment and give you the ability to listen/watch tv or movies with and without the sound system on.

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Like I said, I am NOT tech savvy, but your instructions are a little more clear than the previous responder.  I certainly do appreciate everyone's response to a tech dummie like me, and I am fixing to give it a try.  I will let you know how it goes!!   TYVM

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lindaw76107 wrote:

Like I said, I am NOT tech savvy, but your instructions are a little more clear than the previous responder.  I certainly do appreciate everyone's response to a tech dummie like me, and I am fixing to give it a try.  I will let you know how it goes!!   TYVM


Not a problem. Just another suggestion, get a Harmony remote.  These remotes are simple to setup on your computer and let you 1-button start everything to watching (turns on TV, Sounds system and sets it so that the TV is displayed and that the volume on the sound system is controlled by the same remote)

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flexy633_1 wrote:

Hello everyone!  We had the AT&T tech out here on April 26 to install our U-Verse system.  However, none of our components (i.e. VCR, DVD player, stereo receiver, or stereo speakers) were hooked up yet (they weren't unpacked).  He just installed the AT&T receiver to our HDTV.  We have a brand new Phillips 42" HDTV.  The VCR is a late 90's Sony SLV-N71.  The DVD player is a 2005 Sony DVPN5V57P.  I have these hooked up to a Technics SA-EX300 receiver from the mid-90's powering some 901 Bose speakers which have their own equalizer.

 

As you can guess, there are many wires everywhere.  On top of that we have an early 90's Fisher cassette player/recorder.  They all worked fine when we had Comcast basic service (no set up box). 

 

My boyfriend is losing his mind and I'm losing my patience because he cannot get this setup.  He bought one HDMI calbe and tried to connect it from the TV to the AT&T receiver and he put the source for the TV to HDMI1 and the TV flashes the picture for a split second and then, shows what souce it's on.  He tried it on HDMI 2, then 3 and it does the same thing. 

 

He cannot get the VCR and DVD connected either.  Can someone provide a step by step connection guide since AT&T is worthless and they want to send someone out here for $300 to hook it all up.  I would really appreciate your help.  Oh, and the book provided by AT&T doesn't help.  Obviously, otherwise we wouldn't have a bunch of people coming on this message board asking for assistance.

 

Thanks!

 

Joanne


Yes, they did the exact same thing to me.  I called customer service~~this happened over 2 years ago.  The technical department said they would be happy to send someone over, and I'm pretty sure I had to wait until the weekend.  The guy they sent over told me "it was not his job". 

He sent me one of those evaluation forms with the name and phone number of his supervisor, and I also received a phone call later where I was supposed to rate the quality of the service.

When he was here, it seemed as if it were more of situation like he didn't know HOW to do the work, more than it wasn't part of his job. 

I called the supervisor back and explained what had happened, and rescheduled for the following weekend.  And for the following weekend we also had additional work for another TV set that had to be reconnected with a new stereo antenna and a new DVD player, it is one of the older tube sets, probably something I could have done myself, except the set is very large.  One time the set fell over and required some repairs, so I didn't want to play with it.  

The second time the ATT tech did fine with the old tube set, but could not manage the home theater gear and the flat screen in the other room, so it cost us another fee.  And during the next week I had to chase his supervisor around to get someone here over the third weekend in a row.  \

I was starting to become seriously upset at this point, since I usually work 12-14 hours days and if I have to take a day off for something like this, I get upset if it doesn't get done. 

The third time this (bozo) visited, we were charged, and everything is still in pieces, all over in various room all over my house. 

At this point I haven't been able to even turn on my TV set in over a month.  I'm so disgusted I'm about to scream.  I don't want these people back in my house.  We've been paying to keep our numbers unlisted, and they are all over several versions of the yellow pages, white pages, and the ATT installers damaged a lamp in my office (cost over $80 to repair).  Did not tell anyone.  Door to door solicitation is illegal in the town where I live, I should have slammed the door in the woman's face, at this point I'm contacting the PUC, CA State Attorney Gen'ls office, and I have a few childhood friends and former coworkers who are attorneys so we'll see what happens next.  This is outrageous that we should have to put up with this. 

I asked about plenty of things, and was lied to about every one of them, including the VOIP system which I never would have allowed in my house.   That's a security nightmare from the word go.  I've had to install hundreds of dollars worth of equipment to keep these ATT monkeys out of my network, and now I've also had to spend countless hours extracting data from other devices that were left vulnerable by this crappy VOIP network that the cute little pregnant girl on my doorstep lied to me about and sold me, after I asked her about it and she sold me down the river, and lied to me about the channel lineup and just about everything else. 

And now I'm stuck paying $306 per month???  At the beginning of 2011 it was only $184, and now ATT is now refusing to renegotiate rates and is now telling me that I have to start to think about downgrading services if I want to pay less? 

 

I live about a 3 minute walk from the library, that's always been free, and I've never had to pay unless I wanted to print something or make a photocopy. 

 

And they have a gigantic section of DVDs to check out for 3 weeks at a time?  or 6 weeks?  It's free. 

 

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