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Old 12-17-2007, 12:07 PM
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Hey guys, this is my first thread here. I love the site and have saved quite a bit of money already on the deals that are post here.
Now i have a question.
I already have a Toshiba Regza 32HL67U 32" 720p TV.
For X-mas i am getting a Toshiba A3 player, and Logitech z-5500's as my surround sound.

My question is;
How do i get the best sound from this? If i have all my components (Xbox 360 and A3) going into my TV, then an optical out to the mini-receiver on the z-5500, would that be any less quality than if i went straight from the components to the z-5500's?
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Old 12-17-2007, 02:46 PM
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So you want to hook the Z5500 directly to your Toshiba TV (via Optical)?

This way you will certainly get the best results as the TV will possibly synchronize the sound to meet the picture.
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Old 12-17-2007, 02:55 PM
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Ok i don't know who the poster above me is but please don't do what he said. If you connect them both to your TV and then your tv to your Z-5500's you will get 2channel audio. Now the best audio is Xbox360 via optical to your Z-5500 and A3 via optical to your Z-5500. Now one problem...only 1 optical in on your Z-5500's. So here is the solution. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2 grab one of these. Connect both your 360 and your a3 via optical to it. Then go from the switch's out into your one in on your Z-5500's and voila. True 5.1 from two sources. That is by far going to be your best sounding audio options.
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:38 PM
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so i have to actually TURN that everytime i switch components.....ugh. haha i am that lazy. how much worse of quality will i be getting if i go RCA audio from one of them?

or what if i went optical to optical-coaxial conveter out to the z-5500 through a coaxial cable?

also, if i go HDMI from the A3 to my TV, then optical to the z-5500, i will only get video through the HDMI right (which is what i would want) and audio through optical, right?
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:29 AM
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so i have to actually TURN that everytime i switch components.....ugh. haha i am that lazy. how much worse of quality will i be getting if i go RCA audio from one of them?

or what if i went optical to optical-coaxial conveter out to the z-5500 through a coaxial cable?

also, if i go HDMI from the A3 to my TV, then optical to the z-5500, i will only get video through the HDMI right (which is what i would want) and audio through optical, right?
Yes HDMI would do video and optical would do audio. coaxial can only deliver 2channel audio unless there are the 5.1 analogs in which case there are 6 cables i believe. So if your that lazy choose which one you would rather have true 5.1 out of and use coxial to the z-5500's for the other.
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Coaler hit the nail on the head...bang
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:49 AM
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Ok i don't know who the poster above me is but please don't do what he said. If you connect them both to your TV and then your tv to your Z-5500's you will get 2channel audio. Now the best audio is Xbox360 via optical to your Z-5500 and A3 via optical to your Z-5500. Now one problem...only 1 optical in on your Z-5500's. So here is the solution. grab one of these. Connect both your 360 and your a3 via optical to it. Then go from the switch's out into your one in on your Z-5500's and voila. True 5.1 from two sources. That is by far going to be your best sounding audio options.
Hm. Sorry then. I thought the Z5500 could handle 5.1 PCM via Analog Connection.

BTW: This sentence looks a little strange to me "Ok i don't know who the poster above me is but please don't do what he said."

I mean: We are on the internet you could write this at the beginning of nearly every post. Or do you know all the other guys of the Highdef-Digest Forums?
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:03 PM
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does RCA do 5.1?
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:56 PM
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Hm. Sorry then. I thought the Z5500 could handle 5.1 PCM via Analog Connection.

BTW: This sentence looks a little strange to me "Ok i don't know who the poster above me is but please don't do what he said."

I mean: We are on the internet you could write this at the beginning of nearly every post. Or do you know all the other guys of the Highdef-Digest Forums?
Haha i can see where you're comming from. Didn't mean any offense either it's just i have NEVER seen you post whereas glocks or AV_integrated or other poeple who post help on this forum post often and i know they would always give good advice. And the thing that the Z5500's would do with a coaxial connection is guestemate which sounds should go to the rear and which to the front. They never do a good job of this and usually you just end up with the same thing out of all 5 speakers. And the post above mine asking about RCA...you mean the red/white connectors right? Which is what we have been reffering to as coaxial. Short answer no long answer yes. HEH. You get 5.1 out of them if you have the player and receiver to do it. There would need to be 3 sets of connections(6 connectors) on the back of your player and the same connections on your receiver (on your receiver it would say 5.1 analog and they would all be grouped together)
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:02 PM
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so basically i should just get the optical splitter and hook everything up via optical? its not a problem at all if its what i will get the best sound out of

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can i use one of these? the reviews said they ecperienced no loss of quality, but i am not sure about that..
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...mat=4#feedback

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