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Old 06-13-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Can anyone help please? I can't figure out which way to hook everything up

Thank you for takin a minute to read this and offer some advice...Ive been clueless for an hour and canít find the manual online anywhere so I really appreciate this! I just got a Denon AVR-2000 that says on the front: "Dolby Surround: Pro-Logic" and also: "Digital Signal Processing System DSP", and the front also has one "Video Aux Inputs" slot (3 inserts).
**Picture of the back of the receiver is attached to this thread.

I realize that the receiver has no digital inputs or outputs anywhere, but I am just inquiring about what the "best set-up" would be with the components I have that'd make the best surround sound.

Components I want to hook up to receiver:
(1.) Element HDTV(ELDFT421) (3 AV Inputs; 2 Component Inputs w/ the green,blue,and red ones; 3 HDMI inputs; 1 Orange Coaxial input; 1 VGA Input; and screw-on for basic cable cord)
(2.) Comcast Cable HD (1 HDMI; Video: Yellow, Green, Blue, Red; Audio Out: Red, White, Orange Coaxial, and Digital Audio
(3.) DVD Player (Digital Out: Orange Coaxial Cable; Component Video Out: blue,red,green; Audio: Red, White; Line Out-video: yellow
(4.) CD Player (red and white output)
(5.) XBOX 360 (1 HDMI; Digital Audio; Regular AV cords)
(6.) IPOD- Hook up cord with RCA Cords with the Aux cord on the end
(7.) Subwoofer- Has one red input cord on back. It is powered by a wall outlet

Thanks again if you're reading this I know its long but heres just a few questions please!?
(1.) My Element HDTV (bought new a year ago) has recently started cutting-out to a blue screen momentarily while watching digital cable and then after 2 seconds it will cut back to the show. Ive replaced the cable box, tried new HDMI cables, so now I believe its a TV HDMI problem. Is there a way to bypass the direct TV--Cablebox route and make it go through another component first or anything that might solve this? Also... any steps describing what the best set-up would be using which cords would be fantastic.
Thank you so much for your time! This took forever to write but I really want to experience the best surround sound with the mediocre components I own


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Old 06-13-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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You could just run the red/white/yellow (left, right, video) from most components to the Denon and then the Denon's red/white/yellow output to the tv's av input.

That Denon is pretty aged; did you get it on Woot?

You aren't going to get any real surround sound with that Denon; I love them and have a Denon myself; but the AVR-2000 is basically an av (red/white/yellow) hub. I don't remember if it even supports video switching; so my whole post may be wrong.

You may look into an AVR-1912. The most recent version even has HDMI control protocol.


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Old 06-13-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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I appreciate you replying and the advice. I have a JVC RX-558V as well that I've been using before I was offered this one. The JVC receiver would never play the back speakers I could never get it to do surround sound but I very well could have hooked it up wrong. Does it have to be digital to be able to get to the rear speakers and center?
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To be honest man, you should update your receiver, your not going to get very good video quality off of the "yellow" wire.
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How old is this receiver?

Are those all the jacks there are, or are there some others not pictured and blue or green in color?

You will want to run all of the video cables directly to the TV. The red and white audio cables can still be connected to this receiver.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:12 PM   #6
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Your receiver is not capable of passing any HD video signals.

The highest video it has is standard def S-video.

You can plug your cable box into tv using HDMI or component green/blue/red video. Plus red/white audio or a digital audio depending on tv's inputs. Some HDMI pass audio so try that first. Might be only cable you need.

Hook up DVD player to tv using component green/blue/red video. Plus red/white audio or a digital audio.

XBox with HDMI cable to tv.

CD player to receiver on red/white CD in jacks.

i-Pod to receiver on VCR2 in red/white jacks if you have the right cable.

Now, for sound, take an output from tv (TV out?) red/white. Run to VCR1 in or DAT/tape in red/white. To get surround sound out of receiver, you will be counting on quality of Dolby Pro logic and/or DSP processors to process this stereo input into surround sound. Speaker wires must be correctly wired to receiver.

Don't see a sub woofer input in your pics but even this vintage receiver should have.

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Wow, that is a dinosaur. Suggest using only for 2 channel stereo, and getting something like the Denon AVR 1612 if you want a bottom end HDMI capable AVRS. Otherwise, the one you have is not worth the effort.
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home theatre using HDMI cables

I cannot get Blu-Ray player to play thru new reciver to tv. I have the following: to receiver--blu-ray to receiver--receiver to tv. all HDMI connections. tv plays fine. blu-ray not at all. Can anyone help please?

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Old 08-16-2012, 01:21 PM   #9
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The obvious:
HDMI blu-ray to receiver input
HDMI from receiver to tv input

You will have to select (at receiver) what is sent to tv, if on 1 HDMI cable to tv. Now, it seems cable box is 'sending' to tv.

If tv has multiple HDMI in jacks: ie. receiver out cable box to tv HDMI1
Cable box must be selected at receiver; HDMI1 must be selected on tv.
If blu-ray player selected at receiver; likely HDMI2 or similar must be selected on tv.
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