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Connect an LG 42LV4400 HDTV to a home theatre (Sony STRGX69ES)

By stevenson500 @ Nov 29 2011 05:42 pm

I am trying to connect an LG 42LV4400 HDTV to a home theatre (Sony STRGX69ES).  Currently I have connected the TV to a Magnavox VCR. We use the VCR and a PS3 for disk movies.  I get sound for eveything but the TV when I am on Cable.  I currnently have the TV Vid and L/R out going into the VCR Inputs jacks and then the Vid/Aud output jacks for the vcr plugged into the Sony receiver’s vid/aud input jacks.  Am I doing something wrong here?  thanks

How to connect non-HDMI receiver to new system

By jwhite518 @ Nov 28 2011 08:06 pm


I just bought my first HDTV (I know!) and am in the market for a Blu Ray player. The problem is that my receiver, which does support 5.1, doesn’t have an HDMI connector. It does have Optical. So how do I connect my system? Before buying the BluRay do I need to make sure it has any specific connectors?



Installing my front projector and am looking for some assistance

By lhuggins007 @ Oct 09 2011 07:56 pm

i’m having trouble installing my front projector and am looking for some assistance. i have an onkyo receiver tx-nr609, the projectoris a viewsonic pjd5111. the projector doesn’t have hdmi, so i bought a converter from at-hdview. it is a vga to hdmi. i currently have a 60″ lg tv connected to the receiver, which works well, i would have thought going out the onkyo via hdmi through the converterbox into the projector’s vga would work, but i still get no signal. i can get a signal through the s-video cable of the projector and my satillite box. Any suggestions?

Introducing my self

By mik100 @ Jun 28 2011 07:37 am

hi guys,i live in Corfu,Greece. I’m tryinging to make a deccent home thearte in my liviving room the last 2 years,and so far i’m enoying it a lot(very proud) i’ve got a receiver Yamaha RX-V3900 front speakers Klipsch RF-52 sub-woofer RW-10d ,and just built a HTPC -INTERTECH -2008-T .to replace a laptop that i got  with a hdmi cable running to my 40 inch Samsung  from my coffee table to my front wall.  I was wondering if there was any kind of small wireless touch screen so i could mirror my tv so i dont have to keep on changing channels on my tv,and that touch screen would also be a remote controll.  I’ve seen 1 on the internet called Air panel v110 but it’s not available for Greece. Thanks for listening to me, hope to get some info soon.

Vera limits

By INFINITE HOME @ May 18 2011 05:18 pm

are there any limits for the vera that anyone has found out about as far as range, I am planning to used this along with my 2 gig control panel for my home alarm system to by pass the monitoring of the system from another  provider. Any info will be very welcome

AutoHTN update v0.81

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Mar 18 2011 01:07 am

The latest AutoHTN update should fix the crashes at the advanced menu screen. Let us know how it goes.

Need help connecting HTN please

By bizwizkid @ Feb 27 2011 04:28 pm

I would really appreciate your help. I’m building my first HTN and am assembling some legacy systems. It’s a cool setup but, I can’t get my audio straight.

Here’s my components:

TV: Pioneer Plasma Display 503-PU. This display has two speaker outputs on it which can be used for the two attached speakers (which I can certainly use)

TV Tuner:  Pioneer PDP-R03U

Cable box: Scientific Atlantic Explorer 8300

Subwoofer: Sony SA-W305G

Attached are photos of the two tuners (Pioneer TV tuner on top/SA cable on bottom) and of the subwoofer.

I would really appreciate your direction on how I should connect the sub-woofer and the rear speakers.

Thanks much!img_2089




By jransley @ Feb 21 2011 12:38 pm

seeking connection chart for optimal video and audio

Panasonic TH-50PE700U HDTV

Panasonic SC-BT100 Blue-ray Home Theater system

Motorola DCH3416 comcast cable box

World’s most expensive stereo system

By matto @ Jan 30 2011 12:42 am

One to many speakers if you ask me. More information at Lux Homes



By Woody @ Jan 15 2011 08:11 pm

I desperately need help to complete the hook up of my home theatre system:


I have coaxial cable coming into the house, to a splitter, to a router, and to a digital DVR cable box, from the cable box, line out, i have a 5 to 5 male rca set of cables running to the 46′ LCD HDTV, video 3 line in, then I have a WII console running to AV input video 1 on the LCD HDTV, then I have a DVD Home Theatre Sound System, line out, 5 to 5 rca male cables running to y, pb, and pr of video 2 and l, r audio output, and HDMI cable running to tv HDMI 3, then I have a DVD Recorder, HDMI line out to tv HDMI 1.

I can listen to music, play DVD’s do everything I want and anything the tv projects I just have to set the Home Theatre System to AUX and get my surround sound no problem.  I cannot figure out how to connect the DVD Recorder to everything in order to record programs off of the digital cable DVR box.  Please help.



New version of AutoHTN

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jan 05 2011 05:36 pm

Starting off the new year with a new version of AutoHTN. The new version supports multiple Veras which can be selected in the Vera Setting menu. The menu is now easier to use, and there is a new advanced Vera Settings screen. Additionally, the MIOS connection issues some were having should be fixed. Please post any questions at:


By revraft @ Jul 20 2010 09:12 pm

Very Excited, just bought a Sony 3D Tv online. Can’t wait to get it. The model number is KDL40HX800 and its specs are 40-inch, 1080p 240Hz, and 3D Ready.


AutoHTN Android apk download link?

By poundstar @ Jun 09 2010 02:24 pm

Where can I find the download link to the AutoHTN android apk application?

Where’s my 200Hz?

By petefitz61 @ May 09 2010 07:59 am

I recently purchased an LG 37 SL8000 LCD TV and am quite happy with the TV,  this model promises Tru Motion 200Hz picture capability however I can’t seem to access it!

Each time I access the diagnostics the menu gives me 50Hz, not even 100Hz!

How can I upgrade the picture resolution on this model as I am still getting judder in fast moving scenes, even 100Hz would be an improvement, is this 200Hz thing just a myth?


By richie_74 @ May 06 2010 09:39 am


I want to connect a vga projector to a Media Centre  using SVHS dos anyone know were i can get a diagram from please


Sony monitor comcast hdmi connections

By gitbob @ Mar 27 2010 10:27 am

Help, hdmi connectios set in Comcast are lost when I turn off and turn on Comcast box.  I have Comcast hdmi box, Sony fwd-42pv1, Denon avr1610 reciever, xbox360 and sony gx300 dvd recorder.  Using hdmi cable from Comcast box to denon out.  Everything works other than having to reset comcast settings everytime I turn on/off.  Thank you


By miktoo @ Mar 10 2010 07:05 pm

I have just lost audio and want to reconnect whole system.  I have the following components:


DishNetwork VIP622DVR

Pioneer VSX-917V Receiver

Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blue Ray player

Yamaha NS-AP200X with CLS-200 Subwoofer

I would think this would be pretty straightforward but I have no sound now.


I have 3 HDMI cables and 2 Optic cables.

pete fitz

By petefitz61 @ Mar 05 2010 04:03 am

How do I connect my sky+ satellite receiver to my Home Cinema System & TV using: (i) HDMI cable.        (ii) Optical Audio cable?

Android Phone User

By J-K-L @ Feb 28 2010 01:04 pm


I have an Android phone.

We are building a new home.

I am looking for Home Automation ideas.

Exterity iptv

By jayskiee @ Feb 24 2010 07:41 am



Exterity IPTV system.

Dose anyone know if you could run a IPTV system at home?

I would be grateful if you could let me know.


Home theater hookup

By shoyt16 @ Sep 17 2009 07:53 am

How can i hookup a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR, HDTV, DVD Player (upconverting to 1080P) and home theater receiver? All of these have HDMI capabilities. Diagrams and cables needed would be a +.

Missing link

By twizardt @ Aug 27 2009 10:15 am

Hi everyone,

I am trying to get my home network hooked up to my home theater system. Can someone please tell me the best module to use, or the best way to do this.


Connecting a Laptop: Going VGA or going S-Video/Component

By frank0051 @ Aug 27 2009 01:27 am

So, I have an interesting situation on my heads and I was hoping for some help.   I have an 720p HD TV that has both VGA input (well it turns out to be around 1280×720 or so) and component input (YPbPr).  The VGA input is paired with an RCA (red/white) audio input (which would come from running the 3.5mm to RCA), while the component is paired with a R and L component into (using RCA interconnects).

So here is where things get tricky, I am attempting to hook my laptop up to the HDTV and I want to get the highest audio and video quality.  Here are the options I think  I have:

1) use the VGA output from the laptop to connect to VGA input on the HD tv and get a 3.5mm headphone jack to l/r rca for the audio.  How would this do on the quality scale?

2) I have a 7-pin s-video output on the laptop.  The 7-pin is S-video and SPDIF combined.  I also have the adaptor that actually works with this connection to get the s-video feed to component and to SPDIF coaxial (here is the adapter  Now I know I can easily hook up the video, but how would I connect the Digital Coaxial (RCA)  I get from the adapter to the analag RCA that is paired with the component inputs?  If I could even figure out a way to do it, would the sound and video quality of the component input be better than my option above?





Hoping to stop the audio/video cable madness!!!!

By tonymeiers @ Aug 26 2009 09:41 pm

I believe the model # for the Denon receiver is AVR-1709. It does have HDMI inputs. Do I run everything to the receiver then just an HDMI cable from the receiver to the tv? If I understand this right, this will cover the video aspect. Do the HDMI cables cover all of my audio needs also?



                           —> receiver–HDMI(cable)—>Playstation3

                            —>receiver–component(cable)—>satellite box

If I will need to run seperate audio cables, can someone please specify for me which type is best and from which component to which????

Please help!!!!!!!!!!!

By tonymeiers @ Aug 25 2009 03:12 pm

I need some serious help connecting all of my new home theater compontents. I have a 50″ Samsung plasma, a Dennon AV surround sound receiver with  a subwoofer ,2 front, 2 rear, 1 center polk audio speakers, a standard definition dish network satellite receiver, and a playstation 3 I will also use as the blue ray player. I would like to know which (monster) cables I need and how to hook them up to get the best experience(best video and audio experience) I am able to get out of it.

My new receiver – Denon AVR-1609

By Riley Storm @ Aug 23 2009 03:27 pm

I would like to get 5.1 surround sound so my first step was to buy a receiver. I went with the Denon AVR-1609 mostly because of the price was cheap. It has 2 HDMI inputs, 75W per channel, and all the basics I need. It can’t decode DTS-HD MA, but I’m not sure if I’ll need it. Connecting everything wasn’t difficult and just set up the Audyssey microphone to get the speakers at the right volume. So far, everything is working. Will post if anything changes.

Denon 1609 receiver back panel

Discount HDMI vs. Expensive

By dfrench @ Jun 22 2009 12:18 pm HDMI Cables are the same as “expensive”, or if there is notable difference in quality. There is one noticeable difference, and that is price. While premium DHHsdjkd;ajfdiweocables can cost upwards of $100, you can get the same length generic cable for around $13.

But what about quality? I think to understand, it helps to know what HDMI cables are. HDMI cables transmit a digital signal (both audio and video) between a HD source such as a cable box and your TV. Digital signals transmit to TV’s using a simple code of 1’s and 0’s, the TV then determines the 1 or 0 and broadcasts the signal. There really is no gray area, they either transmit the signal or they do not, and honestly speaking, your $13 cable will carry that signal just as effective as your $100.

All HDMI cables are certified by the same standard testing at the HDMI Authorized Testing Center. That means that the generic cables receive the same HDMI certification from the same testing as the premium cables.

The reality is there is absolutely no difference in quality. I have seen both side by side, and have not been able to tell any difference. I recommend as well doing some research of the specs, you will see that most discount cables have the same specs as the expensive HDMI cables. It is just like buying a generic brand of cereal, same ingredients, different packaging, and a lot cheaper price.

Some people do wonder how companies are able to sell cables for such a cheaper price. As I can not speak for all, I can tell you how we save the consumer money, and still offer an excellent cable. Our cables come in a plastic sleeve, in a bubble wrapped envelope. There is no fancy packaging, or expensive branding to place our logo on the cable. We simply put a stamp on the envelope and it is out the warehouse door. We have no expensive marketing campaigns; we simply try and keep our overhead costs as low as we can so we can pass the savings on to the consumer.

Buying a discount cable may leave you without bragging rights, but it will also leave you with a lot of extra cash in your pocket and a clear signal to your HDTV. A good site that I have found is

About to Build New HTPC

By wearhark @ Jun 06 2009 12:26 am

I think this site convinced me to build a HTPC. I mostly want one to watch Netflix, Hulu and Youtube on my HDTV. I think I might get a blu-ray ROM too since they are cheaper than blu-ray players.


Any suggestions?

Wearhark’s HTN setup

By wearhark @ May 09 2009 01:23 am



I have a Samsung LN32A450 LCD HDTV, a Sony DVD player, and a Onkyo 8255 receiver.

Software used for the Connection Diagram ?

By iTalk @ May 01 2009 07:15 am

Hi all,

This might sound a bit silly, but I adore the connection diagram you have on the left panel.

I was wondering what software you used to make it ? It looks like that the program was highly customised to fit HTN photos.


My current HTN setup

By Riley Storm @ Apr 25 2009 11:48 am

I went and purchased my first HDTV a few months ago during the Superbowl deals. It’s a
Samsung LN52A650 and it has 1080p and a good contrast ratio. we’ve been happy with the picture quality although there are some annoying reflection issues when its bright outside.


I also have a PS3, an older DVD player, and a satellite box for Direct TV. The older DVD player is not used anymore as we use the PS3 instead. My speakers aren’t anything special. That’s probably what I’ll upgrade next.

My home network is a normal wireless network. We have a couple of latops in the house and a office computer.


By 3lions @ Jan 29 2009 08:56 pm

would black be okay to paint the wall behind my 50 inch plasma, i plan on installing ideal-lume ambient lighting as well

Yamaha vs Pioneer Receiver HDMI Question

By 3lions @ Jan 18 2009 09:19 pm

i updated my receiver to the yamaha htr-6290 for hdmi for blu ray movies and the picture is good but when watching satelite tv it isnt as nice as the pioneer elite vsx-56txi i had

is the pioneer a better receiver than the yamaha or is there something i can do to better the picture, the pioneer had no hdmi thats why i changed it, i find the component a better picture than there a difference if i bought a more expensive hdmi cable

Help getting started

By jgruberman @ Jan 18 2009 05:28 pm

I’m loving the ideas of all of this… ,but is that all it is? an idea?  i haven’t seen any actual AutoHTN software for the Android OS.  Is it out there and i haven’t seen it, or is it to be released?

Am I missing something?

wireless network

By pearl85 @ Jan 18 2009 02:08 pm

I have a home theater in the family room with directv and arcam receiver. I want to connect my pc and two other hdtv’s so I can watch anything on my computer including itune downloads and my directv dvr on any of the tv’s any network ideas?

multiple connections

By 3lions @ Jan 04 2009 09:20 pm

I noticed i get a better picture from my satellite box when using component cables instead of hdmi but better video from my blu ray with hdmi. Can i run hdmi from the bluray to the receiverand hdmi output to the tv when watching dvd and run component cable from cable box to receiver and component out to tv

hooking up speakers to hdtv

By dlredmon @ Dec 18 2008 01:33 pm

when hooking up speakers to a hdtv do I have to unhook/disable the tv speaker to get the speakers to work?

Beginning to learn

By Chuck @ Nov 14 2008 05:40 pm

Just getting started on setting up a home theater/media extension, and became hooked on the site right away with the crunchy goodness presented by the block diagram.

Probably should have done my research first, but couldn’t wait to finally get an HD TV, for which I picked up a Samsung HL67A750. Only currently have a Motorolo DVR (from Comcast) and XBox360 hooked up, using component connectors for each.

Not sure if I’ll look into a receiver or a HTPC next, so will start a bit of research on each and see where it goes.


By buschfan @ Nov 10 2008 01:52 pm

trying to connect home theater system, i have cable box, dvd/vcr,tv, home theater. does it go wall cable to cable box, to dvd/vcr, to surround, to tv???? thank you, tim [email protected]

How to hook up Blu-Ray to home network

By reg549 @ Nov 01 2008 07:49 pm

I have a Sony 550 blue ray player with an Ethernet port that is to hook up with the internet to download BD material and obtain firmware updates.  I have a wireless home network but am not clear what to purchase to have the two communicate via an Ethernet connection (on the back of the Sony)….can anyone tell me what I need to purchase so that I can connect wirelessly to my home network?

Don’t forget

By tdpro @ Oct 05 2008 10:45 am

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We Recommend to all our readers who have or want to have Home Theater,don’t forget to make wire diagram off all components in your Home Theater System. It will help you to prevent those horrible day’s when you have to move-out or  home remodeling. It will save you aggravation , time and money.

If you do not know how to make Wire Diagram please feel free to visit

HDMI Wall Plate

By worldcupgogogo @ Sep 16 2008 12:29 am

I am planning to have a 2 gang HDMI wall plate mount at my living room, one for my projector @ living room.  The other one is connected to my bedroom for my PC (with BluRay Rom). Will the HDMI connector (of wall plate) to cable affect the quality of the signal?


By solomon4222 @ Aug 26 2008 02:55 pm

Hi all,

can anyone, answer me this scenario please, i have a dvd recorder with a faulty disc drive, i can however record to the players hard drive, I have this recorder connected to my TV ; SET TOP BOX, How can i connect a second dvd recorder, ( without hard drive ) to my original recorder, to transfer anything I may want to save on disc. Many thanks Andy.

Overwhelmed by connection options!??

By DoctorEvil2002 @ Jul 24 2008 07:04 pm

Sorry to bother anyone out there but as I see there are many knowledgeable people here, I thought I was one until purchasing new equipment. I hope I can help someone as much as I hope someone out there can help me!!! I have been trying to connect my hardware in various configs but have yet to find one that ” works “. My equipment is as follows:

Harmon Kardon AVR240 Receiver ( Very intimidating manual and setup! Still not sure how to lock the speaker settings for use or set it up correctly!!!)
Comcast DCT3412I ( Comcast HD Box with DVR ( This box has an HDMI out but my TV only has component in’s ( )
RCA ( DRC8052N ) DVDR ( I would like to record from my DVR in any quality possible as the DVR drive only hold so much )
Mitsubishi 65″ HDTV (WS-65869) This has PIP but as I understand the comcast box only has 1 output? (Can I split it from the wall without losing quality)

I would like to use the PIP on the TV when watching sports but that is the last thing on my mind at this point…

Any information as to how to have the rear speakers STAY on is appreciated. I had this hooked up to a smaller 52″ HDTV (VERY SIMPLE DIRECT CONNECTION) and the rear speakers worked but would shut off when commercials would happen during a movie on TV and I would have to “switch” my surround mode again to have them turn on again, only to have them shut off again when a commercial happened again (we all know how often that is !!!) I figure this is only a matter of setting the receiver to “lock” the setting, but am unsure how….I don’t think it matters but I have Klipsch rear surrounds and HUGE OHM fronts with no center channel yet……………………anyone out there with a suggestion for a nice center they are happy with???

Thanking all in advance.
Dr. Evil

I can send pictures of the component backs or whatever information needed to lead me to a propoer connection, I have all the receits, manuals, and remotes for all the equipment listed………..can someone please help a fellow BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL fan realize big screen HDTV and SOUND?????

Patiently Waiting for a Response:
Doctor Evil 2002

My Setup (So Far…)

By dhuss @ May 29 2008 03:14 pm

Here’s my current setup for my living room. Right now I still have a Standard Definition DVR from Dish Network since the TV is still pretty new.

  • Panasonic TH-50PX80U 50″ Plasma 720p
  • Panasonic SC-PT960 Home Theater In a Box
  • Xbox
  • PS2

Here is what I have planned for the not to distant future

  • HTPC – it’s going to start life as a Media PC probably
  • One of the advanced Gaming consoles, still not sure what I want/can afford.
  • An upgrade to HD programming with Dish.

I’ve also have some plans for some home automation etc… we’ll see…

New to HTPC

By diss @ May 01 2008 09:00 am

Hello everyone,

I have spent the past 3 hours looking over this site, and while informative I also find it overwhelming.  I am looking for either sage advice or just a quick and dirty for building a simple HTPC. I have been building my own PC’s for years, but building an HTPC is adding a wrinkle I just can’t get over.  Let me start this way……

Components I have picked out:

Silverstone ML02MXR Case, Intel Core2 Duo E4600 2.4Ghz, Asus P5E-VM Moboard, 1TB Seagate HD, 2GB ram(manufacturer yet to be named, I believe G.Skill) Lite-On DH-4015-11 (blu-ray) and Fusion HDTV RTGold Tuner.  I was also looking at Creative Labs Gigaworks speakers.

What I can’t wrap my head around is connecting my Wii and PS2 to everything.  I will be getting a PS3 later this year, and replacing my Samsung 720p projection TV with a Visio (I can’t remember the model, but it has 3 HDMI inputs).  I also have a Logitech Harmony One on the way.

A buddy of mine is convinced this is all I need.  I feel I am missing something, and looking at the diagram it appears I am missing quite a bit, but I don’t know if I need an HDMI switcher, or do I really need a reciever?  I would like to get into this for less then 2k.  Is that possible?

Thanks in advance and I appreciate your time.

Mac Mini as a video music hub + Iphone/Ipod Touch

By Juan @ May 01 2008 08:43 am

There is a lot of HTPCs for windows, but what if you have MAC os system?

what would be the best way to set up a Mac Mini as a HTPC? How do I integrate an iphone or ipodtouch as a remote to manage HTN in the home.



Dream Theater

By tmac13 @ Mar 25 2008 04:20 pm

I don’t actually have one built yet, but I’ve been working on designing one and this seemed like a good place to go to for whatever I need

My Home Theater

By bltblt @ Mar 16 2008 12:24 pm

In December of 2007 I built my own HTPC. After reviewing the HTPCs available commercially and reviewing many forums dealing with building your own HTPC I decied to take the plunge. My HTPC is enclosed in a Thermaltake Bach case with an ASUS P5K Deluxe motherboard, Intell Duo Core E6750 2.66 chip, 2048 MB Corsair memory, Nvidia 8600 GTS graphics card, a standard DVD drive, and a Sony BD-ROM BDU X-100 Blu Ray drive.. I replaced the cooling fan on the graphics card with a heat sink and replaced the standard CPU cooling fan with a Thermaltake 90 mm silent fan.

The HTPC was connected through a 3 year old JVC 420B receiver but I just replaced it with a Yamaha RX V463 reciever which now enabled me to play Blu-Ray discs that the older JVC refused to recognize. The TV is a 3 year old Samsung 61 inch DLP equipped with Polk Audio speakers and subwoofer. I am running Windows XP SP2 with Media Player and Cybelink Ultra software.

HTPC with Blu-Ray player and Yamaha RX V463 connections

By bltblt @ Mar 15 2008 08:57 am

Problems with Home Theater Connection

I just purchased a Yamaha RX-V463 AV Receiver to replace a JVC RX-D402 AV Receiver in my home theater system.  The rest of the system consists of a Samsung  HL-R6168W DLP TV and a custom made HTPC running Windows XP Media Center which contains all of my music CDs on the hard drive, a DVD drive , and a Blu-Ray drive.

All of the connections before and with the Yamaha receiver are via HDMI cables. I have attempted to get the TV to recognize input from my HTPC connected via HDMI through the Yamaha receiver but the TV does not recognize the signals from the new connections at all.

What connections and settings should I employ to connect the HTPC to the TV through the Yamaha receiver?  Thanks for your assistance.

Barry Thompson

Sony STR-DE997 Connection help

By jolietbear @ Feb 15 2008 01:57 pm

Hello everyone…since I’m a newbie/novice to home theater I have a question as to how to set-up and calibrate my home theater. I have the following components:

Toshiba 65hm167 DLP HDTV

DISH network 301 reg satellite receiver ( NO HDMI)

Pure AV 10 outlet filter/surge protector

Panasonic DMR-EZ475V DVD/VHS recorder/player (has HDMI)

Sony STR-DE997 A/V receiver (NO HDMI)

JVC XL-MC2000 CD Jukebox

Magnavox M61116 in line Amplifier for satellite signal (if needed)

PLEASE help if possible…I NEED a GOOD connection diagram

as everyone I know has given their “best” advice and I’m still having issues. Thanks in advance for any help.

My work in Progress, but I love it:)

By fliberdygibits @ Feb 11 2008 05:32 am

I dabled in home theater years ago, but life and more life got in the way.  In recent weeks I’ve started to assemble another system in a small little offshoot of my living room I’m hard pressed to describe any other way.  I’ts not a large space at all, so I can go light on the “room filling abilities” for the time.  So far my system is as follows:

Toshiba 37″  Regza 37LL66 HDTV.  It’ll be the last thing to get replaced, probably with a Sony in the low 50 inch range.

Yamaha HTR-5940 Receiver.  No HDMI, but since my plans are eventually to add an HDMI switcher……

Sony SS F7000 front speakers.  I was originally going to go with klipsh, not that I don’t like Sony, just never favored their speakers.  But the sales person informed me they had made a renewed effort lately and had me listen and I decided on these.  We’ll see.

Sony SS B3000 bookshelf’s for the rear surrounds.

Sony SS CN5000 (2) one for the center channel, one for the back surround.

SV Sound 25-31 PCi Subwoofer

Xbox 360 w/ 120G drive

AppleTV w/ 40G drive

Next step, add an HTPC in a nice looking case to blend in.  It will have an HD DVD drive to cover my DVD collection playback so I probably won’t have a DVD player for a while.

Last Step will be to upgrade the TV.

This will all give me time to evaluate how well I like the speakers.

Diagramming Software

By smiddy @ Oct 14 2007 09:34 pm

Hi All,

I stumble upon this site trying to find some diagramming software for my setup. Does anyone know of such a beast?


By AWarren1 @ Oct 14 2007 11:19 am

I have a sony kds60A3000 hdtv, Bose 321 gs II, latest SA 8300 cable box and new 80 gb Sony PS3.  I need to know how to connect this all together for the best picture and sound.  I want to  use the Bose dvd player for regular dvds and the PS3 for games and blue ray dvds.  As you are probably aware the Bose has component hookup and 1 optical audio output. Please no nays for the bose, its the only thing that works in the space available.  That  said I would appreciate the correct info to put all of this mess together.  I have ordered a 3 way opitcal audio switch and 3 good optical cables and I have a good hdmi cable.  The bose is connected to the tv presently using monster component cable.  Any expert help would be appreciated with this setup. Thanks in advance.

Am I dumb as a rock or these sites are so confusing

By thematrixz @ Sep 23 2007 05:20 am

Maybe I’m so used to the normal forums format, but I can’t find my way around these 4-5 HTN related web sites.  I stumbled upon the information about HTN project, and got so excited, but I can’t find the Download link anywhere.

Everywhere I clicked, it took me to either another site, or a page with just equipment information, no where to be found is the software itself, or a community forum to discuss pros and cons, or bugs report,…. or even how to setup.

Why is there a need for multiple sites? would it be simpler to find information on a single site with multiple sub-forums?

Please help, I’m lost.

New Here

By bgjohnson00 @ Aug 20 2007 07:48 am

Hi, everyone just registered thought i’d say hello im currently moving into a new house and will soon have pic’s of my setup.  But for now i’ll list the equipment i have

1.Optoma DX-608 DLP 3000 Lumen projector/2000:1 contrast ratio

2.Onkyo TXSR705 Home theater Receiver

3.Samsung DvD Player with HD upconversion Im saving for a PS3 so I can play games and watch Blu-ray Movies

4.Sony 55ES 2 channel powered amplifier

5.Xbox 360


1.Cerwin Vega Classic W/15″sub and dome tweeters tower speaker (pair).  there a couple years old but these things are tanks they crank it out!!

2.Cerwin Vega Center speaker,Front left and right surround speakers

3.Polk Audio FXi5  bipole/dipole switch suround speakers

4.15″ infinity 400w powered subwoofer

So thats my equip I’ll take pictures and post them when I move in and set-up so about 3-4 weeks.

Home Theater Network Question

By palmda @ Jul 25 2007 10:13 am

I am current in the design phase of a network for the whole house and I have a few basic questions to all that can answer.
1. Looking at the wiring diagram I see there are TV DirecTV tuners in each room. Is it necessary to have tuners in each room you want to have TV? Could I place my DIRECTV tuners by the main frame with TV tuners for each device and the video streamed to a HTPC on the network?
2. Is there any quality loss of the data (audio, video and HD) that is streamed from the wired not wireless network to the HTPC?
3. What is the best performing motherboard for media networking?
4. My goal is to have a wired network host with media storage, HD DVD, Blu-ray, and DirecTv receivers attached to individual rooms with HTPC, A/V receiver and LCD panels. What am I missing in my design?


HTN Server Upgrade

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jul 15 2007 08:58 pm

Our site has outgrown our servers and we’re in the process of upgrading. This will probably take a few days so we apologize for any inconvenience.

Connecting PC to LCDTV

By duus @ Jun 28 2007 12:03 pm

I note in the diagram text (tips) for the ‘ideal home theater’ that it is suggested:

If your HDTV has a VGA interconnect, then you might want to connect your HTPC straight to the VGA port instead of the receiver. This will help solve any video scaling issues that may arise.

Of course, most (if not all) LCDTVs have a VGA input on them.  In my new setup, I have the LCDTV hanging on the wall in the family room.  On the other side of the room is my PC (nothing special, but I suppose it could be rebuilt some day to be a real HTPC).  In any case, as a PC it has video out in the form of VGA.  Of course I do not want a bit VGA cable running through the room, so my hope is to put some sort of jack on the wall by the PC and another on the wall behind the LCDTV.  Connect from the respective devices to the respective jacks will be easy enough (i.e. by use of standard VGA cables).  What confuses me is how to connect these jacks such that I have the best quality video from the PC to the LCDTV.  I intend to run whatever cable is necessary between these jacks down the walls and under the floor which is exposed below.  Could you help me to understand what might be the best strategy in terms of cabling and jacks to get to such a solution?

So much to choose from…

By gkane @ Jun 03 2007 07:28 pm

So where does one start when entering the world of Home Theater set-up and getting the proper equipment? What I would like to do is have all my music, movies, entertainment in one location, controllable through a wireless network.

So there is the HTPC, NetGear Digital Entertainer HD, Apple TV, and now I just read the XBOX 360 Elite will do all this for you as well. I’m sure there are others.

Which is the best way to go? One big criteria for me is expandability, or at least knowing that what I invest in today will last and stay current for awhile (if that’s possible). I know technology does not stand still, but it would be nice to know what I buy today won’t be outdated in a week!

My current set-up consists of a Mitsubishi WD52725 Diamond Series 52″ DLP HDTV, an old Kenwood KR-V6050 dolby digital receiver, a new Toshiba D-VR5SU VHS/DVD Player/Recorder, and a Pioneer PD F1007 301 CD JukeBox. The cable HD DVR Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD from BrightHouse. Also a set of Bose 301 speakers. I tried connecting an HDMI cable directly from the DVR to the TV, but only got audio, no video! Currently do not have an HDMI output on my receiver, so I definately think I need to upgrade my receiver to newer technology. Once I do that I think I will add 2 rears and a sub to get the surround experience, which I want to do. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

Back to my original question…which way to go as far as having control of all my media wirelessly, and able to play music and videos from my PC.

Thanks in advance!

GK (That’s me in the TV screen taking the photo…)

Entertainment Center


This Kenwood is ancient, but has been a workhorse. I plan on upgrading this piece with an HDMI ready unit. I’ll use this somewhere else in my home.

Kenwood Receiver KR-V6050

This Toshiba is pretty nice, very slow in powering up and opening the DVD platter though, don’t like that about it. Otherwise does just fine…has all the latest connections.

Toshiba DVD

This Pioneer has aslo been a good performer. I want to get away from physical media, I want all my content available from my PC…one source.

Pioneer CD JukeBox

Connect old Dell PC to HDTV

By zztop12 @ Jun 03 2007 02:16 pm

I have a 3 year old Dell I’m thinking of connecting to my HDTV. Can a regular PC be a HTPC? How do I connect the two?

By wkakras2 @ May 07 2007 06:52 pm

My System

TH-50PH9UK Panasonic Plasma / Bose system / Digital Cable

By Ardynas @ May 05 2007 09:32 am


Here’s what’s in my living room. – 50″ Plasma – Have recently added a PS3.

Office and Verizon FiOS Setup

By zztop12 @ Apr 30 2007 08:35 pm


We had a Netgear wireless router setup, but Verizon disconnected it when they installed their FiOS system. Now it’s a one wireless router / cable modem box that I put in my office. I also have a cable box connected to a capture card in my computer so I could watch my soccer games uninterrupted.

Verizon FiOS Setup

The picture above on the left shows the FiOS box Verizon installed outside my house. The pic on the right shows the box Verizon installed in my garage. They told me the box in the garage was a battery backup so we could keep phone service if the power goes.

Home Theater Network Questions

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Apr 29 2007 09:39 pm

Have a question on how to setup a Home Theater Network or a question on HDTVs, HTPCs, routers, receivers, speakers, DVRs, cable/satellite boxes, PDA phones, Slingboxes, or video, audio, data cables? Then post a question in the HTNquestions category, and someone from the HTN community will help you out.

Living Rooms Home Theater

By zztop12 @ Apr 28 2007 07:32 am


Early Adopter here. I got a Mitsubishi rear projection HDTV. Its big since its CRT based, but everyone who comes over is always impressed with the picture quality. Verizon’s FIOS recently came into our area so we switched to it. So far, we’re really happy with it. Channels change a lot faster, and we get all those extra HD channels including NFL Network HD, National Geographic HD, MTV HD, HGTV HD, Food Network HD and others. One of the best parts of the FIOS DVR box is that we can record a show on it, and then watch the show on any one of our 4 cable boxes throughout the house.

Connection wise, I’m using component cables from the cable box to the HDTV, and I’m also using component cables from the DVD player to the HDTV. On the audio side, I’m using the standard red/white stereo cables from the cable box / DVD player to the TV since we are just using the TV speakers.