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Should my PC be connected to the TV or receiver? Should the RCA audio cables from a Sky Box go in to the TV or receiver?

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Hey guys,

When I take my PC out in to the lounge to play on the big screen, should I connect via HDMI directly to the TV? Or is it better to plug it into the receiver? I have a Samsung UA46D6600 and Onkyo TX-SR309. I know both ways will work, but what is technically the best way to do it? The TV and receiver both support ARC btw.

Similarly, I have a Sky Box plugged via component leads straight in to the TV, including the red and white audio cables. Is the sound going to be better quality by plugging the audio cables into the receiver so it doesn't need to go through the ARC connection?

Thanks for any help!
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I would just run the HDMI into the back of the receiver then run the HDMI out from the receiver to the TV. This should be what the back of your looks like right?

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What is an ARC connection? By connecting the PC to the receiver, you will get the benefits of digital surround sound. Make sure that HD audio is enable on the video card. This sound being passed through the receiver will be better than just hooking it your TV.

As for the sky box thing, it is just a stereo connection. This will also benfit from plugging it into your receiver as then you can hear it from all of your speakers and the sub woofer. Or, you can hook it to the tv and run audio out from the tv to the receiver. That is case in both cases.

However, it is always better to run your source directly to the receiver as that will give you the cleanest sound and quality.
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What is an ARC connection? By connecting the PC to the receiver, you will get the benefits of digital surround sound. Make sure that HD audio is enable on the video card. This sound being passed through the receiver will be better than just hooking it your TV.

As for the sky box thing, it is just a stereo connection. This will also benfit from plugging it into your receiver as then you can hear it from all speakers.

ARC is audio return channel. So it means audio from a TVs built in tuner or some other source connected directly to the tv can go "upstream" through the HDMI cable to the receiver so you don't need a separate optical cable.

With the ARC connection I am getting 3.0 sound from the sky box by plugging the stereo connections into the TV along with the component plugs



So i jut want to know if ARC gives as high a quality audio as plugging directly into the receiver?
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ARC is audio return channel. So it means audio from a TVs built in tuner or some other source connected directly to the tv can go "upstream" through the HDMI cable to the receiver so you don't need a separate optical cable.
With the ARC connection I am getting 3.0 sound from the sky box by plugging the stereo connections into the TV along with the component plugs
So i jut want to know if ARC gives as high a quality audio as plugging directly into the receiver?

I would suggest to plug all of your component sources into the receiver. That will give you the best quality sound. Every time you pass through something you degrade the sound signal.
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Okay so all my video cables should go straight into the TV and all sound ones straight into the receiver? And HDMI straight into the receiver?
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Okay so all my video cables should go straight into the TV and all sound ones straight into the receiver? And HDMI straight into the receiver?

Yep. If you want the best quality. That is def the way to do it.

Also, don't buy the high price cable like monster cable etc. ONly thing that is good for is looks and if you plan on vacuuming right next to the cable all the time. They will provide better shielding than the lower price stuff. I usually shoot for the mid line priced stuff.
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Okay thanks, all set up now and sounding awesome!
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