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Connecting multiple devices to HDTV (verizon fios) How do I minimize cords? (1 cord)

RETRO99 2,629 980 August 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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We are trying to install our tv over the fireplace but want to minimize the cords from TV to bluray to HD box, etc. I am not using a lot of devices just the basic, bluray probably. IS there a way to connect 1 cord for all of this? THanks so much. I have a samsung HDtv and use verizon Fios HD box.

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yes, buy a receiver. Plug all your devices (cable box, dvd player, video game console, etc) into the receiver then plug the receiver into your TV (all using HDMI, most likely)
edit* also, if you dont want to buy a nice receiver, just get an HDMI switcher. Monoprice sells one that has pretty good reviews and its not too expensive (less than 50 IIRC). same idea
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found it for you...here you go
http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=2
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does the verizon box have enough video inputs. some times the hd boxes come with a few hdmi inputs.
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yes, buy a receiver. Plug all your devices (cable box, dvd player, video game console, etc) into the receiver then plug the receiver into your TV (all using HDMI, most likely)
edit* also, if you dont want to buy a nice receiver, just get an HDMI switcher. Monoprice sells one that has pretty good reviews and its not too expensive (less than 50 IIRC). same idea
Wouldnt that be adding more devices to the existing setup? Just a though - You can get some cable organizer - loom tubing does the job very good -Loom [cableorganizer.com]
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Wouldnt that be adding more devices to the existing setup? Just a though - You can get some cable organizer - loom tubing does the job very good -Loom [cableorganizer.com]
The TV is mounted on the wall, but i assume the OP has some sort of shelving or entertainment center below on the ground where the FioS box/bluray player/etc are. Hook everything up to the HDMI switcher at ground level, then you only have one cord (one HDMI) to run up the wall to the TV
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Quote from Jcaelum View Post :
The TV is mounted on the wall, but i assume the OP has some sort of shelving or entertainment center below on the ground where the FioS box/bluray player/etc are. Hook everything up to the HDMI switcher at ground level, then you only have one cord (one HDMI) to run up the wall to the TV
Yes..thank you. That will be the case..I will have bookshelves on sides of FP to hold, blueray, wii, etc.
thanks so much..receiver it is!
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Yes..thank you. That will be the case..I will have bookshelves on sides of FP to hold, blueray, wii, etc.
thanks so much..receiver it is!
Wait.. if ALL you want is to run one wire to the TV from multiple boxes, you only need the HDMI switch.. something like this works great (I have one). And deals come up all the time on that one.

You mentioned the Wii, the Wii does not have HDMI so you'll have to run the component cables for it to the TV. There are some 3rd party component to HDMI adapters available for the Wii, but from what I've seen, mixed results, might want to read up on it. If you go the receiver route, some receivers can upconvert from component to HDMI to avoid the extra cables (Onkyo 608 is a good example and great receiver) but you're looking at $350-$400 for a receiver with that kind of capability.

A receiver will also do this switching but it's a whole new component, and unless you plan on hooking up some speakers for improving sound (2.1 or 5.1+ set up) a receiver is way overkill.

While I generally don't like them, if you want a somewhat improved sound experience without a full receiver + 5.1 set up, you could look into soundbars, some have hdmi switching built in too (look at the Vizio and Sony ones).
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does the verizon box have enough video inputs. some times the hd boxes come with a few hdmi inputs.
But then he has to keep the Verizon box on and watch Blu-Ray / Wii / etc through that. Seems an HDMI switch would be perfect for the OP, if he doesn't want to shell out the money for a receiver (unless he wants 5.1 sound too). The Wii presents a problem as EyeBaller mentioned though, since it's component video, not HDMI...
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But then he has to keep the Verizon box on and watch Blu-Ray / Wii / etc through that. Seems an HDMI switch would be perfect for the OP, if he doesn't want to shell out the money for a receiver (unless he wants 5.1 sound too). The Wii presents a problem as EyeBaller mentioned though, since it's component video, not HDMI...
its another remote, cable and plug
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its another remote, cable and plug
Actually, the one I posted doesn't require external power or use of the remote if set up the right way.

The switch will auto-switch when a component is switched on, based upon a priority system by input number.

OP should connect the bluray player to input 1, something else to input 2 and fios box to input 3. Then whenever the Bluray player is powered on, it will auto-switch - in fact.. easier to use than a receiver.

One other point regarding needing the cable box on, almost all cable boxes nowadays are in an ON state even when in standby, the only thing that switches off is the output, otherwise it's using the same power all the time.
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Thanks guys..The wii will probably go in the playroom instead so It will be only the bluray player. HDMI switch sounds like a good plan.
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