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Initial post: 28 Mar 2012 07:15:54 BDT

I wonder if someone can help as I find surround sound systems bewildering for some reason, I'm normally quite clued in too!

Anyway simple enough question I think, can I connect my Xbox 360 and Sky HD box to the Sony DAVTZ135.CEK 5.1ch DVD Home Cinema System so that both will feed 5.1 surround to the speakers? And what leads would I need?

Thank-you in advance for reading this and any help, I have tried to work this out before posting here but it's doing my head in now!


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 23:26:28 BDT
Rahiel Nasir says:
Hullo Richard.
Bad news I'm afraid - the answer looks like no.
I am not totally familiar with the Sony DAVTZ135, but having had a quick look at its specs online I note that it lacks any kind of digital audio inputs.
In order to take advantage of digital surround sound such as Dolby Digital 5.1 you need to connect your equipment using a digital audio cable.
These should not be confused with the usual red and white phono leads which only carry analogue audio - not digital.
Both your Sky HD box and Xbox 360 feature digital audio output sockets that use a thin fibre optic cable (also known as "Toslink"). Your Sony system doesn't have these connectors. It only has RCA audio inputs. So
you can only connect your equipment using the usual red and white audio cables. But these will only give you analogue five-channel surround sound - not 5.1 digital.
Hope that helps and sorry if I've ruined your aural pleasures.
Best wishes
Rahiel Nasir

Posted on 30 Mar 2012 09:20:14 BDT
Thanks Rahiel, I don't suppose you can point me in the direction of something that does have Toslink inputs, but in the same ball park budget wise?


In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012 20:25:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2012 20:28:12 BDT
Rahiel Nasir says:
I can indeed Richard.

But the thing you'll need to watch out for is that most all-in-one systems similar to your Sony are likely to have the same problem; ie a lack of optical digital inputs or, at best, just one (and you'll need at least two).

If it was my money, I'd go for a separate AV amp. You'll be able to use your existing Sony speakers with it, but my recommendation would be for you to upgrade to a set of decent surround sound speakers at a later date when funds allow. That way, you'll be able to make more of the amp's audio potential.

You'll also need a DVD player, but these days Blu-ray players can be had for less than 100.

The Onkyo TXSR309 has plenty of sockets including two optical inputs and costs 149.95 from a certain cut price online and high street hi-fi retailer (it's not on Amazon).

If you want to stick to Amazon, you'll have to spend a little more on something like the Sony STR-DH520 (198) but not knowing how serious you are about home cinema this may be overkill for your purposes.

Believe me though, it's certainly worth investing in this stuff if you really want to get the best out of film, TV and game sound.

Best wishes
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