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Am buying new TV to put above fireplace. Will have Harbeth P3ESR speakers on bookshelves for my TV and 2-channel audio powered by an integrated amp with built in DAC i.e. Parasound P5. For TV, my primary objective is improved dialogue vs. what generally comes from TV's speakers. No interest in surround sound.
My question is, which form of connection might produce the best sound (for dialogue)? The digital out from TV to DAC, or RCA to RCA (if TV has an RCA out)? Or, does it matter?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
FWIW I found the DAC in my Samsung TV to be better than the DACs in two different sound-bars, one expensive, one relatively cheap. For many TVs you would need a 3mm stereo plug to RCA cable. There's no harm in trying it both ways.
Did you already set this up? If so, what did you do?
I would think a digital connection allowing the Parasound to decode would sound better than the built-in DAC of the TV.
Good to see someone from the area :)
For many years I had our TV cable box RCA's connected to a vintage nice stereo using Harbeth LS3/5's. Our older plasma RIP had digital optical out but down stream from the cable DAC. However we found the sound good enough for normal TV. Dialog was clear and easy to follow.
The newer cable boxes will not allow digital into a DAC at least as far as I could see. If this is not true I hope someone will speak out.
We no longer have cable television.
We have been looking at a lot of houses with online real estate sites, and it seems about 90% have the TV mounted way up high above the fireplace, usually because the fireplace is in the middle of the wall with no adjacent wall space large enough for a good sized TV.
Do people really sit with their heads angled 45 degrees back staring up at these TV's? Our 55" TV is sitting on a table with the center of the screen slightly below eye level from a seated position.
One of our requirements for the next house will be fireplace in the corner (or no fireplace at all) with a large enough wall space in the living room for a 55-65 inch TV and floorstanding speakers on either side.
The TV above the fireplace is a terrible idea.
I was in the same boat with the tv above the fireplace. A neighbor showed me a "down and out" wall mount that brings the tv out over the mantel and down to eye level. I bought mine at Dynamic Mounting, but there are many other options. Not cheap, but really works.
And, yes, we do sit with our heads angled up at 45 degrees to watch. (Well, not really!) In any case, the upward tilt of the viewing angle (whatever it really is) wasn't hard for us to get used to. However, our next TV will probably be larger still and will require a re-drilling into the wall for the mount - or else we may give in and go with a projection system.
I have a surround system, with floorstanders FR and FL and a smaller center channel which sits on a custom mounted shelf attached directly into the bricks of the fireplace. (The shelf also protects the speaker from the heat of the fireplace.) During the warmer months, I have the subwoofer below the center channel (in front of the fireplace). During winter, I have to move the SW off to the side.
I agree with you that a fireplace in the middle of a wall is sometimes a challenge to work around.
Most new TVs do not even have RCA audio outputs anymore.... They are mostly Optical Out.... So they input to a DAC.
I doubt that the connections would matter that much, but what would
is in the TV's audio settings and EQ. You can choose music, theater,
speech, etc...choose one that works best, and you can use the EQ
selection to customize it also.
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