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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 21:22 #259638

So we bought a large screen tv about a year ago, and I attached a budget Vizio soundbar, but the vocals were muffled.

About a month ago we drove by a yard sale in a nicer neighborhood and I bought a Sony STR-DG-720 AV receiver for $20. It sat for a while, then a few weeks later I bought some speaker wire at Walmart and a pair of bookshelf Sansui speakers at the local Deseret Industries thrift store for $10. I chose them because they sounded Japanese and the cones were intact.

This evening my daughters made me hook everything up. Compared to our TV speakers, it sounds great.

They bought my wife a cheap Karaoke microphone, and now they want to know how to hook it up to the Sony receiver so they can do karaoke to Youtube videos. Do I have to buy a mixing board or something, and stick it between the TV audio and the receiver?

My name is Cranberries, and I slapped together my first home theater system at 51 years of age.
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 21:25 #259639

Nah, just find an open input for an Red/White RCA audio, get a Y cable that goes from the red-white to the 1/4” phono jack (or whatever the mic has) and you’re good.
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 22:16 #259641

I hate all AV related things with a fucking passion. Every time I try to do anything to it I end up cursing (more than normal) and causing marital problems because I point out that if we did what I wanted and had a TV-free home then everything would be fine.

I put in enough work trying (and failing) to get our current setup to work that I am off the hook. We now have nonfunctional speakers connected to a nonfunctional receiver. But we can get Netflix through the TV speakers so that’s enough to keep the kid happy and the wife happy as long as she doesn’t look at the speakers.
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 22:24 #259643

I need to start a F:AT based business where F:ATties pay me gas money to drive from place to place fixing things and playing board games after.
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 22:29 #259644

SuperflyTNT wrote:
I need to start a F:AT based business where F:ATties pay me gas money to drive from place to place fixing things and playing board games after.

Well, name your price to come to Humboldt County, CA. Next time the wife brings it up, I can end the conversation by letting her know that I know a guy who’ll fix it for X. She won’t pay but it will end the conversation.
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 22:34 #259646

LMAOOO I’d come just to get weed for the wife. I’m old enough to remember the days when Humboldt Weed was the grail weed which all stoners sought like some ancient treasure
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First attempt at home theater. 26 Dec 2017 22:39 #259647

SuperflyTNT wrote:
Nah, just find an open input for an Red/White RCA audio, get a Y cable that goes from the red-white to the 1/4” phono jack (or whatever the mic has) and you’re good.

I'll give it a shot, thanks. I'm not sure how the levels will mix, but it's a $2.00 experiment!
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First attempt at home theater. 27 Dec 2017 07:19 #259652

I had an old Sony receiver that never saw any use other than as a passthru for game systems and the TV. We switched to a wireless sound bar and it is so much better - wiring wise. Since it is wireless, there are times that a channel drops and we have to restart the program we are watching. I think that is part and parcel for the setup. I'm willing to deal with that rather than the dustgathering host of wires behind the console. We got the 500 dollar Visio 5.1 and I now wish we dove into the 1K 7.1 setup.
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First attempt at home theater. 27 Dec 2017 08:29 #259659

cranberries wrote:
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Nah, just find an open input for an Red/White RCA audio, get a Y cable that goes from the red-white to the 1/4” phono jack (or whatever the mic has) and you’re good.

I'll give it a shot, thanks. I'm not sure how the levels will mix, but it's a $2.00 experiment!
if you really want to get fancy, plug the mic into a laptop then plug the headphone jack into the sound bar. You can then use the native windows dialog box when you click on the speaker to lower the output, and just use voice recorder or whatever to transmit.
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First attempt at home theater. 28 Dec 2017 17:08 #259737

I sometimes find myself wondering if there is anything Pete Ruth can’t do...

(Looks at review draft)

OK, use commas judiciously. That’s the one thing.
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First attempt at home theater. 28 Dec 2017 17:09 #259739

I, I believe, do not use commas too often, unless they’re required, usually
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First attempt at home theater. 31 Dec 2017 06:23 #259875

There is enough bass coming through the speakers that when the kids are watching their obscure, tedious anime you can feel it throughout the house.
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First attempt at home theater. 31 Dec 2017 08:49 #259883

We took the speakers to the Goodwill so that the wife doesn’t have to look at them anymore.
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