Help hooking up PS3, HTiB, and HDTV?!?!


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Username: Jar_head2010

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jun-11
I know there may be other threads about this subject, but I wanted to ask my specific case.

I am going to buy a Samsung 32" LCD HDTV, and a Philips Surround Sound HTIB. I have a PS3 Slim 160gb that I would also like to hookup to play through the surround sound.

I wanted to know what cables, converters, etc. I would need in order for the surround sound to work both with the TV and the PS3.

Any help, links, or suggestions are appreciated! I am trying to save as much money as possible, I'm a college student and I really don't need anything state of the art. Nor do I need many other suggestions on what I should get.

I know Bose, Onkyo, etc. may be much better for Surround Sound. I just simply would like to know what Accessories I need for the current setup I have planned.

Also if I do need a Converter box, would I need Coaxial In to Optical Out, or would I need Coaxial Out to Optical In?

If you go to this site below and click on "Can I connect my PS3/Xbox 360 to the home theater system?" it brings up a picture telling me I need a converter. It just doesn't say which kind of converter. I have found both mentioned above. Which one is it referring to?


Samsung TV:

Philips Surround Sound:

PS3 Slim 160gb:

Thank You in advance!

Platinum Member
Username: Plymouth


Post Number: 16365
Registered: Jan-08
Hi jar_head2010

Forget those Ht systems and buy a Yamaha complete home theater!
the only good thing on the Phillips is the video quality, for the Samsung both video and sound are so bad!

Look for this system: yht-395

You can buy a Phillips Blue ray under 100$ with excellent picture!

The bid difference between the Yamaha and the others you listed is the number of input usable, on Phillips and Samsung you has only one input which is realy not enought today!

Platinum Member
Username: Plymouth


Post Number: 16366
Registered: Jan-08
Link: kage/yht-395/?mode=model

New member
Username: Jar_head2010

Post Number: 6
Registered: Jun-11
Dang I wish! I'm a college student on a budget unfortunately. So I don't need real high tech, state of the art type stuff. I just wanted to make sure the plan I had would work. My PS3 plays BluRay, the only reason I am getting this Philips with a DVD player with upconversion is to use that DVD player as the receiver. Alot cheaper, but also less ports. Which is fine by me, all I will have hooked up is the PS3 and the TV.


Silver Member
Username: Mccambley


Post Number: 892
Registered: Jun-05
Jar head you can do better. The Philips will not allow you to connect your PS3 using HDMI. Even if you connect the PS3 directly to the TV via HDMI the audio will not out put to the Phillips becaus eof the PS3 set up. Check out,, for cheap receivers and build your system over time. New receivers will allow the audio to pass through to the TV via HDMI till you can afford speakers and then go slow again buying them.

Check out his site $124 for an Onkyo receiver. Channel-3-D-Ready-Home-Theater-Surround-Receiver/1.html

New member
Username: Jar_head2010

Post Number: 7
Registered: Jun-11
I got all the things now. All is working great. This is my hookup.

PS3 to Samsung HDTV via HDMI Cable.
Samsung TV to Surround Sound system via Optical Audio Cable.

This is it. Simple, all the hookups I need, works perfect. Play Cable TV thru surround sound, PS3 thru surround sound, and DVDs on the surround sound.

Thanks for all your suggestions.
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