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ipod/HDTV combined stereo system?

What do you buy to have an ipod stereo system that also can connect to the HDTV?
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  • EMPLOYEE
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    Hey jk,

    There are multiple options when trying to connect an iPod to a home theater system. Would you be able to give us a little more information about your setup to help with recommendations? Do you have a receiver/speaker setup in your system currently? Are you looking to play the video from your iPod on your TV?

    If you can answer those questions for us, we'd be happy to help you get set up!

    Thanks,

    -Kellan Standley
    Vann's Copywriter
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  • EMPLOYEE
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    By the way,

    If you're looking to replace your TV, our Deal of the Week this week is a 37" 720p television with an iPod dock made specifically for playing back your iPod's music, TV, and videos on the TV. Here's a link.

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite...

    If you're interested in connecting your iPod to an existing HDTV, or you're looking for a 1080p TV, no worries; we have solutions for that, too!

    We look forward to hearing from you either through this thread, or via phone if you'd prefer.

    Thanks again,

    -Kellan Standley
    Vann's Copywriter
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  • I already have a HDTV but need to know what to buy in terms of a single stereo system that will also work with the ipod and blue-ray/DVD player. Is there a truly wireless stereo system (not a wire connecting the two back speakers).
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    Alright, the biggest question here is if you already have a home theater receiver/amplifier in your system? If you do, many newer receivers have a connection for a specific iPod dock that will let you play your music and videos through your system with just the one dock. Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Sony, and KEF. Do you have a receiver in your system? If so, what model is it? If you already have a receiver with a dock connector, this is a really simple way to integrate audio and video from your iPod since it only takes one or two cords to charge and play your iPod. The dock also stays in place and can usually be run with your remote. We can point you towards a dock to work with your receiver if that's something you're interested in.

    If you don't already have the receiver or aren't interested in a proprietary dock, we have other great options. Universal docks provide the same functionality as proprietary docks, although they require more cables to do so. They can be less expensive, too, however. You can connect the dock using standard composite (red, white, and yellow) cables or usually S-Video with audio cables. You can connect it to a TV or to a receiver. These are handy because they charge your iPod and provide a physical docking station so you just have to put your iPod in the dock to play it. Some of these also work by remote. Here are links to a couple of universal docks:

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite... (Has remote)

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite... (Has remote)

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite... (Least expensive, but it requires a mini-pin to L/R cable and only has S-Video output, not composite; no remote)

    Finally, if you don't want a dock taking up space in your set-up, we have two different connector cables for sale. These plug into the dock connector on your iPod, then connect to your TV or receiver using composite or S-Video cables. These are the least expensive option, but they have a few drawbacks. Unless you want loose cables dangling from your system when the iPod's not hooked up, you'll need to disconnect and re-connect the cables every time you use them. They also can't be controlled by remote, so you have to manually change songs or videos on the iPod. Finally, the Monster model requires an additional cable to charge the iPod while it's in use. Here are the links to the connection cables:

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite... (My pick since it includes an adapter to charge while you play)

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite... (Requires a mini-USB to USB cable to charge)

    All of these solutions will allow you to also have a Blu-ray player hooked up in your system as a different input.

    If you're still on the fence or have any questions on any of these iPod solutions, please let us know and we'd be happy to help!

    As far as wireless speakers, I don't believe we have what you're looking for. We don't currently have any speakers that will receive the sound signal from a receiver or transmitter, amplify them internally, and play the signal back. The problem is that a speaker would need to have an internal signal receiver and an internal amplifier to do that, and we don't have any models like that currently. Even those would need to plugged into power outlets though. We do, however, have a couple different options for wireless rear speakers. There are kits with a single transmitter and a single receiver. The signal receiver will have a built-in amplifier, so you will need to run power to the signal receiver, and speaker cables from the receiver to each speaker. There is another kit we have, the KEF Wireless Speaker Connector Set, which has two different wireless receivers to go with the transmitter. This way, each speaker has its own receiver. You'll need to plug each receiver into a power outlet, and each receiver will need to be plugged in to its own speaker. But, with the KEF set, you won't need to run wire across the back of the room, and it's virtually immune to interference. If you're interested, here's the link to the KEF set:

    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ite...

    Any wireless kit will require you to route your signal through an A/V receiver, though.

    Hopefully this helps!

    Please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Thanks,

    -Kellan Standley
    (Vann's Copywriter)
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