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A/V wiring diagramOne of my projects for the weekend was to sit down and do a wiring diagram for the A/V setup. The system has grown in complexity, and it's reached the point where I can no longer figure out connections in my head.

The final straw was last week, when my wife ordered a Netflix Player by Roku, a device that connects to the Internet and streams video provided by Netflix. I was pretty sure we had the connections for it. But when she asked whether she should order the high-def cable package, the best I could do is say, "Uhhh, maybe?"

So, this weekend I mapped out all the connections and did the wiring diagram I needed to figure this out. You may view the PDF of my current A/V wiring setup.

This diagram alone is not sufficient to plan connections. It doesn't show, for instance, that the IN2 connections on the television are on the front panel, or that there are only two mappable optical audio inputs (both used) on the receiver. I don't think that information can be reflected in the drawing without greatly impacting readabilty.

Nonetheless, this drawing provides me the information I need. Now I can see that if I rearrange things a bit, I can get a high-def video connection (but not high-def audio connection) for the Roku device.

You probably don't care about the details, but what I need to do is move the VCR from the VCR connection on the receiver to one of the available connections on the television. That's because the VCR input on the receiver supports high-def video, even though the VCR is a low-def device.

Although that frees up a high-def video connection for the Roku box, it does make the connection labels even more confusing ("Wait! Why is the computer connected to an input labeled TV?"). But, that's alright. The Logitech Harmony 880 remote control alleviates that confusion. All you have to do is push a button labeled, say, Helios DVD and it sets up all the connections properly.