Originally Posted by Bond 007
Are you sure you worded that right? What kind of receiver cannot process audio arriving over HDMI?
An older one. The first receivers with HDMI did not process audio they were video switching only. After that the higher end models processed audio via HDMI but the entry level models did not.
Nowadays all HDMI receivers process audio but this wasn't the case 5-6 years ago.
note the bold line in the specs below.
•built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS® & Dolby Pro Logic® II processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
•5-channel amplifier (110 watts x 5, plus 230-watt (maximum power) powered subwoofer)
•Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry minimizes noise
•Wide Range Amplifier Technology for high instantaneous current capability
•H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
•192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
•adjustable crossover (40/50/60/80/100/120/150/200 Hz)
•SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ Home tuner kit)
•XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
•XM HD Surround-compatible
•iPod dock included
•Audyssey 2EQ auto calibration (microphone included)
•5.1-channel audio input for connecting an SACD or DVD-Audio player•HDMI switching capable (2 in, 1 out) with 1080p video pass through — separate audio connection required
•high-definition-capable component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
•5 A/V inputs (including 5 S-video and 1 front-panel)
•video output for TV (composite, S-video, component video, and HDMI)
•digital inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
•full-size headphone jack
•color-coded speaker connectors