Originally Posted by shawnee29
Please believe me, I'm here on the forum to learn and get some answers. You are right that bad information can cause confusion. I think most manufacturers do a pretty good job at that. It is never my intent to cause confusion to others when seeking clarity for myself.
Again, I thank appreciate your response as well as the several other members who have chimed in as well. I continue to look forward to other input and opinions.
Five years ago, before HDMI, everyone was forced to use the analog multi-channel input(s) on their receivers. Most receivers only have one of these inputs, as they are an expensive feature and take up a lot of real-estate.
Trouble is what if you bought a second or third component? You were basically out-of-luck.
The cable manufactures absolutely luved the situation as they could easily charge $500 for each input set: six cables for the 5.1 sound and three for component video. That is nine cables for each multichannel input and three more from the receiver to the display. It was a rat’s nest at best.
Now with HDMI we have reduced the cables count to two. I have five different HDMI sources (total cable coast was $60.00) in my main system. Try that with one legacy analog multi-channel receiver!
Further I don't care about analog sections in the sources, just give me HDMI outputs. Save your money here.
Further I don't care about the analog inputs on the A/V receiver. Just give me HDMI and SP/DIF optical or coaxial. For best sound quality, keep the signal in the digital domain for as long as possible.Do allocate part of the savings
on a quality A/V receiver which has an excellent analog section. Avoid the receivers with "touches of brightness or constriction", as this is where the digital noise is entering into the analog stages.
In summary if planed carefully, you can save a bundle, avoid the rats nets of cable clutter and enjoy much greater convenience and sound quality.
Lastly, always route the HDMI audio through the receivers lip-sync delay to remove any bus induced timing jitter. The result is pristine sound quality.