Wiring Devices Help !!
Looking for input on connecting my A/V components to the pn64f I ordered. My DVD was hopelessly out of date, so I have a new Sony S5200 coming as well.
Other gear is an old JVC VCR (still have a huge collection of tapes that get watched on occasion), TW HD DVR box (Scientific America 8300HD) & a JVC D412 AVR.
The goal is to maximize the features of the TV and allow for audio from both the TV and AVR for all 3 sources. Can't afford a new AVR for the near future, so I need to work around the D412 even tho I know it will not process anything beyond your basic 5.1 SS signal. It has 2 HDMI inputs (v1.1) and an HDMI output, but is not 3D or ARC compliant. It also has 2 optical & 1 coax digital input, 1 optical output (labeled PCM/Stream) + a ton of (useless these days) RCA component input/outputs).
Assuming the digital optical audio output on the TV switches when you switch the "source" you want to view (please says this is true, can't find anything in the manual that says how it works - LOL), and there is no disadvantage to passing the audio signal thru the TV, my thoughts were:
VCR to TV - old school 3 RCA jack component cable
DVR to TV - HDMI cable
S5200 to TV - HDMI cable
TV to AVR - digital optical cable
optionally (if there is an advantage to adding more cables):
DVR to AVR - run an optical cable or digital coax for audio
S5200 to AVR - run an optical cable for audio
Since there are only 2 optical inputs, I have to decide which 2 devices would be connected directly via optical. The TV seems mandatory and direct connecting the S5200 would allow me to play CD's without turning on the TV.
Comments, thoughts, suggestions ??