Originally Posted by Billyh1026
First, thanks in advance for the advice. Second, I'm not a A/V expert or even remotely close to knowing what some of this stuff means when it comes to most of the A/V things here and on the net. Having said that, I have a 50" Phillips HDTV that only has 2 HDMI inputs in the back. I have a Tivo hooked up to 1 HDMI input and noting in the other. I just ordered a Panasonic DMP-BDT210 & Philips HSB2313A/F7 SoundBar. I plan on ordering a receiver (not sure what brand yet...hopefully, someone in the receivers forum will help me decide) and some Take Classic speakers. Doing some research I found out I need an HDMI switch. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what I need. I think these are the 2 best reviewed switches I've found.5X1 Enhanced 1.3b Certified HDMI Switch w/ Built-In Equalizer & Remote5X1 Mini HDMI Switch w/ Remote
I think the one I really need out of the 2 is the Enhanced 1.3b. If not, please let me know. If there's a better switch I'd also appreciate that info. Also, is there a preferred way to plug everything into each other? Or, 1 component that should use the HDMI input on the TV and not on the switch over the others, etc, etc?
Again, thank in advance for the advice.
Billy, you're going way too fast. Let's backup.
If you're buying a receiver then that receiver will act as a switch. Some (not all) Audio Video Receivers (AVRs) will even do that when placed in standby mode. The Philips HSB2313A/F7 soundbar also has two HDMI Ins and one HDMI Out, along with a digital audio input.
So, if everything works you would seem to have more than enough HDMI connectivity to handle every need. However, I would caution that as you are adding things, the lowest common denominator rule will apply.
So, if you add a component that only does 1080i and everything else does 1080p, then every component will get 1080i (for instance). So, the way I would do this is to plug the Blu-Ray player into the receiver along with the Tivo. The receiver output would go into the Soundbar which would then output to the TV.
If you don't mind turning on the receiver every time you watch TV (we don't) then you could get rid of the soundbar. If you want the soundbar/TV combo then make sure any receiver you get will still pass the HDMI signal when it is off (in standby, actually - they are never off).
If something I wrote above doesn't make sense or won't work, please ask again.