I have a dilemma trying to do a simple task, but it seems that I'm a few years ahead of technology. Here's the situation:
I have a ROKU 3, a Samsung 530 TV (1080P) and an Onkyo TX-R705 AVR (also 1080P). The TV has 4 HDMI ports and the AVR has 3 HDMI ports (2=in and 1=out)
My problem is in sound. The TV sound is fine for old non-encoded TV shows and such, but is horrid for anything encoded (you hear dialog fine, but everything else is a washed out mess). I don't like the sound quality when using the AVR for non-encoded stuff, it sounds kind of muddy and it's definitely not the speakers.
What I am trying to do is run 2 HDMI cables from the ROKU 3 with one going to the TV (for watching non-encoded programs) and one going to the AVR for watching encoded stuff and concerts. One part of the problem is that my AVR does not do "Pass-thru". I read the manual looking for "Pass-thru" and it's not there. They do have something that sounds like "Pass-thru", but I tried it and got sound, but no picture. I found out later, that it was not "Pass-thru". (No surprise as the manual is poorly written).
In a chat with Monoprice they suggested a HDMI Switch. I got one and hooked it up and it worked great for about 2 minutes. I then noted that the ROKU was set at 720P, but the second I switched the ROKU 3 picture setting to 1080P, the HDMI Switch went out and would not function. Blown Switch. I sent it back to Monoprice RMA and tried another Switch of the same model. Worked for one minute and then inexplicably lost the signal and would not come back. Spoke with Monoprice again and they told me that a lot of the Switches appear to be defective.
In another Forum someone suggested what I need is a Splitter. Sounded logical to me, so I talked to Monoprice again and they said that a Splitter will not work and if it did I would only get 2.0 sound. That doesn't make sense to me if I'm feeding 5.1 sound from the source, then I should get 5.1 sound. Then I thought, "yes, but doing so makes it a mess because if I'm feeding 5.1 sound from the source, but watching a non-encoded program it's going to sound awful and possibly be unlistenable."
So I'm really confused at this point. I don't want to have to turn on my HT system every time I want to watch TV for everything. Is there a way or device that will let me watch 5.1 encoded movies from the ROKU 3 with 5.1 sound on my AVR and non-encoded programs through the TV sound for which they are more suited?