I was hoping to get a bit of advice from folks far more knowledgeable than me, sorry if this seems like an overly simplistic question. I am buying a B&W Panorama 2, due to the setup of the family room in our new house and my wife's orders to get rid of my towers. I will be wall mounting the panorama on a rock wall, which has a "smurf tube" running down to a shelf (I mention the tube because I am concerned about having sufficient space to run multiple cables). Here is what I am trying to figure out:
From a sound perspective, would I be better off hooking components (DirecTV, BluRay, AppleTV, XBOX) through my AVR receiver, then running an HDMI cable up to the soundbar (and another to the TV), or would I be better off running all four components to the TV (have to find one with 4 HDMI inputs) and then an optical cable to the soundbar? The problem is that I have four boxes to hook up, and the Panorama only has three inputs. I am trying to find the most simple solution, but if switching everything through my mediocre AV receiver (which is how I currently have it set up) is going to cost me on sound - or make it difficult to hook up TV, I will do whatever would optimize the sound (which I am concerned will already be compromised using a soundbar).
Sorry if this question is too simple, but i'm trying to piece together everything now and need to know if I need to find a TV with four HDMI inputs (most I am looking at have 3).