Hi everyone. I am sitting here writing this on the best hardware I've ever had in a home theater (probably small change to some of you high end folks!) but I'm happy with it. What I'd like to do is make sure I'm doing this the best way possible. (I also know that "best" can be quite an opinion in this HTPC world.)
So, my HTPC is nothing to write home about but it's working well. What I'm trying to do is connect this to my A/V gear in the best way possible. I had a thread a while back about how to hook it up to my Pioneer Elite. I ended up using DVI>HDMI>Right into the back of the TV.
So the main components here are the HTPC (using onboard SoundMax AD1988B chipset) using optical SPDIF over TOSLink to my Pioneer Elite 84txsi. The AVR then is connected to a 5.1 Klipsch Reference setup. (No TV speakers of course) No HDMI video passes through the AVR. (Although I do have an HDMI connector from AVR to TV for anything else the AVR handles (DVD, Wii, etc))
So my main operation here is to use the HTPC connected to the Pioneer Elite, using the Elite reciever for audio. Second would be watching cable TV off the TV's tuner, passing audio via optical down to the AVR. My main concern is that I am not using my connection options the best way possible.
1. Should I try combining audio and video on my HDMI cables?
2. Should I try running video through the 84txsi AVR?
2a. Then how do I config the AVR not to overscan, etc?
2b. Would i have to worry about quality loss then?
3. Should I just use analog connections from HTPC to AVR?
3a. I think this because I can't send the 84txsi HD formats.
3b. Quality concerns? What about the cheap DAC the onboard sound uses?
3c. Should I do some strange combo of digital and analog connections?
Thanks for any input you can provide!