Originally Posted by krsquared
Need to retain the NAD because I have other devices for it.
Meaning you have analog sources that you don't want to route through the analog section of the Yamaha?
To summarize, the Yamaha A/V doesn't output analog audio from HDMI sources. The Samsung TV doesn't have Toslink or any analog output. I suspect HDCP is involved in all of this.
Maybe, but more likely the digital processing is just downstream from the analog switching, and besides, that AVR doesn't have pre-outs for *anything*.
Here is what I'm going to try:
1x2 Powered HDMI Splitter PRO Series from cabletrain.com
Monoprice HDMI to Composite Video Converter from monoprice.com
Don't know if they will work but it should be a binary yes/no. Must say that in the last 3 days I've learned a lot about HDMI etc (more than I really wanted).
What do you think that is going to do for you?
As for (modern) A/V receivers, it looks like none of them provide analog audio from an HDMI source. We can probably thank Hollywood and HDCP. I could be wrong and would love to be corrected. I have to believe that I'm traveling a path already traveled by others.
Again, probably more about the design of the digital / analog sections than HDCP.
Can't imagine an audiophile chucking his Krell for an A/V receiver.
Nope, they wouldn't. Any audiophile worth his green felt pen would create a dedicated 2-channel system in a room without some nasty TV and center channel speaker in the way...
The rest of us just use a pre/pro (not a receiver) and a nice big amp.