I'm new to the forum, looking for an assist. I have recently finished my basement and would like to do 2 things without manually switching HDMI cables in my media closet:
1) Watch 3D movies on my 70" Sharp Aquos through the receiver in 5.1 surround
2) Watch 2D TV (football?) on 3 televisions - the same 70" Sharp Aquos, 32" 1080p (to be purchased) and a 42" 1080p tv (also to be purchased). As I think about it I need to send both video and audio over the HDMI to at least the 32" and the 42", then the 70" could use the 5.1 surround...?
I have DirecTV and an LG 3D DVD player that also can be used as a media hub.
I had purchased an HDMI splitter and planned to connect all components (DVD, DirecTV, etc) to the receiver and run from the receiver to the splitter and from the splitter to the TVs. I have since learned that the splitter will downgrade all signals to 1080p and that I will lose the ability to watch 3D on my Aquos. I do not want to buy all 3D TVs. So, I am trying to figure out a new connection strategy that will allow me to switch from 3D on my Aquos to 1080p 2D across all TVs. I DO NOT need to watch both kinds of programs at once, I only want one or the other on at any one time.
I have not purchased a receiver yet. I had been looking at the Onkyo tx-nr616 because I liked some of the features but the reviews are so bad it has caused me to step back and re-evaluate. I am in a good position to evaluate options since most everything is still open to change. The only things that are set are the Aquos, the DirecTV, the 3D DVD and my Definitive speaker set up.
Hoping some of you can suggest what equipment I will need to accomplish my goals (HDMI switch?) in the cleanest way possible and also what I need to look for in a receiver (simultaneous HDMI outs for example). I would also like to run a second zone with speakers only on the patio from the receiver using Pandora, iPod/iTunes.
Thanks in advance!
Edit: I would not be upset if I could watch a 2D DVD across all TV's... with 5.1 surround on the big one and tv speaker sound on the others