My earlier exchange with TonyB
inspired me to write up the following...
Like me, I suspect that many cable cutters are interested in saving money on their AV setup without sacrificing having a whoop ass system. I have some information that I think might help some, and that's how to have all your AV equipment in one room and "mirror" the signal to a second. Also, how to reduce costs and clutter by minimizing cables to only HDMI ones.
Before I met my now ex-wife, I had one AV setup in my TV room and a second in my bedroom. This meant duplication in that I had two Dish receivers and two 500-disc DVD changers(!). When she moved in, she insisted that I get rid of the bedroom AV system, and like a lovesick newb husband, I did.
Fast forward to several years later and, after she moved out, I wanted my bedroom AV system back. The problem was cost - because the system in my TV room had grown to include a Blu-ray player, a Roku and an Apple TV. But then I thought, why not just use an HDMI splitter and mirror the HDMI signal to my bedroom, and use a RF Harmony remote to control all my components, and so I did - and it worked like a charm!
One of the beautiful things about my setup is that I can add any new video component to my TV room, setup my remotes, and - BAM! - enjoy the new component in both rooms.
Re the cables, several years ago I bought an AV receiver with HDMI pass through. This allowed me to get rid of my digital audio and optical cables, and an audio switch.
Below is an HDMI wiring diagram showing my setup.
is an excellent place to buy inexpensive HDMI switches, splitters and cables.
This post might be a little off-topic perhaps, but the image does have a DVR+ in it.