Originally Posted by bzod
Basically, I would like to be able to sit on my couch, watch a movie, and then switch to TV, without screwing around with the back of the set. What am I missing?
Do I have the wrong cables?
Do I need to run the Oppo audio cables through the STB?
Is there a remote control "switch" that allows the audio sources to move?
Should I ditch the DVI/HDMI on the Oppo and use the normal red/white/yellow hookup?
Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your replies.
Good questions. I believe only one of the HDMI ports is actually made for DVI, for only one of them has the analog audio input. The other HDMI port should only be used, for a true HDMI cable (which includes audio). Yep, I confirmed it, for I found a picture of the back of your TV. HDMI input 1 can be used for DVI too, for it gives you the DVI in audio right next to it. However, HDMI input 2 does not have a analog audio input. The video will pass with a DVI signal, but no audio. This would be ok, if you had audio from the second source going to a receiver or something.
Here are my suggestions and questions:
First, I know the oppo is indeed only DVI (not HDMI), so yeah you're going to have to use the HDMI Input 1, for that source.
What about the cable box? The cable box is DVI too? If the cable box was HDMI, you could have used a HDMI to HDMI cable connect to HDMI 2, and the audio would have passed with it.
I would suggest you connect the cable box via component inputs. You need to get yourself the Green, Blue, and Red VIDEO cables (component cables). Do *not* use the yellow cable. Use the component inputs (red, blue, and red), and then you'll also use with that the white and red audio cables right below it. This will you to output high quality video, from the cable box.
This is not a bad solution actually. There is nothing particularly bad with component cables. Then your Oppo will still be connected via DVI on HDMI input 1. Then you'd have a spare full HDMI 2 available, for a future item you might need to input.
The other suggestions would be someday maybe you could get a cable box that had HDMI instead of DVI? Or someday a DVD player that had HDMI instead of DVI?
For now, I suggest as above you use component input for the cable box and DVI (on HDMI 1), for the dvd player. The reason I don't suggest opposite is the oppo won't pass the high resolution via component, but the cable box will.
Hope this helps?