Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Rural South Louisiana
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I am getting my XS955 next week. I downloaded the manual to get a head start on hookup options. I currently have an all-Sony setup (see my profile) with an STR-DE945 (no video upconversion capability) being used for all audio processing as well as video switching. I live in the "sticks" and have no access to cable, so I will only have access to HD via OTA channels. I have Dish, but I don't plan on going with the HD upgrade quite yet. After looking at the 955 info, it looks like I will have to change my setup, i.e. letting the TV switch the video and the reciever switch audio, in order to get full functionality from the 955's capabilities. Is there an alternative or should I just leave the audio on the reciever, send all video to the 955, and then invest in a universal remote like a Harmony 880 or Sony-3100 to eliminate all the button-pushing? All of my old (5 years) analog Sony 32" setup info seemed geared primarily toward using the TV as a monitor when in a home theater configuration. I don't see any mention of home theater integration in the 955 manual. Is Sony intentionally steering the video switching functions back to the TV for some reason to be revealed in the future?
This forum is great. Thanks to all of you who contribute and freely share your knowledge. Hope I can return the favor some day.