Originally Posted by NYC Guy
I have a HDMI cable going straight to the Kuro 111FD from the HD DVR and a optical cable from the HD DVR to the 01 receiver. I did it this way so that I don't always have to have the receiver on to listen to the TV.
Are you saying that I should now set the 01 receiver to "HDMI audio" even though I don't have a HDMI cable going to it from the DVR?
No. Under your circumstances (cable HDMI to Kuro & optical to the AVR) you have it set up correctly.
However, your cable box may well limit the optical connection to 2-channel stereo when the HDMI output is being used. This is a requirement of HDCP (the copy protection limitations foisted on us by legislation promoted by the movie studios), and is what the Pioneer's AVRs are required to do. You should contact your cable company to verify this (if it's not in the cable box's manual).
There may be another possibility. Unfortunately, I looked through the VSX-01TXH manual and couldn't find it. The possibility is that you connect your cable box to your 01 and from the 01 to your Kuro, all using HDMI cables. If you set the 01 to the "Through" mode, you "should" (???) be able to use your Kuro without the 01 being turned on. Some of the Pioneer AVRs can do this, I'm just not sure the 01 can (or my 92 either). If it does work, then you will be able to hear 5.1 surround sound both ways.
Another way to do it is to connect your cable box to the 01 and Kuro, as mentioned above and also with the cable box's component outputs & optical audio direct to your Kuro
. That way, you can use it either way with no loss of sound quality, and will be able to watch TV on the Kuro, with your 01 turned off, by switching inputs on the Kuro. BTW, I plan on doing this with my setup, after I get my 92 completely installed (I have a DirecTV DVR and the video quality is identical between HDMI and Component inputs on my non-Kuro HDTV).ScottyE83
-- Check your LG BH-200 manual. It may explain what your options are.