Ok folks, this isn't a specific question really but more of a hope that people here can alleviate my fears. Fears is a strong word but hear me out. To make a long story short, 3 years in the making I have been waiting to get my own little personal "dream HT" setup. It was suppose to be awhile ago but things came up, life happens, and I am also a notorius fence sitter and super responsible with money and won't pull the trigger until I am very comfy with plunking down my hard earned cash. Well this is finally my time and it is all starting to come together.
I have my component housing unit specially designed and built and it was delivered on Friday. I have my speaker wire, banana plugs, HDMI cables all ready to go. I have my Panamax 5400PM power conditioner/surge supressor already sitting in my house. I currently have my Oppo DV-983H currently on its way via FedEx. I pulled the trigger on this Yamaha RX-V3900 and is will be getting shipped out shortly. Sometime at the end of the month I will be buying my new 60" Elite Kuro the PRO151. I'm very excited but also a little ovrewhelmed.
Once long ago I knew all the ins and out and audio/video but man times have changed. I read for hours a day but frankly I can't hold a candle to the knowledge of most people in this forum. The tv side I can hold my own, the audio side is kicking my butt and I just feel so lost and overwhelmed. I have downloaded and been reading the 3900 manual but holy cow, so many damn options I feel as if I am drowing.
Basically when all is said and done I will have my STB, PS3, and my OPPO all with HDMI in to my receiver and one HDMI out to my tv. From the reading of the manual it seems as it I should just set it to pass the out through 1 of the HDMI outs. For my own setup I see no reason to have it passing through both at the same time. I also see no advantage of one or the other. Originally I thought maybe inputs 1 and 2 were for 1 output and inputs 3 and 4 were for output 2 but after reading it seems all 4 inputs can be output through 1 or the other. Since my activities will only be done at once, watching tv, playing a game, or listening to music through the Oppo, I see no reason for passing both outs (correct me if I am wrong) The ONLY way I could see would be to be playing a game, and then using the oppo to play music, at which point passing through both should work but I like the game sounds.
This brings me to my final part of my post. I will be running a 5.1 setup for now until I eventually get the quality 7.1 setup I want. The overwhelming part to me is the bazillion different modes and what not and all the different "notes" about if this mode is set to this, this wont work, blah blah. It's really making me feel lost. The more I read I feel like I am in quick sand. Basically I just want everything I do to come out of all 5 speakers and my subwoofer. Whether it is tv, music, games, or movies. If I basically have everything set to auto will I generally get 5.1 sound? Or am I really going to have to learn all of these PLXX modes and different stuff and what not?
Sorry for sounding like a rookie but I just want some reassurance that I will be able to enjoy this receiver and not sit here everyday studying and pulling my hair out. I don't do a lot of complicated setups and essentially I just want to enjoy 5.1 sound out of all of my activities. So far from my limited knowledge the only direction I seem to have is to make sure all my speakers are set to small, I think I understand how to set my subwoofer, and other than that I will probably be asking some dumb questions here in another month. I understand most tv stuff is 2 channel stereo, but I just want to matrix it to 5.1 sound.
So for the experts here, or at least the people who know a hell of a lot more than me. Will I be able to basically listen to 5.1 sound out of all of my activites without too much trouble? Make my worries go away people, or at least let me know what kind of uphill climb I have ahead of me. I'm willing to learn if people are willing to teach me when it comes time to play with my new receiver.