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post #1 of 6 Old 09-16-2008, 03:42 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a new receiver, possibly a Denon 1709 or 1909. I have one basic question... can I have it play audio from an optical source while playing video from an HDMI source (that is not providing audio)?

The main reason is because I use my computer for HTPC gaming in addition to a cable box and PS3 that would be hooked up to the receiver. On the PC I am using DVI + HDMI adapter for video, with Optical audio. This has worked well for me and I don't see why I should change it. However, on my TV it's annoying to cycle through all the different video sources when I switch between PC and cable/PS3, it switches very slowly. I'd like to have everything run through a receiver so the TV only has to deal with one input, as it's easier to switch through things using a receiver.

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That would work, hopefully. On my receiver, I can independently select the audio and video inputs associated with each source selection. I am not sure how Denon's routing options works though.

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Not necessarily answering your specific question, but FYI - the 1709 doesn't do ANY audio over HDMI so you wouldn't get lossless sound on the PS3. If you want HDMI audio from the PS3 you need the 1909/789 at a minimum.

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Good point on the 1709, thanks. So... that means I could still use optical audio while watching video from an HDMI input, right?
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correct....

however, you would have to do the same thing with the PS3 also, anything you want with HDMI would have to have a separate audio cable, and there aren't THAT many optical inputs on the back... trust me, if you have a PS3 you definitely want to step up to the 1909/789.

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cool... that's fine.... what I really was after was making sure I could properly use my PC/PS3 on atleast the 1909/789 using HDMI for video while the audio was coming through optical.

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