Originally Posted by batpig
HDMI is backward-compatible. Just because the AVR is HDMI 1.4 doesn't mean that you can't hook up HDMI for audio+video with your standard HDMI devices. Otherwise, it would be pretty stupid of them to have a receive with all HDMI inputs and few other inputs, wouldn't it?
Batpig - I did a little research about HDMI and found the answer to my question. Please correct me if I am mistaken.
The problem lies in which component is "upstream" or "downstream" from the receiver. HDMI 1.3 can only send audio information downstream (in one direction) while HDMI 1.4 can send audio in both directions.
When I watch bluray, the bluray send information downstream to the receiver, and the receiver then sends information downstream to the TV, so HDMI 1.3 is fine. No problem so far.
The change comes when I watch TV because I have a digital antenna (that's right, I don't pay for cable or a dish. I invest instead!). The digital signal comes from the antenna to the TV, and if I want to use 5.1 surround sound through the receiver I would need to send the audio information from the TV to the receiver. In this case the receiver
is downstream from the TV, so if I don't have a HDMI 1.4 capable TV, I would need a separate audio path to the receiver.
This means I'll need two discrete audio connections - one for my CD player (which doesn't have HDMI, I'll use an optical cable for that) and one for my TV.
What confuses me is why the Denon 1911 has only red/white component inputs for CD and no optical. All modern CD players have an optical out, so why drop the two optical ins on the 1910 for only one optical in on the 1911 but keep the inferior component ins?
Thanks for your great guides by the way, I've read them and they are incredibly
useful. One of the reasons I have only posted a handful of times on these forums is due to members like you who go above and beyond helping everyone out - your Denon guide answered most of my questions and was the reason I decided to go forward with this model. THANKS!