I am a relative newcomer to the world of home theater, so please excuse my ignorance. I have spent weeks researching the AVS forums before posting this and have so far not found a clear, concise answer to the dilemma I'm in so I figured I would see if any of you more knowledgeable folks can help me out.
First I'll post my gear:
TV: LG 50PK550
Receiver: Onkyo HT-RC260
Blu-Ray: LG BD550
Cable: Motorola HD DVR via Time Warner
Media Streaming: Popcorn Hour A-110
Center Speaker: Polk CS1 Series II
Front Speakers: Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II
(No rear speakers yet)
Sub: Polk PSW505
Game Systems: XBox360, Wii
I bought the HT-RC260 a few days ago because I thought that 6 HDMI ins and 1 out would be the solution to my variety of HDMI devices, not to mention the great price of the unit. Then I discovered the RC260 does not process HDMI audio and simply passes it on to the TV. As far as I can tell, my LG does not send surround sound through the optical out, so I am left with all my sources coming back to the RC260 in 2 channel stereo PCM. Yes there are two optical ins on the RC260 but that only covers 2 of my 6 devices. I want to have all 6 devices capable of outputting all the surround sound and audio formats that they support via HDMI through my receiver.
I am planning on sending back the HT-RC260 but wanted to check in this forum first if I am missing anything, or if I am right in that my combination of devices will not work the way I intended. I also wanted to ask: what is the cheapest receiver that supports 6 HDMI inputs AND provides HDMI processing on those inputs? I have searched all over Newegg, Amazon etc and cannot find much info regarding HDMI Audio Processing vs. HDMI Audio Passthrough. It's so cryptic on these product pages, and my searching on AVS Forums has so far been fruitless in terms of a modern, current list of receivers capable of this.
Any help/suggestions/criticisms/flame wars welcome!