My parents are building a new house. They are hard of hearing and currently use wireless speakers, each one sitting on their individual tables. This setup is not ideal because they have to use batteries to power the speakers or drape a power cable behind their chairs. Additionally, the speakers occasionally "cut out" presumably from random interference.
They have NO desire for surround sound. Ideally, they want essentially what they currently have without having to awkwardly power the speakers.
I therefore had the builder run speaker wire such that a speaker will be 6' high on the wall directly behind each of their heads. Their recliners will be positioned up against this back wall.
I purchased for them Polk Atrium 4
speakers and intend to mount them so they are angled to their seating position.
I also purchased the 1312
. Even though this is essentially an HDMI switcher with 5 amps, it is still overkill for their purposes, but the price was right.
Their only components are a DISH HD ViP622 and a dual VCR/DVD player.
I intend to connect these 2 speakers to the L & R ports on the 1312. It'll feel weird doing so, since the speakers are essentially in the surround back position of a 7.1 configuration, but there are only 2 speakers in their setup.Can I set up the 1312 such that sound is output mono to these speakers?
Again, the only purpose is for each of them to have a speaker nearby for their hearing impairment needs.
I'm pretty sure their VCR/DVD player only has composite outputs. Will the 1312 pass this via HDMI to the TV so I only have a single HDMI cable run from the 1312 to the TV?
If not, I'll probably convince them to phase out VHS and just buy them a cheap BluRay player even though they rarely even use DVDs.