Originally Posted by Joeforsale
What exactly are you wanting to send to the other television? The reason I ask is because it may be cheaper to use an HTPC or Apple TV to send video via wifi. If money isn't an option feel free to ignore this post.
What do I want to send to the other TV? Let me explain.
We have two back-to-back TV sets, one for the kitchen and one for the living room.
On the living room cabinet I have a:
1. Cable DVR
2. DVD recorder with hard drive
3. DVD player (to be replaced with a blu ray player)
Currently, I'm using two mechanical 1-4 switches and a bunch of cables to connect devices 1-3 to the two TV sets. So I'm able to watch devices 1-3 on either the living room TV or the kitchen TV. If we need to watch a VHS tape (rarely), I have to disconnect the cables from the DVD player and connect them to the VCR.
Installing an AV receiver will allow connecting all of the equipment 1-4 and be able to watch any on them on either TV set by just pressing buttons on the remote. I will be connecting HDMI cables whenever possible, hence the need for an AV receiver with "TWO" hdmi outputs. --- So in essence, I will have both HDMI and composite video/audio in parallel for some of the devices. HDMI for best quality and "subtitles". Composite video/audio for ok quality and "closed captions".
I might have to buy a composite video/audio distribution amp to feed composite video out of the A800 to both TV sets, to have closed caption capability on both. Whether I need a distribution amp or not will depend on whether I can use the A800's composite video output to one TV and component video output to the other TV, and still be able to switch anything to either TV and have closed captions work on both TV sets.
After years of manually switching and fussing with cables, money is no longer a consideration (within reason)