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Old 01-01-2012, 05:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys, lurker for YEARS.. first time poster.

I'm pretty knowledgable with HT stuff, but I'm new to receivers with HDMI ins and outs.

Here is what I have -
Directv HD DVR
Apple TV
Yamaha Receiver (no HDMI capability)

I've always connected HDMI cables from each device to the TV separately - and ran 3 separate optical's to my receiver. All the video directly to the TV, all the audio directly to the receiver. Not sure if that was ideal or "right", but that's how it was - and it worked great.

I just purchased a Pioneer VSX 1021. It has 4 HDMI ins, and 1 out. Again, new to HDMI receivers. Assuming I should run my video through the receiver, correct? So, each of my HDMI devices to the receiver - one out to the TV - correct? With that said, will this eliminate the need for any optical cables?

Sorry for the basic question, but I just want to make sure my thinking is right.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:40 PM
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If (and that's a big if) all HDMI devices work correctly when connected to the AVR, then you shouldn't need any optical cables; however, more often than not, cable/sat boxes have HDMI handshake issues with AVRs which require connecting the HDMI from the cable/sat box to the TV directly with optical to the AVR (as you are likely doing now).

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Correct. No need for optical. HDMI does audio and video.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:59 AM - Thread Starter
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Thank you for the responses.

I sure hope my DTV won't give me issues, because I want to eliminate switching inputs on the TV altogether.

As for HDMI - I never knew that HDMI could handle 7.1. Thanks for the heads up!
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