Hi all--I hope this friendly forum can offer some advice on choosing a receiver. I'm novice when it comes to modern networked AV receivers.
In addition to standard living-room use cases (TV/movies/music), I'd love to have a receiver for more sophisticated/flexible scenarios where audio and video signals come from different inputs and it is simple to switch the video output between my television (via HDMI) and projector (via composite/component/VGA/"old stuff"). Here are some example situations to help illustrate what I'm looking for:
HDMI video coming from a computer routed to my TV via HDMI with audio coming to the receiver via RCA cables (shortwave radio, old tape player, a small analog mixer, etc.)
video from an AppleTV over HDMI going out to a projector via composite or component paired with audio from the built-in FM tuner.
video from an old clunky VCR paired with audio from an AppleTV
Do consumer-level receivers that do such things exist? If so, what would you call such a feature and/or what models are available? Any tips from you experts would be much appreciated.
A simpler question: can your average receiver take a video signal that comes in digital (over hdmi) and send it out as analog (over composite or component). What feature do I look for to ensure it can do that?
To the latter question, the answer is generally no. Many receivers can convert analog inputs to HDMI outputs. But, they cannot convert HDMI inputs to analog outputs. Copy protection is a big part of that limitation.
As for the previous question, some receivers can mix and match audio and video sources. It is not a common feature, though, and you need to read manuals carefully to determine how the function is implemented.
Denon AVRs will meet your requirements in post #1. Review the first few posts in both the Denon XX12 (last year's models) and the Denon XX13 (this year's models) Owner's threads linked in my sig to see a comparison of the features of the various models.