Was hoping someone could help clear something up for me:
I currently have an LED Samsung TV with the following components hooked up to it:
Samsung Sound Bar
I'm in the market to upgrade to a front projector and a screen, and am currently in the process of deciding between an Epson 5020UB, an Epson 5020UBE and a Sony VPL-HW50ES. Assuming I don't go with the "E" version of the 5020 (which has a wireless HDMI transmitter), I'm looking at 5+ components needing to be hooked up via HDMI and the projectors only have 2 HDMI inputs. I don't want to use a third-party wireless HDMI solution due to fears of video quality, build quality, and the possibility of them adding even more video lag into the equation for gaming. With that all in mind:
Would a receiver with 5+ HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output allow me to plug everything via HDMI into the back of the receiver and then run just one HDMI cable from the receiver's HDMI-out port to the projector and use the receiver to swap video/audio sources?
Also, some of the receivers that I've briefly been looking at feature "A/V Passthrough" capability. Do I need one that indicates that it does this to make everything work correctly? If so, as I would imagine that I would want to do some 3D with the new projector, would I need to get a receiver that supported the HDMI 1.4 standard (some of them are labeled as "3D A/V Passthrough")?
Oh, and if I do need a receiver like this, do they send an "unmolested" video signal through the receiver to the projector? In other words would the video be just as good/identical run through the receiver as it would be if each of the components were run with their own separate HDMI cables to the projector, or would the receiver try and "enhance the image" before passing it on to the projector (which I am hoping to avoid)?
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me get this all straight!!!