I currently have an older Pioneer (VSX-1019AH) which is 7.1 and HDMI 1.3. We recently upgraded to a smart TV from Vizio (I know its not the best, but we're on a buget). As I was setting it up, I noticed a shortcoming in that when I try to use the internet connected functions of the TV, we have no way of playing the sound through the receiver speakers.
The TV has an optical audio out which may work, but I use a fairly basic Harmony remote so I am uncertain that it would work out well using an entirely different "action" for the smart TV functions.
Would I be better off using a newer HDMI 1.4 receiver and having the audio go back from the TV over HDMI (not entirely sure if a switch in "input" on the receiver is necessary for this) or would using the Harmony to play Netflix and other internet functions on the TV and have it set up to use the optical audio out from the TV to the receiver?
Sorry if this post became too in-depth, I am just at a crossroads here. Not sure if I need to replace my receiver or just program my Harmony differently (or get a different Harmony if this one does not have the ability)