Originally Posted by vpnguy
Setting up a AVR-1913. I purchased it refurb'd from a authorized Denon dealer and I'm having an issue getting audio to pass through to my Panasonic VT50 speakers. Using a Dish Hopper as the source device. Just for testing, I set the pass through device to be my Blu Ray player and when I power off the AVR I get both picture and sound from the TV speakers. When I set the pass through device to be my CBL/SAT I get picture but no audio. So in my mind, this issue is not in the cable spec...(both devices use identical HDMI cables).
I did a firmware reset on the AVR, no luck..it's running the latest firmware. All I can think of is that there must be some signaling issue between the AVR and the Hopper. Even with the power on the AVR I get no sound from the TV speakers... About they only left I haven't done is reboot the Hopper..I did change the audio settings from PCM to Dolby surround on the Hopper,
I would love to hear anyone's ideas of what the issue might be...If I can't get pass through standby for TV I will have to try to return the unit...which is a shame, cuz otherwise it works just fine. There is no other means to to get audio to the TV from the CBL box..so I have to rely on the HDMI connection to provide it.
thanks in advance to anyone who has some suggestions..
It took me a while to accept the fact that almost all STBs are not HDMI compatible devices, as this is the issue you encountered. I did too when I connected the STB (Bell HD6131) HDMI Out to the AVR CBL/SAT HDMI In. This way I can watch SAT TV with TV audio without turning On the AVR -AVR seems passing through STB audio & video signal while in Standby. So far so good, until I tried to listen to TV Audio in Dolby surrond, I can't when switching AVR On.
Now that I (think) I understand the nature of the problem, connecting a non-HDMI STB to the AVR/TV set-up which is HDMI compatible, the OM suggests the solution:
(i) connect STB audio to AVR audio the non-HDMI way, using the best audio quality with either digital coax or optical;
(ii) connect STB video out to AVR video in using the best video technology, i.e. component vs composite; and
(iii) assign the CBL/SAT input to have the corresponding/relevant hookup, e.g. OPT1 and COMP1 on the AVR.
Now, the video connection is the most confusing part when it comes to HDMI, non-HDMI solution, as a common recommendation from JDS:
Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
...the best way to work around these common HDMI handshake issues with cable/sat boxes is to connect the HDMI cable directly to the TV with optical from the box to the AVR with no loss in audio quality as the best a cable box can do is only DD 5.1.".
Since the STB is not a even HDMI compatible device, how can there be a "common HDMI handshake issue"?
Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate all the valuable advices contributed by JDS (thumbs up!), still my inquiring mind does not stop there: what are the added values of the workaround, if any, using up one HDMI TV connection and channelling the optical audio back to the AVR? Does it cause any other side effect one may not be aware of, as opposed to connecting the legacy way described in the OM (OPT1 and COMP1)?