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post #1 of 3 Old 03-08-2013, 01:48 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all, just wondering what people tend to use the 2nd HDMI output for? Obviously the first one is for the TV. i'm researching Receivers as I might have to buy one so i'm wondering if I should get one with 2 HDMI outputs or not. thanks

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A television for regular viewing and a projector for movie night is one situation.

Another possibility is piping video into another room.

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The higher entry level receivers only duplicate the outgoing signal to two HDMI ports. So it can be used for something like these two scenarios.

1. Medium to large LCD/plasma in the living room for everyday casual tv watching. Then a drop down projector screen that will cover the LCD for serious movie watching or sporting events.

2. Duplicate a game on both the living room TV and the patio TV.

For this case I would get a lower level receiver and then an HDMI splitter from that will do the same thing for much less $$$.

High end receivers can output two different signals and therefore display two different things on two different TVs. This kinda bridges the gap line between receiver and whole home automation.

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