Just moved into my new home and have questions about the best way to setup my home theater system. This is the only project I really care about in the house as my wife is taking care of all the other normal boring stuff.
The house came pre-wired for 5.1 in the living room and has two outdoor speakers also wired up that comes out in the front of the living room with the rest. My plan was to hook up surround sound and use a receiver to handle all my components.
TV- Vizio M-Series 70inch
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V673 7.2 (was hoping to use Zone 2 for the outdoor speakers)
Speakers: Polk TL1600
ATT Uverse Cable Box
Harmony One Remote (to control everything... hopefully)
I guess I'm just trying to figure out how to best set it up. A guy that came out and looked at installing the speakers for me hooked everything into the tv and then did the audio optical cable to the receiver. Is this the best way to do it? I've noticed online that most people run everything into the receiver and then just one HDMI cord from the receiver to the TV (ARC?).
What is the best setup to maximize the audio and video? Also to be able to watch sports inside while having music playing on the outside speakers (I believe that is possible)?
Sorry for being such a n00b, but I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance!