I have an old Onkyo TR SX606 receiver that has HDMI issues. Do I lose anything other than the ability to do video switching by connecting my dvd player directly to the tv's HDMI and using the tv's coaxial audio out for sound? Is there a downside to this? Thanks.
Depending on the TV, the audio from the "optical" audio out could be either PCM 2.0 or DD 5.1 (providing the DVD is set to pass DD 5.1 of course). A better option is to connect an optical/coax digital cable from the DVD player to the AVR which should ensure the DD 5.1 passes.
I have the Insignia NS-39L240A13 which does pass 5.1. If there is no known issues with connecting to the tv, I'd rather do this than run separate connections for each device (gaming, netflix pc, dvd, etc.) If you guys see a negative to this, please chime in. I'd hate to have to buy another receiver now.