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post #1 of 7 Old 06-30-2014, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Amplifier as HDMI and speaker hub?

I have a 9 year old Panasonic plasma TV. I'm not looking to replace it at this point. The picture is still good and I'd rather wait a a few years before replacing it. The problems are that there is only one HDMI input and I have five HDMI devices and the sound on cable broadcasts goes silent for a few seconds fairly often. If I connect external self-powered speakers to the cable box, that sound problem isn't an issue, but I can't control the sound volume or mute those speakers other than to manually do so on the speakers themselves, an obvious inconvenience. And I get tired of having to swap HDMI connections frequently. Though if that were my greatest problem, I'd be the world's happiest person.

So what I'd like to be able to do is have a device that I can use to:
  • HDMI connect/share the cable box, dvd player, Roku 3, and gaming devices
  • Share the external speakers among all of the above devices
  • Be able to switch devices and control volume with a remote control

It strikes me that an amplifier would be the way to go, but maybe there are other devices on the market these days that do this sort of thing. I was more tuned into this stuff years back, but haven't kept up.

I don't care about any kind of surround sound setup. I'm only looking to have two speakers. And though I have a good ear, I'm not going to have high end speakers. This is more for utility than high priced, optimal quality audio quality. What I get out of the aforementioned speakers (KRK Rokit 5) is good enough for the uses I have with these devices.

Being able to connect a tablet or phone via Bluetooth would probably be a feature I'd take advantage of here and there. Lots of amplifiers advertise being iPad/iPhone ready via USB. Would Android devices work that way, too? WiFi seems appealing, too, but I'm not sure it's vital. Still, if I could broadcast audio from my computers to the amplifier, I'd do it. Because of locations, I'd prefer to do this wirelessly. The WiFi thing isn't vital enough that I'd spend an extra few hundred dollars for it, though.

Any thoughts about this? Any recommendations on a product or products? I'd prefer to spend less than $400, though I could spend more if there's a good reason for my needs.
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Yeah, you need an avr. That will be the cheapest solution to your tv troubles.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CAA...&robot_redir=1
As an example gets 8 HDMI and remote control of the speakers.
You would set the menu to 2.0 speakers and not worry about the other channels.

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Yeah, you need an avr. That will be the cheapest solution to your tv troubles.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CAA...&robot_redir=1
As an example gets 8 HDMI and remote control of the speakers.
You would set the menu to 2.0 speakers and not worry about the other channels.

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That was fast. Thanks, SMHarman.

I'd noticed that amplifier and saw that CNET had rated it as tops, fwiw. Consumer reviews, though, are mixed as a lot of people seem to have trouble with it. The price for feature set seems great, though, as it's being phased out in favor of this year's model.
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True, you can shop for any low price AVR or find a great close out on an 2012-13 AVR.

Me, I managed to snag a great price on the Sony STR-DA1800ES 7.2 Channel Wi-Fi Receiver with AirPlay and Bluetooth which is its ES big brother. Got one from the Amazon Warehouse open box for about half price!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=all

There are many other brands of AVR to choose from but overall an AVR even used in 2.0 sound will be the best solution for your needs. Similarly, mine is plugged into a Panasonic TH-42PX75U 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV from 2007.
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That's the same TV I have!!!

Would you recommend the Sony 1040 you mentioned over something like the Yamaha RX-V675, which is also available at a similar price? The latter might not have things like WiFi and Bluetooth.
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I read good reviews of the 1040 And also HDMI handshake complaints. Many more are sold without complaint than the complaining reviews.
The ES has the benefit of a 5 year wwty.

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I ordered the SONY STR-DN1040. Hopefully, it'll all go smoothly.

Thanks for the help.
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