Originally Posted by adamanteus
havent set up the receiver through hdmi yet, my tv only has one HDMI and i have it running straight from the D* hddvr into the tv- so my girlfriend can use it. she would get pissed if she had to turn on the receiver every time. women...
but, i just ordered the oppo 970 dvd player to hold me over till an HD dvd format is settled on. i should get it today or tomorrow then i'm going to switch the D* receiver to straight component to TV and run the oppo through the receiver. we'll see how it looks.
Aren't using HDMI through the receiver? Man, you need to take advantage of the 81's ability to transcode all video inputs to HDMI, so the only button your woman has to push is the correct input button on the 81's remote. Also, the 81 can handle digital audio from your hddvr to the receiver, alleviating an extra fiber optic or coax digital audio cable to the receiver.
As for having to turn two things on at once, I "taught" my 81 remote all of my hddvr's commands, and then setup a macro on the remote.
My wife simply pushes the "multi-oper" button and then "hdmi", and the remote turns on the receiver, tv, and hddvr. Then, if my daughter wants to watch Cinderella III, my wife just pushes "DVD" (it's connected via component), and we're ready to go.
It is a little extra work, but it makes things much easier in the long run. Now we never have to pick up the TV remote to change any inputs, the receiver handles all audio and video switching. AND, there is no difference in the video quality - you lose nothing - so there is no reason not to take advantage of this receiver's capabilities.