Originally Posted by mrgribbles
I didn't get a lot of time last night to try out all that I wanted to do in checking various scenarios. I should be able to work on some things later on today.
If I recollect, We are trying to:
Run component in & out from the HD DVD player to the AVR to the TV.
Run HDMI into the AVR from the HD DVD for sound only. Yes??
Here's one thing I did do which parallels this to a degree.
From my Moto STB to the 605 I have component & HDMI (component is assigned to DVR, HDMI is assigned to CAB). I have component & HDMI to the TV.
I have a coax from the STB to the 605 (assigned to DVR).
I can change from upconverting or not by selecting either CAB or DVR.
This works fine, although it takes a few seconds to switch, and yes component and HDMI are available concurrently, or so it seems.
In digital unputs, I unassigned the coax to DVR and got no sound. I assigned the HDMI to DVR and still, no sound. Hmmmmmm, I expected to hear the sound over HDMI as I anticipated.
I think this is a partial step toward what we are trying to accomplish but the results to this point are not what I thought would happen.
I'll do more later and let you know. If you've gotten any further, please advise.
mrgribbles - You're the best! You gave me a great idea that fixes another problem I've noticed - HD DVDs are not as loud as standard DVDs.
Here's my workaround, based on your findings that HDMI and component broadcast concurrently:
- connect component, HDMI, and optical (or coax) from HD DVD player to AVR
- set one of the AVR inputs to DVD and a second to AUX
- configure the DVD settings on AVR to handle standard DVDs (use optical for sound and component for video)
- configure the AUX settings on the AVR to handle HD DVDs [technically to handle TrueHD audio] (use HDMI for sound and component for video)
- When I want to watch a standard DVD, I select DVD on the AVR. When I want to watch an HD DVD, I select AUX on the AVR.
This setup is possible because Onkyo allows multiple inputs to share the same connection (a limitation of some other models).
The great thing about this setup (besides the fact I can easily switch between watching HD DVDs and standard DVDs) is that I can have the sound level automatically increased for HD DVDs by using the Onkyo Intellivolume feature.
problem solved (or cluged, so to speak) until I get a TV with an HDMI input