Originally Posted by pjrvero
For some reason, my wife doesn't see the importance of home theater and wants to ensure that we won't always have to have all of the speakers on to watch TV. So is it possible to bypass the surround sound speakers and just use the TV speakers for things such as the news, etc?
In my household, I also need to support a non-AV path and Home Theater path. It makes setup more complex but I think it is good to maintain the non-AV path for everyone in the household. I also flip back and forth between the video sources to compare the pictures.
Here is I did. It was worked out well with Verizon FIOS HD Motorola 6416 DVR and Panasonic 50 Plasma (TH-50PZ700U).
If your cable box has both HDMI and component video, run HDMI directly to the TV for a simple TV/Cable solution. Run component video to the AVR and use HDMI from the AVR to the TV (I have 2 HDMI inputs in my TV). I also run digital Coax audio and the analog audio to the AVR (I run the analog so I can record non-PCM audio on the analog outputs).
For some HD cable video, I often watch the video that is HDMI direct to the TV (on some video, it looks a little better than component > AVR > HDMI) with the TV sound down and AVR sound up. For standard definition sources, I often watch the video that was routed and scaled by the AVR.
However, in my opinion, the 2808's scaler doesn't provide that great of value. I don't think it is all that much better than the 480i signal displayed on the TV with all the TV options set to improve SD sources. Of course, this probably depends greatly on your TV and my experience may be due to the Panny doing a good job in this area. To me, the video routed and scaled through the receiver to 1080p is definitely a little sharper. However, it also has more digital artifacts. Depending on the quality of the source video, I find it more frustrating to watch the scaled source because of the artifacts. That makes the duel connections to the TV convenient because there are options to choose from.
You can do something similar with a DVD player depending on what options the DVD player gives you and the number of TV HDMI inputs. In my case, I run HDMI from the DVD player to the AVR and run component video directly to the TV. I only have 2 HDMI inputs on the TV and I don't really see any significant visual difference between the DVD's scaler and the AVRs.